How to Fix AirPods Pro Causing Your iPhone To Freeze

Are your AirPods Pro causing your iPhone to freeze when it is connected?

Poor performance has been the highlight with the major iOS update that Apple released. According to users, iPhones that were updated to iOS14 started freezing for a lot of different reasons that you wish you did not even update.

A very infamous problem right now is the AirPods Pro causing your iPhone to freeze. Many have been infuriated when AirPods Pro started not working, and now, whenever the AirPods Pro is connected to the iPhone, it will freeze the iPhone.

Disappointing, right? But you are in luck! Here, we have outlined seven methods to help you get your iPhone and AirPods Pro connected without your iPhone suffering.

Let’s jump right in.

  1. Reset AirPods Pro.
  2. Turn Off Bluetooth in Apple Watch.
  3. Turn On Airplane Mode in Apple Watch.
  4. Update iPhone To The Latest iOS Version.
  5. Restore iPhone To Factory Settings.
  6. Connect A Different Pair Of Bluetooth Headphones.
  7. Go To Your Nearest Apple Store.

 

1. Reset AirPods Pro.

Whenever your AirPods Pro is not working, Apple Support will always recommend that you reset them. This is also applicable whenever you cannot connect to them.

However, when you reset your AirPods Pro, their settings also reset. It’s very inconvenient, but this is better than not being able to use them.

Here’s how you can reset your AirPods Pro:

  1. First, put your AirPods Pro back in their case.

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  1. Next, close the lid and wait for 30 seconds before opening it.
  2. After that, open your iPhone’s Settings app.
  3. Then select Bluetooth and click the “i” icon next to your AirPods Pro.
  4. Once you’re there, select Forget This Device and tap again to confirm.

 

  1. Now, with the lid still open, press and hold down on the circular button (Setup button) on the back of the case for 15 seconds (or until you see the status light flashing amber).

 

  1. Next, with the lid still open, put your AirPods close to your device.
  2. Finally, follow the on-screen instructions to reconnect your AirPods Pro.

When you’re done, check if your AirPods Pro will still freeze your iPhone while they are connected. If it does, we’ve got you covered because the next step will surely bring positive results.

 

 

2. Turn Off Bluetooth in Apple Watch.

One thing that users have noticed after many trials and testings is that you can only seem to synchronize one Apple device at a time with your AirPods Pro. If you use AirPods Pro alone with your iPhone, it will work fine. However, as soon as you connect your iPhone with other Bluetooth devices such as Apple Watch or Car Link, your iPhone will freeze.

To fix this, you have to turn off the Bluetooth in your Apple Watch before reconnecting your AirPods Pro to your iPhone. What a hassle to have to do this every time, but it works!

Here’s how you can reconnect Apple Watch:

  1. Start by disconnecting your AirPods Pro to your iPhone by opening your iPhone’s Settings app.
  2. Then select Bluetooth and click the “i” icon next to your AirPods Pro.
  3. Once you’re there, select Forget This Device and tap again to confirm.
  4. Next, turn off Apple Watch’s Bluetooth by opening your Apple Watch’s Settings app.
  5. Then select Bluetooth to toggle it off.

 

  1. After that, reconnect your AirPods Pro to your iPhone.
  2. Finally, turn the Bluetooth back on your Apple Watch.

With that out of the way, your iPhone should no longer freeze. To add to that, both your AirPods Pro and Apple Watch should also work fine. Try it out!

 

 

3. Turn On Airplane Mode in Apple Watch.

Another method that users found to have worked is to turn on ‘Airplane Mode’ in your Apple Watch. Turning on ‘Airplane Mode’ is just one of the most common steps you can do when you’re having this issue.

To sum it up, you have to turn on the ‘Airplane Mode’ in your Apple Watch before you reconnect your AirPods Pro to your iPhone. Though it’s not acceptable to do this to resolve your issue, there’s no harm in trying, right?

Here’s how you can turn on ‘Airplane Mode’ in Apple Watch:

  1. Begin by disconnecting your AirPods Pro to your iPhone by opening your iPhone’s Settings app.
  2. Then select Bluetooth and click the “i” icon next to your AirPods Pro.
  3. Once you’re there, select Forget This Device and tap again to confirm.
  4. Next, turn on Apple Watch’s Airplane Mode by opening your Apple Watch’s Settings app.
  5. Then select Airplane Mode to toggle it off.

