If you find it increasingly difficult to use your AirPods because they keep cutting out for unknown reasons, we’ve got you covered. Airpods cutting out isn’t a unique problem and could happen with either the original AirPods or the AirPods Pro.
Like most other gadgets, AirPods aren’t perfect and susceptible to glitches. In this article, you’ll learn some of the possible reasons why your AirPods keep cutting out and how to fix it.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out?
There are many reasons why your AirPods may be cutting out. In most cases, it’s usually an issue with Bluetooth interference. This happens when there is a concentration of Bluetooth devices around you, leading to mashed-up signals which might cause your device to cut out.
How Do You Fix AirPods That Keep Cutting Out? (Solutions)
There are numerous tips and tricks to help fix your AirPods cutting out; most of these are free DIY solutions you can do anywhere. Here are some of the best ways to fix your AirPods yourself.
Disconnect Your AirPods, Then Reconnect Them
The first fix to try on AirPods that keeps cutting out is trying to reconnect the device. Instinctively, the first thing that comes to your mind when any electronic device stops working should be to restart it, which applies to your AirPods too. Here are the steps to reconnect your AirPods when it cuts out.
- Put the AirPods inside their casing, close the lid, and wait for around 15 seconds.
- Open the lid, press and hold the setup button at the back of the casing.
- Hold on for the indicator to flash white and amber.
- Your AirPods should have reset by now.
- Enable Bluetooth on your iPhone and hold your AirPods close to the phone to reconnect them.
- Setup the on your iPhone.
Since AirPods uses Bluetooth to connect to your iPhone, it only makes sense to troubleshoot the state of your Bluetooth connection once it cuts out. Go to the control center on your iPhone and check the Bluetooth status. If the Bluetooth is on, turn it off and on again.
Tapping the green toggle on the Bluetooth option on your settings will turn it to grey, disabling Bluetooth on the device. Tap on the button again to enable Bluetooth, setting up a connection to your phone.
Deactivate Automatic Detection
AirPods has an automatic detection feature to detect when the device is in your ear automatically. Turning on this feature might disrupt the device’s functionality for some users. If your AirPods keep cutting out, consider disabling the automatic detection feature.
To do this, go to your iPhone Settings and select Bluetooth. Under the “My Devices” option, click the “I” icon next to connected Airpods and turn off the toggle for automatic ear detection.
Forget And Repair Your AirPods
Disconnect and reconnect the AirPods to see if it will fix the audio-related glitch. This particular strategy works for most users and should work for you too. Go to your Bluetooth settings, forget the AirPod on your list of paired devices, and try pairing it again.
Reset The Audio Device Settings
Resetting your audio device settings might also fix the issue of you’re AirPods cutting out while you’re using it.
Reset The AirPods
Sometimes, a fresh restart is all you need to bring your AirPods back to normal. This is entirely safe because it is not a storage device, so you are not losing anything, and you’ll only need to reconnect when you’re done.
To reset your AirPod, put them back into their smart case and shut the lid. Press and hold the status button till the indicator starts flashing amber. There you have it; your AirPod is reset.
Ensure That You Have The Right Software
If the AirPod doesn’t support your iOS version, it could result in audio glitches. For instance, AirPods 3 works best with iOS 15.1 or macOS 12, while Airpods Pro works best with iOS 13.2 and macOS 10 or newer versions. To use AirPods 2, you should have iOS 12.2 or macOS 10.14.
Sign Out Of Apple iCloud
Signing out of your iCloud may sound like a weird way to attempt fixing your AirPods cutting out, but it works for some people. Electronic gadgets can be unpredictable, and you can’t tell what might fix your AirPods.
To sign out of your iCloud, follow the steps below.
- Enter your iPhone settings and select Apple ID.
- Click on the sign-out button at the bottom of the page.
- Enter your Apple ID.
- Click on Sign Out and confirm your action.
- You would be logged out of your iCloud account; you can restart your device and reattempt logging in.
Keep Your Device And AirPods Closer
Since the AirPods connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth, being too far from the device may affect the audio quality or cause it to cut out completely. For the best results, try to maintain a distance not exceeding 30 feet between both devices.
Ensure Audio Settings
Check your audio settings and ensure your AirPods are selected as an audio device. If they’re not, tap on the AirPlay icon below the audio track you are currently playing and select your AirPods.
Make sure you have AirPods selected from the audio options available. If your AirPods are acting up during a call, tap on the speaker icon to change the audio source for the call to avoid disruptions.
Deactivate Automatic Switching
Automatic switching is a feature that lets your AirPods quickly alternate between Apple devices when you are playing music on iOS 14. Since it chooses the best service autonomously, this feature can lead to unwanted disconnections if you have other active Apple devices nearby.
To disable this feature, navigate to your settings app and select Bluetooth. Tap the “i” icon beside the specific AirPods in question. Connect the AirPod to the iPhone and finally select the “When Last Connected to this iPhone option.”
This should fix the auto switch issue and provide a better listening experience.
Use The Same AirPods Most Of The Time
Using only one pair of earbuds might help minimize the chances of your AirPods cutting out. You can also configure your AirPods to always use the same mic to reduce the chances of cutting out.
