AirPods‌ ‌Flashing‌ ‌Orange:‌ ‌What‌ ‌It‌ ‌Means‌ ‌&‌ ‌How‌ ‌To‌ ‌Fix‌ ‌It‌ ‌

Airpods Flashing Orange
Airpods Flashing Orange

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We break down what it means when your AirPods flash orange and what you should do about it.

While AirPods have widely dominated the market in the past few years due to their convenient features and design, they are not flawless. Now and then, your AirPods’ status light will flash orange, indicating an ongoing issue.

What’s annoying is that you can’t really tell what the exact problem is since you’ll have no other information except the orange light.

Basically, the flashing orange light on AirPods is a general sign that says “something is wrong, but you’ll have to find out what”.

Not to worry! In this article, we’ll decode what AirPods flashing orange could mean and what you can do to fix the possible problems. Without wasting time, let’s dive right in.

Why Are My AirPods Flashing Orange?

The indicator light, or the tiny dot of light on your AirPods’ case, is your AirPods’ way of communicating with you. Different colors and blinking patterns signify various issues or statuses of the device.

Paying attention to the different status lights and knowing what they mean can help you understand what’s going on and fix the issues (if there are any) with your AirPods.

If you’re still new to deciphering what the indicator light means, follow our guide below.

The orange light you see is officially classified by Apple as amber. If you’re confused about it, just remember that orange and amber pertain to the same light color.
  • Flashing white light: AirPods are in pairing mode.
    Check out our separate guide for when your AirPods are flashing white but not connecting.
  • Amber/Orange light (with AirPods in): Your AirPods are charging inside the case.
  • Amber/Orange light (without AirPods in): Your charging case doesn’t have enough charge to fully recharge your AirPods one more time.
  • Amber/Orange light (while connected to power source): AirPods and the charging case are both charging.
  • Green light (with AirPods in): AirPods are charged sufficiently.
  • Green light (without AirPods in): The AirPods’ charging case is charged sufficiently.
  • Green light (while connected to power source): AirPods and the case are fully charged.
  • Flashing green light: One of your AirPods might not be detected by the case.
  • Flashing amber/orange light: Your AirPods are experiencing a pairing error.
  • No light: Either they are not in use or have run out of battery. Connect with your device to verify the status.
The first Gen Apple AirPods‘ have the status light inside the charging case. But the AirPods Gen 2, AirPods Gen 3, and AirPods Pro have the indicator light on the outer side of the charging case.

How to Fix AirPods Flashing Orange Light

The steady orange or amber light on your AirPods and AirPods Pro can signify a battery concern. To get this out of the way, charge your AirPods, and you’re good to go.

However, a flashing or blinking orange light can result from a general connectivity concern. While you won’t be able to pinpoint the problem and solve it directly, there are some things you can try out to address any connectivity glitches.

We’ve discussed several methods below on how to stop your AirPods and AirPods Pro from flashing orange light. Some of these include:

Reset & reconnect your AirPods

First up is perhaps the most basic yet effective of them all. A simple reset can, most of the time, solve whatever problem you may have on your AirPods.

Resetting deletes all existing data, including any part that may have bugs and issues, and gives your device a chance to start on the right foot.

To avoid interruptions, make sure your AirPods and your audio device have more than 20% battery left before going through the reset process.

For AirPods and AirPods Pro, though, here’s how to reset them properly:

  1. Put your AirPods or AirPods Pro inside the charging case, and wait for about 30 seconds.

    AirPods Pro inside the charging case.
    AirPods Pro inside the charging case.
  2. On your phone, head to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the “i” icon next to your AirPods’ name.

    Tap the “i” icon.
    Tap the “i” icon.
  3. Click on Forget This Device.

    Choose 'Forget This Device.'
    Forgetting AirPods on iOS
  4. Open the lid of your AirPods’ charging case.

    Open the lid of your AirPods charging case
    Open the lid of your AirPods charging case
  5. Press the setup button for about 15 seconds until the status light flashes orange, then white.

    Press the setup button
    Press the setup button
  6. Wait for the connection prompt to pop up on your phone, and reconnect your AirPods or AirPods Pro.
    For Android users with AirPods, you can choose the AirPods on the list of available devices on your phone’s Bluetooth settings.

    Reconnect your AirPods or AirPods Pro.
    Reconnect your AirPods or AirPods Pro.
If the steps above don’t seem to work, try checking out our guide on fixing AirPods that won’t reset.

Restart your audio source

Aside from the AirPods or AirPods Pro, you can also try restarting the device you are using them with. Much like your AirPods, the audio source can also experience some issues that may be causing connectivity problems.

Restarting your audio source can help clear out open apps, even those running in the background that may be contributing to connectivity issues. It also prevents crashes and saves your storage space and battery life.

You may be using your AirPods with your phone, iPad, Android, PS4, Xbox, or Switch – so restarting may vary from one device to another. Most of the time, a simple long press on the power button of the device you’re using may just do the trick.

Recharge the AirPods and the case

For any of the existing AirPods variants, the orange light signifies that you need to charge them already. So, if your AirPods still flash orange, maybe a quick plug into a power source can solve it.

The AirPods Gen 2 lasts about 5-6 hours on a single charge, and the 3rd Generation AirPods can last 6 hours. The AirPods Pro have a shorter 4.5-hour-battery life due to the active noise canceling.

To check whether your AirPods or AirPods Pro are actually charging, simply bring them closer to your Apple device and open their lid. A window should pop up on your screen showing the battery status.

AirPods pop up on iPhone showging battery status
AirPods pop up on iPhone showing battery status
If you find that one of the AirPods isn’t charging, you can refer to our guide on what to do when one of your AirPods won’t charge.

