Why Do My AirPods Keep Disconnecting?

This might be a case of unchecked first-world problems is the fact that sometimes your AirPods disconnect for no good reason. Why is this? How can you prevent it from happening?

Why Do My AirPods Keep Disconnecting?

The fact is that there might be a very simple reason that this might be happening and you can easily rectify it. This means that you won’t have to return that phone call or explain why it ended so abruptly.

So why exactly does this happen? How can you prevent it from happening in the future? How can you reconnect your iPad or iPhone to your Airpods (see also ‘How To Rename Airpods‘)? Well, if you want to stop this from happening in the future, read this article for some quick fixes.

Why Do Your AirPods Keep Disconnecting?

There are many different reasons why your AirPods might be disconnecting (see also ‘How To Pause AirPods‘), some of them could be very simple. Here is a list of some of the reasons why your AirPods might not be functioning properly (see also ‘Why Do My AirPods Keep Pausing?‘):

  • Battery Level Low – this is probably one of the most common reasons why your AirPods are cutting out. If they cut out, then they could be trying to conserve battery power or running on fumes.
  • Unstable Bluetooth Connection – if you are in a place where your Bluetooth keeps dropping out, this will impede your AirPod’s ability to synch with your phone or iPod device (see also ‘How To Turn Off Notifications On AirPods‘).
  • Your AirPods Are Not Clean Enough – Sometimes things like dirt, moisture and ear wax can build up and cause your AirPods to disconnect frequently.
  • Bluetooth Needs Resetting – computer bugs can get into your AirPods and affect their functionality. Wiping them will help to rectify this issue.
  • Turning Off Automatic Ear Detection – This is an automatic feature that will help your earbuds to turn on when they are in your ears. However, this can sometimes lead to some malfunctions.

These are just a few of the reasons why your AirPods might be disconnecting (see also ‘Why Are My AirPods So Quiet?‘). There are many more, which we’ll cover, along with some of the more common solutions to these issues.

Low Battery Level

This is one of the most common reasons why you might be losing connection with your AirPods. This is because they are wireless and they do not get their power supply directly from your music listening device.

One method of rectifying this will be to put your Airpods back on a full charge. You’ll need to make sure that your AirPod’s battery level is between at least 20% and 80% for them to work properly.

To check the battery level of your AirPods, open them in their case and hold it close to your phone.

The battery level of your phone case should alert you to how much battery you’ll have left in your AirPods (see also ‘How To Add AirPods To Find My iPhone‘).

Another method of checking whether your Airpods have full power or not is by checking on the status light that is directly on your AirPods. If the light is red, then this means that your AirPods will need charging (see also ‘How Long Do AirPods Take To Charge?‘).

Unstable Bluetooth Connection

If you have checked and rechecked the battery level on your AirPods (see also ‘Why Are My AirPods Dying So Fast?‘) but are still suffering from connection issues, then you might be suffering from a disrupted Bluetooth connection.

If there is something between your AirPods and your Bluetooth device, whether it is something solid like a wall or even a body of water, then you might be experiencing some difficulty in maintaining a good wifi connection.

Even if you are near a microwave, you can expect this to affect your AirPods.

Make sure you check your environment and you are able to maintain a direct line between your AirPods and your Bluetooth device to make sure that the connection is completely stable.

AirPods Are Not Clean

Why Do My AirPods Keep Disconnecting?

Very often, moisture can affect how your AirPods function. This is because water and electricity simply do not mix.

One of the best methods of making sure that your AirPods are optimally functioning will be to clean them regularly using the following method:

  1. Dampen a lint cloth with some alcohol solution (around 70%).
  2. Rub the cloth over the surface of your AirPods, taking care not to get too much moisture on them.
  3. Take a cotton swab and use it to get into the crevices that you might not be able to reach with the lint cloth.
  4. Take a soft-bristled toothbrush and use it to get rid of some of the debris that has accumulated in the gaps.
  5. Wipe the Airpods with the lint cloth once again to get rid of the last of the remaining dirt and grime.

Resetting Your Bluetooth

Sometimes your devices will not be running smoothly. There are operations in your device that will conflict and cause some connection errors from time to time. If your AirPods keep disconnecting, then this might be because the same conflict keeps occurring.

If you reset your device, then this will erase all of the conflicts, restoring your AirPods to their factory settings.

You can reset your AirPods through the Bluetooth settings on your phone. Just click on the settings or information icon that you will find on the left-hand side of your device.

Turning Off Automatic Ear Detection

This ear detection system is something that is meant to activate your AirPods when you are ready to play music. This is ideally meant to act as a power-saving device, but like with any other automatic system, sometimes it does not always work properly.

If your AirPods change position, then you might find them having trouble detecting whether or not they are actually in your ear.

If you are experiencing this problem frequently, then you might have to deactivate this setting.

To do this, all you have to do is put them in your ear and then go into the settings tab in your Bluetooth. Find your device and turn off the automatic ear detection.


We hope that some of our reasons for your AirPods disconnecting have helped you to isolate the reasons why they might be doing this as well as providing you with an effective solution to fix this problem.

Garrett Jones

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