Why Do My Airpods Keep Cutting Out From My Laptop?

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Airpods since its introduction five years ago has experienced a high rate of adoption among tech lovers. This is largely due to its wireless capability which gives it an edge over the traditional wired earpiece and headphone.

Just like every other device or innovation, Airpods are not perfect, they come with their own problems. One of the problems of using AirPods is the problem of connection. If you are an ardent user of Airpod, you would have experienced your Airpod disconnecting from your sound source at least once.

Although a disconnection once in a while may not be a problem, having to deal with consistent disconnection can be annoying as well as irritating. This will form the focus of this article as I will be looking at some of the reasons why you keep experiencing this connection particularly on your laptops and I will be suggesting some ways you can use to troubleshoot and fix the problem.

So Why Do My Airpods Keep Cutting Out From My Laptop? Your Airpods may keep cutting out from your laptop because of Interference from other Bluetooth Devices, hardware defects, settings, battery or your iOs version

Understanding the root cause of any problem is the first step towards solving the problem. For us to find out how to stop our Airpods from disconnecting from laptops, we must first understand the causes of the problem.

In this section, I will explain some of the causes of this problem and in subsequent sections, I will guide you on how to go about fixing the problem.

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1. Interference from other Bluetooth Devices

This is the most cause why your Airpods are cutting off from your laptop.  All Bluetooth devices including headphones and Airpods are prone to this Bluetooth interference.

You may be wondering what this Bluetooth interference is all about. Bluetooth interference occurs when more than one device operating at the same wavelength is attempting to connect to a single device at a time thereby disrupting the connection.

For instance, other devices that operate on the same wavelength as your Airpods can cause your Airpods to disconnect from the sound source including your computer.

In my experience, one common device that is commonly responsible for this interference is Wi-Fi routers. This is because the Wi-Fi operates on the same frequency (2.GHz) when communicating with other devices.

Hardware Defect

Airpods are made using miniature electronic components and so physical damage to the Airpods can be responsible for the malfunctioning of your device.  Your AirPods are likely going to follow you everywhere you go and what this means is that there is a higher risk of it getting damaged.

To prevent this, you need to take extra care in protecting the device. An easy way to protect your Airpods is to get a portable protective case that you can move around with which will serve as a shield for the Airpods.

Regular cleaning of the Airpods is also important as it protects the Airpods from dust and dirt accumulation which can affect the proper functioning of the Airpods including their connectivity.


A wrong setting is enough to mess up your connectivity and cause your Airpod to keep disconnecting from your laptop. In order to prevent Airpods connectivity issues, you need to continuously check the Bluetooth setting of the laptop.

Although Airpods can work well with Windows devices, the connection is not as smooth as it is with Apple devices and you need to make a little adjustment to ensure the proper working of the Airpods with Windows devices.


If the Airpods battery is low, the connection between the Airpods and the laptops is likely to be very unstable. Your AirPods will automatically disconnect from the laptop when the battery is below 10%. It is therefore important to always keep the Airpod charged if you do not want to experience disruptions in your connection.

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iOs Version

An out-of-date iOS version may also be a reason why your AirPods keep disconnecting. If your device is running on an out-of-date version, you run the risk of operating with a device prone to errors, bugs that may be responsible for compatibility issues between the Airpod and other devices including your laptop.

What do I do to Stop my Airpods from disconnecting?

If your AirPods are continuously disconnecting the sound source, there may be a lot of reasons responsible for this as we discussed in the section above. In this section, I will guide you on some of the ways you can employ in fixing this anomaly. Let’s get started.

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Examine the Battery of the AirPods

Like the common saying goes ‘First thing First’. The first thing you should check if you notice that your AirPods are connecting is to check the battery level. This is because Airpods are designed to automatically disconnect from the Sound source if the battery goes beyond a certain threshold.

To check the Airpod battery, follow the following steps:

On iOS Devices:

  • Open the Lid of the Airpods and place them close to the device you intend to connect them to. E.g Place the Airpods close to an Ipad.
  • Wait for some seconds, the battery level of the Airpods will be displayed on the device screen.
  • Another way of doing this is using the battery widget. Here you will see the charge status of your AirPods.

On Mac:

  • Bring the Airpods out of their case.
  • Click on the Bluetooth icon located on the menu bar of the iPad. If you can’t find the Bluetooth icon there, it means the iPad’s Bluetooth is turned off, you can enable this by navigating to System Preferences > Bluetooth and ticking the “Show Bluetooth in the menu bar.
  • Click the Bluetooth ion
  • You will see the current battery level of the Airpods when you hover over the Airpods’ name.

Confirm that the Bluetooth is not turned off

It is possible that the reason why the AirPods cannot connect to your sound source is that the Bluetooth is turned off. For your Airpods to be able to connect to your device, you need to turn on the Bluetooth on your device.

