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Why is my AirPod case flashing orange?

Flashing orange? Your AirPods might be trying to tell you about a connection problem.

Published onMay 19, 2024

The Apple AirPods boast an appealing design, excellent sound quality, and exceptional features. But they are not without problems. One such problem is flashing lights. If you’re asking, “Why is my AirPod case flashing orange?” we cover the implication and how to fix it.


AirPods case flashing orange suggests a problem pairing with your source device, whether it’s an iPhone, Android, PC, gaming console, etc. Keep reading to learn how to fix it.


Why is my AirPod case flashing orange?

The Apple AirPods (3rd generation) open case holds the earbuds and sits on a wood surface.
The new case diverges from previous generations’ cases, more closely mirroring that of the AirPods Pro.

The Apple AirPods show different colors to indicate various things. For example, a static green light indicates a reasonable charge, while a flashing green light suggests the case cannot detect one of the AirPods. Similarly, a flashing white light means it’s in pairing mode.

An orange status light can mean several things depending on the situation:

  • Static orange with AirPods in the case: shows that your AirPods are charging.
  • Static orange light without AirPods in the case: shows that the case doesn’t have enough juice to recharge your AirPods fully.
  • Flashing orange light: shows that your AirPods are having a problem pairing with your audio source.

How to fix your AirPod case flashing orange

There are several reasons why your AirPods may fail to connect with your source device. Whatever it is, follow these troubleshooting steps to fix it:

Put the AirPods back in their case

If your AirPods won’t connect to your phone or laptop, put them back in the charging case, close the lid, and reopen it to re-establish the connection. This should solve the problem in most cases. Otherwise, try the next step.

Charge your AirPods and case

The Apple AirPods Pro touch settings on an iPhone.
A pop-up card informs you of the AirPods Pro battery life at a glance.

Your AirPods will display a static orange light if they’re low on charge. However, a low battery could be the reason for the connection issues and flashing orange light. Either way, place the pods within the case and connect it to a power source.

Restart your source device

The pairing error may not be from your AirPods but from your source device. Turn off the phone or laptop’s Bluetooth and turn it back on. If that doesn’t work, restart the device and attempt the connection again.

Delete previous pairings

If you previously paired your AirPods to the device in question, but they won’t connect now, delete the previous pairing. Here’s how:

  1. Put the AirPods in the case and close the lid.
  2. Go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone.
  3. Tap the i icon next to your AirPods.
  4. Tap Forget This Device and confirm.

After disconnecting, try reconnecting your AirPods by holding the setup button until the status light flashes white. Go to your phone’s Bluetooth page, wait for your AirPods to appear as a new device, and select Connect.

Reset your AirPods

If the previous options do not solve the problem, reset your AirPods. Follow these steps:

  1. Put the AirPods in the charging case and close the lid for 30 seconds.
  2. Open the lid and hold the setup button at the back of the case for 15 seconds. The status light will turn from amber to white.
  3. Close the lid. Your AirPods are fully reset.

Resetting returns your AirPods to default settings. But you’ll need to reconnect the AirPods to your previously paired devices.

Clean your AirPods

A photo of the AirPods Pro, about to be cleaned with a Q-tip (foreground) and alcohol.
The cap to the bottle of alcohol should hold a sufficient amount of alcohol for your needs.

True wireless earbuds gather dirt and grime with continuous use. If the dirt accumulates on the AirPods sensors, it may affect their contact with the case and pairing since the case initiates the connection, not the AirPods themselves.

Use a soft, lint-free cloth to remove visible dirt, paying particular attention to the ends of each stem and the case’s interior. You can use a pry tool to pick away pieces of gunk that a cloth can’t remove. For a more detailed guide, see our article on cleaning your AirPods and AirPods case.

Contact Apple’s support

If the previous tips don’t resolve the issue, you may need to contact Apple’s technical support online, by visiting an Apple Store, or via phone (800-275-2273) if you stay in the US or Canada. You may not need to pay if your warranty hasn’t expired and the problem is not caused by misuse. You may need replacement AirPods or a case if you’re out of warranty.

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