How to Reset AirPod Max: A Step-by-Step Guide


Ted Stinson

Resetting your AirPods Max can help fix minor glitches or prepare them for pairing with a new device. In just a few steps, you’ll have your AirPods Max functioning like new.

Step by Step Tutorial to Reset AirPod Max

Before we dive into the steps, it’s important to know that resetting your AirPods Max will erase all settings and return them to their factory state. This includes unpairing them from all devices they’ve been connected to.

Step 1: Press and hold the noise control button and the Digital Crown

Press and hold both the noise control button and the Digital Crown for about 15 seconds, until the LED status light flashes amber.

Holding down these buttons simultaneously forces your AirPods Max to reset. The LED light, found at the bottom of the right ear cup, will initially flash white. Keep holding the buttons until the light changes to amber, indicating that the reset is in progress.

Step 2: Wait for the LED to flash white

After the LED flashes amber, release both buttons and wait for the light to flash white.

Once the LED flashes white, your AirPods Max are ready to be set up with your devices again. The white light means that the reset process is complete and the AirPods Max are in pairing mode.

After completing these steps, your AirPods Max will be reset and ready to pair with your devices like they were brand new.

Tips for Resetting AirPod Max

  • Ensure your AirPods Max are charged before attempting a reset; a low battery can interrupt the process.
  • If the LED doesn’t flash amber, try the reset steps again.
  • After resetting, reconnect your AirPods Max to your devices through the Bluetooth settings.
  • If you’re still experiencing issues after a reset, contact Apple support for further assistance.
  • It’s a good idea to back up your device before performing a reset in case you lose any important data.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if my AirPods Max won’t reset?

Make sure you’re pressing and holding both the noise control button and the Digital Crown firmly and for the full 15 seconds. If it still doesn’t work, charge your AirPods Max for a few minutes and try again.

Will resetting my AirPods Max fix connection issues?

Resetting can often resolve minor connectivity problems. If issues persist after a reset, there may be an issue with your device’s Bluetooth settings or a deeper hardware problem.

Can I reset my AirPods Max without unpairing them from my device?

No, resetting your AirPods Max will unpair them from all devices. You’ll need to reconnect them after the reset.

How do I know if my AirPods Max are in pairing mode?

After resetting, the LED will flash white, indicating that your AirPods Max are in pairing mode and ready to connect to your device.

What do I do if my AirPod Max LED doesn’t light up?

If the LED doesn’t light up, your AirPods Max may not have enough battery power. Charge them for a few minutes and try the reset process again.


  1. Press and hold the noise control button and the Digital Crown.
  2. Wait for the LED to flash white.


Resetting your AirPods Max is a simple process that can help resolve various issues and get you back to enjoying your music, podcasts, or calls with crystal clear sound. Remember, this action returns your AirPods Max to their original state, so you’ll need to reconnect them to your devices. If you’ve followed the steps above and find that your AirPods Max are still not performing as expected, don’t hesitate to reach out to Apple support, as there might be a more complex issue at hand.

Resetting your AirPods Max is like giving them a fresh start. Whether you’re troubleshooting an issue or preparing to pair them with a new device, a reset can often be the quickest and easiest solution. So, the next time you find yourself reaching for that noise control button and the Digital Crown, know that you’re just a couple of steps away from crystal-clear audio bliss. Keep these tips and tricks in mind, and enjoy the seamless experience that comes with using AirPods Max.