If you have any problem connecting your Airpods to your device, you should try turning off the Bluetooth and turning it on again. This procedure makes sure that only the closest device is the first to connect.

If you do not know how to enable the Bluetooth of your device, you can follow the instruction below:

Enabling Bluetooth on PC:

  • At the bottom-right corner, right-click on the start button and then click on settings
  • Go to the settings on Windows 10
  • You can enable the Bluetooth by clicking on the device and toggling the on and off switch to the right.

How to Enable Bluetooth on Apple devices:

  • Navigate to the settings app on your phone.
  • From settings, tap on Bluetooth
  • Turn the Switch to the right and your Bluetooth is enabled.

Insert the Airpods into the Case and Bring them Out

If your AirPods are constantly disconnecting, you may need to just do a simple trick of putting them back into the case and bringing them out again. Inserting the Airpod into the sockets removes all forms of paired connection and starts the charging process.

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Remove the Airpods from the case after a few seconds. This will automatically reconnect to your device and when the lid case is opened, it will try to start a new connection.

Reset your AirPods

Resetting is a troubleshooting skill that can solve most common Airpod problems such as not connecting, charging problems,s, and intermittent disconnections.  Let me state here that resetting the Airpods means removing all already paired devices and so the Airpod is returned back into the initial factory setting. To reset the Airpod, follow the steps below:

  • Insert the Airpods into its case and charge them up to at least ¾ of full charge
  • Close the Airpod Case
  • Hold down the reset button at the back of the Airpods case for 25 seconds
  • You will notice the indicator light will change from flashing white to flashing amber. This is an indicator of a successful reset.

Disable Automatic Ear Detection

This can be a potential reason why the Airpods are not connecting. Each of the Airpod has a sensor. This sensor detects when the Airpod is in use or not. It is possible that the sensor can have a problem detecting whether the Airpod is plugged into the ear or not.

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When the Airpods cannot tell if the device is plugged into the ear not, they try to save power by disconnecting from whatever devices they are connected to.

This problem is more common when you are having issues with keeping your Airpod in place. In this scenario, a little change in your position can lead to the Automatic Ear detection feature triggering disconnection. It is best to disable this feature when you notice that your Airpods keeps disconnecting from its paired device.

To do this,

  • Ensure that the Airpod case is open. Navigate to the setting, click on Bluetooth.
  • You will notice an ‘I’ symbol that is on the right side of your Airpods, tap on it.
  • Disable the Automatic Ear detection feature.

How to Fix Common Connectivity issues on AirPods

AirPods continuously Disconnecting and Reconnecting on Windows 10 Computers

If you notice this problem on your Airpods, you can follow the following step to diagnose the problem.

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  • Open the device manager of your computer. You can do this by clicking start and typing ‘Device Manager’ in the search bar or you can run the devmgmt.msc from the run command.
  • On the device manager page, click on the view tab and choose ‘device by type’
  • To locate the Airpods Audio & Video Remote control, Expand the Human Interface Devices.
  • Right-click on the Airpods Audio & Video Remote control and select properties
  • Go to the ‘Power Management tab’ and unselect the ’ Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power
  • Repeat the process above for the Airpods Hand’s free Call Control HID
  • Check the Status of the problem to know why the problem is happening.

Possible Solutions

Remove Hidden Bluetooth Drivers: You can remove the hidden drivers and try pairing the Airpods again

  • Navigate to the Device Manager of the computer
  • Click on the View and select Show hidden devices
  • Navigate to Bluetooth and expand it
  • Uninstall any device that is grey out
  • Restart the computer
  • Try pairing the Airpod again.

Change the Registry Entry Value:

  • Access the windows registry by typing Regedit.
  • Go to the following key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Class\{e0cbf06c-cd8b-4647-bb8a-263b43f0f974}\0000 >New “String Value” > Name PnPCapabilities
  • Set the value to 24

Why Do My Airpods Keep Cutting Out From My Laptop- Conclusion

In this write-up, I tried to offer some explanation on why your Airpods keep disconnecting from your computer. From our discussion, it is obvious that there are many reasons why this can happen.

The problem ranges from Bluetooth interference especially from Wi-fi routers which operate on the same 2.4 GHz frequency as Bluetooth. Other causes of this problem can be the use of outdated iOs versions, Hardware defects, and in some cases, it can be as trivial as a low battery.

Therefore, there is a need for you to factor in these factors whenever you are troubleshooting connectivity issues with your Airpods.

If you suspect that there is interference from your wi-fi, you may need to change your position to a place where there will be no interference.

You also have to check to ensure that the Airpod is fully charged as Airpods will generally disconnect when the battery goes below a certain threshold. You can ensure that you protect the Airpods from physical damage, This is to prevent hardware issues which can also cause connectivity issues.

I hope the suggestions in this article will help you to solve some of the problems highlighted here. Kindly leave your comment in the comment box and let us know if these recommendations were helpful to you.

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