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How to stop AirPods from random pauses

Key Takeaways

  • AirPods have come a long way, now available in different colors and packed with features like noise cancellation.
  • Connection issues? Keep your AirPods close and charged to avoid random pauses during your listening experience.
  • Stop accidental pauses by adjusting settings like Automatic Ear Detection and Double Tap actions on your AirPods.

Apple’s headphones have come a long way since the days of the original Apple earbuds that shipped with the first iPod. One thing still hasn’t changed though; you can get them in any color you want, as long as it’s white.

The latest iteration of the Apple headphones is Apple’s AirPods. These are wireless Bluetooth headphones that are designed to work with your Apple devices, such as your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but can also be used with other smartphones and computers. The latest models of AirPods include impressive features such as Active Noise Cancellation and Adaptive Audio. Sadly, they’re no longer included free with your iPhone.

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Most of the time, your AirPods should work flawlessly, especially with Apple devices, but you may find that there are occasions when things go wrong. One issue that can occur is your AirPods pausing without you intending them to. If you’re suffering with this problem, then here’s how to stop AirPods from random pauses.

1 Get closer to your device

Don’t stray too far from your audio source

find my airpods on iphone 15 pro

Your AirPods work over Bluetooth, which is a short-range wireless technology intended for transmitting data over short distances. You may be surprised just how far away from your iPhone or other audio devices you can go when wearing your AirPods, but eventually you’re going to reach the point where the connection becomes too weak to work.

If you find that your AirPods have suddenly paused, make sure that you haven’t wandered too far away from the source of your audio.

2 Check the charge for your AirPods

It may be time to top up

airpods-near-iphone

Another possible reason that your AirPods are pausing is that they’re running out of juice. When your AirPods have very little battery life left, they may not be able to connect properly. You can easily check the current charge of your AirPods and AirPods charging case, and top them up if needed.

  1. Place your AirPods back into the
    charging case
    .
  2. Open the charging case lid and hold the
    case near your iPhone or iPad
    .
  3. You’ll see a card appear on your device showing the current charge of your AirPods and the charging case.
  4. If the AirPods battery is low, plug them in via the case’s lightning or USB-C port.

3 Turn off Automatic Ear Detection

Your AirPods may think they’re being removed

airpods-pro-in-hand

One of the most common causes of random pauses with AirPods is the Automatic Ear Detection feature. This is meant to automatically pause your music when you remove your AirPods by detecting when you’re wearing them. If you remove a single AirPod, the audio will pause, and it will resume again when you replace the AirPod in your ear. If you remove both AirPods, your music will pause, and it won’t automatically resume even if you put both AirPods back in.

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If there’s an issue with the Automatic Ear Detection, your music might pause even when the AirPods are still in your ears, as your AirPods think that they’ve been removed. To stop this from happening, you can turn off Automatic Ear Detection in your device’s settings. Doing so will mean that your AirPods will keep playing, even when you remove them. You’ll need to manually pause your music to stop them from playing.

  1. Open the
    Settings
    app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Select the
    Bluetooth
    settings.
  3. Click the
    i
    icon next to your AirPods in the list of devices.
  4. Toggle
    Automatic Ear Detection
    off.
  5. Your AirPods will now continue to play even if you remove them from your ears.

4 Change your Double Tap settings

Stop yourself accidentally pausing your AirPods

AirPods Pro 2nd Gen USB-C-1

Pocket-lint

Apple loves a good double tap gesture, and another common reason for random pauses on your AirPods is that you have them set up to pause on a double tap. If this is the case, you may find that you unintentionally pause your AirPods by accidentally performing the double tap gesture. You can stop this from happening by changing the double tap action to something different.

  1. Open the
    Settings
    app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap
    Bluetooth
    .
  3. Find your AirPods in the list of Bluetooth devices and tap the
    i
    icon.
  4. Tap
    Play/Pause
    if it’s showing under
    Double-Tap AirPod
    for either of your AirPods.
  5. Select a different option, such as
    Siri, Next Track, Previous Track,
    or
    Off
    .
  6. Do the same for the other AirPod if it’s also showing the
    Play/Pause
    action.
  7. You should no longer be able to inadvertently pause your AirPods by tapping them.

5 Restart your AirPods

If in doubt, restart

Airpods Feature image

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If the above methods don’t work, you can try restarting your AirPods. This is always worth trying if your AirPods aren’t working as you would expect them to. The method will differ depending on whether you’re using in-ear AirPods or AirPods Max.

  1. For AirPods or AirPods Pro, place your AirPods in the
    charging case
    and close the lid.
  2. Wait for at least 10 seconds.
  3. Remove them from the case and they will restart.
  4. For AirPods Max, press and hold both the
    Digital Crown
    and noise control button.
  5. Wait until the status light at the bottom of the right headphone flashes amber.
  6. As soon as you see the status light flash, release the buttons.
  7. Your AirPods Max will restart.

6 Forget and re-pair your AirPods

Re-pair to repair

AirPods Pro 2 in hand

Unpairing your AirPods and pairing them again can also sometimes fix any problems you’re having with them. You can try removing your AirPods from your device and then pairing them again to see if this helps.

  1. Open the
    Settings
    app on your device.
  2. Select
    Bluetooth
    .
  3. In the list of Bluetooth devices, tap the
    i
    icon next to your AirPods.
  4. Scroll down and tap
    Forget This Device
    .
  5. Tap
    Forget This Device
    to confirm.
  6. For in-ear AirPods, place them in the charging case, open the lid, and bring them near your iPhone or iPad.
  7. If you’re using AirPods Max, take them out of the smart case and bring them near to your iPhone or iPad.
  8. You should see a message appear on your device indicating that your AirPods have been detected.
  9. Tap
    Connect
    .
  10. Follow the on-screen instructions, and your AirPods will pair with your device.

7 Restore your AirPods to factory settings

If nothing else works, start afresh

AirPods Max 169 (4)

If nothing else works, you can reset your AirPods to the original factory settings. The method is slightly different depending on whether you’re using in-ear AirPods or AirPods Max.

For in-ear AirPods:

  1. Place the buds in the charging case, close the lid, and wait for at least 30 seconds.
  2. Open the lid and press and hold the
    setup button
    on the back of the case.
  3. Wait until the light on the case flashes amber and then white.
  4. Release the button.

For the AirPods Max:

  1. Press and hold the
    Digital Crown
    and noise control buttons.
  2. Wait until the light at the bottom of the right headphone flashes
    amber
    and then
    white
    .
  3. Release the buttons.
  4. Your AirPods are now returned to factory settings. You can pair them with your device once again.

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