This research by Headphones Pro Review is supported by our readers. We may earn a commission when you purchase through our links. Learn more

General Talk Why Do My AirPods Keep Disconnecting?

Why Do My AirPods Keep Disconnecting?

Big Goodbye to Frustration

AirPods Keep Disconnecting

Wireless Apple earphones? Yes, please! Everyone knows about the Apple AirPods; after all, they have been the talk of the town ever since their launch. So, if you are an Apple user and haven’t bought a pair of AirPods, you need to do so immediately! They are easy to use, wireless, and look sleek and stylish; what more could you ask for? Perhaps a drop in their price, but that’s a conversation for another day. Today we will answer one of the most popular AirPods-related questions, “Why do my AirPods keep disconnecting?”

If you are an AirPods user, you would have probably already faced the issue multiple times. Unfortunately, there is no definite reason why your AirPods keep disconnecting. On the same note, neither is there any fixed way to solve this issue.

Your AirPods may disconnect due to:

  • Bandwidth issues
  • Hardware problems
  • iOS version of your Apple device
  • A recent software update. 

Many AirPods users also ask, “Why do my AirPods keep disconnecting in the middle of a phone call?” The reason can be your car’s Bluetooth. 

Having said that, we have put together a list of different methods you can use to determine the cause behind your AirPods disconnecting, and remedy the same! Continue reading to find out which method will help you when your AirPods keep disconnecting.

8 Ways to Fix Your AirPods That Keep Disconnecting

1. Check Your AirPods’ Battery

Are you Airpods Charged?

Before you try anything else, whenever your AirPods randomly disconnect from your device, the first thing you should do is check the battery status. Often, this is the most common reason why your AirPods keep disconnecting. 

In order to check whether your AirPods still have power left in them, pop them into their case, and leave the lid of the case open. Place the case close to your device, like your iPhone for example. You will see a window pop-up, which will notify the battery life of both your AirPods and their carry-case. 

Another way to check the battery status of your AirPods is the Batteries widget on your iPhone. To do this, you simply have to swipe to the right on the home page, and scroll down till you find the widget. Wondering how to enable the Batteries widget on your iPhone? We’ve got you covered! It’s easy; after you swipe right on the homepage, scroll down till you see the “Edit” button. Tap it and add the Batteries widget. 

2. Enable Bluetooth

Check the Bluetooth connectivity

Although this may seem obvious, you will be surprised to know that disabled Bluetooth can be the reason why your AirPods keep disconnecting. If you own an iPhone or iPad, open the Control Centre to verify whether the Bluetooth has been turned on. You can also do this by tapping Bluetooth from “Settings.” If it is green, it means the Bluetooth is on. 

The standard “turn it off and on again” method is applicable here as well. So, even if your Bluetooth is on, try turning it off and turning it on once again. Your device will probably tell you that your AirPods are not connected. Select your AirPods from “My Devices” and give them a few seconds to connect to your iPhone or iPad once again.

3. Check Your AirPods’ Microphone

Check Your AirPods’ Microphone

Both your AirPods have an in-built microphone. In case you notice that your AirPods keep disconnecting during a phone call, change your AirPods settings to “permit only one microphone to work” at any given moment. 

On your Apple device, navigate to “Settings,” followed by “Bluetooth.” Under “My Devices,” you will find an “i” icon, alongside the name of your AirPods. After this, tap the “Microphone.” Once you have done this, select either “Always Left AirPod” or “Always Right AirPod.” 

4. Disable Automatic Ear Detection

Disable Automatic Ear Detection

Apple has provided AirPods with a feature called “Automatic Ear Detection.” As the name suggests, this means that your AirPods will only be functional as soon as you insert them in your ears. This is a helpful feature and can help in conserving the battery of your AirPods. However, having said that, this feature can prove to be one of the many reasons why your AirPods keep disconnecting. 

All you have to do is make your way to “Bluetooth” via “Settings,” and under “My Devices,” tap the “i” icon next to the name of your AirPods. You will see “Automatic Ear Detection.”. Turn it off, and you are good to go.

5. Clean Your AirPods

Clean Your AirPods

Sometimes, your AirPods may keep disconnecting because you haven’t cleaned them in a while. When you are cleaning your AirPods, keep in mind to use AirPod buds which have been specially designed to gently clean the crevices and speakers. After you have cleaned your AirPods using these buds, use a microfiber cloth to clean any dust particles. You can also buy the AirSquares Gunk Remover for AirPods for cleaning ear wax.

If you don’t have AirPod buds, use a brush with delicate and soft bristles to clean the speaker grills. Once you have done this, wipe any dust and debris away using a microfiber cloth. You can also check the detailed guide on how to clean headphones for more information.

You can also order an AirPods cleaning kit (we recommend buying the Zoico AirPod Cleaning Kit with Premium Tools and Travel Case).

6. Disable Your Apple Device’s Wi-Fi

Disable Your Apple Device’s Wi-Fi

Honestly speaking, there’s no logical explanation as to why turning off your Wi-Fi can be helpful, but many users have tried this method (even some of our experts). And, the method worked wonders for them! Perhaps this could be because there is no Wi-Fi interference. 

As a matter of fact, you can also try moving closer to the device to which your AirPods are connected. Our experts recommend staying away from microwaves, ovens, baby monitors, wireless video cameras, and cordless phones while using your AirPods. 

7. Reset Your Network Settings

Reset Your Network Settings

To reset your network settings, open the “Settings” on your device. Scroll down to “General,” and then tap on “Reset.” Over here, you will find “Reset Network Settings.” Tap on this to reset your network settings. 

Even after trying this method, if you notice that your AirPods are disconnecting, navigate to the same page, and tap on “Reset All Settings.” 

8. Check the Audio Device Settings

Check the Audio Device Settings

Often, your AirPods may keep disconnecting because they aren’t properly connected to your device. Ensure you have selected your AirPods as the audio device. Usually, this happens automatically when you wear the AirPods. However, in the situation that your AirPods don’t connect automatically, do the following. 

Play a song on your iPhone or any other Apple device. Under the name of the song, you will see an “AirPlay icon.” Over here, choose your AirPods from the set of options. Do the same whenever you are on a phone call.

Final Words

We felt helpless every time we received the question, “Why do my AirPods keep disconnecting?” from our readers. Therefore, we decided to create this detailed guide, just like we did for the question, “Do Airpods fall out easily?” We hope we have been able to solve the issue of AirPods disconnecting. We are sure at least one of these methods will work for you. Unfortunately, there’s no fixed reason why you may be facing this problem, nor is there any definite solution to it. So, you will probably have to try different ways to get rid of it the next time it occurs. Luckily though, the solutions are quick and easy, and you’ll be able to connect your AirPods again without any hassle.

Having said that, if despite all your attempts at trying to stop your AirPods from disconnecting, the problem persists, it could mean that there’s another underlying issue. Perhaps the sensors within your AirPods are not fully functional and are unable to detect when and if the AirPods are in your ears. It could also be a microphone fault or an issue related to Bluetooth interference.  If this is the case, we recommend contacting an expert or taking your AirPods to the nearest Apple Store to get them checked.