How to factory reset and then deregister a pair of Apple AirPods

In this video we take a look at how you factory reset and then deregister a pair of 2nd Gen (2019) Apple AirPods. You would typically perform such an action, if you intend to lend, sell or give away your Apple AirPods.

However, performing a factory reset may also fix issues with charging the earphones, or correct problems with the sensors that are built into the device.

Quick reference notes:

  • Open the lid of your AirPods.
  • Now locate the status light on the case of your AirPods.
  • Press and hold down the Setup button on the case of around 15 seconds or until the Status light starts to flash amber.
  • When you release your finger the AirPods will be reset.

Notes: When you perform a factory resetting on your AirPods, your AirPods are not de-registered from your iCloud account or from the device that they were previously paired with.

  • Open Settings on the device that you had your AirPods connected to
  • From within Settings select Bluetooth
  • Under My Devices locate your AirPods
  • Select the information icon next to AirPods
  • Choose Forget this Device
  • You will be prompted to confirm that you wish to forget your AirPods
  • When you choose Forget Device, you are asked to confirm that you wish to remove your AirPods from your iCloud account
  • Once again select Forget Device

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