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What to Do When Your AirPods Won’t Go Into Pairing Mode

One of the standout features of the AirPods and AirPods Pro line is the quick and easy ability to pair them with other devices, whether it’s from Apple or just another Bluetooth-capable product.

But there might be times that you can’t pair the wireless earbuds. We’re here to help with some troubleshooting tips.

1. Check Your Battery Life


The first angle to explore when having any type of pairing problems is to check your AirPods battery life. If the battery in the earbuds, case, or both are depleted, you won’t be able to pair with another device.

Your AirPods case will have a status light that shows how much charge is left. The light will either be on the outside of the case or inside depending on what model of AirPods you have.

With your AirPods in the case, the green light indicates the earbuds are fully charged. An amber light means there is less than one full charge remaining.

If you see an amber light, or no light at all, it’s best to charge the AirPods. There are a few ways to do that depending on what charging case you have. You might need a Lightning cable or wireless charging pad.

For more details, see our primer on how to charge your AirPods Pro or AirPods.

2. Make Sure Bluetooth is Turned On

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