My AirPods aren’t connecting to my iPhone This is the real solution


David Lynch

DECEMBER 15, 2021

Don’t worry if you don’t know the right way to fix your Apple AirPods.

Before you can use your AirPods, you must first set up your iPhone’s hardware and software correctly. Although it can be difficult to pinpoint the issue, I will help you.

This article will explain why the AirPods won’t connect to your iPhone and how you can fix it for good.

Do I Need A New Pair Of AirPods? Are My AirPods Broken?

It’s hard to say at the moment. AirPods are more than just a pair of Bluetooth headphones. They use a W1 chip with accelerometers and other technology. Your iPhone can now benefit from all the new features Apple has created for AirPods.

Other Bluetooth headphones might work with your iPhone, but that doesn’t mean you have to replace your AirPods. You can connect your AirPods to your iPhone using this guide to find the cause.



Reset iPhone and Turn It On

When you turn off your iPhone, the operating system shuts down all background programs. Sometimes, this is enough to fix a simple software issue.

How can I turn my iPhone on and off?

  1. Hold down the power (iPhones without Face ID) or the side buttons (iPhones with Face ID) till “slide to power off” appears.
  2. Drag your finger left to right to move the red power symbol across the screen.
  3. Wait until your iPhone turns off completely. This could take up to 30 seconds.
  4. iPhones with Face ID are not supported. For these iPhones, press the power button (iPhones without Face ID) or side button (iPhones with Face ID). Hold the button down until you see Apple’s logo.
  5. Press the power or side button, then wait for your iPhone to turn on.

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Bluetooth on Your iPhone

By turning on Bluetooth, you can connect your iPhone to Bluetooth devices such as keyboards and speakers.

How can I turn Bluetooth on my iPhone on?

There’s three ways to activate Bluetooth on your iPhone.

How can I enable Bluetooth in the Settings App?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Bluetooth to open the Bluetooth menu.
  3. If you see yellow when you switch to Bluetooth, indicates that Bluetooth has been enabled.
  4. Turn Bluetooth on by touching the Bluetooth switch with your finger if it’s gray.

How do I turn on Bluetooth in Control Center

  1. To open Control, move your finger from the bottom to the upper right-hand corner for iPhones without Face ID or up from the lower left-hand corner for iPhones with Face ID.
  2. To activate Bluetooth tap on the Bluetooth symbol. It looks like a triangle-shaped, “B” and Bluetooth will turn on if it is highlighted in blue.

Turning on Bluetooth with Siri

  1. For Siri to open, hold down the Side button (iPhones without Face ID) or the Home button (iPhones with Face ID). Siri will then appear. You can also say “Hey Siri.” ” “
  2. Simply say “Turn on Bluetooth.” Siri will tell you if Bluetooth is on.

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Modify the iPhone software via Settings

Apple releases software upgrades to improve efficiency, fix bugs, and add new features. iOS Update iOS can resolve issues with your iPhone’s software.

How can I update my iPhone’s software in Settings?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Click Software Upgrade.
  4. Click Get and install now.
  5. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  6. The update will be done once the verification has been completed.
  7. The update will be complete when your iPhone reboots.

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AirPods are set up with your iPhone

Your iPhone must be connected before you can use the AirPods. After you have opened the Charging Case, you can connect your AirPods to your iPhone.

How can I set up AirPods with my iPhone?

  1. Lock your iPhone.
  2. Place your AirPods in the Charging Case
  3. Keep your iPhone’s charging case near you.
  4. The setup animation will be displayed on the iPhone.
  5. Tap Connect.
  6. Tap Done.

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Charge your AirPods

AirPods work properly if they’re charged. The charging case will charge your AirPods.

How can I charge my AirPods with

  1. Insert your AirPods in the Charging Case
  2. The Status Light shows how much charge your AirPods hold when they are in their Charging Case.
  3. Once your AirPods are fully charged, the Status light will turn to.

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AirPods Charging Case

It may sound confusing, but the Charging Case must charged in order to charge your AirPods.

How can I charge my AirPods Charging Case

  1. Connect a Lightning Cable with the LightningConnect in your Charging Box.
  2. The Lightning Cable can be connected to either a wall outlet or USB port.
  3. It may take a while for your Charging Case to fully charge.

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Charge your AirPods and Charging Case

Dust, dirt, and other debris could get in your AirPods Charging Case, causing hardware issues.

  1. Use a soft and non-linting cloth.
  2. Use an old soft cloth to clean your AirPods and Charging Case.
  3. Use an antistatic toothbrush or a new toothbrush to remove smaller particles.

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Make sure your AirPods reach your iPhone

AirPods won’t connect to iPhones if they aren’t in reach of one another. Bluetooth is what allows AirPods to connect to iPhones.

How can I make sure my AirPods reach my iPhone?

  1. Click here to go to the Homepage screen.
  2. To access the Control Center swipe up from the bottom of the screen (iPhones that are not using FaceID) or the upper right-hand corner for iPhones that use Face ID.
  3. Tap the audio output button. It appears like a triangle with three circles at the end.
  4. If your AirPods are not listed as an audio output source,

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Bluetooth Pairing Mode: Turn on your AirPods

You will need to pair your AirPods with Bluetooth pairing mode if your iPhone isn’t logged in to your iCloud Account.

