Cannot Verify AirPods iOS 16 Bug? Earphones Genuine? (Fix!)

Cannot Verify AirPods popup

Cannot Verify AirPods iOS 16 popup.

Are you getting the Cannot Verify AirPods popup after iOS 16 update? You’re informed that your headphones or earphones couldn’t be verified as genuine AirPods and might not behave as expected? Does the error show up even though your AirPods are original?

Cannot Verify AirPods iOS 16 Bug

headphones could not be verified as genuine AirPods
This issue has been reported by Fridolin in the RC version of iOS 16:

“iPhone claims that it cannot verify airpods and implies that they’re not genuine, although they’re original for sure. I personally bought them from an Apple Store!”

Apparently, Apple has added a new feature to iOS 16 that is able to warn users if the AirPods that they’re pairing to iPhone are counterfeit.

However, at the time of writing, it’s glitching out and genuine AirPod models are also labeled as non-original.

How To Fix Cannot Verify AirPods Error

Until Apple solves this bug in an upcoming software update, apply the following workaround:
unpair airpods from iphone

  • 1. Open Settings and tap on the [AirPods name] detected at the top of the screen or, go for Bluetooth and tap the ‘i’ icon, next to the AirPods name.
  • Scroll all the way down and tap Forget This Device (this will unpair AirPods).
  • Re-pair them by holding AirPods next to iPhone and following the on-screen prompts.

Fact: Unpairing and re-pairing AirPods, after the Cannot Verify AirPods popup plays out, will prevent the error from re-appearing, unless your earphones are actually not genuine!

Credits: Fix confirmed in this Reddit comment.

Does this workaround work for you too? Do you have more questions or a better fix? Use the comments section to share your feedback.

Related: For more iOS 16 issues and their available workarounds please check our extended review.