How-to: reset Apple AirPods and fix connection issues

Connect AirPods to the iPhone and solve pairing problems or reset the AirPods to factory settings - this is how it works! (Image source: Apple.com)

In a recently published Help article Apple shows how you can connect the AirPods to devices running iOS 10.2 or newer, watchOS 3 or newer or macOS Sierra or newer. Also what to do if there are connection problems and you the Reset AirPods to factory settings is shown. It also gives more tips for using Apple wireless headphones.

Connect AirPods to the iPhone and solve pairing problems or reset the AirPods to factory settings - this is how it works! (Image source: Apple.com)

Connect AirPods to the iPhone and solve pairing problems or reset the AirPods to factory settings - that's how it works! (Image source: Apple.com)

Set up AirPods with your iPhone

The first point deals with the connection between AirPods and iPhone - this will surely be the most common connection among wireless headphone users. According to Apple, these steps should be followed (list should be understood as a quote):

  1. Press the Home button to unlock the iPhone screen.
  2. Open the case that the AirPods are in and hold it next to your iPhone.
  3. A setup animation appears on the iPhone.
  4. Tap Connect, then tap Done.

Troubleshoot difficulties setting up your AirPods

In addition to other points about using the AirPods, the corresponding trouble shooting is also addressed directly. So if no connection animation is shown when setting up the wireless earbuds, there are a few more troubleshooting steps to take. After each of these steps, the connection establishment should be tried again (again, the list should be understood as a quote):

  1. Make sure the AirPods are charged.
  2. Close the lid, wait 15 seconds, and then open the lid. The status indicator should now flash white.
  3. If the status light doesn't blink white, press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the status light blinks white.
  4. Still having trouble setting up your AirPods? Press and hold the Setup button for at least 15 seconds until the status indicator flashes amber and then white several times.

Further points of the Apple instructions HT207010 for the AirPods

I have explained two points to you here in detail. The Instructions with assistance for users of Apple AirPods, however, contains further points. I would just like to mention these here briefly so that you know whether it is worth visiting the page:

  • Preparation
  • Set up AirPods with your iPhone
  • Listen to audio with the AirPods
  • Double tap to use Siri or the phone
  • Charge the AirPods and case
  • Set up AirPods with other devices
  • Difficulty setting up the AirPods

Your opinion on the AirPods from Apple

In the Sir Apfelot Blog you will find numerous entries about the wireless headphones Cupertino. For example, the contribution to extensive experience report, the article on the EarSkinz covers including experiences in the comment column, and of course my report on the Apple Keynote 2016. But what is your opinion on the topic? Are you starting 2017 with the Apple AirPods? Feel free to leave a comment :)

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