BeatsX Won’t Turn On? Here’s How to Fix It

black beats x earphone
My black BeatsX headphone, shoot with iPhone 8 (Vivid Warm mode)

Oh, the BeatsX! I have a complicated feeling about this wireless earphone.

After spending a few precious hours trying to fix this “BeatsX turning on” issue but in vain, and calling Apple Support trying to find the reason, then visiting Genius Bar for device check…until finally receiving a “fixed” device.

My BeatsX journey was like a roller coaster, the initial excitement turned into frustration — all because of this annoying Beats X won’t turn on issue.

More precisely – a defect.

In this article, I’m going to share with you the “working” steps to take if your Beats X also doesn’t work to pair or connect to your phone.

My goal is simple: save you time exploring the so-called solutions on the Internet.

Also Read: Best Earphones for iPhone with Mic

My Story about BeatsX

I didn’t buy the BeatsX. Instead, it was a gift sent by a friend. That added a bit more complexity to deal with Apple support because technically I wasn’t the buyer.

Anyway, it took me a lot of attempts trying to fix the problem, not to mention the weeks waiting for Apple (who bought Beats a few years ago) to mail me a new working device. Here’s a light version of my journey:

  • Day 1: my friend told me she sent a gift for me (didn’t mention what it was)
  • Day 4: I received the gift. It’s a Beats X!! How exciting…couldn’t wait to open the package and tried it on. But it won’t turn on and can’t pair with my iPhone.
  • Day 5: Charged Beats X, I could see the blinking white light, but still couldn’t pair it with my phone.
  • Day 6: researched tons of online troubleshooting tips including this official guide from Dr. Dre…nope, didn’t work either.
  • Day 7: called Amazon customer support, they asked me to contact Apple…called Apple, they asked me for the invoice thing (which I don’t have obviously)
  • Day 10: finally, I was able to schedule a check with the Apple Genius Bar.
  • Day 13: visited Apple Genius Bar in the city and a technician checked my device, said it’s defected and need to return to the factory for repair and he promised that the device will be fixed and mailed to me as soon as possible.
  • Day 25: received the new (fixed, not sure) working Beats X, which paired nicely with my phone.
beats X box (yet to uncover)

Fixing The Beats X Not Turning On Issue: A 6-Step Guide

Note: I assume you’ve tried to press the power button for seconds, charge your Beats X in case it runs out of battery.

Step 1: Reset BeatsX.

Just hold down the power button and volume down button at the same time for about 10 seconds. Release both buttons until the LED indicator light flashes. This video shows you how:

Now put BeatsX next to your phone, and press the power button for 2 seconds to connect.

Didn’t work? No LED light flashes? Go to Step 2.

Step 2: Update your phone OS to the latest version.

This is a tip given by the Apple Beats support team, at first I wasn’t aware that the iOS version running on my iPhone might be the culprit, so I upgraded my iPhone to the latest iOS but it didn’t work either. However, it may work for you.

If you are using an iPhone, see this guide:

For Android phones, see this article:

Still didn’t work after updating your phone to the latest OS? Go to the next step.

Step 3: Fix the loose wire.

Pinch the base of the rubber connecting the power button of your BeatsX to the charger port, and then stroked it from charger port to the power button.

I came across this technique from an iFixit thread, many users said it worked but not for me.

Step 4: Call Apple technical support.

You can contact Apple Customer Service at 1-800-676-2775. More often than not, the support team will assign a technical guy/girl to assist you virtually on the phone.

They will first get your BeatsX serial number (learn how to find it here), then ask you to follow the instructions to reset the device (as introduced in Step 1), perhaps they will ask you a few more questions.

For me, the techniques shared by Apple tech geek is nothing new, but they ended up with helping me book an onsite reservation with Genius Bar, which I appreciated.

Step 5: Get an onsite reservation with the Genius Bar.

You can do this through phone, live chat, or email. More info here:

Step 6: Take your BeatsX to Apple Genius Bar for a check.

This is very likely your last option. Listen to what the “genius” has to say about your device. Whether it does have a defect, whether it has to be sent back to the factory for repair, listen and take his/her advice.

For me, I ended up with letting the guy take my device and once I filled a form with my address info, I left the Genius Bar.

Two weeks later, I received a package from Apple. It’s the BeatsX and this time it works perfectly to turn on and pair with my iPhone.

