How to Fix: AirPods Flashing White and Not Connecting

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Emilija Gadgets / Apple Airpods

4 min read

If you’re experiencing issues with your AirPods flashing white, and not connecting to the device, you’re not the only one.

Apparently, a big number of AirPod users have reported having the exact issue, but the good news is, the problem is easily fixable.

When AirPods flash white, it usually means they are ready to connect and be paired with a device, but what happens when they’re not pairing?

According to multiple user reports, the optimal solution is disconnecting the AirPods, and ‘forgetting’ the device, before reconnecting them all over again.

However, since this quick fix doesn’t seem to be working for everyone, several different methods can be applied to get the AirPods or AirPods Pro functioning properly again.

Hence, dive into the steps and methods below, to quickly solve the issue of AirPods not connecting as they usually do.

How to Fix AirPods not connecting

  1. Disconnecting and forgetting the AirPods from other devices (iOS device or Android device)

Having your AirPods connected to multiple different devices may cause issues such as the AirPods not connecting to the device you want.

This is due to the AirPods trying to establish a connection to a different device.

Therefore, disconnecting the AirPods and ‘forgetting’ them on the previously connected devices might solve the issue.

After removing the AirPods from the mentioned devices, pair your AirPods again by opening the lid of the case and holding the setup button until the light flashes white.

  1. Turning Bluetooth off and on again

In case you still haven’t tried it, turn the Bluetooth settings off and back on again on your phone. This may help establish a stronger connection, and ultimately get rid of the issue of the AirPods not connecting.

If you’re an iPhone user, you can do this by opening ‘Settings’, clicking on ‘Bluetooth’, and turning it off.

Turn Bluetooth back on, and connect your iPhone to the AirPods.

If you’re an Android user, you can do this by opening ‘Settings’, finding the ‘Bluetooth’ feature, and toggling the button next to it. Reconnect to the AirPods after turning it back on.

  1. Restarting the device

Regardless of which device you’re currently using, could be an iPhone, Android, tablet or laptop, restarting the device will help to reboot the entire system, and ultimately, establish a more stable connection.

After the device is done restarting, reconnect your AirPods as you usually do (also mentioned in Method 1).

You might be also interested in reading how to fix it if your AirPods randomly connect.

  1. Updating the software on the device

Regular software updates help to keep your device efficient and stable.

If your device hasn’t been updated in a while, it may affect the Bluetooth connection, and cause issues such as your AirPods not connecting.

If you’re an iPhone user, check for updates by following these steps:

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your phone, and click on ‘General’.
  2. Look for ‘Software Updates’ and check if your device is up to date.

If you’re an Android user, check for updates by following these steps:

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app on your phone, and scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click on ‘Software Update’.
  2. Click on ‘Check for updates’.

In both cases, if an update is available, update your device, and try reconnecting the AirPods again after.

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