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How to Factory Reset Apple AirPods

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Introduction

If your AirPods have stopped responding or refuse to pair with your devices properly, it may be time to perform a factory reset in order to get things working properly. This guide will take you through the steps to perform a factory reset on your Apple AirPods.
Apple AirPods.

1 Factory Reset

  1. Press and hold the setup button for at least 15 seconds.
    AirPods case with Setup button highlighted on side. Illustration.
  2. Hold the button until the status light starts flashing amber a few times and then flashes white.
    AirPods case with inside status light flashing amber. Illustration.
  3. You AirPods have now been fully reset. You will need to re-pair your AirPods to your devices in order to use them again.

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If your AirPods have stopped responding or refuse to pair with your devices properly, it may be time to perform a factory reset in order to get things working properly. This guide will take you through the steps to perform a factory reset on your Apple AirPods.
Apple AirPods.
  1. Press and hold the setup button for at least 15 seconds.
    AirPods case with Setup button highlighted on side. Illustration.
  2. Hold the button until the status light starts flashing amber a few times and then flashes white.
    AirPods case with inside status light flashing amber. Illustration.
  3. You AirPods have now been fully reset. You will need to re-pair your AirPods to your devices in order to use them again.
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