AirPods Disconnecting from Mac | How to Fix

If the AirPods are disconnecting from your Mac, then this guide will outline some methods that should help you fix this issue. These wireless Bluetooth earbuds from Apple hardly needs an introduction of sorts.  While there is no denying its prowess or capability, yet seems to go through its fair share of ups and downs. And when that happens, it seems to infuriate quite a few users, and rightly so. Recently, we had discussed the ways to fix the AirPods connection issues.

As of now, there seem to be many users voicing their concern about the fact that their AirPods are getting disconnected from their Mac. Well over two thousand users have already echoed this issue over at the Apple Support Forum. Furthermore, it seems to happen all of a sudden without any noticeable reason. If you are also getting bugged with such an issue, then this guide is here to help you out. Today, we will share some handy tips that should fix the AirPods disconnecting from the Mac issue. Follow along.

Fix AirPods Disconnecting from Mac

AirPods Disconnecting from Mac | How to Fix

There isn’t any universal fix when it comes to this issue. You would have to go through all the below mentioned workarounds until the issue gets rectified. Before moving on, we would also suggest you check that there aren’t any issues with your Left or Right AirPods. If you are sure about that, then proceed with the below instructions.

Fix 1: Restart Mac

Although it seems a pretty obvious entry in this list, a simple reboot is known to do wonders in some cases. So go ahead, click on the Apple logo situated at the top left, and select Restart from the menu. Once your Mac reboots, check if it is able to generate any favorable outcomes when it comes to fixing the AirPods Disconnecting from the Mac issue. If the issue is still there, then here are some other tips to try out.

Fix 2: Disconnect Other Nearby Devices

If the AirPods are connected to both your Mac and another Apple device (iPad, iPod touch, iPhone), and if both these devices are signed in with the same Apple ID, then AirPods will automatically switch between both these devices. The fix for this is fairly simple. Just disconnect your AirPods from that other device by turning off their Bluetooth. That way, it will only remain connected to your Mac and should fix the AirPods Disconnecting from the Mac issue.

Fix 3: Re-Pair your AirPods

As evident from the heading, we would remove (or rather unpair) your AirPods from Mac. After this, we will re-pair it from scratch. This will eliminate any persistent issues with the connections. So follow the below steps to carry out the aforementioned task.

  1. Click on the Bluetooth icon on your Mac and select ‘Open Bluetooth Preferences.’
  2. However, if that option isn’t visible on the menu bar, then head over to System Preferences > Bluetooth and enable the ‘Show Bluetooth on menu bar’ option.
    bluetooth menu bar mac
  3. Anyways, once reaching the Bluetooth Preferences, right-click on AirPods and select Remove.
  4. Click on Forget Device in the dialog box that appears. With this, the AirPods are now unpaired from your Mac.
  5. It’s now time to re-pair it. For that, put both the AirPods in the charging case and close the latter’s lid.
  6. Then press and hold the setup button for a few seconds until the status light starts blinking white.
  7. Now go to the Bluetooth settings on your Mac. You should see AirPods in the list, click on the Connect button next to it.
    airpods bluetooth mac
  8. Once it is paired, check if the AirPods Disconnecting from the Mac issue has been fixed or not.

Fix 4: Reset Mac Bluetooth Module

Carrying out this tweak will disconnect all the connected devices and resets the PC’s Bluetooth Module. As a result, it will refresh all the Bluetooth settings and configurations and hence eliminate the associated issues as well.

  1. So press and hold the Shift+Options button on your keyboard and at the same time click on the Bluetooth option on your Mac.
  2. Select Debug from the menu that appears.
  3. Then select the ‘Reset the Bluetooth module’ option and click OK in the confirmation dialog box.
    mac reset bluetooth airpods
  4. It will now remove all the connected Bluetooth devices, including your AirPods.
  5. Hence go to the Bluetooth section, select your AirPods from the menu and click Connect.
  6. Now check if the issue has been rectified or not. If it is still there, then again head over to the Debug menu and this time select Factory reset all connected Apple devices.
    factory reset bluetooth module mac
  7. Click OK in the confirmation dialog box. Once that is done, repair your AirPods and see if it fixes the AirPods Disconnecting from the Mac issue.

Fix 5: Delete Bluetooth’s ‘Cache’ files

Your Mac stores all the Bluetooth device’s settings inside the Bluetooth preference list or more commonly known as .plist. However, if a lot of data gets accrued in this list, then it might conflict with the proper functioning of the connected Bluetooth devices. The best bet, in this case, is to delete this file (.plist) which reset all the Bluetooth configurations and might fix the issue as well. Here are the required instructions for the same:

  1. Click on Go on your Mac and select the ‘Go to Folder’ option from the menu.
    go menu
  2. Then type in the below command and hit Enter:
  3. This will take you to the folder where file is present. Select that file and delete it.
  4. You might have to enter your password or use your TouchID to complete this process. Do so as instructed and your issue should be fixed.

With this, we conclude the guide on how to fix the AirPods disconnecting from the Mac issue. We have shared five different fixes for the same. Do let us know in the comments which one managed to spell out success in your case. Rounding off, here are some equally useful iPhone Tips and TricksPC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Tricks that deserve your attention as well.

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