How to Reset AirPods Pro: Step-By-Step Manual

I unlocked the full potential of my AirPods and then AirPods Pro by occasionally resetting them to ensure they perform at their best. Sometimes, I experienced troubleshooting issues with pairing or on another occasion, I prepared my Apple’s AirPods to pass it on to a new owner; knowing how to reset AirPods Pro and AirPods appeared to be a valuable skill. I wrote this article for you if own these models:

  • AirPods
  • AirPods Pro

In this guide, I’ll take you through the step-by-step process to reset your AirPods, ensuring a fresh start and seamless listening experience.

How to Reset AirPods Pro

When to Perform a Reset on Your AirPods

So, here are all possible instances where I or my friends performed an AirPods reset:

  1. Connection problems: When an Apple device fails to connect to my device or maintain a stable connection.
  2. Audio issues: In cases of distorted or imbalanced audio from the AirPods.
  3. Battery problems: When AirPods drain rapidly or fail to charge properly.
  4. Passing ownership: Before selling or transferring AirPods to a new user.
  5. Software troubleshooting: As a step to address persistent software-related issues.

How to Reset AirPods Pro

I want to introduce you the process how to reset Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro (all generations) which helped me fix some issues. You may simply do it by removing them as a paired device from your iPhone and then reconnecting them. Here’s the step-by-step process:

  1. Place your earbuds back into their AirPods case and wait for approximately 30 seconds.
  2. Re-insert your AirPods into your ears.
  3. Open your iPhone’s ‘Settings,’ then navigate to ‘Bluetooth.’
  4. Locate and tap on the information icon next to your AirPods in the list of paired devices.
  5. Tap ‘Forget This Device’ and confirm the action by tapping ‘Forget Device.
    forget device

How to Reconnect AirPods to an iPhone After a Reset

After resetting AirPods by removing them as a device from your iPhone, you’ll need to re-establish the connection for future use.

Reconnecting AirPods to an iPhone is a quick process:

  1. Access the ‘Settings’ on your iPhone and navigate to ‘Bluetooth.’
  2. Place your AirPods into the charging case and open the lid.
  3. When the AirPods animation appears on your iPhone screen, tap ‘Connect.’


    Credit: YouTube, @macrumors

  4. Press and hold the button on the back of the charging case.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process.

I suggest you to watch this video, which shows step by step instructions on how to reset your AirPods Pro to factory settings:

How to Reset AirPods and AirPods Pro
How to Reset AirPods and AirPods Pro

How to Factory Reset AirPods Pro without iPhone

This method is really handy if you don’t have your iPhone nearby. For me, it was still possible to reset Apple AirPods without relying on the device’s ‘Forget This Device’ option. Try to perform a factory reset directly from the AirPods themselves like I did it. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Place your AirPods inside their charging case and open the lid.
  2. Press and hold the button located at the rear of the case for approximately 15 to 30 seconds. You’ll notice the flashing amber light transition to white during this time.

    Airpods Pro button

    Credit: YouTube, @InsiderTech

  3. Finally, close the lid to complete the reset process.

How to Reconnect AirPods Pro to a Mac After a Factory Reset

If you opt for resetting your AirPods independently, separate from an iPhone, you probably intend to pair them with your Mac afterward.

Pairing AirPods with a Mac is a straightforward process:

  1. Navigate to ‘System Settings’ on your Mac and access ‘Bluetooth.’
  2. Open the lid of your AirPods and briefly press the rear button.
  3. Look for the AirPods in the ‘Nearby Device’ section.
  4. Connect to them and, if desired, enable Siri.

This video will show you how to connect AirPods Pro to Mac:

How to Connect AirPods Pro to Mac
How to Connect AirPods Pro 2 to Mac (MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac..)

How to Remove Apple ID from Your Apple AirPods

I must share this with you in case you forgot or didn’t know. Each Apple AirPods model can only be linked to one Apple ID simultaneously. It’s essential if you plan to sell your AirPods or purchase them from a prior owner, you must disassociate them from their initial Apple ID.

To disconnect AirPods from an Apple ID, either you or the previous owner should disable the Find My Lock. This can be accomplished using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac:

  1. Launch the Find My app and access the ‘Devices’ section.
    Find My 1
  2. Locate the AirPods and swipe up the menu.
    Find My 2
  3. Select the ‘Remove This Device’ option.
    Find My 3

When AirPods Pro Fails to Reset

If your attempts to reset your AirPods are unsuccessful, there may be an underlying issue. I would want to share what helped me fix my AirPods Pro so that after that they could perform a reset. Please, consider these steps:

  1. Clean your AirPods and case: Dirt and debris can obstruct proper contact with the charging plate, preventing your case from recognizing the AirPods. Gently clean them with a lint-free cloth or paper towel, and use Q-tips with 70% isopropyl alcohol for tough spots.
  2. Precision cleaning: For stubborn dirt, cautiously use a toothpick for precise cleaning. Ensure both the AirPods and case are fully dry.
  3. Contact Apple support: If these steps fail, it might be a hardware issue. Reach out to Apple support; have your AirPods’ serial number ready for verification.
  4. Visit an Apple store: Alternatively, visit an Apple Store for certified technicians to assess potential replacements or warranty coverage.


How do I reset my AirPods Pro from the previous owner?

To reset second-hand AirPods or AirPods Pro, remove them from Bluetooth settings and press and hold the charging case's setup button. If they're linked to an Apple ID, the last owner must unlink them using the 'Find My' app on an iPhone or iPad.

How do I transfer my AirPods to another person?

To unpair your AirPods, navigate to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone, select the "i" icon next to your AirPods, and choose 'Forget This Device.' Confirm the action.

Can AirPods be tracked once reset?

After resetting AirPods, tracking them becomes impossible. The "Find My AirPods App" feature works on an iOS device if the earbuds haven't been reset, making it ineffective for stolen or found AirPods.


Now, after I shared methods that helped me reset both of my AirPods and AirPods Pro, you are more advanced in this topic and know how to reset AirPods Pro and AirPods. It is essential for troubleshooting and maintaining optimal performance. Whether you’re facing connectivity issues or preparing to pass them on to a new owner, these simple steps ensure a fresh start and continued enjoyment of your premium audio experience.

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Michael Dixon

Michael Dixon

After earning a degree in sound engineering from Full Sail University, I've dedicated my life to the intricacies of sound. Over the years working with giants such as SVS and Harman/Kardon, I have expanded my knowledge and experience. As a tech enthusiast and author, I follow the latest developments and presentations in the gadget industry with great interest. Possessing 13 years of experience in the field of audio technology, I've cultivated a sharp acumen for identifying upcoming breakthroughs in this domain, and I take pleasure in imparting my perspectives to others. My goal is to provide readers with the most accurate and up-to-date information possible, as well as analyze the innovations and trends shaping the technological future.

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