AirPods Blinking Green: Causes & How To Fix Them

AirPods

Why do air pods blink green? – They blink green when they’re connected to a device and have a battery.

Almost every Apple user has experienced the problems with AirPods while using them. Many have complained about their Airpods being not able to connect or light blinking green instead of white.

This article provides a couple solutions that have worked for many people to fix their problem with Bluetooth connection on their iPhones, Macbooks and even Apple TVs.

EARBUDSAIRPODS (1ST GEN)AIRPODS (2ND GEN)AIRPODS PRO
Model NumberA1523, A1722A2032, A2031A2084, A2083
Release year201720192019
CHARGING CASESLIGHTNING CASEWIRELESS CASEAIRPODS PRO CASE
Model NumberA1602A1938A2190
Release year201720192019
Earbud compatibilityGen 1 & Gen 2Gen 1 & Gen 2AirPods Pro only
Qi wireless chargingNoYesYes

Problem 1

AirPods are blinking green after pairing, but they are not connected to any device.

How to fix 

If you are facing this issue then there can be two reasons for it: either your iPhone is not connecting to your Airpods after turning Bluetooth ON or your AirPods need an update. So, try out both the methods below which might work for you.

Solution 1

Check if your iPhone is connected to your AirPods or not. If yes, then move to Solution 2 and if no, then try connecting them with an Android phone (if you have one) and see how it works out for you. 

If pairing succeeds on another device (which means the issue lies within the Bluetooth functionality of your iPhone), contact Apple Support or take it to a service center where they will definitely fix this problem.

Solution 2

Make sure that there’s no update pending in your settings app and you are all up-to-date regarding the iOS version and security patches using Settings –> General –> Software Update. 

You can also make sure that there’s no update required for your AirPods by going to the same section and checking the version.

If there is an update available, then you can install it by tapping on Download and Install . In case you don’t see any updates in this menu, go ahead with these steps:

Solution 3

Go to Settings –> Bluetooth  and forget all devices that are listed under Paired Devices until your iPhone stops scanning these devices in the list of available Bluetooth devices. 

Once done, pair them again one after another using Bluetooth settings. This has been a great solution for many users who have had this problem with their Airpods before.

Problem 2 

AirPods blinking green while listening to music or podcasts on your iPhone

How to fix   

If your Airpods are blinking green then there can be two reasons for it: either you need to disconnect and reconnect them again to fix this issue or they need an update. So, try out both the solutions which might work for you.

Solution 1 

You can simply disconnect and connect them again by putting them in the case and opening it after a couple of seconds (without removing them from your ears). 

This will make them disconnect from the Bluetooth device connected with it (in this case, your iPhone) and then establish a new connection with that particular device once again.

AirPods Blinking Green

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Problem 3   

AirPods are blinking green while trying to use Siri

How to Fix 

what you will have to do if your Airpods are blinking green when using Siri on your iPhone/iPad –

Solution 1   

If you are using an iOS device then update the software by navigating to Settings -> General -> Software Update  and tapping on Download and Install  which is visible at the bottom under Update section. This has been a great solution for many users who have had this problem in the past so there’s no harm in updating your phone.

Solution 2    

Switch off Hey Siri  feature which is available in iOS devices that supports iOS version 10 and above. This solution has been cited by many users in the past so you can try it out if your Airpods are not responding to Siri at all even after updating the iOS version on your device.

Solution 3    

Reset Network Settings completely and then pair your iPhone with your AirPods again. This method has also worked for a lot of people in the past which is why I am suggesting this solution although it’s not that simple as other methods.

Follow these steps if you want to reset network settings – Go to Settings -> General -> Reset  -> Tap on ‘Reset Network Settings’  and enter passcode when prompted (if there’s one set), tap on ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ , enter passcode again when prompted.

Problem 4    

AirPods are blinking green even after resetting network settings on iPhone

How to fix

Solution 1    

Go to Settings -> Bluetooth  -> Scroll down and tap on ‘i’ icon next to your AirPods ↯ icon .

Solution 2    

Reset all the settings including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi etc by navigating to Settings –> General –> Reset  from available list of options under this menu.

