Airpods Max With Smart CaseSource: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore

While the AirPods Max are some of the best noise-cancelling headphones I own, it's not perfect. Like any other Apple product, you may experience some issues every now and then, and a reset may be necessary to work out any kinks that you're having.

The only problem is that the AirPods Max don't exactly have a power button. So how exactly are you supposed to reset AirPods Max? Don't worry, we're here to help you out.

How to reset AirPods Max to factory settings

As I originally stated in my AirPods Max review, I began to experience some connection issues and bad battery drain when they weren't in use. In fact, I had to reset my AirPods Max to eliminate the problems, but everything has been gravy since. If you need to reset your AirPods Max back to factory settings too, it's super easy to do so.

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  1. First, make sure that you charge the AirPods Max for a few minutes so that there is power.
  2. Press and hold the Digital Crown and Noise Control buttons together.

    Reset AirPods Max to factory settings by showing: Press the Digital Crown and Noise Control buttons at the same time, hold for 15 seconds until status light flashes amber and then whiteSource: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore

  3. Hold the buttons down for 15 seconds, until the status light next to the charging port flashes amber, then white.
  4. Release the buttons.

Once you have reset the AirPods Max, you will then need to pair them up with your iCloud account again. This is easy though, as it should connect with the best iPhone when it's nearby. A reset of AirPods Max to factory settings should alleviate any problems you were having. If they arise again, you can simply try resetting them again, or try the other method of restarting them.

How to restart AirPods Max

Of course, another method that can also get rid of any issues is simply restart them. You know what they say, "have you tried turning it off and back on again?" The only problem is that the AirPods Max don't have a power button, but you can totally restart them too.

  1. Press and hold the Digital Crown and Noise Control buttons at the same time.
  2. Hold the buttons down together for 12 seconds.

    Restart AirPods Max by showing: Press the Digital Crown and Noise Control buttons at the same time, hold for 12 seconds until the status light flashes amberSource: Christine Romero-Chan / iMore

  3. Once the status light flashes amber, immediately release the buttons.

If you continue to hold the buttons down, it will reset it as we outlined above, and you'll have to re-pair it with your devices again. Restarting it is different, but it's quicker and should also resolve problems. But if they persist, then go on with the reset.

Questions about resetting AirPods Max?

As you can see, it's very easy to reset the AirPods Max to factory settings, or even just restart them. If you have more questions about AirPods Max problems, drop them in the comments.