AirPods Not Connecting To iPad? This is the real reason and how to fix it!


You don’t know the reason your AirPods won’t connect to an iOS. AirPods are made to connect to Apple devices. However, sometimes things don’t work as expected. This article will explain why AirPods don’t connect to your iPad, and show you how I fix AirPods connectivity problems!

How your iPad Connects to Your AirPods

AirPods will not connect to an iPad because the iPad’s software isn’t up-to-date. To connect AirPods with an iPad, iOS 10.2 (or later) must be installed.

Open the Settings app, tap General->Software Update. Your iPad will display iOS (version number) if your software is current. Your software is current.


To update your iPad, click Download and install if an iOS update is available. You may need to wait for the iOS update to download and install properly.

Is Your iPhone and iPad connected to the same iCloud account?

If your iPhone is already connected to your AirPods, it will automatically connect to your iPad . This happens if both your iPhone and iPad have been connected to the same iCloud account.

Check if your iPhone is connected to your iPad and logged in to the same iCloud. Your AirPods may not be connecting to your iPad if they aren’t.


You can follow the steps below to learn to manually connect your AirPods to your iPad and to troubleshoot any AirPods connectivity issues .

Please note: These screenshots were taken with the iOS 11 beta on an iPad. All iPad users will receive iOS 11 in Fall 2017.


Restart your iPad

Sometimes, minor connectivity or software issues can be fixed by restarting your iPad. Your iPad will shut down all programs and then restart when it turns back on.

  1. Hold the top and volume buttons on your iPhone.
  2. Press the buttons to release them when a red power icon or the phrase “slide-to-power off” appear on your iPad’s screen.
  3. To turn off your iPad, swipe the red power icon left to right
  4. Allow your iPad to cool down for approximately one minute before you turn it back on.
  5. To turn your iPad on again, press and hold the top buttons.

Bluetooth on Your iPad

Bluetooth allows your iPad to connect to Bluetooth devices like headphones (including Apple AirPods), speakers and keyboards.


Check that your AirPods are within reach of your iPad

Your AirPods and iPad must be within 25 feet of each other in order to link. Your AirPods and iPad should not be too far apart to use Bluetooth.

  1. Navigate to the Home screen on your iPad.
  2. Double-press the Home button, or swipe up from the bottom to Open Control Center.
  3. Hold the Audio Widget in the Control Center.
  4. To access , tap the audio output.
  5. If your AirPods are not listed in this menu, they may be out of reach of your iPad.

Bluetooth Pairing Mode: Turn on your AirPods

If your iPhone isn’t logged into your iCloud Account, you’ll need to set your AirPods in Bluetooth pairing mode.


How do I charge the AirPods Charging Case

  1. Connect a Lightning Cable to the Lightning Connect in your Charging Case.
  2. The Lightning cable can be plugged into either a USB port, or a wall charger.
  3. Your Charging Case may take up to a few hours before it is fully charged.

Clean your AirPods and Charging Case

Dirt, dust, and other debris can get into your AirPods, Charging Case, causing hardware problems. Your AirPods might not be charging properly if your Charging Case is cluttered.

  1. Use a soft, non-lint cloth. Do not use tissue or other cloths that could cause damage to your devices.
  2. Use a soft cloth to gently wipe your Charging Case and AirPods.
  3. To clean out more compact particles, you can use an antistatic brush or a new toothbrush.

Reset Network Settings On Your iPad

It can be difficult to track down a problem in your iPad’s Bluetooth or VPN settings. Instead of trying to find it, we will reset all network settings to try to fix the problem.

  1. Start the Settings App.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Reset or Transfer iPad.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Tap Reset Network Settings.
  6. Enter your iPad passcode.
  7. When the confirmation alert appears, tap Reset
  8. Reset your iPad’s network settings to force a restart.

Repair Your AirPods

If your AirPods are still not connecting to your iPhone after you get this far, it could be a hardware issue.

How do I repair my AirPods?

There are several ways to fix your AirPods.

If you are still within the Return Window

  1. Return your AirPods to the place where they were purchased and exchange them for a brand new pair.

If you’re not in the Return Window

  1. You can repair them using Apple’s online assistance,
  2. Book an appointment at your local Apple Store’s Genius Bar.
  3. You can send an email to Apple Support for an online repair.

Are AirPods not Connecting to Your iPad? Fixed!

Now you can connect your AirPods with your iPad. You can listen to your favorite songs and podcasts. We hope this article has helped you to understand what to do if your AirPods don’t work with your iPad. We appreciate your time and welcome any questions.


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