HOW TO RESET &
To configure your AirPods, open the Settings app on your
iOS device and tap Bluetooth, then tap the info icon next to
RESET YOUR AIRPODS
If you’re having battery or other issues with your AirPods,
tap Forget This Device and confirm your choice.
• Put your AirPods in their case and close the lid, wait 30
seconds, and open it again.
• Press and hold the Setup button on the back of the
case for at least five seconds.
• The status light should flash white. If it flashes amber,
you’ll need to close the case lid and connect the case to
power for at least ten minutes, then try again.
• Once the status light flashes white, you can reconnect
your AirPods to your devices (it will have disconnected
from all devices that share the same iCloud account).
Some customized settings will need to be set up again.
RENAME YOUR AIRPODS
Tap Name, then tap the x to the right of your AirPods’ name
and enter the new name.
TURN OFF AUTOMATIC EAR DETECTION
Toggle Automatic Ear Detection off if you don’t want audio
to switch from your paired device to your AirPods whenever
you put one or both AirPods in your ears.
You can decide to let your AirPods Microphone automatically switch back and forth from left to right as needed, or
to always use the left or right earbud for mic function. The
automatic option allows your microphone to remain functional
even if you’re only using one AirPod.
FIND YOUR LOST AIRPODS
Once you’ve paired your
AirPods to your device,
signed in to your Apple ID,
and set up Find My iPhone,
they’ll be visible on the Find
My iPhone map in case you
misplace them and need
help tracking them down.
If you see a green dot
next to your AirPods in the
device list, as in the image
above, it means that they’re
charged and in range. If your
AirPods are within Bluetooth
range of a paired device, you
can activate a two-minute
tone that gets gradually
louder, helping you locate
one or both of them. To turn
• Tap on your AirPods in
the device list under the
• Tap Actions at the bottom of your screen, then tap Play
• If you’ve only lost one AirPod or if you’ve found one but
not the other, you can tap Mute Left or Mute Right to
hone in on the location of the missing earbud.
• Tap Stop Playing once you’ve found your AirPods and
want the tone to stop or repeat the process if two minutes wasn’t long enough to locate both earbuds.
If you see a gray dot next to your AirPods they’re out of
range of your connected device or out of battery; the map will
show the last time and location they were traceable. If your
AirPods come back within range or if they’re charged, you’ll
receive a notification on your paired device. �
Leanne Hays is the Associate Editor at iPhone Life. She loves reading and blogging,
and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm,
long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.