Orange light on AirPods? Here’s what it means and how to fix it

orange light on airpods
orange light on airpods

Like every other popular wireless earbud, the Apple AirPods also doesn’t come with any display to determine the situation of the AirPods like the battery percentage. However, Apple has provided a multi-colored notification light to tackle this issue.

The AirPods’ case is where the light is located and signifies different conditions like when the AirPods are ready to pair, how much battery is available, and if the AirPods need to be set up again.

This multi-colored light can light up or flash in white, orange, or green color and signifies the different conditions of the AirPods.

One of these conditions is when there is an orange light on the AirPods. If you are also getting an orange light on your AirPods and you are now confused about this then you have landed at the right place.

Here I am going to discuss the different lighting modes of the AirPods including when the AirPods light flashes/bling orange in color. So, let’s get started.

What does the orange light on AirPods signify?

The AirPods come with one notification light and that light is can light up in different colors. These colors include solid Green color, solid white color, blinking white color, and blinking orange color. All these different lighting modes signify different conditions of the AirPods. Here’s what each of these lighting modes means:

  • Green: When the AirPods light turn turns green, it signifies that the charging case of the AirPods is fully charged.
  • Orange/Amber: The LED of the AirPods case turns amber when you connect the case to a power source. This light signifies that the case is charging.
  • Blinking white: If the LED light is blinking or flashing white, this signifies that the AirPods are ready to pair via Bluetooth.
  • Blinking orange or amber: When the LED blinks amber/orange in color, this is an indication that AirPods have encountered a pairing error.

How to fix if there is an Orange light flashing on AirPods

As I have told you, if the AirPod case is flashing orange or amber color in the status LED light, this is a clear indication that the AirPods have encountered a pairing error.

This error does not allow the AirPod to pair with the device during connecting with which, the orange light started flashing. The solution to this blinking orange light on the AirPods case is to reset them. Here’s how to reset AirPod:

To reset the AirPods they are first needed to be unpaired from all the paired devices, be it an Android device or an Apple one.

1. Forget AirPods from the paired device

Go to Settings and then Bluetooth and then forget the AirPods. For example, on an iOS device like iPhone you will have to go to Settings > Bluetooth > tap on the “i” button next to your AirPods, and select Forget This Device.

2. Disconnect the AirPods

Now, put the AirPods in the case and close the lid.

3. Reset the AirPods

This is the time to reset the AirPods. Open the lid of the AirPods case and press and hold the setup button located at the back of the case for 15 seconds. The LED light will start blinking orange and then white.

4. Pair the AirPods

Once the light starts flashing white, the AirPods are ready to pair. Bring them close to your iOS device to get a popup. Tap on Connect.

You can refer to the following video tutorial to better understand how to reset AirPods:

How To Reset Apple AirPods Pro

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What does it mean when your Airpod case light is orange?

    The AirPod charging case status LED lights up orange or amber in color in two ways. One is the solid orange light and the other is the flashing or blinking of the orange light. If the light is solid orange in color, this indicates that the AirPods are charging. This light turns green when the AirPods get fully charged.

    Coming to the flashing of the orange light, indicates that the AirPods have encountered an unrecoverable error which in most cases, is the pairing error. This can be fixed by simply resetting the AirPods

  2. How do you fix orange flashing AirPods?

    If the status LED of your AirPods is flashing orange in color, this means the AirPods are facing an unrecoverable error which in normal cases, is the pairing error. This can be fixed by resetting the AirPods.

  3. How do I know if my Airpod is charging?

    To get a confirmation that your AirPods are charging, the status LED on the case will light up in orange color as soon as you'll connect the case with a power source. A solid orange light on the status LED means the AirPods are charging.

  4. Are my AirPods charging if the light isn't on?

    It is hard to confirm by looking at it while the AirPods are charging. This is true that the status LED turns orange when the AirPods are put on charge. But as the charging continues the LED goes off after several seconds of putting them on charge.

    Hence if you want to confirm whether your AirPods are charging or not, you can plug out the charging cable and re-insert it back in the case to see if the LED is turning orange or not.

  5. Does the light stay on when charging AirPods?

    No, the status light turns orange to indicate that the AirPods are charging. But as the charging continues the LED gets turned off after several seconds.

Bottom Line

Here comes the end of this article. I am hoping that you would have got the answer to your question that why your AirPods are blinking orange in color. There is only one status LED on the AirPod that is capable of lighting up in green, white, and orange in color. There can be solid flashing of these colors or can even blink.

The meaning of each of the status LED lighting modes has been explained in this article. Specifically, the orange light on AirPods indicates that there is an error in the AirPods and are needed to be reset.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.


  1. So like my AirPods kept flashing orange yesterday and this morning but it worked on Monday or so

    So like will I wait for it till it turns green

  2. Ipad dead in a year.

    iPhone 8. Stopped working in a month.

    Now AirPods Pro dead on arrival.

    Apple truly is just advertising and people falling for their trash.

    1. You either got some really bad luck or trolling 😂

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