AirPods Connect When Case is Closed? Here’s The Solution

Many Apple users have reported that their AirPods connect when the case is closed. I mean, this seems like a weird issue, but it happens and we have the solution for you right here.

Here’s how to fix this issue – First check that the ” Automatic Ear Detection ” is OFF, if it’s not, turn it OFF. Next check that your device software is updated to the latest. Lastly, try and resetting your AirPods and see if this fixes the problem.

Fix AirPods connect even when case is closed in 3 simple ways

Turn Automatic Ear Detection OFF

The first thing you should do to try and solve this issue is to check if your Auto Ear Detection feature is on or off. Here’s how:

  • Wear your AirPods first and see that they connect to your device
  • Now lunch the Settings app
  • Tap Bluetooth
  • Find the name of your AirPods and tap the information icon to open the settings screen
  • Toggle Automatic Ear Detection OFF
checking airpods on your iphone

Once this is done test to see if the issue happens again or not. Try and turn it back ON and see if the issue resolved or not.

Updating software

Second thing we can try is making sure our software is updated to the latest, here’s how to check which software you have installed now, and how to update it if necessary.

To check current software:

  • Lunch the Settings app
  • Tap on General
  • Tap on About
software update on iphone

To update your software to the latest:

  • Lunch the Settings app
  • Tap on General
  • Tap on Software Update
  • Make sure you plug your device into a power source
  • Make sure you are connected to a WiFi
  • If there is a newer update available, you will see a Download and Install button – tap that

Now you should have the latest software update, check to see if it resolved your issue.

Reset your AirPods

The last option will be to just reset your AirPods to see if this helps, here’s how:

  • Put the AirPods in the case and close it
  • Wait for about 30 seconds
  • Now open the case and put the AirPods in your ears.
  • While the AirPods are in your ears and connected to your device, Lunch the Settings app
  • Tap Bluetooth
  • Tap on the information icon next to your AirPods name
  • Tap forget this device, tap again to confirm
  • Now open the case and keep the lid open, with it open press and hold the Setup button on the back of the case until the front light turns white
  • Now reconnect your AirPods to the device, you should close and open the case again and get it closer to your device so it can detect it. Follow the screen instructions
how to reset airpods connection
Forget this device bluetooth option

We hope these three solutions helped solve your issue of AirPods connecting when case is closed, if the problem persists you would probably need to contact an apple specialist.


The issue of AirPods connecting when the case is closed might be irritating, but it’s easy to fix. Case not closing correctly is the main reason followed by software issues. Take necessary measures as described above to resolve the connectivity problem.

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About the Author: Adam Wishmore

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