How To Connect Two Different AirPods To One Case

23 Feb 2022
How to Connect Two Different AirPods to One Case

If you find yourself in a position where you need to pair different AirPods because you’ve lost a partner, then you’re at the right place. Because we’re going to teach you how to connect two different AirPods to one case

Losing an AirPod is as frustrating as losing an earring, but thankfully you don’t have to toss your AirPod into waste if you’ve lost its partner forever. Because connecting different AirPods to one case is relatively easy.

It helps to have a guide so that you can follow instructions. Here we will look at how connecting two different AirPods to one case is possible. We’ll also be discussing whether it’s a good idea as you do not want to jeopardize your equipment.

How To Connect Two Different AirPods To One Case

Thankfully, connecting two different but compatible AirPods to one case is possible. So, to get started you will need your AirPods, your device, and the charger case. It's helpful to know how to put an AirPods case on first before you get started.

First, you would need to place the different AirPods inside the same rechargeable AirPods case. Now open the case and check the status light. The light should flash amber.

If it’s flashing amber, press and hold the setup button. This is how you reset the AirPods case. You can hold it up to 5 seconds and in doing so, the light will change white. If the light does not change to white, hold it in again, for about 10 seconds.

If the status button still shows amber, you will need to know how to power off the AirPods case so that you can connect it to power. Then once connected to power, close the lid, and leave it to charge. Charging for approximately 10 minutes should be enough.

Once you get the white light, open the case with your AirPods inside and hold it next to your iPhone.

On the home screen of your iPhone device, you will see an animation popup. It will suggest that you connect, tap the ‘connect’ button. Then tap ‘done’. Once completed, your AirPods are now successfully connected to your device.

can you pair two airpods from different cases

Now that both AirPods are connected, you can easily press the function buttons on the lock screen of your device to control it. You can also adjust the volume by using the volume sliders like using their headphone controls.

If it does not connect, read “why is my AirPods case not connecting” for further information on how to resolve this.

AirPods That Don’t Work Together In The Case

Before you connect different AirPods, you need to figure out what model or generation your Airpods belong to. The first generation AirPods and second-generation AirPods use different chips. And for that reason, the two do not match.

First-generation uses a W1-powered chip. This does not work because the second generation uses H1-powered chips. So, when connecting two different AirPods, they need to be compatible.

If your device has iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, connect to the device to find the model number of the AirPods. Then find your AirPod on the list of paired items. You will now need to tap the information button by your AirPods name on the device and you will see the model number.

If your device doesn’t have the iOS version go to 'About on your Apple device' and scroll to see the name of your AirPods. Then tap and the number will be revealed.

When you have the number, compare it to the list below:

  • Introduced in 2017 was AirPods generation 1, model numbers A1523, A1722
  • Introduced in 2019 was AirPods generation 2, model number A2032, A2031
  • Introduced in 2019 was AirPods Pro with model numbers A2084, A2083
  • Introduced in 2020 was AirPods Max with model number A2096

Can One Airpod Connect?

Yes, you can connect just one AirPod. AirPods can be used individually or together. Place the one AirPod in your ear and it will detect what’s happening.

When only one of the AirPods is in use, it will convert from stereo sound to mono. Stereo is normally used with two AirPods and converting will provide the best listening experience.

Also, when charging one AirPod, carefully place it in the case when you need it to charge so that it does not get stuck. If this happens, how to get a stuck AirPods case off will help you out of this situation.

Can AirPods work without a case?

can you connect two different AirPods to one case

Do AirPods work without the case nearby? This is a popular question. To answer it, yes they can. You will still be able to use your AirPods, even if your case is dead. This is possible if you have already paired your AirPods with your device before it died.

If this is a new device and you haven’t paired it before, then you should learn how to connect AirPods when your case is dead just in case. This will give you some insight into whether this is possible or if you will need to wait until your case is charged.


If you can’t find your lost AirPod, replacing it can be costly. You would need to go direct to the supplier to source this. Most times we find ourselves in these situations at the most inconvenient times.

But thankfully it’s possible to pair a different AirPod to the same AirPods case. And this means that you save a bundle because buying one AirPod is better than having to buy two. And be sure to check the generation so that it is compatible with the AirPod you have.

And who knows, you might have friends or family members that have several odd sets lying around then you can pair with theirs. Whatever you decide, just find a partner and pair it. If they are both in a charger with their lid closed, they will match up and work as one.

At Burga, you can get tons of stylish AirPods case covers, and you can even match them to your phone case.

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