AirPods are one of the best headphones out there. They don’t usually have any issues. But sometimes, issues like AirPods are connected, but no sound appears. And there can be multiple reasons why this happens.
It might be caused because of pairing issues, outdated AirPods software, or any other connection issues. But not to worry, below I have shared some of the working methods to get rid of the error.
So here we go:
How To Fix AirPods Are Connected but No Sound?
1. Turn off/On Bluetooth
So pull down the notification bar and turn off Bluetooth. Then wait for a while and then turn on Bluetooth and see if it resolves the issue.
2. Put AirPods In Charging Case
If there’s little or no charge on your AirPods, they may be connected but not provide audio output.
So before we get into any complicated fixes, you can try putting your AirPods in the charging case and wait for 30 minutes. Also, you can try the charging case at the same time.
Once the charge is completed, connect your AirPods to your iOS device and see if the sound is coming out from the AirPods or not.
3. Clean Your AirPods
If you have been using your AirPods for a long time, it may be possible that dirt accumulated in your AirPods is preventing the proximity sensors from working properly.
This can result in AirPods being connected but with no sound. As the sensors help in automatic ear detection.
So you may try cleaning your AirPods properly. According to Apple Support, you should use a dry & soft cloth or a cotton swab and avoid using sharp objects as they may damage your AirPods.
4. Adjust Volume Level
You may face difficulties hearing sounds in your AirPods if there is any disequilibrium in volume settings. Therefore, it’d be a good idea to check the volume level and change the settings accordingly.
To adjust the volume level in your device:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap on Music > EQ.
- Then turn off EQ.
- Go back to settings menu.
- Tap on Accessibility > Audio/Visual.
- Balance the slider to the center.
5. Turn off Automatic Ear Detection
AirPods have an inbuilt proximity sensor to detect whether the AirPods is inside the ear. Once it detects the ear, the audio becomes audible. But sometimes, the sensor may not work as it is supposed to.
So you can try turning off automatic ear detection to fix the AirPods connected, but no sound issue. After turning this off, the AirPods will keep playing music even if it’s not your ear.
To turn the Automatic Ear Detection off, you can follow these steps:
- Go to Settings.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- Click the (i) icon beside your AirPods’ name.
- Scroll down a bit and see the Automatic Ear Detection option, turn the toggle off.
6. Turn Off Nearby Devices
If you have other Bluetooth devices in the area, then it may be possible that the connection is interrupted. You can try turning off all the devices or go to your Settings>Bluetooth and remove every Bluetooth device. Then connect to your AirPods again and see if it fixes the issue.
7. Update iOS Version
AirPods are connected but no sound might also be because of an iOS bug. So do check if there is any iOS version available and install it on your iPhone or iPad and then check if you are still facing the same issue. To check for iOS updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
8. Reset AirPods
If any of the above solutions did not work for you, then you can try resetting your AirPods. To reset your AirPods, follow the below steps:
- Put your AirPods in the charging case, close the lid and wait for 30 seconds.
- Go to Settings on your device and tap Bluetooth.
- Click the (i) icon next to your AirPods name.
- Tap Forget This Device.
- Tap again to confirm.
- Now, open the lid of the charging case.
- Press and hold the setup button on the backside for 15 seconds until the light flashes amber, followed by white.
- Reconnect your AirPods.
- Check if the issue is fixed or not by playing anything on your device.
So those were all the fixes for AirPods are connected but no sound issue. Now go ahead and try the above fixes and see if they are of any help to you. In case nothing works out for you, reaching out to Apple Support would be your last option.