How To Connect Your iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch, And Other Devices With AirPods: The ease with which Apple’s AirPods can instantly pair with other Apple devices is one of their best features. But occasionally, things don’t always go as planned. Bluetooth connections can be lost, snafus happen, and you might find yourself wondering why it took so long to listen to your favorite music.
We’ve created a guide to help you pair your AirPods with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch in order to assist you in those scenarios. Additionally, we’ve provided instructions on how to pair your AirPods with non-Apple gadgets and how to reset them if you ever need to start over.
How To Pair AirPods With An iPad Or iPhone
If you use the same Apple ID on your new device and are trying to pair your AirPods with a new iPhone or iPad but they are already paired with an earlier model, the connection should immediately move to your new device.
While holding the AirPods case close to your iPhone or iPad with the lid open should instantly pair your new AirPods with your device. Tap the Connect button when an image of your new AirPods displays at the bottom of the screen.
But it’s not always the case. Attempt these steps if your AirPods don’t instantly connect:
1. To access the Control Center, swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone or iPad’s display.
2. Long press the Bluetooth icon to expand the connections window. (Don’t tap, as this toggles Bluetooth on and off.)
3. Long press the Bluetooth icon again.
4. With your AirPods in the case and the case lid open, bring them near your iPhone. If your AirPods show up in the list of Bluetooth devices, tap their name. If they don’t show up, tap Bluetooth Settings at the bottom of the window.
5. With your AirPods in the case and the case lid open, press and hold the button at the back of the case until the light at the front of the case flashes white. When you see AirPods in the list of devices, tap their name to connect.
6. If your AirPods still don’t connect, go back to your home screen (swipe up from the bottom edge of your screen), close the lid on the AirPods, wait 15 seconds, then try the steps again. Make sure both your phone and AirPods are charged and you’re running the most recent version of iOS, which you can check by going to the Settings app, scrolling down to General and tapping on Software Update.
The Best Way To Join AirPods To A Mac
Macs don’t instantly connect to AirPods like iPads and iPhones do. Follow these steps to manually connect them:
1. Select System Preferences, then click the Bluetooth icon after clicking the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen.
2. With your AirPods in the case and the case open, bring them near your Mac and press and hold the button on the back of the case until the small light on the front of the case flashes white.
3. Your AirPods should show up in the Bluetooth window on your Mac. Click the Connect button to pair your AirPods.
4. If your AirPods don’t show up in the Bluetooth dialog box, shut the AirPods case and wait 15 seconds, then open the case and press the back button again. You may have to try the pairing process a few times before your AirPods show up on the list. If you still have trouble, make sure the AirPods are fully charged and you have the latest OS version installed on your Mac. Restarting your computer can also help.
How To Link An Apple Watch With AirPods
Pairing your AirPods to your Apple Watch normally happens instantly, just as connections with iPhones and iPads. To manually link them, take the following actions:
1. To access your Home Screen, often known as the screen that displays all of your apps, press the crown. Drag the grid around until you find Settings if grid view is enabled. Scroll or rotate the crown to find the Settings icon if list view is enabled. (Apps are listed alphabetically.)
2. In Settings, scroll down to Bluetooth and tap on it. You should see a list of available nearby Bluetooth devices, regardless of whether they’re connected.
3. With your AirPods in the case and the case lid open, bring your AirPods near your watch. Tap the name of your AirPods in the list of Bluetooth devices. They should automatically connect.
4. If they don’t automatically connect, make sure both your AirPods and Apple Watch are charged. Check that your Apple Watch is updated to the latest software version, which, again, you can do by navigating to Settings, tapping General and then Software Update. Finally, make sure Bluetooth is turned on, which is a toggle switch at the bottom of the Bluetooth menu.
Other Bluetooth Devices
You can connect your AirPods and AirPods Pro to a wide variety of Bluetooth-capable, non-Apple devices. You won’t be able to utilize Siri, but you will still be able to hear, speak, and use the press-to-pause button on the stem. Although various devices may differ, the process is generally as follows:
- Open your device’s Bluetooth menu. This is located in the Quick Settings panel on a Chromebook. It may be found on Windows in the Start menu’s Settings section. Long press the Bluetooth symbol on Android devices by swiping down from the top of the screen.
- Bring your AirPods close to your device with the case open and your AirPods inside.
- Tap the name of your AirPods when they appear in the list of Bluetooth devices.
- Keep the case’s lid open and push the button on the back until the front light starts to flash white if the AirPods don’t appear.
- Tap the name of your AirPods when they appear in the list. Check to see if your headphones and device are charged if they don’t appear. Try again after 30 seconds with the lid closed. Repeating the procedure after restarting your device can also be helpful.