Apple’s AirPods “only work” with iPhones thanks to the W1 chip, but it’s also a standard Bluetooth headset. That means it can work with any device that supports Bluetooth audio, even Android phones.
Pairing is not as easy as pairing with iPhone, and the connection may be uncertain, but they can work with any device from Android phones or Windows computers to other Apple devices. like Apple TV. If paired with a Mac or iPad, the process will be easier.
How to pair AirPods with a Mac or iPad
If you’ve paired AirPods with iPhone, this pairing status will sync between your iPhone and any iPad and Mac that you have signed in to your account with iCloud. To do this, users must log into the iPad or Mac with the same Apple ID used on the iPhone. For Mac, users must turn on Handoff.
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Older Macs do not support Handoff, so you can’t use this easy pairing process, and you’ll have to pair it with Bluetooth. This pairing status also doesn’t sync with Apple TV, so you’ll have to use Bluetooth to pair the AirPods with Apple TV.
If everything is set up properly, users simply need to choose the AirPod like any other audio device from iPad or Mac. First, make sure the AirPods box is open, the AirPods have been taken out of the box or you’re wearing it. If they are in the box and closed, you will not be able to select it as an audio device option.
On iPad, open Control Center, touch the audio wave icon in the top right corner of the music control button or press and hold the music control, then touch the device switcher icon and select AirPods in the list of audio devices.
On a Mac, click the volume icon in the Mac menu bar and select AirPods from the list of available devices or go to the menu. Apple> System Preferences> Sound and choose AirPods. You can also turn on the volume icon on the Mac menu from here by checking the “Show volume in menu bar“, if the dialog box is not already enabled.
How to pair AirPods with an Android phone, Windows computer, Apple TV or other device
To pair AirPods with any other device or an older Mac, simply find the easy pairing button on the AirPods charging box. Look at the back of the AirPods box. See the dim silver circle near the bottom, directly above the Lightning port? That’s the “setup button” you need to pair your AirPods with other devices, which is used when the W1 cannot pair with other devices automatically.
To put AirPods in pairing mode, here’s what users need to do:
- Put AirPods in the charging box.
- Open the lid, you’ll see the light pop up, indicating charging status.
- Press and hold the round button on the back of the AirPods box. The light inside the box will start blinking white. This indicates that your AirPods are in pairing mode.
While the white light blinks, the AirPod will “be detected”. In other words, they will appear as peripherals to be able to pair from Bluetooth settings, just like any other Bluetooth headset or speaker. For example:
- Android: Go Settings and touch the “Bluetooth” in Wireless & networks. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on and you should see AirPods as a device available here.
- Windows 7: Move in Control Panel> Hardware and Sound> Devices and Printers> Add a device, Then choose AirPods.
- Mac: Click on the Apple menu and go to System Preferences> Bluetooth. Select the AirPod from the list and click “Pair“.
- Apple TV: Navigate to Settings> Remotes and Devices> Bluetooth. Select AirPods from the list.
- Other devices: Just navigate to the Bluetooth settings screen, where you can view and connect Bluetooth devices. The AirPod will appear as an option here as any other Bluetooth headset.
Windows 10: It only takes about 3 seconds to pair AirPods with iPhone and other Apple devices. Although pairing AirPods with a Windows 10 PC will require a few extra steps, it won’t take more than 1 minute.
- Pair AirPods with Windows 10 PC for the first time
On the PC, open the application Settings and choose Devices from the main menu. At the top of the page Bluetooth & other devices, click Add Bluetooth or other device. On the window Add a device, click Bluetooth.
Put the AirPods in the box and open the lid. Press and hold the button on the back of the case until you see the status light between the two AirPods begin to blink white, then release your hand. Your AirPods will display in the window Add a device. Click here to pair and connect.
- Reconnect after pairing
After making the initial connection between the PC or laptop and the AirPods, you will be able to reconnect the AirPods and PC to listen to music, watch YouTube, make video conferencing, etc. by returning to the page. Bluetooth & other devices in Settings. You will see all paired audio devices are listed under the heading Audio. Choose AirPods from the list and click the button Connect.
Note: Technically, after pairing, AirPods can automatically reconnect to those devices. But most likely it will connect to your phone or tablet. So, if AirPods don’t connect automatically to a Windows 10 PC, it’s best to do the manual connection again.
If after a while you don’t see Bluetooth options, AirPods may have exited pairing mode and you should see a white flashing light. Just press and hold the circle setup button again and AirPods will return to pairing mode.
When they are connected, AirPods will act as regular Bluetooth headsets with any device they are paired with.
How to reconnect AirPods to an iPhone or iPad
AirPods will be disconnected from iPhone after pairing them with non-iOS devices. You will need to reconnect them to the iPhone to use them again.
To do this, first put the AirPod back into the box. Go to the iPhone’s main screen, open the AirPods box, and place it near the iPhone. (The same process works on iPads, if you want to pair AirPods with iPads instead of iPhones.)
You should see the “Not Your AirPods“appears on the screen. Press”Connect“You will then be prompted to press and hold the circle button on the back of the box. Release the button when”.Connecting”Appears on the screen and they will automatically reconnect to the iPhone.
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