How Far Can AirPods Be Away From Your Phone? (AirPods Range/Reach)

Your AirPods can be anywhere from 30 to 60 feet (or 10 to 18 meters) away from your phone to preserve the Bluetooth connection. This is the optimal range/reach specified by the manufacturer.

Understanding the Difference Between the Optimal and Maximum AirPods Range

It’s important that you distinguish between the optimal and maximum AirPods range. 

The optimal Bluetooth range for your AirPods is between 30 to 60 feet. In other words, you can be 60 feet away from your phone and still listen to high-quality music and make calls without connection interruptions. 

However, if you try to use your AirPods outside of the optimal range, you might still be able to use them, even with some connection drops. This is called the maximum range

It’d be a good idea to only attempt moving far away from your phone if there aren’t any obstacles between your AirPods and your phone.

How to Connect Your AirPods to Your iPhone

Before connecting a brand new set of AirPods with your iPhone, you need to pair the two devices first. Here’s how to do it:

  • On your iPhone, open the ‘control center’ and tap on the ‘Bluetooth’ icon to turn it on
  • Open the lid of your AirPods
  • Long press the pairing button at the back of your charging case until you see an amber light on your airpods
  • After the amber light turns white, a prompt will appear on the screen; click on “pair

Now that you’ve paired your AirPods with your iPhone, you can easily connect them as follows:

  • Make sure that ‘Bluetooth’ is enabled on your iPhone
  • Hold your charging case close to your iPhone and open the lid
  • Take out the AirPods and put them on
  • Close the lid; you should hear a sound coming out of your AirPods, indicating that they’re successfully connected

If your AirPods are connected but there is no sound, check out this article and try these fixes.

How to Know If Your AirPods Are Out of Range

If your device is too far away and you can’t hear anything on your AirPods, chances are you’re out of the AirPods’ Bluetooth range. However, this isn’t the only possible scenario. Your AirPods might just be dead and need to be recharged

The easiest way to tell whether your AirPods are out of range is to try getting them closer to your iPhone and see if they work.

If that doesn’t do the trick, check your AirPods battery by holding the charging case next to your iPhone and opening the lid. You should see a pop-up screen that gives you an overview of your AirPods’ battery percentage.

Also, make sure that your AirPods aren’t connected to the wrong device. If you use your AirPods with multiple devices at home, they might accidentally connect to the wrong device automatically. 

Try turning off Bluetooth on all of your devices except the device you want to connect your AirPods to and see if it fixes the problem.


To recap, you can use your AirPods optimally when they’re within 0-60 feet from your device. There are scenarios where you can use them outside of this range, but there’s a good chance that you’ll have to deal with some connectivity issues. 

To maximize your AirPods’ range, make sure that there are no major obstacles between your AirPods and your device.

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

I’ve been a writer with Musician Wave for six years, turning my 17-year journey as a multi-instrumentalist and music producer into insightful news, tutorials, reviews, and features.

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