How to Connect AirPods on Different Devices

Apple made AirPods so that they work well with your iPhone, so it's easy to pair them.

Thanks to the “magic” of the W1 or H1 chip, Apple’s AirPods automatically connect to an iPhone and, from there, to an Apple Watch, iPad, or MacBook through iCloud. You have to manually pair with an Android phone or tablet, a Windows computer or tablet, or both. The good news is that AirPods can be used with any device that can connect to Bluetooth headphones. This article is about how to Connect AirPods on different devices.

You just bought a brand-new pair of AirPods (1st, 2nd, or 3rd generation) or AirPods Pro (1st or 2nd generation). Now you have to pair them with your devices so you can listen to music, movies, and podcasts. If you’re using an iPhone, Mac, or iPad, the process should take about five seconds. If you want to use your AirPods with a device that isn’t made by Apple, it’s almost as easy to pair them.

Apple made AirPods so that they work well with your iPhone, so it’s easy to pair them. But, like with any Bluetooth device, you might have trouble connecting your AirPods to an iPhone. Apple has made it easy to connect AirPods to another iPhone because they are meant to be used without any trouble. For more information visit their official site.

Connect AirPods on iPhone

How to Connect AirPods
  • To open the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen.
  • Press and hold the Bluetooth icon for a while to make the connections window bigger. 
  • Press the Bluetooth icon for a long time again.
  • Bring your AirPods close to your iPhone while they are still in their case and the lid is open. Tap the name of your AirPods if they show up in the list of Bluetooth devices. If they don’t appear, tap Bluetooth Settings at the bottom of the window.
  • With the case lid open and your AirPods inside, press and hold the button on the back of the case until the white light on the front of the case flashes. Tap the name of the AirPods in the list of devices to connect.
  • If your AirPods still won’t connect, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to go back to your home screen, close the lid on the AirPods, wait 15 seconds, and then try the steps again. Make sure your phone and AirPods are both charged and that you have the latest version of iOS. You can check this by going to the Settings app, scrolling down to General, and tapping on Software Update.

Connect AirPods on Android

  • Under Settings > Connections > Bluetooth, make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  • Open the lid of the case with both AirPods inside.
  • Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the light starts flashing white.
  • Choose the AirPods from the list of Bluetooth devices that you can use.

Pair AirPods on MacBook

  • Click on “Bluetooth” after choosing “System Preferences” from the Apple menu.
  • Check that Bluetooth is on.
  • Open the lid of the case with both AirPods inside.
  • Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the light starts flashing white.
  • Choose your AirPods from the list of “Devices” on your Mac and then click “Connect.”

Pair AirPods on Windows PC/Laptop

  • Open the tray of the Start bar and look for the Bluetooth menu. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  • Open the lid of the case with both AirPods inside.
  • Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the light starts flashing white.
  • Choose the AirPods from the list of Bluetooth devices that you can use.
  • Keep in mind that when you use AirPods on a PC, you get a lot less functionality. These earbuds don’t work with Siri, they don’t switch between devices automatically, and they only work with the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs.

Connect AirPods to Chromebook

  • Click “Bluetooth” in the Chromebook’s menu.
  • Your Chromebook will look for new devices on its own.
  • Open the lid of the case with both AirPods inside.
  • Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the light starts flashing white.
  • Choose the AirPods from the list of Bluetooth devices that you can use.

Pair AirPods to Apple Watch

  • Start by making sure your iPhone is set up for your AirPods.
  • On your Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Apple Watch Control Center. You can do this from any watch face.
  • Tap the icon for “Audio Output” (this is the AirPlay icon, a set of circles with a triangle pushing into the bottom on it).
  • Tap AirPods to send the audio from the Apple Watch to the AirPods.

Connect AirPods to Nintendo Switch

  • Open the lid of the case with both AirPods inside.
  • Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the light starts flashing white.
  • Start up your Nintendo Switch and go to “System Settings.”
  • Scroll down to “Bluetooth Audio” and click on it.
  • Tap the button that says Pair.
  • Choose the AirPods you want from the list.

FAQ

How do you reset AirPods?

Open the charging case’s lid and put the AirPods in your ears. Go to “Settings” and then “Bluetooth.” Or, go to your AirPods > Settings. If your AirPods show up as connected, tap the More Info button next to them, tap Forget This Device, and then tap again to confirm.

Why are my AirPods not connecting to my?

Put both AirPods in the case that charges them, and make sure they are both charging. Go to Settings > Bluetooth to make sure that Bluetooth is on. Make sure that your AirPods are chosen as your audio device if they are connected.

Why is my AirPod not charging?

If your AirPods aren’t charging, make sure the charging light on the case is on and that it has power. When your AirPods are in the charging case, they should charge, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. If nothing else works, you might have to reset your AirPods to factory settings or send them to Apple to be fixed.

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