How to reset AirPods to sell or fix errors

iPhone AirPods

When the time has come to sell or give away your AirPods, it’s time to reset or factory reset them, to leave them like the first day, fresh out of the box.

Besides Resetting your AirPods or AirPods Pro can help you fix the problems that you have with the devices, and it is a necessary step when you want to sell or give away your old AirPods.

Therefore, knowing how to reset AirPods, or any other Apple device, is very useful, both to solve possible errors and to leave them with their factory settings as if they were newly purchased, or it will even allow us to use the AirPods that we have found, as long as we have not been able to locate the owner. Which I will show you a little later in this article.

How to reset AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max

How to reset Airpods to sell them or fix errors

In order to reset the headphones, We will first have to disconnect them from the Apple devices to which they are connected, in addition to removing them from your Apple IDsomething we will review later.

Let’s see step by step how to disconnect the AirPods easily:

  • First place your AirPods inside their charging case and close the lid.
  • After 30 secondsopen the lid.
  • Now on your iPhone, open Settings.
  • Tap the section bluetooth.
  • Along with your AirPods, Tap the information icon (i).
  • Touch Forget this device.
  • confirm that you want to forget the device.

While the AirPods case lid is still open, Press and hold the setting button on the center back of the case. You have to do this until the light on the headphone box changes color to amber and then finally back to white.

And that’s it, that’s all! Your AirPods have been factory reset! If you were only doing the process to solve a problem, it is very likely that this simple process will have solved it. On the other hand, if you just bought second-hand AirPods, this process should allow you to set them up now with your Apple ID.

If you want to sell them, be sure to follow the steps below to remove the pairing lock; If you don’t, the new owner will see a message that says: “The owner of this item will be able to see its location”along with information about the Apple ID you are registered with.

How to remove AirPods from the associated Apple ID

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In the past, when you factory reset AirPods Pro or AirPods, they could no longer be tracked through Find My. With the iOS 15 update, you can: AirPods and AirPods Pro can now be tracked because they have a pairing lock, which is similar to the activation lock on your iPhone. Even if you reset AirPods with the “force” method, they can still be tracked through Find My due to the pairing lock. To remove it, follow these steps:

  • First on your iPhone, open Look for.
  • Now it’s time Devices.
  • Select the AirPods you want to remove.
  • Press delete this device on the bottom. You may need to swipe up to display more information.
  • You will have to Enter your Apple ID password and press OK.

The good news is that you can do this even after you’ve sold or given away your AirPods. If you purchased a used headset and can’t pair it, you’ll need to contact the previous owner and walk them through these steps.

Can someone use stolen AirPods?

Headphones and iPhone

Unfortunately, yes, stolen or simply lost AirPods can be used. However, with the iOS 15 update, AirPods became a little more secure. When they try to configure someone else’s AirPods, they will not be able to do soalthough they can use them to listen to music, but if they do, you will be able to see their location…

How to find the owner of the AirPods?


If you find lost AirPods, you can use them, but first, you should try to find their owner, as you would like them to do for you if you lose them. AND It is also relatively easy to find the owner, or for him to find you.

Using someone’s AirPods can be the key to helping them find you and recover their AirPods. Also, when you reset them and connect them to your iPhone, You may be able to see the owner’s Apple ID email. You can use this email to try to contact the owner to return the AirPods.

In the meantime, try to keep them charged and connected for easy tracking. The other option is to take them to an Apple store, talk to a Genius and see if they can help you.


Now you know how to safely reset your AirPods Pro, AirPods, or AirPods Max. As always, I hope this article has helped you sell your AirPods safely, set up used AirPods, or solve a problem with your headphones.

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