Why Do My AirPods Keep Pausing? [Read To Know & Fix Quickly]

You dropped your Airpod and it gets paused, it is not an issue at all. But what if you experience your AirPods keep pausing over and over? That sounds frustrating, right?

Well if so I can tell you it’s not that hard to deal with.

Usually, the AirPods’ Pause issue happens when something interrupts the Bluetooth connection, the automatic ear detection won’t work properly, or there’s some dust in the touchpad. And in most cases, just cleaning and reconnecting the device would do the trick.

However, sometimes the issue becomes stubborn and needs advanced solutions.  No worries, I’ve got your back on this journey. Together, let’s dive in and restore the rhythm!

What’s Causing Your AirPods To Pause Randomly?

Poor Adjustment:  AirPods have dynamic and very adaptive audio output designed to match your style. And its new adaptation algorithms render the sound for your specific ear shape. Which also makes them very sensitive.

Every pair of AirPods includes beamforming microphonesOpens in a new tab. and personalized Spatial Audio with dynamic head-trackingOpens in a new tab. technology to adjust the sound based on your ear. These sensors can also pause the music if they can’t detect your ear properly.

Poor Bluetooth Connection: AirPods use Bluetooth to connect with your iPhone. But Bluetooth isn’t as powerful as other wireless waves, so when it passes through walls, metal sheets, or even heavy cloth, you face signal degradation. And its maximum range is only 30 feetOpens in a new tab.. And when the connection is disrupted, the device pauses the music.

Older Version: older-gen AirPods (2nd generation, 3rd generation) use Bluetooth 5.0 drives, which have issues with multi-device connectivityOpens in a new tab..

Dust Accumulation:  Your AirPods have a touchpad to perform basic functions, like pausing the music, increasing or decreasing volume, etc. However, dust or other debris can create issues with the touchpad, and you may face pausing issues.

Software glitches:  Glitches like error updating firmware can also make your  AirPods pause for no reason.

How To Fix AirPods Pausing Issue Quickly?

To solve AirPod’s continuous pausing problem, you need to clean it first properly and then reconnect the device to your Phone. To do that,

  • Grab a soft, dry, and clean piece of cloth.
  • Rub the Touchpad gently for 10 seconds.
  • Then clean the tail with it. 
clean the tail with soft cloth

After that, disconnect the AirPods from your phone and reconnect it after 10 minutesOpens in a new tab.. It will likely solve your problem.

However, if the issue still remains, apply these solutions one by one accordingly.

1. Ensure Proper Bluetooth Connection 

If your iPhone can’t connect with your AirPods properly, it will pause the playback. So you must stay under 30 feet of your mobile and make sure there aren’t any obstacles between the AirPods and your phone. Then the pausing issue won’t bother you anymore.

2. Disable Automatic Ear Detection

The automatic ear dictation detects whether the device is in your ear or not. But not everyone’s ear shape isn’t the same, so this AirPod feature won’t work properly for everyone.

Also, like myself, many users move their heads with the beats. This can also displace the device from your ear, making the Automatic Ear Detection feature pause the music.

So you should turn this feature off. To do that:

  • Open your iPhone Settings.
Open your iPhone Settings
  • Tap on the Bluetooth option, then click the Info icon.
Tap on the Bluetooth option, then click the Info icon
  • Switch off Automatic Ear Detection.
Switch off Automatic Ear Detection

3. Don’t insert Them Too tightly

If you put your AirPods Pro too tightly in your earOpens in a new tab., the skin sensor won’t be able to detect your ear properly. Just insert it leniently, and the pausing issue will disappear.

4. Update Firmware

Sometimes the pausing issue of AirPods happens because of software glitches. And on that, updating AirPods firmwareOpens in a new tab. solves this problem in that case.

To update the firmware of your AirPods:

  • Go to iPhone Settings > Bluetooth
Go to iPhone Settings > Bluetooth
  • Tap the “i” icon next to your AirPods.
Tap the “i” icon next to your AirPods
  • Recheck the firmware version with the Apple website. [The latest firmware version is 5E135Opens in a new tab..]
  • If you don’t have the latest firmware, Pair your AirPods with your iPhone.
  • Enable mobile data or connect to Wi-Fi.
  • Allow 6 hours to pass.

After that, the firmware will update automatically, and you won’t face the pausing issue again.

5. Reset Your AirPods

Sometimes, after extended use, your AirPods can pause the audio playback for no reason. In that case, you have to reset the device to make it work properly. Here’s the method:

  • Put both earbuds in the case.
Put both earbuds in the case.
  • Press and hold the Setup button for 30 seconds. You’ll see a blinking light.
blinking light
  • Close the case lid.

And after that, you should reconnect the AirPods with the device and see if the pausing issue still remains.

6. Contact Apple

Apple has an excellent support center, and if you have AppleCare+ for your AirPodsOpens in a new tab., you can even get a replacement.

So if the pausing issue still bothers you after applying the fixes, just go to  https://getsupport.apple.comOpens in a new tab.. Select your product and explain what’s up. It might take a while, but someone from support will reply to help you out. 

Can Your AirPods Still Pause Music Despite Trying The Fixes?

Well, sometimes, it can happen on specific music apps. And it’s not entirely your AirPods fault.

Most users face this problem while using the Spotify and Apple Music applications. And when it occurred for the first time on my iPhone, I also thought my AirPod had some issues. But upon further research, it seems the music app has issues, not my AirPods.

But don’t sweat; I will give the most viable solutions for both Spotify and Apple Music.

In Spotify

If your Spotify app keeps pausing the playbacks every 10 seconds, it’s because you have an outdated app or a corrupted cache file.

Just uninstall SpotifyOpens in a new tab., restart the device, and install it again. And the issue won’t bother you anymore.

In Apple Music

Apple Music Stops playbacks and keeps pausing; you should switch the internet connectionOpens in a new tab.. However, keep in mind iOS versions 15.7.1, 16.1, and 16.2Opens in a new tab. have Apple Music bugs that create pausing issues. In that case, you need to disable the Dolby and go back to automatic; the problem won’t bother you anymore.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about AirPods with their answers. It will unravel the puzzling queries that often dance in your mind.

Does Apple Music Stop Playing While Connected To AirPods?

Well, it can only happen when you set a countdown timer to stop the music with the clock app or the earpiece falls from your ear during sleep, and the Automatic Ear Detection stops the music.

Why Are My AirPods Connected, But I Can’t Hear Any Sound?

The issue mainly happens for pairing problems. Just disconnect the AirPods from your phone and reconnect them after some time. You will hear the sound clearly.

Why are My AirPods glitching?

AirPods glitch mainly happens for weak Bluetooth connection or low battery. So ensure your earphones have enough change and keep your phone close to your AirPods.


And there you have it. I’m pretty sure you’ve successfully solved this pausing issue on your own.

However, make sure to keep your AirPods clean and avoid any water connection like sweat or rain.

Because water can easily disrupt the sensor’s activity and make your AirPods unusable. Happy listening.

Md Mehedi Hasan

Hello, Mehedi here! I love Apple devices and everything that comes with it. I've been using iPhones from the early days of iPhone 5s, and since then, I've kept myself updated with the latest Apple updates, accessories, different issues, and their fixes. I truly believe that every issue with iPhones can be fixed, and you'll find these solutions here at Techiaid.

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