Apple offers three different AirPods models with different features. Standard AirPods are the earbuds for everyone, AirPods Pro offers more advanced features such as active noise cancellation, and the new AirPods Max is for those who prefer over-ear headphones with the state of the art noise cancellation and sound quality. Apple’s headphones are good but they are not perfect. Sometimes you may encounter a bug that prevents the proper use of headphones. Also, you may want to sell your earbuds or give them to your relatives. In both cases, you may want to know how to reset AirPods so you can connect them to another device.
How to Factory Reset AirPods, AirPods with a Charging case, and AirPods 2?
For your information. Any AirPods model automatically connects to all your Apple devices with the same iCloud account. You do not need to reset AirPods every time you want to connect headphones to your iPad or Mac. Just make sure you use the same iCloud account on your devices.
If you want to reset the original AirPods or AirPods with a charging case, the first thing you need to do is make sure AirPods are charged. Place both earbuds into the charging case and charge it for a few minutes. Next, take your AirPods from the charging case and unpair AirPods from iPhone:
- Go to Settings – Bluetooth and locate your AirPods in the list of the connected devices. Tap the “i” button next to your AirPods.
- Press “Forget this device” to reset and unpair AirPods from iPhone.
- Put AirPods back into the charging case and close it. Wait a minute or two, then locate the button on the backside of the case.
- Hold the connect button until the LED-indicator starts flashing. This means your AirPods are successfully reset and now ready to connect to another device with a different iCloud account.
If you do not have your phone next to your AirPods, you can reset AirPods to factory settings without a phone by holding the connect button until the LED indicator starts flashing. The same applies to AirPods Pro.
That’s it. That is how you reset AirPods.
How to Reset AirPods Pro to Factory Settings?
You can reset AirPods Pro in the same way you reset regular AirPods. Just follow the manual above. Everything will be the same both for regular AirPods and AirPods Pro.
How to Reset AirPods Max to Factory Settings?
Resetting AirPods Max is slightly different from resetting AirPods or AirPods Pro. This headset has more control elements and different reset procedure.
If you want to know how to reset AirPods Max in case there is something wrong with it (you do not plan to give it to a user with a different iCloud account), try rebooting it first. Press and hold the digital crown button together with the noise-canceling button. Hold both buttons for 15 seconds until the LED-indicator (located at the bottom of the left earcup) starts blinking amber. If that did not help, try resetting AirPods Max.
Here is how you reset AirPods Max:
- Just like with resetting AirPods or AirPods Pro, make sure AirPods Max is charged slightly. You can’t reset AirPods Max with a dead battery.
- Go to Bluetooth settings on your iPhone or iPad and tap the “i” button next to your AirPods Max.
- On the next screen, press “Forget this device”.
- Now, press and hold both the digital crown and the noise-cancellation button together.
- Wait for 15 minutes until the LED-light located at the bottom of the left earcup starts flashing amber. After few seconds it will turn white. That means your AirPods Max was successfully reset and now ready to connect again. You can also reset AirPods Max without a phone by doing the same procedure without pressing “Forget this device” in the settings.
For your information. AirPods Max supports iOS/iPadOS/tvOS 14.3 or later, watchOS 7.2 or later, and macOS 11.1 or later. If you own a device that does not support one of these, you will have no luck trying to connect AirPods Max. In such a case, resetting AirPods Max will not help.