One of the most frustrating situations is when you lose one of your AirPods. You can try and use the Find My app to see if you left it behind somewhere, but sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and get a replacement.
Unlike other sets of headphones, you don’t actually need to replace the entire set if you end up needing to replace just one AirPod. Once you receive the new AirPod, you’ll need to connect a replacement AirPod to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
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How to Connect a Replacement AirPod
With the replacement AirPod in hand, you’ll need to go through and make sure that your “old” AirPod is not still connected. This ensures that your Apple device won’t try and connect to an AirPod that is no longer in your possession. Here’s how you can connect a replacement AirPod:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- Locate your AirPods from the list of connected devices.
- Tap the i icon.
- Tap Forget This Device.
- From the pop-up menu, tap Forget Device.
- Tap the prompt again to confirm.
- Place both AirPods in the charging case.
- Open the lid and make sure that the status light is flashing amber.
- Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the light begins flashing white.
- Unlock your iPhone or iPad and make sure that you are on the Home Screen.
- Make sure that both AirPods are still in the case, and open the case lid.
- Tap Connect when prompted.
- Tap Done.
And that’s it! The setup process is no different from when you paired the AirPods for the first time. Provided that everything is in working order, you’ll have a complete set of AirPods again and can start enjoying all of your favorite music and movies.
Replacement AirPod Won’t Connect?
It’s great that you can get a replacement AirPod, but what are you supposed to do if that single AirPod won’t connect? The first option that we can offer is to place both AirPods in the charging case and connect the case to a Lightning cable.
Leave the AirPods charging for at least an hour, and then try the steps above again. This ensures that both AirPods and the charging case have enough juice before you try and go through and pair the replacement AirPod.
Pair One AirPod At A Time
Some users found success by pairing their AirPods one at a time. This technique is a bit fiddly, and you may need to repeat it a couple of times to make it work, but it’s worth trying nonetheless.
- Put one AirPod in your ear and return the other to the case.
- With the lid open, hold the Setup button until the status light flashes white.
- Now swap the AirPods around and try pairing the other one.
- After pairing each AirPod individually, return them both to the case and try pairing a final time by holding the Setup button again.
- If this doesn’t work, go into the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone to forget both AirPods, then try pairing them together again.
In the event that these steps don’t work, you’ll want to reach out to Apple Support. If you live near an Apple Store, it might be easier to make a Genius appointment in order to get your AirPods back in working order.
How to Get Replacement AirPod?
Obviously, the first question that you might have, in the event that you actually did lose an AirPod, is how you can get a replacement? Well, you’ll need to buy a replacement AirPod, but the only retailer that offers this is Apple directly. This means that you won’t be able to go to your local big-box store (or Amazon) and purchase a single replacement AirPod.
Here are the replacement prices for different AirPods and cases:
- AirPods Pro: $89 each
- Wireless AirPods Pro Charging Case: $99
- MagSafe AirPods Pro Charging Case: $99
- AirPods (1st, 2nd, or 3rd Generation): $69 each
- AirPods Wireless Charging Case: $79
- MagSafe Charging Case for AirPods: $79
- AirPods Charging Case: $59
Visit Apple’s Get Support website to order a replacement. If your AirPods are insured, speak to your insurance company first in case they have a different process for you to follow.
If you still can’t pair your AirPod, AirPod Pro, or charging case you might need to speak to Apple again about getting a replacement for your replacement.
Andrew Myrick is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is having a never-ending supply of different keyboards and gaming handhelds that end up collecting more dust than the consoles that are being emulated.