 Solution 3    

Unpair or Delete your Airpods from the device you are using it on (iPhone/iPad) and then Pair them with that device once again. This can sometimes solve connectivity issues as well so give it a try before moving onto other solutions here.

Solution 4    

Go to Settings -> Bluetooth  -> Scroll down and tap on ‘i’ icon next to your AirPods ↯ icon .

  Solution 5:    Put the case near your iPhone and open it. This will make them power up again which might fix the blinking green issue for you.

If none of these methods worked then try using your Airpods without their charging case by powering them up via connecting only one charge cable into an USB port/computer. Or any other device that can provide required current (via USB-C port) so you get rid of all the issues related to battery life.

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Problem 6    

My AirPods are not detected by my iPhone/ iPad when I put them in my ears.

How to fix

If your AirPods are not getting detected by the device then there can be multiple reasons for that. Let’s start with some basic troubleshooting and try to see if we can fix it.

Solution 1    

Checking connectivity on both devices (iPhone and AirPods). Make sure you remain close enough (within 5-6 feet) of your iPhone so they connect seamlessly every time you put them in your ears.

Solution 2    

Put them back into their charging case and press down on the case until you hear a chime which indicates that they have been paired successfully with your iPhone. Now remove them from the case and use them as usual.

Solution 3    

Reset Network Settings completely and then pair your iPhone with your AirPods again.

Solution 4    

Try using them without the case by powering them up via connecting only one charge cable into an USB port/computer or any other device that can provide required current (via USB-C port).

Problem 7    

Airpods are not detected on MacBook/MacBook Pro

How to fix

If you’re trying to pair your Airpods with a Mac then first check if they have been connected to any other device before. If so, just unpair them from that device and try pairing it with the Mac again. 

This problem should be fixed now as Apple has acknowledged it and solved it in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 update . You can read more about this problem here – Fix for macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Update Regarding AirPods Detection Issue on Mac

Problem 8    

My Airpods are not connecting to my iPhone/ iPad when I put them in my ears even though they have been connected before

In this case, the best way is to reset all the settings so you get a clean slate and can start from scratch with your Apple devices. You’ll have to go through steps we listed above under ‘ Fix 6 – My AirPods are not detected by my iPhone’ and then follow these steps for resetting settings:

Navigate to Settings -> General -> Reset  and select “Reset All Settings” and enter the passcode if prompted (if there’s one set), tap on ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ and again enter the passcode if there’s one (if you have set). 

This process will delete all your app data, preferences, network settings etc that might be causing this problem. Once it is done, try connecting your AirPods to iPhone without their case or connect them via USB port on a computer/laptop as we mentioned above for Fix 6.

Problem 9   

My AirPods don’t start playing automatically after I put them in my ears.

How to fix

This can happen when you open an app on your iPhone which is connected with Bluetooth devices like music player/radio apps so make sure you close those apps completely before removing AirPods from your ears and wait for 10 seconds so they disconnect automatically and then try connecting them again.

Problem 10    

My AirPods are not pairing with my iPhone/iPad when I take them out of their case.

How to fix

Some users have reported that they are facing this problem after removing Airpods from their charging case without pressing the button on the back which turns off Bluetooth connectivity to prevent battery drain. Try following the below mentioned steps to fix it.

Solution 1    

Press and hold the circular button on your Airpod’s charging case until you see a white light in between earbuds blinking slowly. This indicates that bluetooth is turned off for AirPods . 

Now, remove both Airpods from your case and put them back into ears/charge cable separately one by one while both devices (iPhone/iPad) are in pairing mode (Airpods case has to be powered ON).

Solution 2    

Make sure you press the button on the back of the charging case after putting Airpods back into it. This will turn off bluetooth connectivity and prevent battery drain. 

Now, remove both earbuds from your charging case again one by one and put them back into ears/charge cable separately depending on whether you’re connecting the left or right side first.

Steps for connecting just one Airpod  

If only one Airpod is connected then it’ll automatically connect with iPhone when taken out of ears or charged via cable plugged into USB/USB-C port on computer/laptop/car charger if powered ON. 

While the other Airpod is in ears, press the circular button on the back of the charging case to turn off bluetooth connectivity and put it back into the charging case. 

