If AirPods Keep Pausing while you are listening to Music or Podcast, you should be able to fix the problem using troubleshooting steps as provided below.
AirPods Keep Pausing
The first step is to make sure that AirPods are actually pausing and not stopping and starting, the latter problem is due to your WiFi or Cellular connection being spotty.
Another reason for AirPods disconnecting is due to AirPods being Low in Power. Hence, make sure that AirPods are sufficiently charged.
If AirPods are actually pausing while actively being used, the problem could be due to Bluetooth connectivity issues, problem with proximity sensors and other issues.
1. Make Sure You Are Within Range
The Bluetooth range or reach of AirPods is reported to about 30 to 60 feet, depending on the environment in which the AirPods are being used.
However, the actual Bluetooth range can drastically reduce if Bluetooth connectivity is gets obstructed by furniture or other surrounding obstacles.
2. Try Other Apps
It is possible that the problem lies with the App that you are using to listen to music or podcast and not with the AirPods.
A simple way to rule out this issue is to check if the problem persists when you use other Apps. If it does not, the problem is with the App and not with AirPods.
In both cases, restarting the device might help in fixing the problem.
3. Restart iPhone
The problem might simply be due to stuck program or processes interfering with proper functioning of the App or Audio services.
Go to Settings > General > scroll down to bottom and tap on Shut Down. On the next screen, use the Slide to power off button to Power OFF your iPhone.
Wait for 30 seconds and restart iPhone by pressing the Power button.
4. Disconnect Bluetooth on Other Devices
If you are using AirPods while working on Mac or with iPhone being placed near Mac, the problem could be due to AirPods trying to play audio from both devices.
The solution in this case is to switch OFF Bluetooth on the device that you are not currently playing audio from.
5. Disable Automatic Ear Detection
If AirPods are pausing or disconnecting when you move your head or walk around, the problem could be due to Automatic Ear Detection feature being enabled on your device.
Go to Settings > Bluetooth > scroll down to ‘My Devices’ section and tap on the (i) icon located next to your AirPods.
On the next screen, disable Automatic Ear Detection by moving the toggle to OFF position.
Note: You can enable Automatic Ear Detection after the issue is fixed.
6. Restart Bluetooth
Restarting Bluetooth is can help in fixing common Bluetooth connectivity problems.
On your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth > toggle OFF Bluetooth.
Wait for 30 seconds and move the toggle next to Bluetooth to ON position.
7. Switch OFF Double-tap on AirPods
The problem of AirPods Pausing might be due to Pause/Play on Double Tap being enabled on your device.
Go to Settings > Bluetooth > tap on (i) icon located next to Your-AirPods.
On the next screen, select the Left AirPod.
On the next screen, make sure Play/Pause is not selected.
Similarly, tap on the Right AirPod and disable Play/Pause option.
8. Install Updates
Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
On the software update screen, tap on Download and Install (in case a software update is available).
9. Reset AirPods
Place AirPods in the Charging case and close the lid. Wait for 60 seconds, and open the Lid of the Charging case.
On your iPhone go to Settings > Bluetooth > tap on the i icon located next to your AirPods Name under My Devices section.
On the next screen, tap on Forget this Device option.
On the confirmation pop-up, tap on Forget Device to confirm.
With the Charging Case Lid open, press and hold the Setup button, located at the back of the case, until the status light flashes amber and then white.
After this, go to Settings > Bluetooth > and select your AirPods under “Devices’ section.
Wait for AirPods to finish connecting and once they are connected, you should be able to use them.