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Airpods Flashing Orange (Quick Fix!)

You may see the light inside your AirPods charging case flashing an orange light. Is there a fix for this, and how should you go about it?

The tiny dot of light on your AirPods’ case is known as the indicator light, and its purpose is to communicate with you through different colors of light. Paying attention to the lights and knowing what they mean will help you fix them. A flashing orange light is usually a pairing error.

In this article, you will see a helpful step-by-step guide to troubleshooting the orange flashing light on your AirPods and how to fix each of these problems.

How To Fix Airpods With An Orange Light

When your AirPods are flashing orange light, it is usually due to connection issues. You can do many things to fix these issues without spending hours of your time and effort. 

Let’s take a more in-depth look at the different methods you can follow to fix the flashing orange light on your Airpods’ case:

Turn Your Music Device Off And On Again

The first and easiest thing you can try first is to restart the device your AirPods are usually connected with. Much like your AirPods, your device, such as your iPhone, Mac, or iPad, is an electrical device, so it could also experience some issues that could cause problems with connectivity. 

Restarting your audio source could help clear out some open apps and apps that may be running in the background that could cause connection issues. It can also prevent crashes, save space, and prolong battery life. 

Restarting your device may vary from one to another, but most of the time, a simple long press on the power button of your chosen device will cause it t restart. 

When your device has restarted, you can try to connect your AirPods again and see if it fixes the connection problem. 

Recharge Your Airpods And Airpods Case

For any of the existing variants of existing Airpods, the orange light is a usual indicator that they need to be recharged. So, if your AirPods still flash an orange light after you have reset your mobile device, you may be able to solve it by plugging them into a power source. 

When it comes to the second-generation AirPods, they can provide you with 5 to 6 hours of music on only a single charge and up to 24 hours with their charging case. 

The third-generation AirPods can last you with high-quality music for a total of 30 hours. 

If you want to make sure whether or not your AirPods are successfully charging, you can bring them closer to your device and open the lid of their charging case. 

If your AirPods are charging, you should see a window pop up on your device’s screen showing the battery status of your AirPods. If only one of your Airpods is not charging, you can try to reset them or clean the Airpods and their charging case.

Factory reset and reconnect your AirPods

Although this is a basic step to try to fix the orange flashing light on your AirPods, it is one of the most effective methods. Doing a simple reset can, most of the time, solve whatever problem you may have with your AirPods. 

However, you should remember that resetting your AirPods will delete all the existing data, including any parts that may have issues or have bugs. This gives your AirPods a chance to start over without any connection issues. 

You should make sure that your AirPods and your audio device have more than 50% battery left before you can start with the resetting process. 

Some other variants, such as the AirPods Max, follow a completely different method when it comes to their resetting. 

However, you can reset your AirPods and AirPods Pro using the following instructions:

  • Go to Settings > Bluetooth and then click on the “I” icon next to whatever you have named your AirPods. 
  • Tap on the “Forget This Device” icon when going to iPhone Bluetooth Settings.
  • Try to connect your AirPods again by opening their case’s lid. Make sure your AirPods are inside their case. Wait for the connection notification to pop up on your device. 

How To Factory Reset Your Airpods Or Airpods Pro

  • Go to the Bluetooth settings on your device and click on “Forget This Device.”
  • Make sure both of your AirPods are in their case and open their lid, so you are able to see the indicator light.
  • Press and hold the button, which can be found at the back of your AirPods’ case, until the light starts to flash orange. This could take roughly 15 seconds.
  • After the light flashes orange three times, take your finger off of the button and close the lif of your AirPods’ charging case.
  • Place your AirPods right next to your iPhone and open the lid. A pairing screen will most probably appear on your iPhone.
  • Press on “Connect,” and both of your AirPods will work as they should again, with no flashing orange light!

Give Your Airpods A Thorough Clean

You don’t want any dust or dirt particles to come into contact with your AirPods. Too much debris and dirt could inhibit the vital connection sensors, which can end in serious connection issues. 

These particles could also cause minor problems with your AirPods connecting with their charging case, which could result in you getting even more frustrated. Ultimately, these contact issues could prevent your AirPods from charging or cause the lid of your AirPods’ charging case to not close completely. 

Cleaning your AirPods may sound like a very straightforward task, but you need to know the proper ways to clean them to prevent any severe damage to your AirPods. This involves using the correct cleaning agent with the right tools and knowing the right places to clean. 

You will need a toothbrush, a toothpick, and one or two cotton swabs, as well as 70% isopropyl alcohol. 

Also, remember to practice proper ear hygiene to keep your AirPods as clean as possible after every use.

Update Your Airpods’ Software

Your AirPods are run by simple software. However, issues such as bugs may arise from the current software from time to time, which could result in your AirPods having connection issues. 

By updating the software of your AirPods as much as you can, you will help keep these problems at bay. Unfortunately, you can not manually or force install updates on your AirPods. 

The updates are dependent on Apple, and they come out at random times by their company. If no updates are available, your AirPods will get it automatically once they are successfully connected to your Apple device.

Contact Apple Support

If everything else doesn’t work and you still see the orange light flashing, you may need to call on the experts. Apple Support allows you to access Apple’s database of solutions. 

Apple Support may seem intimidating to you at first, but the information is legit, and you can trust them. However, if you don’t find any solutions, you might have to call Apple and see one of its qualified employees.


If none of these methods mentioned above work for you, there is a chance that your AirPods are defective or they are damaged. You should consider that you may need to get your AirPods repaired or replaced if they are still within their warranty.