How to Stop Your AirPods from Switching Between Devices

Do your AirPods connect to different devices even if you don’t want to? While many people think it’s a problem with their headphones, it’s actually a characteristic that Apple introduced along with newer iOS and iPadOS versions. If you don’t like your AirPods switching between devices automatically, be aware that this can be turned off with just a few steps.

Find out how to stop AirPods from switching devices automatically.


Apple has introduced a feature for its H1 chip wireless headphones that allows them to automatically switch between your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, depending on which device you want to listen to.

While it appears to be the most convenient feature at first glance, it can sometimes be annoying. For example, if a friend or family member is using their borrowed iPad or Mac and starts watching a video on it, the audio will stream to their AirPods. For this to be resolved, you will have to disable this feature that Apple has added.

How to Stop AirPods from Switching Devices Automatically

Note that this is only a feature if you are using a device that is running iOS 14/iPadOS 14, macOS Big Sur, or higher. Make sure your AirPods are also connected to your iPhone or iPad.

1. Go to “Settings from your iPhone or iPad home screen.

2. In the Settings menu, click “Bluetooth” to see the list of all your Bluetooth devices.

3. Click the information icon next to AirPods to configure the Bluetooth settings for the device. It should be noted that Airpods must be connected to the device.

4. Then scroll down and select the “Connect to this iPhone” option to continue. You’ll see it’s set to switch automatically.

5. Finally, just select the “Last connection to this iPhone” option and you’re done!

You will need to repeat these steps on your other devices such as iPhones, iPads and Macs to make sure your AirPods won’t automatically link to them.

The automatic option that Apple has set will allow its AirPods to look for active playback on a device and connect to it. This means that when you just want to watch videos on your MacBook with its internal speakers, the audio will start playing through your AirPods, which can be frustrating for some users.

On the other hand, when you choose the alternative option you have, your AirPods will always try to connect to the last connected device, regardless of which device is actively playing audio.


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