 

  1. After that, reconnect your AirPods Pro to your iPhone.
  2. Finally, turn off the Airplane Mode in your Apple Watch.

When you turn on ‘Airplane Mode’, it turns off everything except for Bluetooth. But when you turn off Bluetooth while you’re in ‘Airplane Mode’, your device will remember it the next time you turn on ‘Airplane Mode’. Hopefully, your AirPods Pro are not causing your iPhone to freeze anymore.

 

 

4. Update iPhone To The Latest iOS Version.

We cannot emphasize it enough. Updating your iPhone to the latest iOS version should always be a part of your routine whenever you encounter any issues with your iPhone.

Before you proceed, make sure you’re always connected to a stable Wi-Fi network and have at least 50 percent battery life on your device. Do take note that downloading an update may take some time, depending on your network.

Here’s how you can update to the latest iOS version:

  1. First, open up your iPhone’s Settings app.
  2. Next, select Software Update and check if an update is available.

 

  1. Then if there is an update, select Install Now to begin updating your operating system. This can take a couple of minutes or an hour.
  2. Lastly, your iPhone will restart once the update is done.

Once you’re done with all of that, you may check if your iPhone still freezes whenever connected to your AirPods Pro. We’re crossing our fingers that doing this already fixed your issue, but if not, then let’s move on to our next suggestion.

 

 

5. Restore iPhone To Factory Settings.

This is probably the hated method out of all our previous suggestions. Just reading the word ‘Restore’, or most commonly known as ‘Reset’, can get your eyebrow raising. A factory restore erases the information and settings on your iPhone and installs the latest version of iOS software.

In case you are still being bothered by your AirPods Pro causing your iPhone to freeze, one of the last methods you can do is to ‘Restore’ your iPhone to its factory setting. Not easy and definitely not convenient, but it is still our last hope.

Here’s how you can ‘Restore’ your iPhone to its factory setting:

  1. Go ahead and open your iPhone’s Settings app and go to General.
  2. Once you’re there, look for Reset.
  3. Next, select Erase All Content and Settings.

 

  1. Then, if you are asked, enter your passcode or Apple ID password.
  2. After that, confirm that you want to erase your device.
  3. Once you’re done, it can take a few minutes to completely erase your data depending on your device.
  4. Now, when your phone has restarted, put your AirPods Pro back in their case and open the lid.
  5. Next, connect the AirPods Pro to your iPhone by pressing and holding down the circular button (Setup button) on the back of the case for 15 seconds (or until you see the status light flashing amber).

 

  1. Then, with the lid still open, put your AirPods close to your device.
  2. After that, follow the on-screen instructions to reconnect your AirPods Pro.
  3. Finally, make sure that your Apple Watch is connected.

When you’re done, you should be all set after following these steps. The AirPods won’t freeze the phone up and the Apple Watch won’t need to be disconnected every time you use the AirPods Pro.

 

 

6. Connect A Different Pair Of Bluetooth Headphones.

Another issue that became so common with Apple EarPods and AirPods Pro is getting stuck in headphones mode. Sounds familiar? You might have experienced this when the music stops playing while you’re listening to Spotify or Apple Music, or if you’re making a call and you no longer hear the person you’re talking to.

Just like a step you can do in the scenarios above, to isolate whether your AirPods Pro is causing your iPhone to freeze, you can always connect to a different pair of Bluetooth headphones which you own.

 

 

You can also connect to someone else’s pair like that of your siblings or friends. If it worked, maybe it’s time to let go of your AirPods Pro until Apple has finally released a fix for this issue.

 

 

7. Go To Your Nearest Apple Store.

By the time you have reached this final method, I guess you are already exhausted with trying to resolve the issue by yourself. When all hope seems lost, you can always go to your nearest Apple Store.

 

 

But we recommend before you proceed to take the trip, that you make sure you have a backup of all your data on your iPhone or iPad. Your device will likely be restored to its factory setting when you bring it to an Apple Store near you.

 

 

This wraps up our article, but we hope that one of these methods eased your worries. If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to comment down below, and we will gladly answer them for you.

 

If this guide helped you, please share it. 🙂

 

1 comment
  1. So helpful thank you! I was getting stressed about my AirPods making my phone freeze and it was due to my watch being connected to my phones Bluetooth.
    I was close to returning them!

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