How to Change Ownership of AirPods and AirPods Pro – Easy ways

If you’ve recently purchased a set of AirPods or AirPods Pro, or if you need to transfer ownership of airpods, you might be wondering how to go about it.

Changing ownership can be necessary when you’re passing them on to a family member, or friend, or selling them.

In this blog post, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to change ownership of AirPods and AirPods Pro.

How to Change Ownership of AirPods

Unpairing from the Current Device

The first step in changing ownership is unpairing your AirPods from the current device. Unpairing your AirPods from the current device is an essential step when changing ownership or troubleshooting connectivity issues.

Here’s how to do it

  1. Open Bluetooth settings on your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Bluetooth
  2. Locate your AirPods in the list of available devices and tap the ‘i’ button next to them.
  3. Then, select ‘Forget This Device.’
  4. A confirmation message will appear, asking if you’re sure you want to forget your AirPods. Confirm this action by tapping “Forget Device” or “Forget.”

Once you have confirmed, your AirPods will be unpaired from your iOS device.

Factory Reset on AirPods

Another way to change ownership of AirPods or AirPods Pro is to factory reset the device.

Resetting your AirPods is a process that restores them to their factory settings, erasing all previous connections and settings.

This can be useful when you have to change ownership, troubleshoot issues, or prepare to sell your AirPods.

How to reset your AirPods:

Note: Make sure to put your AirPods in the charging case before performing a factory reset.
  1. Open the lid of your AirPods case. (Ensure that both AirPods are inside the case.)
  2. On the back of the AirPods case, you will find a small button. This is the setup button that you will need to press and hold to initiate the reset process
  3. Keep holding it down until you see the status light on the front of the case flash amber and then white. This process usually takes about 15 seconds.
  4. Close the lid of the AirPods case. This will complete the reset process.

Your AirPods are now reset to their factory settings, and all previous connections and settings have been cleared.

They are ready to be paired with a new device or transfer ownership of AirPods to the new owner.

How to Change the Name of AirPods?

The new user can change the name of the device after transferring ownership of AirPods or AirPods Pro.

Change the name of your AirPods to something more personalized or descriptive.

Note: You can change the name of the AirPods and AirPods Pro before forgetting the device or Unpairing the device.

Here are the steps to change the name of AirPods or AirPods Pro:

  1. Make sure the AirPods are paired with the new device.
  2. Go to Settings > click on Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the “i” icon (information icon) located next to your AirPods’ name.
  4. Next, tap on the current name to rename it.

The AirPods have been successfully renamed to the new name you chose.

How to Pairing AirPods with a New Device

Pairing your AirPods with a new device is a crucial step in changing ownership or when you want to connect them to a different iPhone, iPad, Android device, or any other compatible device.

Here are easy steps to pair your AirPods with a new device:

  1. Open the lid of the AirPods case, keeping the AirPods inside.
  2. On the new owner’s device, go to Settings > Bluetooth and select your AirPods from the list of available devices.
  3. Complete the pairing process by following the on-screen instructions. This will include confirming the connection and setting up any additional features like automatic ear detection.

Your AirPods are now paired with the new device.

Can I remove Apple ID from AirPods without the previous owner?

No, you can not remove Apple ID from AirPods without the previous owner’s cooperation.

An Apple ID is linked to the owner’s iCloud account and is used for various functions, including device monitoring and management, theft protection, and activating features such as “Find My iPhone” and iCloud backups.

If you bought used AirPods and the previous owner didn’t delete their Apple ID or reset the AirPods before selling it to you, you’ll need their cooperation to do so.

The previous owner must follow these steps to remove the AirPods from their iCloud account:

  1. On their iOS device, go to “Settings.”
  2. Please scroll down and tap on their name (Apple ID) at the top of the Settings menu.
  3. Tap “iCloud.”
  4. Scroll down to find “Find My iPhone” or “Find My.”
  5. Tap “Find My iPhone” or “Find My” and turn off the toggle switch next to it. They may need to enter their Apple ID password to confirm this action.


  1. Open “Find My App” on your device.
  2. Tap on the “Devices” tab at the bottom of the page.
  3. You should see a list of your Apple devices. Locate your AirPods in the list and tap on them to select them.
  4. After selecting your AirPods, you will see a screen with options for your AirPods, At the bottom of the screen, tap on “Remove This Device” or “Remove AirPods.”

This process will unlink your AirPods to your iCloud account.

FAQs on How to Change the Owner of Airpods

Q1. Can I change ownership without resetting the AirPods?

Ans: No, you need to reset the AirPods to change ownership. It ensures a fresh connection to a new device.

Q2. Can I connect the AirPods to multiple devices?

Ans: Yes, you can connect AirPods to multiple devices within your Apple ecosystem, like your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but you’ll need to select the device you want to use in the Bluetooth settings.

Q3. What happens to the previous owner’s data?

Ans: The previous owner’s data is wiped clean during the reset. This includes the device name, paired devices, and any custom settings.

Wrapping up on How to Change Ownership of AirPods and AirPods Pro

Changing ownership of your AirPods or AirPods Pro is an easy process that ensures a seamless transition between devices and users.

By unpairing the device and following the pairing steps, you can easily transfer your AirPods to someone else.

If you have any more questions or encounter issues during the process, please feel free to ask in the comments below. We’re here to help!

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