AirPods Flashing White But Not Connecting

If your Airpods are flashing white, this indicates that your device is in pairing mode and should be ready to connect. However, most users notice their Airpods case flashing white but are still unable to pair it with their device.

If you’re Airpods LED flashes white but still isn’t connecting to your device, the most common solution is to disconnect & “forget” your Airpods on all your previously connected devices, then set your Airpods to pairing mode and re-connect to your device.

Although this is the most common solution, it’s not the only solution. Below, we detail every troubleshooting step to get your Airpods connected to your device. Let’s dive in!

How To Fix AirPods Flashing White But Not Connecting:

Disconnect & “forget” Your Airpods from previously connected devices

If your Airpods are saved in multiple devices, your device may be trying to establish a connection with your Airpods causing, resulting in connection issues with the device you are trying to pair it to.

You’ll want to disconnect & “Forget” your Airpods on all your previously connected devices. Then manually turn on pairing mode on your Airpods by opening the lid of the case and pressing and holding the button on the back of the case until the LED begins to flash white. Your Airpods should then display under “Other devices” on your Bluetooth list if you’re an iPhone user or the “Available Devices” if you’re an Android user. You’ll then want to select your Aripods from the list and connect.

Remove Your Airpods From The Case & Place Them Back In

The solution can be as simple as removing your Airpods out of the case, closing the lid, and placing them back in; several users found this to be the fix for their connection issues. Once that’s done, you’ll want to enter pairing mode on your Airpods, then check your device’s Bluetooth list and select & connect to your Airpods.

Toggle Bluetooth Off and back on again

Next, if you haven’t already done so, try toggling your device’s Bluetooth off & back on again. If you’re an iPhone user, this is located in Settings > Bluetooth > Toggle Off. If you’re an Android user go to Settings > Connected Devices > Connection Preferences > Bluetooth > Toggle Off.

Toggle your device’s Bluetooth back on and enter pairing mode on your Airpods.

Turn Your Device Off & On again

Turning off your device (iPhone, Android, Tablet, PC…etc.) will reset your operating systems software; this allows your software to start fresh and fix common software glitches.

Once your device is turned back on, enter pairing mode on your Airpods, open your Bluetooth list, Select your Airpods and connect.

Update Device’s Software

Software updates are done to maintain the efficiency and stability of your software; this can also affect Bluetooth connections. Here’s how you can check if your device’s software is up to date.

For iPhone Users:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select General
  • Select Software update

Your device will display the software version your device is currently running on, and water or not you need an update.

For Android Users:

  • Swipe down from the top of your screen
  • Select Settings
  • Scroll down and Select Software Update
  • Select Check for updates

If your device is up to date, then your device will display “Current Software is up to date”; if not, then you’ll be prompted with “Update available“.

Reset Network Settings

Resetting Network settings will clear all saved Bluetooth and WI-FI connections. So, it’s important to know that you’re device will “forget” your Wifi password as well as all Bluetooth connections on your device (phone, tablet…etc.) after resetting your Network settings; all you would need to do to reconnect is to re-enter the Wifi password.

Reset Network Settings on iPhone:

Go to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings

Reset Network Settings on Android:

Open Settings -> Depending on your device select “General management” or “System” -> Select “Reset” or “Reset options -> Select Reset Network settings.

Charge Your Airpods

Airpods with low batteries may experience issues establishing and holding a connection. Ensure your device has sufficient battery before entering pairing mode.

Clean Your Airpods & Charging Case

Dirt and debris on your Airpods or charging can cause connection issues and may prevent your Airpods connectors from resting properly on the case, thus causing pairing issues. Here’s how you can clean your Airpods & charging case

  • Use a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Wipe the Aurpods & charging case gently.
  • If debris has accumulated in tight areas, use an anti-static brush.

How do I factory reset my AirPods?

Resetting your device can help solve connection issues by restoring them back to their factory settings. Here’s how:

  • On your iPhone, Android, or Tablet’s Bluetooth list, “Forget” your Airpods.
  • Place both Airpods in the charging case & close the lid
  • Open the lid after 30 seconds
  • Press and hold the button on the back of the case until the LED flashes white
  • Your Airpods should now be reset and are ready to pair

How do I know if my AirPods & charging case is charging?

The LED indicators on your charging case show your case’s battery status; green indicates your charging case is fully charged, amber indicates that there is less than one full charge remaining.

Opening your case next to your iOS device will display your Airpods & charging case’s precise battery level.

Why is only one of my AirPods charging?

The most common reason for charging issues with Airpods is a build-up of debris in the charging case’s connectors; cleaning your device’s connectors thoroughly in most cases should solve the issue.

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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