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How to Stop AirPods Pro (Keep Pausing /Cutting Out)

Why do my AirPods Pro keep pausing?

Your AirPods Pro keeps pausing or cutting out because of a poor bluetooth connection, faulty automatic ear detection sensors, or weak internet connection.


  • Poor Bluetooth connection
  • Faulty automatic ear detection sensors
  • Weak internet connection


Distorted Bluetooth connectivity

A weak or intermittent power supply or Bluetooth connectivity impacts the communication and causes the AirPods Pro to pause.


Faulty automatic detection sensors

At times, the cause of AirPods Pro pausing occasionally is because of a faulty automatic ear detection sensors feature because the AirPods Pro may not have been cleaned for long. You will have to turn this feature OFF and clean the proximity sensors.


Weak internet connection

Aweak internet connection can also cause the AirPods Pro to pause randomly.


Why are AirPods Pro randomly pausing my music?

Some of the reasons for AirPods Pro to randomly pause music include an activated automatic ear detection feature, device remoteness due to 

AirPods Pro reset or low battery. A double-tap action, ear-switching, app malfunctioning, Bluetooth connectivity, or erroneous settings of AirPods Pro can also be the reason for this problem.

The following tips will help you fix the common issues of music pause and prevent your AirPods Pro from pausing music.


Activated automatic ear detection feature

AirPods Pro has built-in sensors that easily detect their fitment into your ears. Once they are placed in your ears, you start enjoying the music. The minute you remove them, the music is paused. 


If the detector sensors are faulty, the AirPods Pro will pause your music at random. If the music is paused while they are still in your ears, the sensors need to be checked. 


You can rectify the same with the following steps:

  1. Click on Settings and click on Bluetooth.
  2. Under the My Devices heading, click on the (i)icon next to AirPods
  3. Disable the automatic ear detection feature and check the AirPods audio setting.


Once you disable the automatic ear detection feature, your AirPods Pro will stream the audio consistently, whether you place them in your ears or outside.


Device remoteness

AirPods Pro function best at a distance ranging from 30 to 60 feet from your device. However, some devices can function flawlessly even at a distance of 100 feet. 

If you are more than 60 feet from the concerned device, the music gets paused.

When you wear AirPods Pro, ensure that you are in the desired range of the device.

Aesthetic interior furniture dividers or walls may also obstruct the streaming of content and result in the music getting paused.


AirPods Pro reset

This is one of the simplest solutions that help resolve the music pausing issue. This involves switching the AirPods ProOFF and then switching them ON. 

Pair your AirPods Pro with your device after the reset, and you are ready to go. 

The following steps will guide you through this process.

  1. Remove the AirPods Pro and replace them in their charging case.
  2. Press the Reset button and hold it for at least 15 seconds. You should hold this button until you see the LED flash.
  3. Open the case and pair the AirPods Pro to your device.


Low battery

If the battery has become weak due to long use, the music streaming becomes irregular. The problem will get fixed when you recharge your AirPods Pro.


Double-tap Action

Turn the double-tap action feature OFF. When you double tap, it pauses the music. Many AirPods Pro users tend to turn this feature ON accidentally.



If you remove even one AirPod Pro, the music gets paused. Try using both the AirPods Pro to listen to the music.


App malfunctioning

The malfunctioning of your app also causes the music to pause. You can try uninstalling and installing the app again.


Bluetooth connectivity

Poor Bluetooth connectivity is a common reason for the music to pause. If your phone is connected to two devices through Bluetooth, it causes the device to err as to which device should be the recipient of the audio. 


The following simple tips will help you resolve the issue.

  1. Open the Control Center.
  2. Click on AirPodsin the Now playing screen.
  3. Disable and enable the Bluetooth feature. 


You can also restart your device. Reconnect your AirPods Pro with the preferred device.


Erroneous setting of AirPods Pro

If the AirPods Pro is configured incorrectly, you will experience music pause. You can consider doing a reconfiguration of the AirPods Pro.


AirPods Pro pausing cutting out


Why do my AirPods keep pausing Spotify?

Your AirPods Pro keeps pausing Spotify if there is a network issue, Bluetooth connectivity issue or if the automatic ear detection sensors are faulty. 

Removal of one AirPod, a low power mode, disabled background app refresh feature or corrupt cache files can also pause Spotify.

You can fix Spotify pausing by checking your internet connection as well as Bluetooth connection and testing the sensors of your AirPods Pro. 

You can also disable the low power mode, turn ON the background app refresh and delete the corrupt cache files.


Poor network connectivity

Ensure that you have a smooth Wi-Fi network that enhances a smooth data connection on your mobile.


