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Why Do Your Airpods and Airpods Pro Keep Flashing White?

Why Do Your Airpods and Airpods Pro Keep Flashing White?

In the fall of 2016, Apple announced they were launching a new transformative product – the AirPods. The new wireless designs made listening to music and other media far easier, without any worry of loss in quality. With the product now lasting so long, here are all the common issues affecting the use of these products. 

Your AirPods or AirPods Pro will flash a distinct white color when they can pair with any device and are about to form a connection with the device. However, this light should go away to connect. In some cases, you will see a flashing white and no connection. There are fixes available to solve this issue, such as resetting your Airpod. 

To undertake fixes and go through a checklist of things to watch out for, you can read through this article and learn more about the AirPods. With just a few small steps, you can have your favorite listening devices up and running before you know it and enjoy all of your beloved content again.

Why Do My AirPods Keep Flashing White?

In a typical scenario where there are no issues, AirPods will flash white just as they enter pairing mode. This flashing is the point where they should be able to create a connection with your other device. However, you will know if something is wrong when the AirPods fail to connect. 

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Many common issues can result in this problem, such as uncharged AirPods, glitches, or even that the AirPods have not been getting their regular firmware updates. Either way, there are some things you can do as a first check to make sure everything is in order.

  1. Forget and try to reconnect the AirPods or AirPods Pro.
  2. Charge your AirPods if their battery is low.
  3. Make sure to switch on Bluetooth on your other device. 
  4. Place the Pods in their case, then take them out again.
  5. Restart your device (your phone, laptop, etc.)
  6. Update your software by checking for updates in the Settings App. 

How Can The AirPods Flashing Problem Be Fixed?

There are several alternative solutions for you to try to stop your AirPods from flashing unnecessarily. All of this depends on the real issue, so you can carry out a process of elimination to identify the real problem. Always start with minor fixes and only move on to more extensive and drastic fixes if the issue doesn’t resolve itself.

Related: How to Sync AirPods (and Connect Your AirPods to Your PC)

If none of the fixes we list ahead help, we recommend that you reach out to Apple Customer Support for advice on how to fix this problem.

Checking For Issues Within Device And AirPods

To get your AirPods or AirPods Pro working back to normal, you need to start by checking for a few things. As mentioned above, you should focus on more minor fixes first, so never assume there is a severe issue without troubleshooting a little bit.

  1. Check for updates. Does your phone have the latest version of iOS installed? If not, that may be causing an issue with the AirPods. 
  2. Switch on your Bluetooth. You can do this from the dropdown menu on an iPhone or go to the Settings App on your device. 
  3. Are your AirPods charged? Sometimes, this error can happen when AirPods are on and functioning, but their battery is too low to connect.
  4. Place your AirPods in their case and close them for at least 15 seconds. When you open them again, they should flash white when put in pairing mode again.
  5. Try connecting AirPods with each step. If none of these quick fixes provide any results, you may have to opt to reset the AirPods.

Resetting AirPods

When it comes to fixing AirPods, resetting it can help solve a host of problems. For example, glitches in the software can cause issues at certain times, and resetting takes the device back to its original state. The best part is that this method of managing issues can help you deal with both AirPods and AirPods Pro problems.

In order to reset your AirPods, you need to follow the steps given below:

  1. Place your AirPods in their charging case, and ensure that the lid is completely closed.
  2. Keep your AirPods in the case for at least 30 seconds.
  3. After this period, open the lid of your case.
  4. In your iPhone’s Settings app, tap on Bluetooth.
  5. Under the ‘My Devices’ heading, find your AirPods.
  6. Click the info icon next to the name of your AirPods.
  7. Scroll to the bottom, and click the option ‘Forget This Device.’
  8. Follow any instructions on the screen to completely forget the AirPods.
  9. Back to your case, keep the case lid completely open. 
  10. Hold down on the Setup button on the outside of the case for at least 15 seconds. 
  11. At the same time, if you look between the headphones, a light will start blinking in an Amber color. 
  12. Your AirPods are now reset and ready to connect again. 
  13. A notification will pop up when you bring the AirPods close to your phone. 
  14. Follow the on-screen notifications to complete setting up your AirPods or AirPods Pro. 

This method is a straightforward fix and can help you connect to all kinds of devices. And the best part is that the same methodology applies to both the AirPod and the AirPod Pro. 

One thing to remember is that you should always make sure you’re keeping your Apple devices updated, and this includes your AirPod. It’s a good idea to connect them when your phone is plugged in and connected to the Internet so you can install any firmware updates for the devices.


During the course of time that you use an AirPod or an AirPod Pro, it is possible to come across issues with connecting. There are some common issues that you can encounter that are signaled by differently colored lights flashing on your AirPod. However, with a few easy fixes, you can have your AirPod connecting to your devices in no time!