Why Are My AirPods Flashing Orange?

From the moment they were first released in 2016, AirPods have continuously grown in popularity.

These headphones were an absolute game changer, removing the need for a cable and allowing people proper freedom of movement when using their headphones. 

Why Are My AirPods Flashing Orange

In the short amount of time that AirPods have been available on the market, they have become immensely popular, with people all over the world using these headphones to listen to their music.

But it goes without saying that these headphones take a little bit of getting used to. 

One thing that you may notice your headphones doing from time to time is flashing orange. But what does this mean? And what should you do about it?

In this guide, I’ll be answering the question “why are my AirPods flashing orange?”. So if you want to find out more, keep on reading!

What Are AirPods?

First things first, let’s quickly establish exactly what we mean when we say “AirPods”.

Well as we have said, AirPods were first released in 2016 and they are the first type of wireless Bluetooth headphone directly produced and sold by Apple.

While it took a couple of years for AirPods to become as mainstream as they are today, from their first release, these headphones started to become popular. 

These white headphones come in a small charging case which allows you to charge your headphones while you are not using them.

They connect to your phone via Bluetooth, and were originally released alongside the iPhone 7, however they are compatible with all newer models of iPhone. 

Included in the case of these headphones, and on the headphones themselves, is a small light. This light will flash in different colors to indicate different things.

One color that it might flash is orange. So with this in mind, let’s take a look at what it means when your AirPods are flashing orange.

Why Are My AirPods Flashing Orange?

The first time that you notice your AirPods flashing orange, it is understandable that you might be alarmed.

When you don’t know what the flashing orange light means, it is easy to panic and assume that something is wrong with your AirPods, but thankfully this usually isn’t the case. 

If you see a flashing orange light, then the first thing that it is meant to signify is that the AirPods or the charging case require charging. But this isn’t actually the only thing that the flashing orange light can signify.

If you want to find out if the reason that your AirPods are flashing orange is that they are running on low battery, simply plug them into a power source.

If the light stops flashing, then it was obviously because the AirPods were running low on battery. 

Different colors and blinking patterns can signify different things. So to help you understand why your AirPods are flashing orange, let’s take a quick look at what all the different orange flashing patterns may mean. 

They include:

  • Orange light (when AirPods are in case) – Your AirPods are currently charging. 
  • Orange light (without AirPods in case) – The charging case requires charging as it doesn’t have enough battery to charge your AirPods. 
  • Orange light (when connected to power source) – Both the AirPods and the charging case are charging simultaneously. 
  • Flashing Orange light – Pairing issue between the AirPods and the audio source. 

So, if both your AirPods and the charging case are flashing orange simultaneously, the chances are that your AirPods do not require charging.

Instead, there is a very good chance that you have a pairing issue between your AirPods and the audio source. If this happens, sadly the fix isn’t as easy as plugging your AirPods into an electric outlet.

But, it is possible to fix the problem, let’s take a look at how to do this. 

Why Are My AirPods Flashing Orange

How To Fix This Problem

If there is a pairing problem between your AirPods and audio source, there are a couple of different methods that you can use to fix this problem. So, let’s take a look at them.

Restart The Audio Source

The first method that you should try out is restarting the audio source. If you are using your cellphone, simply switch your cellphone off, and then switch it back on.

This will restart your phone, allowing you to attempt pairing again. A lot of the time, this is enough to fix the issue, and get your audio source paired to your AirPods without issue.

Recharge Your AirPods And Case

If your AirPods are low battery and you are experiencing the flashing orange light, then it might be worth recharging your AirPods and the charging case to full battery.

While simply plugging them in for a moment will not resolve the issue, charging your AirPods to full might. So it is definitely worth a try.

Clean Your AirPods

If your AirPods are getting a little older, and they haven’t been cleaned in a while, then it might be a good idea to clean your AirPods.

Sometimes, dirt can stop your AirPods from pairing with your audio device, so cleaning them as per Apple’s instructions may be a good way to get them working again. 

Factory Reset

If all else fails, then you should try factory resetting your AirPods. Thankfully, factory resetting your AirPods is really simple. Begin by putting your AirPods in the charging case.

Then enter the Bluetooth settings on your audio device and forget your AirPods. Open the lid of your AirPods case and hold in the setup button for around 15 seconds.

Let go of the button, and your AirPods should have been factory reset. After this, it should be easy for you to pair your AirPods with your audio device. 


In short, if your AirPods are flashing orange, it is likely because they are having trouble pairing with your audio device. In this guide, we have taken a look at a couple of different methods that you can use to resolve this issue. 

Thanks for reading!

Garrett Jones

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