We love our AirPods, that much is certain! And we’ve covered almost every single issue you could have with them. But there are always more things that can go wrong!
A thoroughly annoying situation you may find yourself in is if something goes wrong or you lose just one AirPod.
So what can you do if that happens? Can you buy one AirPod to replace it?
In this article, I’ll take a look at all the options you have if you find yourself in this situation!
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Can You Buy One AirPod?
The simple answer is Yes. Apple offers a repair and replacement service for you to order a replacement AirPod or AirPod Pro.
Apple has two different warranty models, neither of which, unfortunately, covers lost items. If you need to replace a single AirPod due to damage or a faulty item, you can check your warranty coverage here.
How Much Does One AirPod Cost?
Depending on which model you need to replace, AirPods Pros will be slightly more expensive than standard AirPods.
AirPods, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Generation, will cost $69 to replace, whereas AirPods Pro, 1st or 2nd Generation, will cost $89.
Where to Buy a Single AirPod
If you’re not covered by warranty, and you’ve just lost an AirPod, you might be thinking of shopping around for a better deal, rather than paying Apple prices for a brand-new headphone.
The good news is that there are options when it comes to replacing single AirPods. You don’t have to buy directly from Apple, though it is recommended.
Buying Single AirPods From Apple
When you buy from Apple, you know you’re getting a genuine, brand-new AirPod, with no faults or potential issues that could arise when you come to pair it.
If you do choose to go with a genuine second-hand Apple AirPod, just remember that you have no idea who had it before, whether it’s stolen or reported as lost by someone else, or if it has the latest firmware installed. These are potential problems that could cause a minor headache down the line.
For genuine brand-new AirPods, either contact Apple via the links in the first section of this article or head down to an Apple Store.
Buying Non-Genuine Single AirPods
If you decide to risk it and buy a non-Apple replacement, be aware that this could cause major problems when using it with your Apple products.
There’s a high likelihood that the headphone won’t pair with your device, your other AirPod, or charge in the case. Buy non-Apple AirPods at your own risk!
Other Ways to Get Your Hands on a Single AirPod
Of course, you may get lucky and find a lost & found that is holding a single AirPod, or an online seller on a site like eBay or Facebook Marketplace.
Just bear in mind again that you have no guarantee on the condition of this AirPod and whether it will work correctly with your device. But, for very cheap or even free, it might be worth the risk!
Note: Make absolutely sure that you are buying the correct model of AirPod, no matter where you’re buying it from! If you have Gen 2 AirPods and you buy a Gen 1 replacement, it won’t work! No matter if you’ve got AirPods or AirPod Pros, the generation must match.
How to Pair a Single AirPod
So, now you’ve got your hands on a replacement single AirPod or AirPod Pro. Great! Let’s take a look at how you can connect it to your device and get it charging in the case.
- Place both your AirPods in your charging case and close the lid
- Open the lid of the case and check that the status light flashes amber
- If the status light does not flash, check your case is charged and your AirPods are correctly and fully inserted
- Press and hold the Setup button on the back of the AirPods case until the status light flashes white (approx 15 seconds)
- Open the lid of the case and hold it close to your iPhone
- The pairing dialogue box should appear on your phone screen. Follow the instructions to pair your new AirPod
That’s it! Your new AirPod should now be paired with your device and you can listen to all your favorite music and podcasts again.
If you have any issues while carrying out the pairing process, regardless of where you got your replacement single AirPod from, it’s worth doing a quick reset of your AirPods. Here’s how:
- Place your AirPods in the charging case and close the lid
- Wait for 30 seconds
- Open the case and put your AirPods in your ears
- Open Settings > Bluetooth
- If your AirPods are already connected, tap the Information (i) > Forget This Device
- Place your AirPods back in the case and keep the lid open
- Press and hold the Setup button for 15 seconds
- The status light will first flash amber, then white
Your AirPods have been reset and should be ready to pair with your device.
If you’re still having problems with one or both of your AirPods, it’s possible that you’ve either bought a dud (if you bought second-hand/non-Apple), or that the replacement single AirPod has newer firmware than your current AirPod, and therefore the connection is not possible.
If this is the case, you need to contact Apple and either send your AirPods off for repair/replacement or visit an Apple store.
As you can see, losing one AirPod is not the end of the world, and most of the time it should be a relatively easy job to replace it. My advice would be to always buy directly from Apple or an Apple-authorized reseller/repair shop.
The best thing you can do to prevent this from happening in the first place (or again!) is to keep your AirPods in the case all the time you’re not using them. They’re only small, and very easy to lose or stand on!