Poor Bluetooth connectivity

Listen to Spotify without your headphones, and then listen to Spotify once again with your headphones. If you experience Spotify pausing when you use your headphones, it’s a sign of Bluetooth connectivity issues. Disable the Bluetooth connection and enable it once more.


Faulty Automatic Ear Detection sensors

  1. Make sure your AirPods Pro is connected to your device.
  2. Open the Settings app on your device.
  3. Click on Bluetooth.
  4. Tap on the (i) icon, which is beside the AirPods Pro in the device list.
  5. Tap Ear Tip Fit Test.
  6. Click on Continue to start the test.
  7. Tap the Play button. This should make you hear a test sound that plays through your AirPods and enables testing the audio quality as well as the noise cancellation.


After the sound play is completed, the screen showcases the test results. A good seal appears if the ear tips fit properly. If the ear tips do not fit correctly, you will see a message stating Adjust or Try a different ear tip.

  1. Replace the ear tips and insert the AirPodsPro into your ears.
  2. If the new ear tips are perfect, you will see a good seal message and you can start.


Removal of AirPods

If you experience Spotify pausing, check if you have both the AirPodsPro inserted in your ears. 

If you remove any one of them, the AirPods Pro immediately sense that you are not active. You should use both AirPods Pro instead of just one of them.


Low power mode

You may have enabled the low power mode earlier, which is known to cause Spotify to pause. You can disable it or even switch it OFF for the app to function flawlessly.


Turn on the background app refresh option

If you have switched OFF the background app refresh option, it causes Spotify to pause as the app is unable to refresh your playlist. You can do this in the following way:

  1. Click on Settings and then on the General tab.
  2. Select Background App Refresh.
  3. Select Wi-Fi and cellular data.


Corrupt cache files

Audio and other data files downloaded by you may have piled up in the cache memory. Over a period of time, these get deleted, if not cleared from the cache. This causes the app to crash. You can fix this with the following steps.

  1. Click on Settings and then click on Storage.
  2. Select Spotify from the list of apps.
  3. Select Clear Cache and click on it.


How do I stop my AirPods Pro from pausing?

You can stop your AirPods Pro from pausing by ensuring Automatic ear detection is disabled and maintaining the desired proximity of your device. 

A poor Bluetooth connection, low batteries, or a double-tap feature can also cause the AirPods Pro to pause.


Automatic ear detection

Once you remove the AirPods Pro, automatic ear detection pauses playback. The sensors in the AirPods Pro can easily detect the removal of one or both AirPods Pro. When you insert the AirpodsPro in your ears, playback is resumed.


  1. Click on the Settings tab.
  2. Go to the Bluetooth section.
  3. In the list of devices, click on Airpods and then click on More info. At the bottom of the screen, you will see automatic ear detection enabled by default. 
  4. Disable the green option slider next to the automatic ear detection feature.


Maintain the device within the desired proximity

Airpods function well within a distance of about 30 feet. Once you cross that distance, your Airpods pause the audio. Always ensure you are within this distance. This will prevent your Airpods from pausing the audio


Poor Bluetooth connection

If your Bluetooth connection is faulty, it can cause the audio to stutter and pause at intervals. You can unpair your Airpods and then pair them again to resolve this issue. 


Low batteries

If your batteries are drained, your Airpods tend to pause the audio streaming. You can recharge them or replace them with new ones.


Double-tap feature

If the double-tap feature in one of your Airpods is set to playback control, your audio gets paused.


  1. Click on Settings and open the Bluetooth section.
  2. In the AirPods Pro menu, tap on the More info button.
  3. Change the settings of the right or left AirPodPro as per your preference.


Why do my AirPods Pro keep cutting out?

Your AirPods Pro keeps cutting out because of hardware malfunctioning, low battery, faulty connectivity, incompatible firmware update, irregular audio source, and malfunctioning Airpod sensors.

  • Hardware malfunctioning
  • Low battery
  • Faulty connectivity
  • Incompatible firmware update
  • Irregular audio source 
  • Malfunctioning AirPod sensors


Hardware malfunctioning

Faulty manufacturing and rough handling of the AirPods Pro can cause them damage. Non-original AirPods Pro can also have the cutting-out problem.


Weak battery

If the batteries are on the wane, the Bluetooth connectivity gets distorted, causing AirPods Pro to cut out.


Faulty connectivity

A disrupted internet connection can cause AirPods Pro to cut out if you are streaming music over the internet.


Incompatible firmware update

Software updates need to be implemented whenever required. If you don’t, the outdated software versions develop bugs, which cause the audio stuttering.


Irregular audio source 

If you have too many apps running the Bluetooth connectivity speed slows down and causes an AirPods Pro cut out.


Malfunctioning AirPod sensors

Continuous usage of AirPods Pro causes them to lose power and you start hearing distorted audio.


