7 Best Fixes Why Do My Airpods Keep Pausing Randomly?

Technology – a realm that can both thrill us with innovation and vex us with glitches. I’ve recently been exploring one particular nuisance that seems to have infected a multitude of AirPod users: the issue of random pausing. It’s like someone having their finger poised over the ‘pause’ button just to irk you. Irritating, isn’t it? Now, let’s get down to dissecting this tech hitch, and more importantly, how to fix it.

1. Check Your AirPods’ Sensor

AirPods come equipped with an inbuilt sensor that pauses your audio whenever you remove them from your ears. While it’s a convenient feature, sometimes it could act up. Perhaps a strand of hair or dust is triggering the sensor? A quick clean should sort this out.

This link provides a safe and thorough guide on cleaning your AirPods. However, if your audio still behaves like a game of musical chairs, let’s head on to the next solution.

Check Your AirPods' Sensor


2. Disable Automatic Ear Detection

If the clean-up didn’t do the trick, you might want to consider disabling the ‘Automatic Ear Detection’ feature. Head over to Settings -> Bluetooth -> Your AirPods and toggle off ‘Automatic Ear Detection’.

However, keep in mind that your AirPods will now play audio even when they’re not in your ears. It’s a trade-off, but one worth considering if it saves you from the annoyance of random pauses.

3. Update Your Device

Outdated software can sometimes cause functionality issues with connected devices.

  1. For iOS devices, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. If an update is available, tap ‘Download and Install.’
  2. For Android devices, the software update option can generally be found under Settings -> System -> System Updates.
  3. Once your device is updated, reconnect your AirPods and see if the random pausing issue is resolved.

Patience is the key when dealing with technology. If you’ve gone through these steps and still find your AirPods pausing randomly, it might be time to reach out to Apple Support. They’ve got a team of tech wizards ready to help you solve your problem!

Software Updates

4. Reset Your AirPods

Resetting your AirPods can often clear any minor software glitches.

  1. Put your AirPods in their case and close the lid. Wait for about 30 seconds.
  2. Now, open the lid. On your iOS device, go to Settings -> Bluetooth and tap on the ‘i’ symbol next to your AirPods. Then tap ‘Forget This Device’ and confirm.
  3. Next, with the lid of the AirPods’ case open, press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the status light in the case flashes amber (around 15 seconds).
  4. Once the light flashes amber, close the lid of the case and then open it again.
  5. Your AirPods should appear in the list of available devices in the Bluetooth settings of your device. Tap to pair them.

5. Check Device Settings

Certain device settings might be causing your AirPods to pause randomly.

  1. On iOS devices, go to Settings -> Bluetooth. Tap on the ‘i’ symbol next to your AirPods.
  2. Look for a setting that might say something like “Pause audio on removal.” If it’s turned on, toggle it off.
  3. On Android, the process can vary slightly depending on the manufacturer. However, typically you can find similar options under the Bluetooth settings.
Check Device Settings

6. Disconnect Other Bluetooth Devices

If multiple devices are connected via Bluetooth to the same source device, it might cause connection instability.

  1. Go to Settings -> Bluetooth on your device.
  2. Under ‘My Devices,’ tap on the ‘i’ symbol next to the device you want to disconnect, and then tap ‘Disconnect.’
  3. Do this for all other devices, leaving only your AirPods connected.
  4. Test your AirPods to see if the problem persists.

7. Range Check

The maximum range for a Bluetooth connection is typically around 33 feet (10 meters) without any barriers.

  1. Make sure your AirPods are within this range of the connected device.
  2. Try to eliminate any barriers between your AirPods and the device, such as walls or furniture.
  3. Test your AirPods to check if the issue has been resolved.

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of WinFixo.com. I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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