How to Change Owner of AirPods: A Complete Walkthrough

by | Apr 30, 2023

Short Answer:

To change the owner of AirPods, reset the AirPods by pressing and holding the setup button on the back of the charging case until the LED flashes amber, then pair them with the new owner’s device. Alternatively, just unpair it from the previous owner’s phone.

When you get a pair of pre-owned AirPods or simply want to switch between users, knowing how to change the owner of AirPods becomes important, but luckily, it’s very easy.

In this comprehensive walkthrough, we’ll guide you through the process step by step, ensuring a smooth transition for your Apple device.

Preparing Your AirPods for Ownership Change

Before you start the process of changing the owner, it’s important to make sure your AirPods are properly prepared for the transition. This involves:

  • Fully charging the AirPods and the charging case
  • Updating your iOS device to the latest version
  • Turning on Bluetooth on both the current and new owner’s devices

Resetting Your AirPods

To change the owner of AirPods, you need to reset them first. Here’s how:

  1. Open the charging case and place the AirPods inside
  2. Locate the setup button on the back of the case
  3. Press and hold the button for about 15 seconds until the LED indicator flashes amber
  4. Release the button, and the AirPods are now reset.

They are now reset to factory settings and unpaired. You are now free to change ownership of the AirPods.

How to Change Ownership of AirPods

Now that your AirPods have been reset, it’s time to pair them with the new owner’s device. Follow these steps:

  1. Ensure the new owner’s iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is updated to the latest iOS version
  2. Turn on Bluetooth on the new owner’s device
  3. Open the AirPods case near the device and wait for a setup animation to appear on the screen
  4. Tap “Connect” and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the pairing process

Once you connect, you can change the AirPods name to your preference. To learn how, read our how to rename AirPods guide for a complete walk though on various devices.

Troubleshooting AirPods Ownership Change Issues

In some cases, you may face issues while changing the owner of AirPods. Here are some common problems and solutions:

  • AirPods not resetting: Ensure both AirPods are inside the case and the case has sufficient battery life before attempting to reset
  • AirPods not pairing: Check if Bluetooth is enabled on the new owner’s device and make sure the AirPods are close to the device during the pairing process
  • Incomplete customization settings: Verify that the device’s iOS version is up-to-date and try adjusting settings again

How To Remove Apple ID From AirPods Without Previous Owner

There is no way to remove AirPods from an Apple ID. AirPods are unique in the sense that they are only attached to your Apple ID or Find Me if they are paired to your iPhone.

So, to remove AirPods from Apple ID, simple unpair them from your iPhone or reset them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change the owner of AirPods without resetting them?

To ensure a smooth transition and avoid potential issues, it’s best to reset your AirPods before changing the owner.

Do I need to unpair my AirPods from my device before changing the owner?

Resetting the AirPods will automatically unpair them from your device, so you don’t need to unpair them manually.

Is it possible to change the owner of AirPods without the original owner’s device?

Yes, by resetting the AirPods and pairing them with the new owner’s device, you can change the owner without the original owner’s device.

Can I change the owner of AirPods Max or AirPods Pro using the same steps?

Yes, the process of changing the owner for AirPods Max or AirPods Pro is similar to regular AirPods.

Can I share my AirPods with multiple devices or users?

AirPods can be paired with multiple devices, but they can only connect to one device at a time. Switching between devices may require manual reconnection.

What should I do if I can’t change the owner of my AirPods?

If you’re having trouble changing the owner of your AirPods, make sure they are fully charged and your devices are running the latest iOS version. If the issue persists, contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Ken Lynch

by Ken

Ken is a Data Analyst in the Healthcare industry and the owner and sole contributor to The Wearable Guy.

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