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How to reset your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max

If you won't be using your AirPods anymore, here are the steps to reset them.
April 14, 2022

If you’re shipping your AirPods to a new home, it’s helpful to wipe them clean for a new owner. We’re not just talking about wiping them down for sanitation but also separating them from your iCloud. Luckily, the process is straightforward, and it just requires a button on the charging case. Here’s how to reset your AirPods for a new owner.

See also: The best AirPods alternatives

Whether you have a pocket-friendly pair of AirPods or the budget-busting AirPods Max, we have you covered. There aren’t many moving parts on Apple’s headphones, so we’ll keep things as clean as possible.

How to reset AirPods and AirPods Pro

AirPods 3rd Generation in the case.
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The two smaller pairs of Apple headphones sport almost the same designs. They come with pocket-sized charging cases that should fit right into your pocket. Make sure that your AirPods or AirPods Pro are at least partly charged, then follow these steps:

  1. Locate the small, round button on your AirPods charging case.
  2. Press and hold the button for 15 seconds.
  3. Once you see the small white LED light turn to amber, your AirPods are reset.

You can now pair your AirPods to a new device or pack them away to ship to a new home. Be careful not to open the charging lid too close to your phone, or they may pair right back where they started.

How to reset AirPods Max

The Apple AirPods Max in white against a slatted wood surface.
Adam Molina / Android Authority

If you splashed the cash for the premium AirPods Max, the steps are a bit different. After all, they pack a different set of buttons for you to work with. Once again, make sure that your headphones are charged, then follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the crown and Noise Control buttons, as seen in the image above.
  2. Wait until the white LED light flashes amber.
  3. Release both buttons.

There you go, one reset pair of AirPods Max. The process is just as easy, though you have to grab two buttons instead of one. Once again, please don’t keep your old phone too close to your AirPods Max, or they may try to pair back up.

Resetting your AirPods isn’t just helpful when sending them to a new owner, though. You can also reset them to fix some of the most common problems with AirPods. If you’re having trouble getting a connection, using noise cancellation, or something else, resetting your AirPods might be your only solution. Luckily, you can re-pair them easily and your experience using them won’t change.

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