BeatsX pairing with iPhone
Finally, I was able to pair BeatsX with my iPhone 8

Yeah, that’s pretty much what I “suffered” from this BeatsX earphone.

Hope this step-by-step guide has helped you solved the annoying BeatsX not turning issue such as flashing red and white, power button not working, etc.

If you have other questions or suggestions, leave a comment below, I’ll see how I can help.

Happy using your Beats X and enjoy the “beats”! 🙂

Influenced by the startup culture in the Silicon Valley, Jessica loves building things from zero to one and is keen on following news related to the Big Five tech giants and many SaaS startups.

9 thoughts on “BeatsX Won’t Turn On? Here’s How to Fix It

  1. I bought Beats X a little while back, despite my anti-apple nature (android, surface, etc.). Within the first month of purchase, they mysteriously stopped working, and I sent them in to Apple’s ‘fix’ team, although they sent me a brand new pair as a replacement. About three more months pass, and the same thing happened with the replacement pair (stopped working with no damage). After waiting for 107 minutes (actually timed it) at the apple store, they told me they could not fix them, and needed to be sent in to their ‘fix’ team, yet again; they sent me a second replacement pair. Now I am on my third pair of Beats X, and two days ago the same problem again. Apple will only issue a response if the warranty falls within a year of the initial purchase. So even though I got my third pair, the warranty does not last a year for such, rather a year from the initial purchase (which furthers my argument that Apple only cares about consumers’ money, and not actually about their consumers, although this comes at no surprise). Essentially, I have had this third pair for under a year, they broke [on their own, yet again], but Apple will not accommodate in any way shape or form. For anyone out there thinking Beats X are great, they are (when they work), but it has been 15 months having these headphones and I am on need of a fourth pair. Made to break, not last.

    • OMG, I am on my third pair of Beats x and I agree with Rob. They work great when they work. As for apple, they only care for your money in their pockets, not the actual customer and product they are supporting.

  2. Dear Jessica,

    You don’t know how much of a life-saver you are!! I had almost lost hope on my BeatsX because one side of it wasn’t working.

    Then I tried step 3, by rubbing the wire as per your instruction. It worked! Thank you so much for this useful article.

    Best wishes for you. x

  3. Thanks. I’ve tried everything you’ve done with no results. My Beatsx wouldn’t turn on. Like you I received mine as a gift and didn’t have the proper paper work. Apple said to send them and they would fix them for $89. They were less than a year old. I didn’t feel it was worth $89 to repair them. So I shelved them. A couple of months pass and my son lost an earbud on his, so I told him to get one of mine. He turned mine on and they worked for a couple more months. Then they stopped. I did everything again except send them back. I left them hanging on my rear view mirror and tried them periodically and they started again. Now they are off again after using them every day for a few weeks.

    I like them when they work but would not recommend them to anyone.

  4. Red white red white red. No power on. This happened to me once 7 months in. I got the repacement. Over a year later on the second pair, same thing. Red white red white red. No power on. Called Apple and they made an exception for me and send me another pair (initial purchase was over two years ago). I really like the product, but the fact that they are finicky and just die is a real issue. When these die, im not sure what I will buy to replace them. I promised Apple I would not try to get them replaced again.

  5. Don’t do it!!!! I bought a pair of beats x they broke and wouldn’t power in. Had to send them back several times till I finally said I’ll eat the cost and upgrade to the power beats 3. Same issue won’t charge or power on, I had to send them in to apple for repair a few times and now it’s happened again. My warranty is ready to run out and even though this ongoing beats issue hasn’t been resolved, I will have to start paying to fix brand new beats!!! WTF. Are you kidding?!?! They wouldn’t do anything to help me. Extend the warranty since this keeps happening he’ll i was even stupid enough to think about upgrading again to even better ones and thought maybe a small discount for all my troubles. NOPE!!! Screw apple screw beats. I have been with apple since the first I phone, computers iPads new Apple Watch. After seeing how apple treats you when there’s a problem, I will no long buy one single apple product again. Thank for this happened before the new iPhone came out. Now I’m upgrading to an android. So long apple, way to take care of your customers.

  6. On my second pair and the same problem. Just stop connecting or staying connected. A fault in the product. Such a waste of money and the time they take to repair / replace. who would want a third pair?

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