Clean your AirPods

Dirt and debris are something you don’t want to accumulate on and in your AirPods. The reason being this gunk can inhibit proximity sensors and prevent proper connection.

They can also cause minute contact problems inside the charging case, resulting in issues that can prevent charging or cause your AirPods’ lid not to close properly.

Cleaning your AirPods or AirPods Pro sounds straightforward, but there’s actually a proper way to do so to prevent any damage.

This involves using the right cleaning agent and ancillary tools, and knowing the right places to clean. You will need:

  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • A toothpick
  • A toothbrush
Don’t forget to have proper ear hygiene to keep your AirPods squeaky clean even after use.

Here’s how you should clean your AirPods or AirPods Pro:

  1. Dampen a toothbrush and a cotton swab with alcohol. Use them to clean the edges of the AirPods and the inside of the charging case.

    Wiping debris with a damp cotton swab.
    Wiping debris with a damp cotton swab.
  2. Using a toothpick, pick out any remaining debris inside the edges of the AirPods.

    Softly scooping out dirt from the insides using a toothpick.
    Softly scooping out dirt from the insides using a toothpick.
  3. Finish cleaning by rubbing off the pieces of the AirPods and the case with a lint-free cloth lightly dampened with alcohol.

    Wiping dirt off AirPods with a lint-free cloth
    Wiping dirt off AirPods case with a lint-free cloth

Update your AirPods’ firmware

Your AirPods are run by simple firmware. However, discrepancies between AirPods’ firmware and the iOS version may cause bugs that result in connectivity issues from time to time.

Another possible issue that may arise is when the left and right AirPods don’t seem to have the same firmware version. This can result in one of them not working. Frequent firmware updates can help keep these problems at bay.

Unfortunately, you can’t manually install or force updates to your AirPods’ firmware. In fact, Apple doesn’t even release official news on firmware updates or provide the option to decline them.

What you can do is check your AirPods’ firmware and match it with the latest firmware release. Here’s how:

  1. Connect your AirPods to your device.

    Connect your AirPods.
    Connect your AirPods.
  2. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.

    Go to Bluetooth settings.
    Go to Bluetooth settings.
  3. Tap the “i” next to your AirPods’ or AirPods Pro’s name.

    Tap the i icon.
    Tap the “i icon.
  4. Look at the number next to “Firmware version.”

    Check Firmware version.
    AirPods’ current firmware version.
As of May 2022, the latest AirPods and AirPods Pro firmware is version 4E71. If it says anything else, you can check our guide on how to update AirPods and AirPods Pro firmware.

Try Apple Support

If all else fails, call in the experts. Apple Support allows you to access Apple’s solutions database or perhaps connect with someone from Apple who can support you.

Apple Support can be intimidating at first, but the cues are actually very clear.

To help you with that, here’s a run-through of how you can use Apple Support to address the flashing orange light concern.

The flashing orange light concern won’t be one of the issues with a readily available solution on Apple Support, so prepare to connect with a representative.
  1. Access the Apple Support page by clicking this link.
  2. Then, scroll down the page and click ‘Start Now’.

    Apple Support landing page
    Apple Support landing page
  3. Enter your location.
    Choosing the right location ensures that you will be connected to someone from the same region as you are to avoid confusion.

    Location page on Apple Support
    Location page on Apple Support
  4. Choose AirPods > More > click ‘The topic is not listed’ and type in the issue you’re experiencing.

    Options Under AirPods on Apple Support
    Options Under AirPods on Apple Support
  5. Choose between a chat or a call session with Apple Support. Follow their instructions.

    Options for call or chat for Apple Support
    Options for call or chat for Apple Support
We’d recommend you go with Apple’s chat support. It has a 2-minute wait line and lets you send pictures, if needed. But the call support is also just as quick if you’re more comfortable with verbal explanations.

Bonus: Fixing Other AirPod Issues

If you’ve exhausted every possibility mentioned above, don’t give up just yet. Make one last push before doing so.

You see, the orange light issue sometimes results from a bigger underlying problem with your AirPods. In that case, you could also try to fix other facets related to your AirPods’ functionality. Fortunately, we have the right articles and tips for that!

One of these might just be the one you need:

  • AirPods Keep Disconnecting: If you get random disconnections on your AirPods, this article compiles several troubleshooting methods you can apply across various devices and platforms.
  • One AirPod Not Working: Listening to only one AirPod because the other one doesn’t work is annoying. This article discusses the possible reasons why one of your AirPods isn’t working and how to troubleshoot it on various devices.
  • AirPods Not Connecting to iPhone or iPad: As good as they are, your AirPods are useless if they won’t connect to your devices. Whether you’re using an iPhone or an iPad, this article has the solutions for you.
  • AirPods Not Connecting to Mac: If your AirPods work fine with your iPhone, but have issues connecting to your Mac – this article has all the information you need to troubleshoot the connection issue.
  • AirPods Not Connecting to Android: While there are caveats, you should be able to use AirPods on Android. Read through this article if your AirPods won’t connect to your Android phone.
  • Ways to Know if Your Airpods Are Fake: Worried you were tricked into buying fake AirPods with dozens of issues? This article compares original AirPods with counterfeit ones to see where exactly to look. You can also check out our article on how to spot fake AirPods Max.
  • AirPods Not Working: As great as they are, AirPods aren’t immune to problems. This ultimate guide was created to help you fix all sorts of problems interfering with your AirPods’ functions, including low volume, lost AirPods, lost AirPods cases, and more.


If everything worked out well, that bothersome orange light should be gone by now. You can now go back to listening to your favorite music and watching your favorite shows without any worries.

Plus, the next time you see that orange light again, you won’t panic anymore because you now know what to do!

Which of the above solutions worked for you? Do you have any additional tweaks that have helped you fix your AirPods? Please share it with us in the comments section!

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