Airpods Connected But Sound Coming From Phone

In today’s post, I will address the issue of the AirPods being connected to your iPhone or iDevice but not playing music or sound through the actual AirPods. 

I’ will show you several different tips and tricks that you can try to fix this particular issue. 

The following are the solutions to AirPods connected but no sound:

Reset Your AirPods.

  • First, I will reset my AirPods; this removes any temporary glitches or issues 80% of the time. 
  • I’d say that 80% of the time, resetting your AirPods will remove any temporary glitches or issues you may encounter. 
  • To reset my AirPods, I will press and hold the button on the back until the light starts flashing white.
  • As soon as they reset, it will notify me with an orange light, which will take around 30 seconds.
  • After the reset, I will repair and reconnect the AirPods, which takes just a few moments; this should get the AirPods to work.

Switch Off Bluetooth on Other devices.

Switching off Bluetooth on other devices is especially helpful if you are using your AirPods across multiple devices. 

  • To do this, I will turn off Bluetooth on any other devices I may be using; this will eliminate any false connections.
  • Once done, I will reconnect my AirPods to my iPhone.

In my particular instance, I go between my MacBook and my iPhone with my AirPods, and sometimes, when I connect the AirPods to the iPhone, there is still a false connection between my AirPods and my MacBook Pro.

I have easily fixed the issue by going to my MacBook, Apple Watch, or iPad and simply disconnecting the AirPods or even turning the Bluetooth off; after that, I’ll reconnect my AirPods to my iPhone.

  • You can also reset the AirPods, which should resolve any issues you may be having.

Clean Your AirPods.

Another great step is to clean the AirPods themselves. AirPods sometimes fail to play sound due to dirt or grime buildup. 

Here are the steps to clean them:

  • Get a piece of tissue or a Q-tip and clean your AirPods.
  • Clean the bases of the AirPods as well; they allow them to be charged and connected to the case.
  • After cleaning, place the AirPods back in the case and reconnect them to your iPhone.

I usually use a Q-tip to scoop out any dirt, which works well for dislodging any dirt, grime, or dust that may have built up in the AirPods.

I have also used a torch to inspect any available dirt properly; it comes in handy.

Charge Your AirPods.

Another step that I found to be useful is to charge your AirPods, especially if they are below around 30%. 

  • I found that if they are on low power, there are a lot of connectivity and sound issues between the AirPods and other Apple devices. 
  • Charge your AirPods for 15 to 20 minutes, especially if they are below 30% power.

Turn Off Automatic Ear detection.

  • Another excellent step is to turn off the automatic ear detection.
  • Sometimes, a faulty chip or a bug on the AirPods may affect the automatic ear detection feature.
  • You can turn automatic ear detection off in the settings. 
  • Go to settings, then go down to Bluetooth. 
  • While your AirPods are connected, press on the ‘i’ icon and then turn off automatic ear detection.
  • This will allow you to keep listening to music or audio even when you take one AirPod out and put it in the case. 

Restart Your Apple device.

Another fix I have tried before is to restart the Apple device I’m using to listen to my music. Sometimes, the device playing the audio may be at fault.

So, for iPhones in particular, you can easily restart the device, and this should remove any temporary glitches or issues you may be coming across.

Depending on the model of your iPhone, here are some ways to restart it:

  • For the iPhone 6 and below, you can restart your iPhone by pressing the home button and the lock screen for around 30 seconds.
  • For the iPhone 7, press the volume down and the lock screen together for around 30 seconds, and that will restart your device.
  • For the iPhone 8 or above, press the volume up, volume down, and then the lock screen button for around 30 seconds or until the device restarts.

This process will remove any temporary glitches or issues on your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, or computer. 

Disconnect and Reconnect Your AirPods.

If none of these solutions work at this point, I usually disconnect my AirPods and then reconnect them. I will repeat this process a few times. 

I’ve had success removing any glitches or issues with the AirPods using this solution. To do this 

  • I will go into my Settings and then Bluetooth.
  • On the ‘i’ icon, I will select ‘Forget This Device‘ and confirm the changes.
  • Once done, I will reopen the AirPods and reconnect them to your Apple device.
  • Repeat this process a couple of times.
  • This has been a successful method for many iPad users out there.


Okay, guys, these are the tips and tricks I use to regain sound on my AirPods when they are connected to my iPhone. So I hope this article has been helpful to you. 

If any of these fixes or solutions have worked for you, please share your comments and solutions below, as this will help hundreds, if not thousands, of other AirPods users out there. 

So, as always, thanks for reading. I’ll see you all at the next one.