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How do I connect my Apple AirPods?

If my Apple AirPods have connection problems, I can try several things to fix it myself. This way I can manually try to restore the Bluetooth, perform a firmware update or reset my AirPods. In this article you can read which 4 steps I follow to solve connection problems between my AirPods and Apple iPhone.

Connnecting Apple AirPods


In 4 steps, you can read how to connect your Apple AirPods to your iPhone.

Step 1: Connect AirPods manually

Step 2: Restore Bluetooth settings

Step 3: Update firmware

Step 4: Factory settings

Connect Apple AirPods automatically

Automatically connect iPhone AirPods

To pair Apple AirPods with Apple iPhone, I need an iPhone with iOS 10 or higher.

  1. I make sure the Apple iPhone screen is on and go to the home screen.
  2. I open the case and keep it close to my iPhone. I also ensure that Apple AirPods are in the case. Now a configuration pop-up appears on the screen.
  3. I choose 'Connect' on my iPhone and then tap 'Done'.

What if my AirPods do not connect to my iPhone?

If my AirPods don't connect to my iPhone, I can try a few things to restore the connection myself. For example, I can try to connect my AirPods manually or restore the Bluetooth settings on Apple iPhone. Does this not work? Then I see if I can perform a software update on my iPhone or reset my Apple AirPods.

Step 1: AirPods Connect manually

Connect manually

To restore the bluetooth connection, I follow the steps below on my iPhone.

  1. I open the case, take out the AirPods and put them in my ears.
  2. At the back of the case I press the button to activate the signal.
  3. I navigate to the settings on my iPhone and tap 'Bluetooth'. Here I select my Apple AirPods and I choose 'Connect'.

Step 2: restore Bluetooth settings

Restore Bluetooth settings on iPhone

If my AirPods do not want to connect to my phone, it may be due to the Bluetooth settings of my Apple iPhone.

  1. I go to the settings of my iPhone and tap 'Bluetooth'.
  2. Then I choose the 'i' icon next to Apple AirPods and tap 'Forget this device'.
  3. Switch off Bluetooth via settings or the control panel.
  4. I restart my iPhone.
  5. Switch on Bluetooth again and reconnect Apple AirPods.

Step 3: Update the firmware for Apple AirPods

Update Apple AirPods firmware

If the latest firmware version for Apple AirPods is not installed automatically, I can also do this manually.

  1. I put the AirPods in the charging case and leave the case open.
  2. With the Bluetooth settings of my iPhone I connect to Apple AirPods. 3. Then I go to settings and I choose 'Info' and then I tap 'AirPods'.
  3. If the latest firmware version is not shown here, I close the case and open it again to force the update process.

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