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AirPods Blinking Orange? Here’s How To Fix It!

airpods blinking orange

You’re about to hit the road to go and pick up your aunt from the airport after her 16-hour flight. Your mom’s telling you to hurry up since the drive is about 1.5 hours long. 

Seeing the perfect, breezy weather outside, you think of listening to your favourite podcast series and maybe some chill music on the drive but suddenly, you remember your car’s stereo isn’t working. No problem, you think to yourself as you grab your Apple AirPods and your jacket. Wireless it is.

As you put your key into the ignition and reach for your Apple AirPods to connect them, you see your Airpod case flashing orange. UGHHH! 

It’s okay. We feel your frustration. So, without further ado, let’s get you sorted.

AirPods Blinking Orange

What Does Orange Light on AirPods Mean?

Ever notice those gleaming bright colours appearing inside and outside your AirPod case? Well, there’s more to them than just 2 colours!

Every AirPods charging case has an LED light within and outside that displays the health of the AirPods as well as the case. This LED light radiates a variety of colours, each with a distinct purpose. The most common lights that you’re probably quite familiar with already (if you’re an iPhone user) are:

When AirPods are inside

  • Green: Your AirPods are fully charged.
  • White: The AirPods are ready to set up and be paired with your iPhone or any other device
  • Amber/Orange: Your AirPods are charging.

When AirPods are outside

  • Green: The case has one full charge remaining for your AirPods.
  • Amber/Orange: Your AirPod’s case is not fully charged and needs to be plugged in.

Why is my AirPod case flashing orange?

Why is my AirPod case flashing orange

A blinking amber/orange light on your AirPods indicates that they are unable to successfully pair with your iPhone or any other device, and your attention is needed.

How to fix AirPods blinking orange?

  1. Forget, reset and re-pair your AirPods
  2. Recharge your AirPods
  3. Update your AirPods software
  4. Restart your Apple device

Forget, reset and re-pair your AirPods

The key is to unpair the AirPods from the list of paired devices and then pair them once again. Prior to making any further changes to your AirPods or iPhone, you should consider this solution. Follow the steps listed below.

  1. Select Bluetooth by opening the Settings app on your iPhone and scrolling down.
  2. Tap the i button next to your AirPods on the linked devices displayed under My devices in the app.
  3. Doing so will bring up a new screen with two choices: Forget This Device or Disconnect. Then select Forget this device from the menu.
AirPods Blinking Orange
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  1. Place the AirPods back in their case
  2. Close and re-open their lid.
  3. Press and hold the button on the back of the case to make the LED flash white
  4. Unlock your phone and bring the case near it when the LED light is flashing white.
  5. Tap Connect to re-pair your AirPods.
  6. Click Done when it appears.

Recharge your AirPods

Pretty simple, right? Put your AirPods in their case and leave them to charge for about 20 minutes, give or take. Put a timer incase you forget. 

When finished, open your casing’s lid and carry on by pressing the button on the back of the case, bringing it near, connecting, re-pairing and hitting done. You ought to have successfully paired your AirPods to your iPhone after finishing the process.

If this doesn’t work as well, try charging both your AirPods and their case.

  1. Put the AirPods back in their case and close the lid.
  2. Connect them to the charger.
  3. Place your case on the charging pad with the LED status light facing up. This will enable wireless charging if your device is compatible with it.
  4. Allow the devices to share for about an hour.

When completed, reset and re-pair your AirPods with your device by following the instructions above. This should fix it. If not, keep reading.

Update your AirPod’s firmware

To address any persisting problems, Apple frequently releases updated AirPods firmware. Check if there’s a latest version available, that you may not have yet installed and update your AirPods. Upgrading them might solve your airpods issues.

Note: Keep it a standard operating procedure to update your Apple device and AirPods to the most recent firmware whenever a new version is released.

Update your AirPod’s firmware

Source: 9to5Mac

Restart your Apple device

Pretty sure you’ve already done this multiple times before but in case you’re new to Apple devices and haven’t got a clue, follow the instructions below:

  1. Hold the Power button down on your Apple device.
  2. Wait for the power slider to appear.
  3. Slide the I/O button to the right to turn the device off.
  4. Wait for a minimum of 10 seconds before turning it on again.
  5. Now, carry out the steps in Method 1 (Forget, reset & re-pair your AirPods).

With any luck, this will fix the blinking orange light in your AirPods and allow you to successfully pair your iPhone or any other Apple device with your AirPods.


If none of the aforementioned troubleshooting steps succeed, one or both of your AirPods could be broken. You ought to speak with Apple Support to get it fixed or replaced.

To conclude, these are some ways to fix the orange flashing light on your AirPods. We hope the above information was helpful in resolving your AirPods’ blinking orange light problem and wish you a great, uninterrupted listening session.