Now, take out just one Airpod from your ear/charging case and put it back again. This time only one Airpod will connect with the iPhone automatically as it’s already connected to the iOS device before so now you can use this newly connected single AirPod without putting back the other one.

Problem 11    

After upgrading iOS to High Sierra 10.13 my Airpods are not detected by my iPhone.

How to fix

Apple has released a fix for this issue here – Fix Relating to Some Customers Unable to Hear Sound or Distorted Audio While Using Their AirPods After Grading Their IOS Device To A Newer Version  in which they mention that a fix will be available in the next software update for Airpods.

Problem 12    

I am unable to connect both of my AirPods at the same time with iPhone 7/7+.

How to fix

Some users have reported this problem after upgrading their iPhones from iOS 10 or below to iOS 11 via OTA or iTunes. 

If your iPhone is already on iOS 11 then try updating your AirPods and restarting both devices (iPhone and AirPods) again and it should start working fine. 

If you haven’t updated your iPhone yet, do it now so you can get this new feature “Tap To Wake” which wakes up the Apple Watch display by tapping on it instead of rotating the crown.

Problem 13    

My AirPods are not recognized by any device/Bluetooth speaker/Car Bluetooth radio etc.

How to fix

You should try connecting your Airpods to another iOS or Mac device running the latest software versions if possible. If they work fine on other devices then it’s a hardware issue which you can get fixed under warranty from Apple Support . 

If they don’t work on any device then you may have a faulty pair and need to contact Apple support for replacement/repair. You can also reset them using below mentioned steps if nothing helps.

Steps for resetting your AirPods  

Connect your charging case with a power supply so that its LED lights up in between earbuds present inside the case. Now, remove both earbuds from the case and press & hold the ‘connect’ button on the back of the case for at least 15 seconds. 

Now, put both earbuds back into the charging case so that the LED blinks orange instead of white. This will reset your AirPods . Now, try connecting them to another device to see if they work fine.

Problem 14    

Apple Airpods not working with a specific Bluetooth speaker/audio device.

How to fix

If you’re experiencing issues while connecting Airpods to a Bluetooth audio device then open Settings app again and go to the Bluetooth section. 

Toggle bluetooth ON/OFF here and wait until it’s turned off automatically OR restart your iPhone before turning AirPods bluetooth ON again inside Settings > Bluetooth menu. If this method doesn’t work for you then try resetting your Airpods to solve this issue completely.

Steps for resetting earphones  

Connect your charging case with the power supply so that its LED blinks White. Now, remove both AirPods from the case and press & hold the ‘connect’ button on the back of the case for at least 15 seconds until the LED light becomes orange instead of white. 

Now put both AirPods back into the case and they should be reset now. Now, try connecting them to another device/audio Bluetooth speaker to see if it’s working fine as expected.

Apple Airpods are awesome, there is no doubt about that. They look somewhat magnificently futuristic and the convenience of having wireless headphones makes them really great to have. 

But even though Apple’s offering has been steadily improving since its release, some people are still experiencing issues with their devices. Some of these are pretty random, but one problem seems to be consistent across all sources:

Airpods blinking green means Bluetooth connection is not connected or cannot connect

Causes for Airpods blinking green

As we mentioned before, there can be a bunch of causes for your Airpods flashing the green light instead of the white one. The most common ones include:

Unresponsive touch controls (if you gloves, for example) Poor Bluetooth connection (move closer to your device) Battery life is low Airpods are not yet paired with the device Low signal on Bluetooth connection

Fixes for Airpods blinking green

Here are some simple steps you can take to try and fix this problem. They might not be 100% effective, but they will definitely help you in most cases.

Reboot your device or restart Airpods Switch Bluetooth view / airplane mode off and on Turn Siri On/Off Toggle W1 Chip Reset your iPad / iPhone Delete Apple Watch Pairing from all devices Check Apple Watch software update Verify the manufacturing date on both Airpod pieces If all of these fail to work – send it back for repair.

Conclusion

I’m not sure why this is the case, but it appears that Apple needs time for their W1 chip to handle device handshaking/pairing before they are fully functional.

They probably have some sort of bluetooth connection to your iPhone the whole time during the bootup process, then finally disconnect once everything is set up properly.

Just keep that in mind if you are having trouble setting them up.

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