How can I set my AirPods to Bluetooth pairing mode?

  1. Put your AirPods into the Charging Case
  2. Keep the charging case’s lid closed.
  3. Press the setup button on the back of the Charging Case.
  4. When the status light turns white, your AirPods will automatically go into Bluetooth pairing mode.

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Bluetooth Accessories for Your iPhone

Bluetooth wirelessly connecting devices requires that your iPhone and Bluetooth devices are paired.

How can I pair my iPhone to a Bluetooth accessory?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the Bluetooth device listed under “My Devices” to activate it.
  4. Some Bluetooth devices may require you to enter a passkey or PIN.
  5. When your iPhone adds the “Connected” label next to your name, it will tell you that it is connected with Bluetooth devices.

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Check that your AirPods have been connected to the right device

If your AirPods are connected to another device, AirPods can receive audio from that device. AirPods will not receive audio from more than one device at once.

How can I ensure my AirPods are correctly connected?

  1. Click here to go to the Homepage screen.
  2. Open Control Center.
  3. Tap on the audio output button. It appears as a small triangle containing three rings.
  4. To link your iPhone to your AirPods, click AirPods.
  5. AirPods will not be listed if they are not available.

Turn Bluetooth on and off

Bluetooth issues can sometimes arise between your iPhone’s Bluetooth device, and other Bluetooth devices. You can fix this by turning Bluetooth off again.

How can I turn Bluetooth off/on again?

You can turn Bluetooth on or off using three options

In the Settings App

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. To turn Bluetooth on, tap the yellow switch next to it. When the switch turns grey, Bluetooth will turn off by itself.
  4. To switch Bluetooth on again, tap on the switch. Bluetooth will turn on when the switch turns green.

Control Center

  1. Open the Control Center by moving your finger upwards from the bottom of iPhones without Face ID, or downwards from the upper right corner for iPhones with Face ID.
  2. Tapap the Bluetooth Icon. It is a triangle-shaped icon.
  3. To turn Bluetooth off, tap the Bluetooth symbol once more.


  1. For Siri to open, hold down the Home button (iPhones without Face ID) or the side buttons (iPhones with Face ID), until Siri appears. You can also say “Hey Siri.” “
  2. To disable Bluetooth, simply say “Turn Off Bluetooth. ” “
  3. You can turn Bluetooth back on by saying “Turn Bluetooth On.” 

Reset Network Settings

When you connect to the internet, your iPhone stores information about how connect with that Wi Fi or Bluetooth device.

Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint the root cause of software problems, especially when they involve network settings. We will reset all network settings and give your iPhone a fresh start.

How can I reset my network settings?

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down and tap Reset iPhone.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Tap Reset Network Settings.
  6. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  7. After the reset is complete, your iPhone will turn off and restart.

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DFU Restore your iPhone

DFU Restore can resolve any software issue by completely erasing all code that could be causing it.

It’s like a foundation crack in your house. Instead, it is building a foundation.

Before performing a DFU restore, backup your iPhone as much as possible.

How can I restore my iPhone’s DFU?

How do you DFU Restore an iPhone SE or 6s?

  1. Lightning cables are used to connect your iPhone and computer.
  2. Open iTunes if you have a Mac running Mojave 10.14 or earlier.
  3. Hold both the power and home buttons simultaneously.
  4. Hold the Home button for 8 seconds.
  5. If your iPhone appears in iTunes/Finder let go of the power switch
  6. After entering DFU mode successfully, the screen of your iPhone will go completely black.
  7. You can restore your iPhone using iTunes or the Finder.

How do you DFU Restore your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a Lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes on a Mac or a PC with Mojave 10.14 or later. It doesn’t matter if your iPhone is turned off or on.
  3. Hold down the volume button and power buttons simultaneously.
  4. After 8 seconds, release the power button. You must hold the volume down button at least for 8 seconds.
  5. Once your iPhone is listed in iTunes/Finder’s list, press the volume down key.
  6. When the display is completely black you will know your iPhone is in DFU mode.
  7. iTunes and the Finder can be used to restore your iPhone.

How do you DFU Restore an iPhone 8/Newer

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a charging cable
  2. Open iTunes on Macs and Windows with macOS 10.14 or higher, or Finder on Macs running macOS 10.15.
  3. Release quickly the volume up button.
  4. Release the volume key.
  5. Press the side button until the screen turns black.
  6. Hold the volume button and continue to hold the side buttons.
  7. Hold both buttons for five seconds.
  8. The side button will be released after five seconds , while you hold the volume down key .
  9. Keep holding down the volume key until you see your iPhone’s name in iTunes or Finder.
  10. Use a charging cable to connect your iPhone with your computer

Apple Repairs Your AirPod

How can I fix my AirPods?

How to repair your AirPods at The Genius Bar of an Apple Store

  1. To make an appointment at the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store visit Apple’s website.
  2. Check in at Genius Bar when you arrive.

How to Repair your AirPods with Apple’s Mail-In Repair Service

  1. For support by phone, email or post, visit Apple’s 

Your AirPods can be connected to your iPhone.

Your AirPods are now connected to your iPhone. Now you can enjoy your Bluetooth headphones!

Now you know how to connect your AirPods with your iPhone.



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