To configure the mic, first, open the AirPod lid. Then go to Settings on your Apple device and click on Bluetooth. Select AirPods and click on the information icon. Choose the microphone settings and adjust them to your choice.
Clean Your AirPods
Cleaning your AirPods might be the trick you’ve been looking for. Dirt can deal different types of damage, and your AirPods cutting out might result from the accumulation of dirt. You should be careful while cleaning so you don’t damage the device due to its delicateness. Here are a few tips that might help.
- Use soft, dry, lint-free cloths to clean your Airpod casing.
- Clean the outside of the earbuds with soft white cotton.
- Do not allow water or any liquid to get into the earbud.
Unpair Your Apple Watch
Consider unpairing your Apple Watch to see if that solves the problem. Connecting your Apple Watch and your AirPods simultaneously might overload your Bluetooth, causing the gadget to cut out. If you have other gadgets connected to your phone, consider disconnecting them to see how it goes.
Check Your AirPods Battery Level
The battery level on your AirPod may directly affect the audio quality; if the battery is low, the audio quality may also be affected. Open the lid and hold the case beside your phone to check the battery status. The battery level will appear on your phone.
Alternatively, you can check the battery percentage using an iPhone widget. If you haven’t added the battery widget, you can do that by scrolling to “edit” and adding the battery widgets.
After adding the widget, you can track your battery levels for your AirPods and all other connected Apple devices from your phone’s homepage.
Check Sources Of WiFi And Bluetooth Interference
Check your connected device list on your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to see if any devices are causing interference. Also, check if you are close to fluorescent lights, microwaves, and cordless phones because these devices can potentially interfere with Bluetooth signals.
On Mac, Change The Input And Output
If you use your AirPods with a Mac, you might need to change your sound settings slightly. Go to system preferences and change the output device to your AirPods. Change the audio input to the AirPods if you don’t have an external mic.
Turn Off Wifi On Your iPhone And iPad.
If your Wi-Fi is on, consider turning it off. Some users find out that turning off their Wi-Fi sometimes corrects audio bugs on their AirPods. While I’m not sure why this happens, it may be some interference with Bluetooth.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Stopping And Glitching?
Faulty sensors are usually the primary reason your AirPods stop and glitch. You can manually correct this fault by switching off the auto-detection feature on your iPhone.
Shaky Bluetooth connections and poor audio settings are also possible reasons you may experience potato-quality audio on your AirPods.
Why Did One Of My AirPods Randomly Stop Working?
A low battery might be why one of your AirPods randomly stops working. Even though the two AirPods charge together, they drain batteries at their own pace, and charging the AirPods might fix the problem.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out From My Laptop?
When numerous devices with the same wavelengths try initiating a connection to a single device simultaneously, it causes a phenomenon known as Bluetooth interference. Bluetooth interference can prevent your AirPods from connecting to your laptop, but other software issues could be at play too.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out In One Ear?
AirPods charge together, but their battery may drain at different speeds. It’s almost impossible to ensure drain the batteries at the same pace. Checking the battery level and charging as required should fix the problem. You can check out some of the other solutions above if it doesn’t.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out When My Phone Is In My Pocket?
If your AirPods only cuts out when your phone is in your pocket, it might be a connection issue. The most logical explanation in this scenario is something around you is disrupting your connection, and it may be your body, your bag, or even the pocket itself.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out On Phone Calls?
AirPods usually cut out during phone calls for the same reason that they do when you are listening to audio. It may be because of Bluetooth interference, low battery, automatic ear detection bugs, etc. You should try setting the AirPods as the output speaker to see if that solves the problem.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out Android?
Your AirPods may be cutting out on your Android phone due to Bluetooth interference. While the AirPods experience on Android is severely limited compared to an iPhone, you shouldn’t be experiencing cutouts. You can try out earbuds for Android phones if AirPods don’t work fine.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out When I Move?
It could be a result of signal disruption. Faulty sensors or mics might also cause your AirPods to cut out when you move. Try resetting your AirPods to see if that fixes the problem, and if it doesn’t, you may have to contact technical support.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out Music?
Your AirPods should be able to handle music playback just fine. But if it cuts out constantly, you may be having Bluetooth interference. Your AirPods may also cut out music if you use an outdated version of iOS or macOS. Software glitches are some other reasons why your AirPods may cut out music.
Why Do My AirPods Keep Cutting Out From My Mac?
If your AirPods work fine for other devices but fails to work with your Mac. The problem is definitely from your Mac. If your Mac isn’t running the latest version of macOS, try updating it to see if the problem persists.
However, if the AirPods are cut out from other devices, it’s probably an issue with your AirPods firmware, which a factory reset could fix.
AirPods should be one of the best audio devices for iPhones. It becomes frustrating when a device that provides a premium audio experience becomes buggy.
Using the tips from this article, you can learn some of the primary reasons why your AirPods keep cutting out and some of the best ways to fix it.
Since prevention is said to be better than cure, you should observe good maintenance ethics to ensure you’ll never have to fix your AirPods. But since electronic devices are pretty unpredictable, you can’t tell.
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