AirPods Connect To iPhone Keeps Popping Up Every Time (Fix!)

AirPods Temporarily Share Audio keeps popping up

AirPods Temporarily Share Audio keeps popping up

Is AirPods Connect to iPhone popping up on your iOS device every time you get the wireless earbuds out from their case? Does this happen although your AirPods are already paired with all devices linked to your Apple ID?

AirPods Temporarily Share Audio Keeps Popping Up

This AirPods popup is displayed when you use the Bluetooth earbuds for the first time and they’re not linked to your Apple ID yet.

However, an annoying bug causes the AirPods Connect to iPhone popup to be displayed every time you want to use the wireless earphones.

The issue has been reported by Misha:

“I get the ‘Connect to IPhone’ popup every time when I want to use them, as if they’re not already paired! Anyone else? Happened before this update too.”

We couldn’t replicate it at the time of writing, but found similar reports on Reddit.

How To Fix AirPods Connect To iPhone Bug

Here is what you can do to troubleshoot this problem:

1. Update To AirPods 4A402 Firmware

Apple recently released new firmware updates for the AirPods Pro (4A402) and AirPods 3 (4B66). Check to see if your earbuds have updated, if not force the update as described here.

2. Forget AirPods

how to unpair AirPods from iPhone
The next option is to unpair the AirPods from your iPhone, and preferably any other device that’s linked to your Apple ID:

  • On iPhone browse for Settings -> Bluetooth.
  • Tap the i icon, available next to the AirPods name.
  • Go for Forget This Device.
  • Reboot iPhone (Use the force restart combo).
  • Reconnect AirPods to iPhone.

3. Reset AirPods

how to reset AirPods
If the AirPods ‘Temporarily Share Audio’ popup keeps showing up, your next option is to reset them:

  • First, unpair them from your iPhone as instructed above.
  • With the AirPods in the charging case and the lid open, press & hold the setup button, available on the back of the case. Keep it pressed for about 15 seconds.
  • When the status light flashes amber and then white release the button.
  • Close the lid and restart iPhone.
  • Finally, reconnect AirPods. Open the lid, bring iPhone nearby and follow the steps displayed in the Connect to iPhone card.

(Updated, May 10)

4. Sign Back into Your Apple ID

If the ‘Temporary Share Audio’ pop-up continues to show up, your next option is to sign out of your Apple ID and sign back in to connect your AirPods with your Apple ID:
sign back in to Apple ID on iPhone

  • A. Open Settings and tap on your account name available at the top of the screen.
  • Scroll and tap on Sign Out.
  • Type your Apple ID Password to Turn Off Find My iPhone.
  • Tap Sign Out and confirm by hitting Sign Out again.
  • B. Go for Sign in to your iPhone -> Type your Apple ID email (tap Next) -> provide Password (tap Next) -> type the 6-digit Apple ID verification code (available on your Mac, iPad or any other device that’s linked to your Apple ID.) -> Enter iPhone Passcode.
  • C. Reset AirPods (with the lid open and the AirPods in the case, press & hold the Reset button on the case for 15 seconds until the light turns amber and back to white.)
  • D. Connect AirPods back to iPhone. When finished close the lid and open it back to check if the ‘Temporary Share Audio’ issue pops up again. It shouldn’t!

Credits: This fix was provided by Nathan D. in the comments section. Many thanks for your contribution!

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