Airpods Max Keeps Disconnecting-How to Fix [2023]

Nothing can be more frustrating than having expensive headphones like Airpods Max disconnecting from your Phone/Ipad/Computer.

Many Airpods Max owners who encounter this issue report that disconnection happens when sending a voice message or when making calls.

If Airpods Max keeps disconnecting, turn off auto-ear detection and auto-switching of your Airpods Max. Remove any sources of interference and update your AirPods Max device. If none of these work, hard reset your Airpods Max to factory settings.

AirPods Max paired to iPhone

Turn off Bluetooth and Connect Again

The first and most basic fix is to reset the Bluetooth of the device that Airpods Max is connected with.

Go to Settings on your iPhone/computer/iPad> Bluetooth and turn off Bluetooth.

After waiting for a few seconds, turn on the Bluetooth again and see if that fixes the disconnection issue of your Airpods Max.

Distance to Device

Your AirPods Max connects with the paired device (phone/computer) through Bluetooth.

The strength of a Bluetooth signal drops sharply as the distance between the two increases.

Make sure you're not too far off, and that's not causing the disconnection.

Turn off Auto-Ear Detection

Turn OFF auto swtiching
Turn OFF auto-ear detection

Sometimes the problem might be caused by the automatic ear detection featured on Airpods Max.

Turning that feature off might solve the problem. Although this might not be ideal, it's worth it as a temporary solution.

  • Make sure your AirPods Max is connected to your device (phone/computer).
  • Go to settings on your device and tap on Bluetooth.
  • You should see your AirPods Max on the list of devices.
  • Tap the (i) button next to your device, and toggle the Automatic Head Detection to turn the feature off.

Turn off Auto-Switching

Apple introduced an Auto switching feature that makes your Airpods Max switch between your devices, depending on which one you're using.

However, this can cause issues if you have multiple apple devices in close proximity.

Say you're listening to something from your iPhone through your AirPods Max.

If you pick up your iPad, your AirPods Max may switch the audio being played from iPhone to iPad.

  • Make sure your AirPods Max is connected to your iPhone/iPad.
  • Tap Settings > Bluetooth, and find your Airpods Max from the list of devices.
  • Tap the (i) next to your AirPods Max and tap Connect to this iPhone option.
  • On the next screen, choose When last connected to this iPhone instead of automatically.

This will stop the Airpods Max from switching between devices, which might resolve your problem.

Update Airpods Max and iPhone/iPad/MacBook

Airpods max with iPhone
Update your Apple device

Sometimes there are bugs, and Apple brings out updates to fix those bugs.

Make sure your AirPods Max is updated to the latest firmware.

To check the version of your AirPods Max follow these steps on your iPhone/iPad/Mac:

  • Tap Settings > General > About
  • Scroll down until you see your AirPods Max listed and Tap on it.
  • You can see the firmware version here.

Check the current version of AirPods Max and see if the version shown on your device matches that.

Now, if your Airpods Max is running on an older version, how do you update it?

There's no dedicated button for updating your AirPods Max, instead, you need to follow these steps.

  • Connect your AirPods Max to your device through Bluetooth.
  • Place your AirPods Max inside its case.
  • Plug your lightning cable into Airpods Max with the other end of the cable connected to the power adapter.

In about 15 minutes, your AirPods Max should be updated to the latest version.

Disconnection from Macbook

If your AirPods Max is disconnecting only from your Macbook, there is another fix you can try.

  • Disconnect all devices from your Macbook.
  • Reset the SMC and NVRAM or PRAM on your Mac.

Hard Reset Airpods Max

If none of the above steps work, try hard resetting your Airpods Max.

Hard resetting will delete your AirPods Max from paired devices and also unpair your AirPods Max from your iCloud account.

Airpods Max Reset Button
  • Charge your AirPods Max for a few minutes before resetting it.
  • Press the noise control button and the digital crown button simultaneously and hold for around 15 seconds until the LED indicator flashes with an amber color.
  • The color will first flash with an amber color and then turn to white.

At this point, Airpods Max has been reset.

Connect again with your device to see if the issue is solved.

You could execute a factory reset to take care of various other issues like AirPods Max Volume low.

Remove Interference Causing Elements

Remove interference causing elements
Remove interference-causing elements

Your disconnection issue can also be due to interference which can mess up the signals between your Airpods Max and phone/Computer.

To check this, remove all likely sources of interference.

The most common sources are other phones, wireless cameras, fluorescent lights, microwave ovens, and power cables.

Sometimes the WiFi router in your home might be interfering with the Bluetooth signal of your Airpods Max.

Usually, both Bluetooth and WiFi devices use the 2.4 GHz frequency band for communication.

If you have a dual-band router, you might be able to switch to the 5 GHz bands for the WiFi, freeing up Bluetooth devices.

Alternatively, you can also use the Airpods Max wired!


The fixes above are software-level fixes.

If none of these work, you might be looking at a defective Airpods Max device.

This is a rare situation, but it can happen occasionally.

If you are within the return period, you might be able to either return or replace the device for free.

If you are past the return window, you can get it repaired at an Apple store.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is AirPods Max condensation a problem?

Although there can be some condensation in Airpods Max, it is highly unlikely to affect any of the electronics or the working of the device. If you peel back the earmuffs, there can be a bit of condensation or moisture in them, however, it is not a problem.

Is AppleCare worth it for AirPods Max?

Yes. AppleCare is worth it for Airpods Max considering how expensive the device is. AppleCare costs only around 10% of the device cost but secures your device in case of any accidental damage for 2 years.

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Hey! I'm Doug, My passion for tech started by fixing phones and computers for my friends and family.

I started Blinqblinq to give reliable tech advice to anyone who needs it, for free! If you have questions on anything tech-related, feel free to contact me.

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