Your AirTag may sometimes fail to connect to your Apple devices. When this issue occurs, an alert pops up on the screen saying that you cannot set up your AirTag. The alert reads as follows: Your Apple ID cannot add another AirTag until one or more have been removed.
To make things even more confusing, these alerts may pop up even if you don’t have another AirTag. Let’s see what you can do to solve this problem and connect your AirTag to your Apple devices.
What to Do if Your Apple ID Cannot Add Another AirTag
Unpair Your AirPods
This AirTag issue seems to affect iOS devices that are already paired with AirPods. Try unpairing your earbuds and check if this quick workaround solves the problem.
- Unpair your AirPods from your iPhone.
- Then force-stop Find My and all the other background apps, including the Settings app.
- Restart your iOS device.
- Pair your AirTag with your phone.
- Then pair your AirPods back to your device.
As a quick reminder, the current AirTag limit per Apple ID is 16. However, it seems that the two earbuds count as two different AirTags if added before reaching the maximum number of 16 AirTags. By unpairing your AirPods, you basically remove two AirTags from the list. That’s why this workaround has done the trick for so many users. After pairing the AirTag, you should be able to pair your AirPods back to your iPhone without any problems.
- Disable your iPhone’s Bluetooth and wait for 30 seconds.
- Then turn the Bluetooth feature back on.
- Navigate to Settings.
- Select Privacy.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- Under My Devices, remove all the Bluetooth devices that you rarely use.
- Keep the Bluetooth toggle on only for the devices that you use on a regular basis.
Reset Your AirTag
Make sure to update your AirTag firmware to the latest version. If the issue persists, reset your AirTag and check if you can pair your devices.
- Press down on your AirTag’s battery cover.
- Rotate it counterclockwise until it stops rotating.
- Remove the cover and battery.
- Then replace the battery.
- Press down on the battery until you hear a sound.
- Repeat the steps above four more times.
- At the end of the process, you should hear a total of five sounds. The fifth sound will be different and confirms your AirTag is ready to pair.
- Put the cover back and then press down on it.
- Rotate the cover clockwise until it stops rotating.
- Try to pair your devices again and check if you’re getting the same error.
If you can’t add a new AirTag to your Apple ID, unpair your AirPods from your iPhone. Then, add the new AirTag and pair your AirPods back to your iOS device. Additionally, disable your Bluetooth and reset your AirTag.
Did you manage to solve the problem? Hit the comments below and let us know which solution did the trick for you.