How to Disconnect AirPods From All Devices

By John Adebimitan

The auto-connect feature on AirPods is a good feature that makes pairing with Apple devices a seamless experience. Once you’ve previously paired your AirPods with any of your devices, they automatically connect on future occasions.

Unfortunately, the drawback is that this feature can also get annoying. There are some cases where your AirPods will automatically connect to a device you don’t want to connect to.

In such cases, you may want to disconnect AirPods from all devices. Read this article to find out how you can do that.

How to Disconnect AirPods From All Devices

In this guide, we’ve outlined the set of procedures you can follow when you want to disconnect an AirPod from all your devices. The process below will work for all iOS devices.

Here is how:

  • STEP 1: Insert the AirPods back into their case if they were not inside.
  • STEP 2: Close the lid and leave the AirPods inside.
  • STEP 3: Open the lid after 30 seconds.
  • STEP 4: Turn ON your iPhone or iPad and open your “Settings” app.
  • STEP 5: Select “Bluetooth.”
  • STEP 6: You should be able to see a “My devices” section that shows all the devices paired with your iPhone.
  • STEP 7: Find your AirPod and tap on the “i” icon next to it to open the information section.
  • STEP 8: When you enter the information section, tap on the “Forget This Device button.”
  • STEP 9: Tap on it once again to confirm your decision.

Once you’ve completed the above actions, your AirPods will disconnect from every device you’ve signed in with the same Apple ID.

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How to Disconnect AirPods From All Devices Without Phone

If you are in search of how to disconnect your AirPods from all devices without using a phone, then this section is for you. Here’s a step-by-step guide you can follow:

  • STEP 1: Insert the AirPods into the charging case.
  • STEP 2: Open the lid of the AirPod case.
  • STEP 3: Press down on the setup button on the AirPod case for about 10-15 seconds.
  • STEP 4: Wait till the status light on the AirPod changes from amber to white.
  • STEP 5: Close the lid once the status light changes.

Your AirPods are now fully reset and will no longer automatically connect to your devices.

How to Stop Your AirPods From Automatic Switching

The best way to stop your AirPods from automatically switching is by using the “When Last Connected to This iPhone” feature.

In case you don’t know how to use the feature, here is a detailed guide for you:

  • STEP 1: Connect your AirPod to your iPhone.
  • STEP 2: Open the “Settings” app.
  • STEP 3: Select “Bluetooth.”
  • STEP 4: Find your AirPod in the “My devices” section.
  • STEP 5: Tap on the “i” icon on the right side of the AirPod name.
  • STEP 6: Tap on “Connect to This iPhone.”
  • STEP 7: Select “When Last Connected to This iPhone.”

If you follow the guide above, your AirPods will only automatically connect to the last device you connect to. In other words, if the previous device you connected to was your iPhone, your AirPods will attempt to connect to only that same iPhone when next you bring them out.

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How to Turn OFF AirPods Case

You may wonder if there’s a way to turn off your AirPod case so you can save battery when you are not using your AirPod.

Apple has made sure to design the AirPods so they can always be ready for use.

All you need to do is take the AirPods out of the case and plug them in your ears when you want to use them. Then, you can just place them back into the case when you are done with them.

This means that Apple did not create a way to turn off the AirPods or their case. So you can’t turn them off or on through hardware or software.

Nevertheless, the AirPods go off whenever you put them back into the case. So, whenever you put the AirPods back into the case, you save battery until you need to use them again.

For your AirPod case, they also go off automatically. As long as it has fully charged your AirPods, it wouldn’t need to perform any other function, so it automatically goes off.

Also, when you remove the AirPods from the case, the case will automatically go to sleep or turn off until you put the AirPods back into them.

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How to Turn OFF AirPods When Not in Use

There is no way to turn off AirPods through hardware or software. Simply put them back into their case when you are not using them.

They will automatically go off after a while.

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Why Your AirPods Are Not Connecting Automatically

There are several reasons why your AirPods may not automatically connect to your devices. Take a look at some of them below:

1.     Outdated software

Your AirPods will not be able to connect automatically to your iOS, iPad, or Mac if you are running an outdated operating system. For example, the AirPod will only connect to your iPhone if it runs iOS 14 and above.

iPad users will need an iPad iOS 14 OS, and Mac users need the macOS Big Sur and above.

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2.     You may be using different Apple IDs.

Your AirPods will be unable to connect automatically if you are not signed in to the same Apple ID across all of your Apple devices.

3.     Your AirPod firmware may be out of date.

Though this is most unlikely to be the case, your AirPods may not be connecting because their firmware is out of date.

Generally, AirPods need to be running on version 3A283 or later for them to function properly.


We hope you find our suggestions useful for disconnecting your AirPods from all devices. You can also refer to some other connectivity guides we included.

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