7 Reasons AirPods Keep Pausing and Fixes

Since their introduction in 2016, these wireless devices have become extremely popular. Even though AirPods is a remarkable device, they do have a few flaws. One of them is that it pauses sometimes.

AirPods pausing issues aren’t serious and shouldn’t discourage you from getting a nice new AirPod if you plan to. 

This article will discuss all you need to know about AirPods pausing problems and how to solve them. Let’s see.

Why Your AirPods Keep Pausing: Causes and Solutions 

Usually, your AirPods will stop working when they fall out of your ears. But if you notice your AirPods keeps disconnecting unexpectedly, here are some possible causes and solutions to try.

1. Proximity

If your AirPods and your smartphone are too far apart, they may lose connection with each other; both devices have to be close to each other to work flawlessly. You might hear some glitch sounds or cracks as the devices lose connection, and a continuous pause usually follows these cracks in your music or whatever media you are playing.

You don’t expect both devices to work perfectly when you place them hundreds of feet away. For optimal performance, make sure your AirPod is within 30-60 feet of the connected device and that there are no obstructions (e.g., a thick wall) between them

2. Automatic Ear Detection

AirPods are designed to go off or pause whatever media you are playing when you place your hands on the sensors. Most users don’t know this and wonder why their music unexpectedly stops. 

All AirPods have sensors integrated into them that detect when you get in contact with them. But if your music pauses without you touching the sensors, something else might be wrong with them.

The best way to fix this is to disable the Automatic Ear Detection feature in settings. Here’s how to get that done.

  • Head to your settings and tap on Bluetooth. 
  • Next, click on the “i” icon next to your AirPod
  • Disable the Ear Detection feature from the following menu.

Now try listening to music to see whether the connection will get disrupted again.

With this feature disabled, the content will keep playing even when you take the AirPods off. This setting will also make your battery drain faster. 

3. Connection Problems

Both your AirPods and your smartphone aren’t going to get along if the connection isn’t great. For starters, you can place the AirPods back in their case for about 25-30 seconds and then try reconnecting them with your device. If this doesn’t work, you’ll have to disconnect them entirely in your iPhone’s settings and reconnect them.

To do that;

  • Head to your Phone’s settings and tap on Connections. 
  • Select Bluetooth settings and un-pair the device from the following menu. 
  • Now try reconnecting both devices and check to see if the issue has been resolved. Both devices should work perfectly now.

4. The Double Tap Action

You can pause whatever media you are playing by double-tapping your AirPod’s sensors. Most people do this accidentally and think something went wrong with the device. 

You can customize this feature in settings and select the options that best suit your needs.

5. Low Battery Problems

You’ll experience a lot of interruptions when your AirPod’s battery level hits red. The device will pause your content almost every 20 seconds to alert you that it needs to be plugged into power.

The only way to fix this issue is to charge the device. To charge the device, put the AirPods back in their case and plug one end of the charging wire into the device’s USB port and the other end into a power supply. You’ll notice a flashing indicator light when the device starts charging. 

6. Hardware issues

An AirPod will often malfunction if something has tampered with its electronics. One of the most common ways AirPods develop hardware issues is to drop it into water or on a hard surface.

So, if the device has suffered any physical damage, there is a high chance that this incident is causing your pausing issues.

As fixing an AirPod’s electronics is quite tricky, it is better to avoid any form of physical damage in the first place. You can get a protective case if you’re always carrying the device.

Also, if you are fond of using your AirPods without cleaning them, lots of wax and debris will get into them, affecting your hardware.

Cleaning your AirPods regularly can help you avoid these issues.

7. Outdated device settings

If the phone or device you want to connect to has wrong or outdated settings, expect many interruptions when playing any audio.

The best way to go about this is to check and ensure that the primary device’s Bluetooth and software settings are up to date.

To fix, upgrade the primary device and then reconnect AirPods.

One of my AirPods isn’t Producing Sound – How to Fix

If your AirPods are properly connected to your device, but you still can’t get audio to play on it, then it’s time to have a quick look at the primary device.

Regardless of what device your AirPod is connected to, place them back in their case and let them sit there for a few seconds. Turn the primary device’s flight mode on and off or restart it. You’d be surprised how many issues a simple phone restart can resolve.

If you are an iOS user and none of the steps above can fix the issue, open your Control Center and click on the Audio Media icon at the top. You’ll be able to adjust your AirPod’s audio settings from the following menu.

If the issue persists, you can try resetting the device.

How to Reset Your AirPods?

Asides from pausing issues, you may also discover that your AirPods do not appear in your Bluetooth settings no matter how hard you try. Resetting the device is the best way to fix this issue.

A simple reset can fix both pausing and connection issues. Note that these steps only work with iOS devices.

  • First, make sure your AirPods are sitting comfortably in their case.
  • Next, flip the case lids open and move your iOS device close to the cover. 

Note: Ensure the device remains comfortably placed in the case throughout the reset process.

  • Now click the “i” icon next to the AirPod option and click on the “Forget this Device” option.
  • With your AirPods disconnected, hold the device’s setup button at the back of the charging case for about 15 seconds or until you see a flashing indicator light. This action will reset the AirPods.
  • Now you can go ahead and repair the AirPods to a new device. Make sure the lids of the case remain open throughout the reset process.


The Automatic Ear Detection feature with AirPods is the most common cause of AirPods sound breaks. A good tip is to disable the Automatic Ear Detection setting when you purchase your wireless device.

With this in place, you may not experience these audio pauses. And if at all it happens, you have the above solutions at your disposal.

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