A Guide to Making Your Mismatched AirPods Work

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If you’ve recently purchased a pair of Apple AirPods, you may have found out the hard way that they do not always work perfectly together. Sometimes, even when you have the same model of AirPods, they can become mismatched. This means that one of your AirPods is not connecting correctly with the other one.

Mismatched AirPods can become a real problem if you rely on them for communication or listening to music. Unfortunately, this issue is becoming increasingly common and can be very frustrating for users. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to try and fix the problem.

First and foremost, make sure that both of your AirPods are of the same generation. If one is older than the other, it could be causing the mismatch issue. You should also check to make sure that both AirPods are connected to your device and powered on correctly. If one or both aren’t connecting properly or powering on correctly, then this could also be causing the mismatch issue.

Once you’ve checked all of these things, try resetting your AirPods by pressing and holding down the button at the back of their charging case for 10 seconds. This should reset them so that they will sync up again correctly. If this doesn’t seem to work, then try unpairing your AirPods from each other by going into your Bluetooth settings and disconnecting them manually before trying to pair them again.

Finally, if none of these methods seem to work then it might be time to contact Apple Support for help in resolving the issue with your mismatched AirPods. They may be able to provide additional assistance in troubleshooting any issues with your AirPods or provide guidance on whether or not it would be necessary to replace either unit in order to get them working properly together again.

Overall, mismatched AirPods can be very frustrating but luckily there are some steps you can take in order to attempt to resolve this issue yourself before having to contact Apple Support for help. Remembering that both units must be of the same generation and making sure they are properly connected and powered on should help ensure that they stay synced up properly so you don’t experience any further issues with them in the future!

Mixing and Matching AirPods if One Is Lost

No, you can’t mix and match AirPods if you lose one. AirPods must be paired with the same generation of AirPod in order to work properly. You can purchase a replacement AirPod from Apple, but it must be the same generation as your current AirPod in order for it to function properly with your existing device.

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The Meaning of Mismatched AirPods

Mismatched AirPods mean that the AirPods you are attempting to use are not the same AirPods that are paired with your device. This could mean that you have mixed up your AirPods with someone else’s, or it could be a sign of a more serious issue such as a malfunctioning device or a faulty connection. If you see an alert that says “AirPods Mismatch”, it is important to take action to try and fix the issue quickly in order to maintain the optimum performance of your Apple device. You can try to get your AirPod back from the person who might have it, or you can contact Apple Support for help in replacing your AirPod.

Can Two Different AirPods Be Paired Together?

Yes, you can put two different AirPods together. To do this, place the new AirPods inside the case and leave the lid open. Then press and hold the button on the back of the case for around 10 seconds. This will reset the AirPods, allowing them to be synced together and used as a single set.

Swapping One AirPod: Is It Possible?

Yes, you can swap a single AirPod (either left or right AirPod) or a Charging Case for a fee. We have a “Get an Estimate” tool on our website which you can use to view potential costs if you get service directly from Apple. If you decide to go with another service provider, they may have different fees so it is best to ask them for an estimate first.

Using Someone Else’s AirPods in Your Case: Potential Consequences

If you put someone else’s AirPods in your case, it likely won’t fit properly due to the difference in size and shape. The AirPods Pro has a slightly larger design than the original AirPods, so if you try to put an original AirPod into an AirPods Pro case, it won’t fit correctly. Additionally, the magnetic charging port may not line up correctly with your case and could prevent the AirPod from charging. Therefore, it is best to only use your own AirPods in your own case to ensure they fit properly and will charge correctly.

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The Effects of Using a Different Case for AirPods

If you put your AirPods in a different case, they will still charge as long as the case is compatible with your AirPods model. You don’t need to pair the AirPods with the new case to get them to charge. However, it’s important to note that some charging cases are designed specifically for certain models, so make sure you are using one meant for yours. Additionally, using a different case may affect the overall fit and sound quality of your AirPods.

Can Mismatched AirPods Still Function?

Yes, mismatched AirPods can still work. However, it is important to make sure that both AirPods are compatible with each other, otherwise, they won’t be able to connect together. To check if your AirPods are compatible, look at the model number printed on the back of each AirPod. If the model numbers are different, then the two AirPods will not be able to connect. If the model numbers match, then you should have no problem connecting them together. Additionally, for devices with iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, you can connect them to your device and find out what model number your AirPods have.


In conclusion, it is possible to use mismatched AirPods together, but it requires a few steps. First, you must purchase a replacement AirPod that is the same generation as your current one. Then, place the new AirPod in the case and press the button for 10 seconds to reset them. Finally, you can sync both AirPods together and use them as one. Although it can be difficult to find a matching AirPod or get your original back, this process can help you create an effective pair of mismatched AirPods.

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James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.