Why Is There No Light Flashing On My AirPods? (Easy Fixes)

No flashing light on AirPods can be due to several reasons. If there’s no light flashing on your AirPods, unpair your AirPods and reset them. If that doesn’t work, restarting your iPhone and disconnecting your AirPods from all of your devices should do the trick.

How to Fix AirPods That Don’t Flash Any light

There are 2 ways to fix AirPods’ charging case that won’t flash any light: recharging and resetting.

If your AirPods need to be charged, the status light won’t work. It’ll flash red to indicate that your charging case is about to die, but once the battery reaches 0%, you won’t see any light.

Try hooking your charging case to a power source and see if it fixes the problem. If your AirPods are charged but they still won’t flash any light, resetting them may fix the problem

To hard reset your AirPods, long-press the setup button on your charging case for 10-15 seconds until the status light flashes amber and then turns white. 

Your AirPods should now be reset, but you’ll need to pair them with your iPhone again as follows:

  • Go to “Settings” and turn on Bluetooth
  • Open the lid and long-press the setup button
  • A prompt should appear on the screen; tap on “Pair”

Other Fixes

If you’re unable to reset your AirPods, try these fixes:

Reset Your iPhone’s Network Settings and Unpair AirPods

To reset network settings, do the following:

  • Open “Settings” and select “General
  • Tap on “Reset” and choose “Network settings
  • Under Bluetooth settings, click on the “i” icon next to your AirPods
  • Click on “Forget this device

Clean the Charging Case

Sometimes, trapped dirt and debris around the case contacts may prevent your AirPods from resetting and charging properly. You can use a cotton swab to clean the charging case from the inside. You might also spray a little bit of diluted alcohol on the cotton swab.

To check if the cleaning process worked, put the AirPods inside the case, then wait for a couple of minutes, and attempt resetting the AirPods by long-pressing the pairing button. If the case blinks amber, then white, you’re good to go.

If you still can’t reset your AirPods, try putting one AirPod at a time in the case. 

What Different Lights on Your AirPods Mean

The AirPods charging case flashes different colors depending on its status. Green light means that the charging case is fully charged, while white light indicates that your AirPods are ready to pair.

Amber light implies that there’s at least one full charge in your charging, but it may also mean that your AirPods are pairing with your device when you press the setup button. 

If you see a red light, you need to charge your AirPods as soon as possible. However, seeing no light at all, in most cases, means that your AirPods charging case is dead and needs to be recharged.


So that was a brief walkthrough of why there’s no light flashing on your AirPods. In most scenarios, simply recharging your AirPods should get your status light to start blinking again. However, if you charge your AirPods and still can’t see any light, resetting them would be your best bet. If needed, contact Apple Support.

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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