What Is the Button on Back of AirPod Case?

Pair and Reset!

Button on Back of AirPod Case

If it’s your first time using the Apple AirPods, you may not be familiar with the button on the back of the AirPods case. Well, the button in question is also known as the “setup button.” It is one of the device’s many distinguishing features.

At first glance, the button seems to have no purpose; nevertheless, it is highly useful for resolving difficulties brought on by incompatible devices.

Read further to know more about AirPods’ setup button.

What Does the Button on the Back of AirPods Do?

What Does the Button on the Back of AirPods Do?

Most people miss one important detail on the case’s back – the small and round button. AirPods users can use this button to:

  • Enable manual pairing with non-Apple devices: By pressing the button, you can enable manual pairing, which is helpful if you are attempting to connect to a device that is not iOS.
  • Reset AirPods: The button at the back of the case allows you to reset your AirPods and establish a new connection with your audio source that could be of higher quality.

How to Use the Button on the Back of the AirPod Case?

How to Use the Button on the Back of the AirPod Case?

You can use the button on the back of your AirPods case in two ways:

To Pair Your AirPods With Devices That Are Not Apple Products

How to Use the Button on the Back of the AirPod Case?

If you already own other Apple devices, using AirPods should seamlessly extend that experience. The AirPods are designed for beginning pairing with your iOS device or Mac immediately when you remove them from their carrying case. However, non-Apple devices do not support automated pairing.

You’ll have to do it manually if you want to use your AirPods with a non-Apple device. For example, connecting AirPods with an Android device or a Windows PC is possible, but the process is not as simple or fast. For this purpose, the case’s back button is indispensable.

Steps to pair non-Apple devices with Airpods

Pressing this button while the AirPods are still in their case activates a pairing mode that enables them to be used with devices that Apple doesn’t make. The button is a lifesaver; it seamlessly makes the pairing process with Android devices or Windows PC possible. All you have to do is:

  • Open the AirPods case’s lid. Press and hold the back button until the white status light starts to flash.
  • Go to the Bluetooth settings of your device. Turn the Bluetooth on. 
  • If you have an Android or Windows smartphone, you should be able to choose AirPods as a Bluetooth headphone option after the light begins blinking.

But that’s not all; you can also use this back button to reset your AirPods if you are facing issues with your AirPods, such as audio problems, low battery, connection difficulties, and so on.

To Reset Your AirPods Using the Back Button

There will inevitably be occasions when your AirPods face technical difficulties. Bugs in network reception, faulty audio, and dying batteries are all possibilities. As a first step, before you contact Apple support, search through the Apple Support App, or spend hours on the phone watching YouTube help videos, you can try resetting your device to see if it resolves the issue.

Note: It is important to keep in mind that resetting your AirPods will restore them to the condition they were in the day they were sent from the manufacturer, excluding any firmware upgrades that the company may have loaded.

Steps to reset your AirPods:

  • Put the AirPods into the charging case so it can charge them. Close the lid back on the case and wait thirty seconds before opening it again to check that the AirPods have disconnected from any adjacent devices.
Put the AirPods into the charging case so it can charge them.
  • Launch the Settings app on your Apple device, then head to the Bluetooth devices section.
Put the AirPods into the charging case so it can charge them.
  • Tap the “i” symbol to the right of the device’s name after you have located your AirPods among the list of devices.
  • Press “Forget Device” and tap “Confirm” to finish the process.
Press "Forget Device" and tap "Confirm" to finish the process.
  • While your smartphone is still within proximity, lift the cover of the charging case. After then, press the setup button for at least 15 seconds. There will be a brief flash from amber to white when the light changes to green.
  • After the reset has been finished, place the cover back on the device and wait for about 15 seconds.
  • Return the case’s lid to its original position, and then bring the source device within two feet of the AirPods to reconnect. After that, you will need to verify the connection using the pop-up window on your screen.
Verify the connection using the pop-up window on your screen

Tip: Please ensure your battery has at least 50% of life left before proceeding with the reset procedure.

Final Words

Well, there you have it. Now you understand the significance of the button on the back of your AirPods case and are better prepared for the next time you need to troubleshoot your AirPods or manually connect them with a non-Apple device.