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AirPods connected but sound coming from phone: Quick Fix

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Since their release in 2016, AirPods have been causing various problems for their users, be it a quick discharging battery or music pausing at random times. The small 93 mW containing twin ear pods usually faces issues due to Bluetooth obstruction or signal connection as well as due to some of the features that make it unique in the market.

In this article, we will be finding out why the sound of music or movies is coming from your phone instead of your AirPods. Given below are eight fixes to help you quickly resolve this issue with your AirPods.


Ear detection off

AirPods can detect when you place them in your ears as they have an automatic ear detection feature enabled. This means they can also detect when you take them out which allows them to pause any video or music that you have been listening to or viewing. This can help your AirPods avoid sudden pausing or disconnection.

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Since this can also cause a drain on your AirPods’ battery, you can switch off this feature by following the steps given below:

  • Head to Settings on your Apple device and tap on Bluetooth.
  • Tap on the ‘i’ button in front of your AirPod’s name.
  • Now switch off the Automatic Ear Detection toggle.

Also read: Why do my AirPods keep pausing? Quick Fix


AirPods battery

You should check the battery of your AirPods is low, as it might be causing interference with your device and keeping it from connecting. You can follow the steps given below to check the battery of your AirPods on your connected device:

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  • Swipe up on your device’s screen to tap and enable the Bluetooth icon.
  • When you bring your AirPods case near the paired device and open it, you will be shown a dialog box with the battery life of each AirPod and its case.

You can check our guide to find out more ways how to check the battery of your AirPods.


Reset AirPods

You can unpair your AirPods from your Apple device and place them back in their charging case and wait for a minute. Place the AirPods back in your ears and follow the steps given below on your device to reset your AirPods:

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  • Head to Settings and tap on the Bluetooth option.
  • Tap on the ‘i’ button in front of your AirPod’s name.
  • Tap on Forget This Device and confirm the removal.

Place your AirPods back into their case and after a few minutes, press the setup button at the back. An amber light and then a white light will be visible indicating that the AirPods have been reset. You can now pair them back with your device.

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Update and restart your iPhone

You can also update and restart your device which will help get rid of any internal glitches or bugs as well as keep your devices updated to the latest iOS. After restarting, you can reconnect your AirPods again to check if the sound is finally coming from them.


Reset Bluetooth

You should try switching your Bluetooth on and off, to see if there is a change. This removes any lingering glitches that may have risen when your AirPods were trying to connect to your device. Your AirPods will not work if they are not connected adequately.

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  • Head to Settings and tap on the Bluetooth option.
  • Flick the Bluetooth toggle on and off. Then reconnect your AirPods.
  • You can also swipe up your device’s screen to tap and enable the Bluetooth icon.

Also read: Why do my AirPods keep pausing? Quick Fix


Check proximity and wireless interference

If your Bluetooth is working suitably, then you should check if your proximity to your device is within the Bluetooth range, which can be anywhere from 30 to 60 ft. You should also check if there is any physical hindrance like a dense object between your AirPods and their source. This hindrance also applies to Wi-Fi signals which can run interference in the Bluetooth signal connecting your AirPods and their source.


Unpair Apple Watch and other Bluetooth devices

You can try unpairing all nearby devices which are using your Bluetooth which includes any connected Apple devices like Mac, Apple Watch, or iPad. Nearby-connected Bluetooth devices may not be letting your AirPods remain connected to your device for long. You can read and follow our guide on how to unpair your Apple Watch.


Contact Apple Support

If none of the above fixes are working or helping you to successfully connect your AirPods to your source device, you can always have them checked or replaced at an Apple Store. You can have the battery of a single AirPod bud changed as well as the battery of your charging case for a service fee which is usually 70% of the original cost of the device. Apple Repair and Services also takes care of lost items or any other damage. They charge extra if your device no longer comes under warranty.

Also read: Why do my AirPods die so fast?

Sania Usmani

Sania Usmani

Always curious, calm, and a little crazy, you can find me daydreaming or studying. An avid reader, traveler, and graduate of Aviation Science, I love gaining new experiences in life and star gazing. You can contact her here: sania_5008@proton.me

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