Troubleshoot a pairing issue

 

How to troubleshoot your earbuds | Google Pixel Buds

Pixel Buds won't connect to my device

1. Forget Bluetooth® device on your phones

  1. On your device, “forget” or delete your Pixel Buds in the Bluetooth menu.
  2. Leave the charging case open and ensure the Pixel Buds are securely seated inside.
  3. Hold the pairing button for 3 seconds.
  4. If you see the bouncing white case status light, your device is ready to pair.
  5. Look for a pop-up notification on your phone that will take you through the rest of the setup.
  6. On some Android devices, you may need to look for your Google Pixel Buds in the Bluetooth settings menu and add them as a new device.

2. Ensure your earbuds are responding

  1. Plug the charging case in using the included USB-A to USB-C® cable.
  2. Remove the Pixel Buds from the case.
  3. Replace one earbud and watch for the earbuds status light to blink when the earbud is inserted into the case. The light will turn orange if the earbud is charging or white if it is fully charged.
  4. Replace the other earbud and watch for the earbuds status light to blink. If either earbud is charging, the light will then be orange. If both are fully charged the light will be white.
Pixel Buds will not enter pairing mode

Before attempting to reset your Pixel Buds and charging case, it is important to verify that your Pixel Buds are unable to respond to any interactions with the charging case.

  1. Ensure your Google Pixel Buds wireless charging case has power by plugging it into a power source using the included USB-A to USB-C cable.
  2. Clean your earbuds and charging case.
  3. Place the Pixel Buds in the charging case with the lid closed for 2 minutes.
  4. Open the charging case next to your device with your Google Pixel Buds still inside.
  5. Press and hold the pairing button until the earbuds status light (inside the case) starts bouncing white.
  6. If using a compatible Android device, look for a pop-up notification on your phone that will take you through the rest of the set up.
  7. On some devices, you may need to look for your Google Pixel Buds in your Bluetooth menu and add them as a new device.

If your earbuds still won’t connect to your device, begin the reset process below. Resetting the Pixel Buds and case will reset all their settings. This includes the name of the device and preferences for enabling/disabling features.

Reset your Pixel Buds and charging case

If your Pixel Buds still do not connect, you can try resetting your Pixel Buds and charging case.

  1. Plug the charging case into a power source using the included USB-A to USB-C® cable.
  2. Ensure the Pixel Buds are seated within the charging case and leave the charging case open.
  3. Press and hold the pairing button on the back of the case for 30 seconds.
  4. When the earbuds status light stops blinking, let go of the pairing button. 
  5. The earbuds status light will blink white and orange until the reset is complete and then start blinking white. Your Google Pixel Buds will be reset and should be ready to pair immediately.

Pair your Pixel Buds with your phone

Google Pixel Buds pairings can be retained for up to 6 devices. Further pairing of devices will forget the oldest one.

  1. Hold the pairing button for 3 seconds.
  2. If you see the bouncing white case status light, your device is ready to pair.
  3. Look for a pop-up notification on your phone that will take you through the rest of the setup.
  4. On certain Android devices, you may need to look for your Google Pixel Buds in the Bluetooth settings menu and add them as a new device.

After resetting your Pixel Buds and charging case, the Pixel Buds should respond while inside the case. This includes the following:

Pixel Buds (Gen 1)

Common Issues

Pixel Buds will not enter pairing mode

  1. Ensure the charging case has power by plugging it in using the included USB-C cable.
  2. Place the Pixel Buds in the charging case with the lid closed for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the Pixel Buds from the charging case for at least 3 seconds.
  4. Replace the Pixel Buds back in the charging case; match the L & R indicators of the Pixel Buds to the charging case magnetized pockets (a green LED  will appear) and close the case.
  5. Open the charging case next to your phone with Google Pixel Buds still inside.
  6. If you see one white LED pulsing your device is ready to pair.
  7. Look for a pop-up notification on your phone that will take you through the rest of the set up.

Don't see a set up notification?

  1. Remove the Pixel buds from the charging case for more than 3 seconds, then put them back in the case.
  2. Close and reopen the case.
  3. Press and hold the case button for 3 seconds; if you see one white LED pulsing , your device is ready to pair.
    Button located above right Pixel Bud in charging case
  4. Look for a pop-up notification on your phone that will take you through the rest of the setup.
  5. On certain Android devices, you may need to look for your Google Pixel Buds and add them as a new device.

Buds do not respond inside of the case

Before attempting to reset your charging case, it is important to verify that your Pixel Buds are unable to respond to any interactions with the charging case. To test this:

  1. Remove and replace the Pixel Buds inside of the charging case, gently pressing them into their slots to ensure they are seated properly.
  2. Once seated, press the case button.

If working properly, pressing the case button should toggle between the charging case battery level (white LEDs ) and the Pixel Buds' charging status (green LED ). This indicates your buds are able to respond to the case and no further action is necessary.

If you're unable to toggle to a green LED  by pressing the charging case button with the Pixel Buds inside of the charging case, begin the reset process:

Reset your charging case

  1. Remove the Pixel Buds from the charging case.
  2. Press and hold the charging case button for 40 seconds. (Upon initial button press, white LEDs  will appear).
    Button located above right Pixel Bud in charging case
  3. After 7 seconds, the LEDs will turn off; continue holding the charging case button.
  4. At the end of 40 seconds, the leftmost LED will dimly flash amber  7 times .
After resetting your charging case, the Pixel Buds will respond while inside the case. This includes the following:
  • Charging the Pixel Buds
  • Checking the battery level of your Pixel Buds and charging case.
  • Pairing your Pixel Buds to your mobile device.

Ensure you can toggle between LEDs

  1. Replace the Pixel Buds inside the case.
  2. Verify that you can toggle between white LEDs  and a single green LED  by pressing the charging case button.

Re-pair your Pixel Buds with your phone

  1. While the charging case shows a green LED ; hold the case button for 3 seconds.
  2. If you see one white LED pulsing , your device is ready to pair.
  3. Look for a pop-up notification on your phone that will take you through the rest of the setup.
  4. On certain Android devices, you may need to look for your Google Pixel Buds in the Bluetooth settings menu and add them as a new device.

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