How to disconnect AirPods from all devices at once

AirPods are amazing but they have a small problem that can be quite frustrating. Once you connect your AirPods to any Apple device, it will be automatically connected to your iCloud account. So, if you are renting out your AirPods to your friends or family members and they connect the AirPods to their devices, the same AirPods will also remain connected to their iCloud accounts.

You might not want that to happen. So, you have to either manually remove those connected accounts one at a time or you have to simply reset your AirPods completely.

Now, if you want to disconnect AirPods from all devices at once, resetting your AirPods makes more sense. If you want to disconnect your AirPods from unwanted devices and accounts only, removing them one by one makes sense.

In this article, we will learn how to disconnect AirPods from all devices at once.

How to Disconnect AirPods from All Devices at Once?

It doesn’t matter whether you have first-generation AirPods or second-generation AirPods, the method for resetting is the same. For AirPods Pro, however, the method is slightly different. Let us take a look at those methods individually.

Resetting First-Generation and Second-Generation AirPods

To reset your First- and Second-Generation AirPods, follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Ensure that both your AirPods are placed in the charging case.
  • Step 2: Now ensure that both the AirPods and the case are charged completely or partially.
  • Step 3: Now flip open the case lid but do not take out the AirPods.
  • Step 4: On the back of the case you can find a small white but, which is basically the setup button but also works for resetting.
  • Step 5: Press and hold the button for a minimum of 15 seconds. Don’t release the button during these 15 seconds.
  • Step 6: Once you press and hold the button, the internal light located between the two AirPods will flash. You can first see it turning white and then it will turn amber. In case your case is wireless, this light will be located on the front of the case instead of inside the case between the AirPods.
  • Step 7: Once the light turns amber, you are done! You can now release the button because your AirPods have been reset to their factory settings and all previously connected devices (and iCloud accounts) have now been disconnected completely.

Resetting AirPods Pro

To reset your AirPods Pro, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Place your AirPods in the case and close the lid. Wait for 30 seconds.
  • Step 2: Flip open the case lid. Do not remove the AirPods.
  • Step 3: Head over to your iOS device and navigate to Settings >> Bluetooth. There you can find AirPods Pro listed under ‘My Devices.’ Next to AirPods Pro you can see a small icon like this – . It is a small ‘i’ icon placed inside a circle. Tap on that icon.
  • Step 4: A new screen will open with the option of ‘Forget This Device.’ Tap on that option and then tap again to confirm.
  • Step 5: Now pick up the case with the AirPods still inside and the lid still open.
  • Step 6: Locate the small white button on the back on the case. Press and hold the button for 15 seconds until you see the light on the front flash to amber.
  • Step 7: Leave the button!

That’s all! You have successfully reset your AirPods Pro and the AirPods are disconnected from all devices.

How to Disconnect AirPods from Individual Devices

For Mobile iOS devices

  • Step 1: Go to your device’s Bluetooth settings and locate the AirPods under ‘My Devices.’
  • Step 2: Tap the small “i” icon and then tap ‘Forget this device.’ Then tap again on the pop up to confirm.

You need to repeat this step for all mobile devices one at a time. This method also applies to your Apple Watch (that runs on watchOS).

For Mac devices

If you want to disconnect AirPods from your Mac, follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Click the Apple icon in the menu bar and select System Preferences.
  • Step 2: On Preference pane, click on the Bluetooth icon.
  • Step 3: On the Bluetooth window, locate the AirPods and right-click on it to pull out the context menu. Select the ‘Remove’ option and then confirm to remove it.

That’s all! That’s how you disconnect AirPods from all devices or individual devices.