How-to Fix Red Exclamation Mark Error on Left or Right AirPod

If you are seeing a red exclamation mark next to your left or right AirPod on the connection screen when connecting to your iPhone, this means the device is having issues connecting to the specific AirPod.

Here are two common solutions to this issue:

Fix Red Exclamation Mark Error on AirPods Method #1

1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and hit the info icon next to your AirPods

2. Press Forget This Device

3. Open the lid of the AirPods case and press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the light flashes amber (make sure your AirPods are in the case).

4. Reconnect the AirPods

Fix Red Exclamation Mark Error on AirPods Method #2

The second most common reason for the red exclamation point error is that there is debris interfering with the charging. Open the case and check the inside bottom of the case for anything that may be blocking the connection. Remove it by blowing into it or using a cotton swab. Now recharge the AirPods and reconnect them.


  1. Huge help! It’s sad, how quickly I was in the depths of despair. So I just re-paired and was good!

  2. Hi, and thanks for all the suggestions, and I wanted to tell you guys that if you’re having the same issue and none of these methods worked, then it might be about your phone, i have an iPhone 6s which runs ios 13.3 and AirPods pro, and I’m having the same issue, but then today I bought iPhone 11 and i’m not having this issue with my iPhone 11 so don’t be scared about it and try to update your phone to the lastest ios ☺️

  3. AMAZING!!!!!! No other blog tells you to hold the setup button until it flashes amber(Just white)!!!!! Fixed the issue of my left pod automatic ear detector not responding and touch sensor not working!!!


  4. Thanks so much! I dropped mine and one broke open 😢🙄 I put it back together and it wouldn’t work… until I followed your instructions 🥰 very relieved I can’t live without them now 😄😂

  5. Omg, I didn’t even see anything, but I blew anyways and it worked! That’s you!

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