Why do my AirPods Pro keep cutting out Windows 10?

Your AirPods Pro keeps cutting out Windows 10 because of hardware defects, outdated versions of iOS, disabled Bluetooth connectivity, pending AirPods Proreset or low battery power.


Hardware defects

Continuous usage of AirPodsPro makes them vulnerable to settling of ear wax as well as air pollution. This can also impact the tiny components of the AirPodsPro and affect their performance. 

You have to ensure that your AirPodsPro are well-maintained at all times and when not in use they are placed safely in their case.


Outdated versions of iOS

If the iPhone operating system (iOS) in your device is outdated, your AirPods Pro will keep cutting Windows 10. The outdated version of the operating system causes incompatibility between Windows 10 and your AirPods Pro.


Disabled Bluetooth connectivity

You may have accidentally disabled Bluetooth on your laptop. To rectify this, you need to:

  1. Click on the Start button on your laptop and click on Settings.
  2. Click on Devices and enable Bluetooth and you are good to go.


AirPods Reset

At times, your AirPodsPro may not connect with your laptop properly. You will have to disconnect the AirPodsPro from your laptop and reconnect them afresh. This issue can be resolved with the following steps:

  1. Go to Settings on your Windows 10 laptop.
  2. On the sidebar, select Bluetooth & devices and click on Devices.
  3. Scroll down until you reach the Audio section.
  4. Click on the three-dot menu icon next to AirPods
  5. Select Remove device.
  6. Go to Settings again and select Bluetooth & devices.
  7. Enable Bluetooth.
  8. Click the Add device button.
  9. Select your AirPods Pro from the list.
  10. Select Yes when you get a confirmation prompt.
  11. Place your AirPods in the charging case. 
  12. Press the Setup button after about 10-15 seconds until you see the white status light flash.
  13. Enable the pairing mode for your AirPodsPro and reconnect them to your laptop.


Low battery power

Check the battery level of your AirPods with an Apple device. If the battery power is low, your AirPods will not connect to your laptop. 

You have to charge your AirPods with original accessories that are certified by Apple. 

Once charged, you can reconnect them with your PC and enjoy uninterrupted streaming.


Why do my AirPods Pro keep cutting out Windows 11?

Your AirPods Pro keeps cutting out Windows 11 because of outdated drivers, connection to another device, faulty hardware, Bluetooth issues and a need to reset AirPods Pro with the laptop.


Faulty drivers

Drivers play a very important role in the seamless functioning of a device. Outdated Bluetooth drivers are one of the key issues for AirPods Pro cutting out Windows 11. This can be easily resolved in the following way.

  1. PressWindows + S.
  2. TypeDevice Managerin the Search field.
  3. Double-click on Network adapters
  4. Right-click on the Bluetooth device and select Update driver. You will get two options – Search automatically for drivers & browse my computer for drivers.
  5. Click on Search automatically for drivers.
  6. Allow Windows to scan for the most suitable and available driver and install it for the Bluetooth adapter.


Connection to another device

If the AirPods Pro are connected to another device, they stop connecting with your Windows 11. You need to make the AirPods enter into a pairing mode with Windows 11.

  1. Put the AirPods Pro in their case.
  2. Press the Setup button and keep holding it down until you see the white light flash. 
  3. Click the Connect button in your AirPods Pro and enjoy great audio.


Faulty hardware 

AirPods become vulnerable to minor defects as they are in use for long hours. Very often, the wax tends to settle on them, which disrupts the streaming of audio. Timely cleaning will enhance the functioning of the AirPods Pro. If ignored, the wax can impact them and make them defective. This causes cutting off Windows 11. 


Bluetooth issues

Bluetooth issues are one of the common causes for AirPods Pro cutting off Windows 11. You can always run the Bluetooth troubleshooter. You will receive many on-screen instructions which need to be implemented to resolve the issue. 


AirPods reset

You have to pair your AirPods with every new device that you use. Once you reset your AirPodsPro and re-pair them with your Windows 11, you can be assured of uninterrupted audio streaming. 

The following steps will help resolve the issue in minutes.

  1. On a Windows 11 computer, click onSettings.
  2. Click on Devices in the Bluetooth & devices section.
  3. Click on the three-dot menu icon next to AirPodswhen you reach the audio section.
  4. Select Remove device.
  5. To reset your AirPods, click onSettings again, followed by Bluetooth & devices.
  6. Enable Bluetooth.
  7. Click the Add device button and select your AirPods Pro.
  8. Select Yes to confirm the selection.
  9. Keep your AirPods in their charging case. 
  10. Press Setupafter about 15 seconds until the white status light starts flashing.
  11. Activate the pairing for your AirPodsPro and connect them once again to your laptop.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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