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How to restart and reset your AirPods Max

Apple's freshly released AirPods Max are a true example of today's highly sophisticated engineering. They're backed by an incredible array of technologies, all of which fade in front of you as you step into a new level of audio experience. However, their effortless connectivity is also an issue, especially if you want to restart or reset your AirPods Max.

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Since these headphones don't have a power button, Apple has created a series of actions tied to its existing buttons. And as you might guess, in this article we show you how to use them to restart and reset your AirPods Max. So let's go!

Restart or Reset - What's the difference?

There's a big difference between restarting and resetting your AirPods Max. We'd like to take a very small detour to explain what to expect from each of these actions.

  • Reboot: restarting your AirPods Max subjects them to a single power cycle, effectively restarting their functionality. This is a quick and painless process without any negative consequences.
  • Reset: this action returns your headphones to their factory settings, while unlinking them from your iCloud account. This is a more drastic measure that will require you to re-pair your AirPods Max again.

How to restart your AirPods Max

When we talk about reboot, we also mean reboot because those are interchangeable terms. If you're having audio or connectivity issues, you'll need to restart your AirPods Max as follows.

1. Simultaneously press and hold the Digital Crown and the Noise Control button. You can find these two buttons on the right side of your headset.

How to restart and reset your AirPods Max

2. Press and hold the Digital Crown and the Noise Control button for approximately 15 seconds. You'll first see the status light flash amber, then it should turn white. Remember that the status light will be visible at the bottom of the same earbud.

3. Release the buttons once the status light turns white, then allow your headset a few minutes to complete the process on its own.

4. Finally, to reuse your AirPods Max, you will need to pair them again with your iPhone or other device. This is done by taking your AirPods Max out of their Smart Case and holding them next to the device you want to pair them with. You will see an animation on your device screen, this is where you finalize the process.


Now that you have learned how to restart and reset your AirPods Max, we hope we have helped you solve all the problems you have been having with your AirPods Max.

Finally, while we still have your attention, here are some articles that you may find useful. First, learn how to prevent your AirPods from being lost or stolen. And then, here's how to check the battery life of your AirPods.