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Why Are My AirPods Connecting While In Case? (Quick Fixes)

AirPods are supposed to disconnect from your phone when you put them in their case, but you might encounter a problem related to that. “Why are my AirPods connecting while in case?” is today’s question, which we will answer in this article.

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Why are my AirPods Connecting while in Case?

There are several things that can cause the connection problem and answer the question “Why are my AirPods connecting while in case?” We’ll start with the simple ones.

Bluetooth is Still On

Once you put your AirPods in the case they should automatically disconnect from your phone, but sometimes when there is an issue with the software, they might not disconnect. If your Bluetooth is still on when you put the AirPods in the case, sometimes they can be triggered to connect with your phone.

AirPods Case Lid is Open

In some cases, if the lid of the case is open it can cause the AirPods to disconnect from the case and reconnect with your phone. In order to prevent this from happening, you have to close the lid of the case once you put your AirPods in it.

A Charging Problem

One of the problems with the charging can be dust and debris that collected in the charging port, which can prevent the charging process. If your AirPods can’t be charged once they are in the case, they will disconnect from the case and connect with your phone again, because if they aren’t being charged, they are technically always out of the case and looking to connect. 

Software Issue

Sometimes the issue could be in the software. A bug can cause the failure in the software which is the reason your AirPods keep disconnecting while they are in the case.

Your AirPods are Charged to 100%

Sometimes when AirPods charge to 100% they automatically disconnect from the case and connect to your phone. The only solution to this problem is to take your AirPods out of the case before they reach 100% battery.

Trying to Pair the Device to Another Bleutooth Device

For example, you want to pair your phone with Bluetooth speakers and your AirPods pair themselves instead. This can sometimes happen because AirPods are looking to pair once the Bluetooth is turned on.

These six reasons are one of the most common issues that cause your AirPods to pair themselves while they are in the case. Next, we will look at the solutions for this problem.

Why are my AirPods Connecting while in Case: Solutions

Now let’s take a look at the solutions we didn’t mention above that will hopefully help you fix the issues.

Turn the Bluetooth Off

The easiest solution to this problem is to turn the Bluetooth off once you put your AirPods in the case. But this can get tiresome, especially if you need to have the Bluetooth turned on for some other device, so let’s try to find a more permanent solution.

Reset your AirPods

Resetting your AirPods may be the solution you are looking for. Factory reset will wipe your AirPods clean and it might fix any bugs that caused your AirPods to connect while they were in the case. Here is how to do it:

  1. On the case, find the setup button. press and hold it until the light flashes orange, then white
  2. Once it flashes orange, then white, let go of the button

This will reset your AirPods and you can pair them with your phone again. 

Unpair and reconnect the AirPods

This can also help fix the issue and refresh the firmware. Follow the steps below to see how to do it:

  1. Unlock your phone
  2. Tap the Settings icon
  3. Now tap on Bluetooth
  4. Select the information button next to your AirPods
  5. Select Forget this Device and confirm the action

That is how you unpair your AirPods from your phone. Next, put the AirPods in the case and let them fully charge. After that, reconnect them to your phone again and put them back in the case to see if they will stay disconnected.

Update the Firmware of your AirPods

If you have the old version of firmware, that could cause some connectivity issues, so it is best if you update it as soon as possible. The firmware should update automatically, but just in case it didn’t, you can do it yourself. Before you begin, make sure the AirPods are connected to your phone then follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down to General
  3. Tap About
  4. Scroll down until you find your AirPods
  5. Check the current version of the firmware, if you need to update it continue with these steps below
  6. Put your AirPods in the case, connect the case to power and close the lid
  7. Leave the AirPods like that overnight so they can update

And that is how you can manually update the firmware of your AirPods and hopefully solve the issue.

Clean the Case’s Charging Port

Dirt and debris can get stuck inside the charging port which can prevent the charging. You need to clean it with a static brush or a toothpick, never use anything wet. Scrape the dirt out and try charging it afterwards. If they still don’t charge after cleaning it, the charging port could be permanently damaged. 

Restart and Update your Phone

You can also try restarting your phone because the bug might be in it and not in the AirPods. If it doesn’t work you can try updating the phone’s software as well.

These are some of the most successful solutions that should help you fix the problem of your AirPods connecting while in case. 


In this article we answered the question “why are my AirPods connecting while in case?” The problem could be in the software, the case or it just malfunctioned. We also provided solutions, like, restarting your AirPods or phone, updating the firmware, cleaning the charging port etc.