Why Your AirPods Keep Disconnecting From Mac

Summary: In this blog post, we’ll take a look at common reasons that cause “AirPods keep disconnecting issues” and workable methods to get rid of the problem. A lot of users have reported that charging the AirPods fully and then reconnecting them to Mac can help you to instantly fix the problem. Hence, you may try the same! Additionally, restarting and updating your iOS and macOS devices can be helpful. If these fixes fail, try other solutions shared below!

Apple’s AirPods line can be seen everywhere, be it in offices, trains, or gyms. The wireless technology used by the tech giant is always appreciated in the market. And, there are certainly tons of reasons to love AirPods, ranging from solid audio quality, seamless compatibility with all Apple products, active noise cancellation support & whatnot. But it has its own share of problems as well!

A lot of users have reported the issue of AirPods keeps disconnecting on Mac. According to Reddit users, the problem instantly occurred after updating the MacBook with the Monterey version. So, why do AirPods keep disconnecting from your device? Let’s find out!

Why Do My AirPods Keep Detaching, Even With Full Battery?

Well, there’s no single reason for this question, but it could happen due to numerous circumstances:

  • There could be a hardware fault.
  • Running an outdated OS on your Mac.
  • There’s likely to be a firmware issue with the AirPods.
  • Bluetooth pairing issues can lead to the issue.
  • Low battery or software bugs.
  • Using damaged AirPods can reduce the gadget’s quality.
  • Dirt and dust can cause the AirPods to have a poor connection.

Whatever the reason, in this article we’ll figure out the best ways to fix the connectivity issues with AirPods and MacBook. The following guide applies to all the popular generations of AirPods.

In case you’re new to setting up and connecting AirPods to Mac, read this complete guide!  

How To Fix AirPods Keep Disconnecting From Mac (2023)

Check out the list of ways to stop your AirPods from detaching even if it has a full battery.

1. Reboot your Device

Yes, one of the oldest hacks in the books! Restarting your MacBook can give you a fresh start to eliminate common errors, bugs, and glitches.

To reboot your device, press the Apple icon placed on the top menu bar, select “Restart”.


Once your device restarts, pair your AirPods to your Mac and see if you’re still facing any issues.

2. Forget Device and Reconnect AirPods

In our next solution, we will try to disconnect the AirPods and then reconnect them again to your Mac.

Hit the Bluetooth icon placed on the top menu bar, select “Open Bluetooth Preferences”.


Select your AirPods from the list, right-click on it and tap on “Remove”.


Apple will now pop up a confirmation alert. Hit on the “Forget Device” button to proceed.


By following the above-listed steps, you will be able to completely disconnect your AirPods from your Mac. The next step is to reconnect your AirPods to start from scratch.

Reopen the lid of your AirPod case and put your AirPods in the Pairing mode.

Open the Bluetooth settings on your Mac and then once you see your AirPods listed on the screen, hit on the Connect button.

Also read: Why Is My AirPods Not Connecting To Mac? Here’s How To Troubleshoot The Problem

3. Reset Mac’s Bluetooth Module

When you reset your Mac’s Bluetooth equipment module, the Bluetooth configurations and settings will be set to default. This can surely give you a fresh start in eliminating glitches and technical errors that may have been triggering the “AirPods keeps disconnecting from Mac” issue. Here’s what you need to do:

Tap the Bluetooth icon placed on the top menu bar while holding the Shift + Option keys on your keyboard.


A context menu will now appear on the screen, select Debug> Reset the Bluetooth Module.


A confirmation alert will pop up on the screen, tap on OK to proceed.

After resetting the Bluetooth module on your Mac, reconnect the AirPods and check if the issue persists.

4. Factory Reset

Another effective solution to fix the “AirPods keep disconnecting from Mac” issue is to factory reset all the connected Bluetooth devices.

Tap the Bluetooth icon placed on the top menu bar while holding the Shift + Option keys on your keyboard.


In the context menu that appears on the screen, select Debug> Factory Reset all connected Apple devices.

5. Delete Bluetooth Configuration Files

Tap on Go> Go to Folder.

In the search box, type the following address:



In the Preferences folder, look for a file named “com.apple.Bluetooth.plist”.

Once you find it, right-click on the file and select “Move to Bin”.


After deleting the Bluetooth Configuration file, reconnect your AirPods to your Mac.

Also read: Some of the hidden AirPods Pro settings and Features on your iPhone

6. Give Your MacBook A Quick Cleanup

Well, sometimes accumulated caches, junk files, and other redundant data may prevent your AirPods from establishing a successful connection. Hence, give your MacBook a quick cleaning to wipe all the unnecessary digital debris. You can take the help of a popular macOS troubleshooting application like Cleanup My System by Systweak Software. It offers both free and paid versions to clean, optimize, speed up, and protect your macOS.

Cleanup My System

Check out the detailed review of Cleanup My System to analyze whether is it worth purchasing or not to enhance the performance of your MacBook.

7. Reset the SMC

If the connectivity issues persist between your MacBook and AirPods, then the last resort is to reset the SMC (System Management Controller). Since, it also takes care of the Bluetooth connections on your Mac, bringing it to the factory reset may help you to resolve the issue. You can go through our previous guide on How To Reset The PRAM & SMC On Your Mac. 

Frequently Asked Question

Q.1. How to fix your AirPods when they keep disconnecting?

Some of the most simple and effective solutions to fix this issue include: Reboot your Mac, Factory Reset all connected Bluetooth devices, Remove the Bluetooth Configuration file and keep your macOS up to date.

Q.2. How to stop AirPods from switching from iMac to iPhone?


Image source: 9 to 5 Mac

Here’s something you can try. While your AirPods are connected to your iPhone, open Settings. Tap on the “i” icon placed next to your AirPods title in the Bluetooth Settings. Tap on “Connect to this Phone” and then select the “When last connected to this iPhone” setting instead of “Automatically”.

Q.3. How to link AirPods to MacBook Air?

First, enable Bluetooth on your MacBook. Place the AirPods in the case and then open the lid to go into pairing mode. Press and hold the setup button placed on the back of your AirPods’ case until the white light starts flashing. Open the Bluetooth settings on your MacBook, your AirPods will appear on the list, hit on the “Connect” button.

Q.4. Do AirPods keep cutting out for no reason?

Bluetooth issues can trigger the “AirPods keep disconnected from Mac” issue. Some of the most simple hacks to overcome this issue is by resetting the Bluetooth module, forgetting your AirPod device, and then trying to reconnect it to your device for a fresh start.

Were You Able To Stop Your AirPods From Disconnecting On Mac?

So, fellas there were a few simple hacks that you can try to improve your audio listening experience using AirPods without any abrupt disruptions. For me, cleaning the AirPods tangibly and wiping unwanted digital debris from MacBook helped to restore successful connections. So, you may try the same.

Do let us know which method worked out best for you. Feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments space & if you know any other workaround that can help other users, do shoot your suggestions in the below section!

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  • comment_avtar
    Non of the above worked for me. My issue was my 2.4 GHz wifi on my MacBook Pro interfering with my connected AirPods! I recognized that when I turned my wifi OFF and the video sounds played flawlessly. Now I’m connected to the 5 GHz wifi and there’s no longer any interference :))))

    2 years ago
    • comment_avtar
      Mridula Nimawat
      Hello Shahrokh, Thank you the suggestion, we would add the information in the blog.

      2 years ago

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