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How to Connect AirPods in 5 Simple Steps

Apple introduced the first generation of AirPods in 2016, along with the iPhone 7. The first generation offered the latest wireless pairing system. In an instant, your AirPods could pair with any device via your iCloud.Apple introduced the new AirPods Pro in October 2019. Apple’s AirPods Pro came with new features like noise-canceling technology and immersive sounds. AirPods crushed sales, garnering over 71% of revenue from all wireless headphone companies.

Are you a new owner of AirPods?

Here’s how to connect AirPods to any device. Read on to learn how to connect AirPods to all your devices in five steps.

How to Connect AirPods to iPhone

Connecting AirPods to your iPhone is a simple setup process. Connecting your AirPods to an iPhone or iPad is the most straightforward method. Here’s how to connect AirPods to your iPhone.

  1. Prepare Your Devices

Before pairing your devices, charge your AirPods. Your charging case comes with a lightning connector on its bottom part. Your case has a pinpoint LED light that will glow green if your device is fully charged.
Retrieve your AirPods and dock them inside the charging case. Unlock your iPhone or iPad and keep it nearby. AirPods use Apple’s H1 chip, allowing you to pair your devices with ease.

  1. Enable BlueTooth

Ensure to enable BlueTooth on your desired device. You can enable BlueTooth through Apple’s quick menu or Control Center. You can also do this in your iPhone settings.

  1. Connect Screen

Open the lid of your charging case to begin the setup process. Tap Connect. Follow the next three prompts if you have AirPods Pro.

  1. Activate Siri

Enable Siri on your AirPods. Follow the guided setup provided by your iPhone. After activating Siri, your iPhone will respond to ‘Hey Siri.’

  1. Listen With Your AirPods

Your AirPods will automatically play audio from your device when you put them in your ears. The audio will pause when you take out an Airpod and resumes after putting it back in within 15 seconds. Audio from your device will stop when you remove both AirPods.

How to Switch Between Devices

There are manual and automatic methods to switch between devices with your AirPods. Your AirPods will connect to your Apple Watch and iPhone at the same time. Sound will switch between iPhone and iPad devices connected to the same Apple ID.

You can turn off automatic switching through your iPhone settings. Go to BlueTooth then select the Info button next to your AirPods to open a list of connected devices. Tap on Connect to this [device] then When Last Connected To This [device].

When manually switching between devices, open your iPhone’s Control Center. Find the Audio card on the upper right corner of your Control Center and then touch and hold. Tap the connection icon that looks like three circles and a shaded triangle to choose a device.

This allows you to choose a different device to play audio. You can also use this method to switch the audio to different speakers or headphones.

Are your AirPods not connecting? Follow this guide to fix common Airpod problems.

How to Connect AirPods to Android Devices

The great thing about AirPods is that they are not exclusive to iOS devices. Android users can enjoy the services provided by Apple AirPods. AirPods can pair with any device that enables BlueTooth.

Here’s how to connect AirPods to your Android phone.

  1. Prepare Your Devices

Charge your AirPods and enable Bluetooth on your Android device. Your charging case can hold eight hours of battery life. Each Airpod can hold 4 extra hours of charge.

  1. Enable Bluetooth

Most Android devices allow you to enable BlueTooth through the device’s quick menu. Swipe down from the top portion of your Android phone and select the BlueTooth button. You can also enable BlueTooth through your Settings application.

  1. View Connected Devices

Go to your Android device and open Settings. Navigate and select Connections or Connected Devices and tap on BlueTooth. This will allow you to check if your devices were successful in the pairing.

  1. Activate AirPods Pairing

Open your AirPods charging case and hold it near your Android device. Press and hold on the AirPods pairing button to begin the pairing process. Your AirPods should appear on the list of connected devices.

  1. Finish Pairing

On your Android device, select Pair New Device. This may have different phrasing depending on your Android device or operating system. Select your AirPods and finish pairing.

How to Connect AirPods to Your PC

AirPods can connect to any device with a BlueTooth feature. If you have BlueTooth on your PC or laptop, you can use your AirPods to listen to audio from that device. Follow these steps to connect your AirPods to your PC or laptop.

  1. Enable BlueTooth

From the Start menu, open Settings. You can find your settings above the power button in a gear-shaped icon. You may also type Settings on the input bar of your Start menu.

Select BlueTooth & Other Devices. At the top of the menu, enable your PC’s BlueTooth feature. Slide the switch to the right to turn it blue.

Click Add BlueTooth or Other Device. This will open an Add device window. Select BlueTooth.

  1. Activate AirPods Pairing

Retrieve your AirPods docked in the charging case and open the lid. Press and hold the button located on the back of the charging case. Wait till the front starts blinking white.

  1. Pair AirPods

On your PC or laptop, your AirPods will appear under a list of devices available for pairing. This may first appear as Headphones before switching to AirPods. Select AirPods.

  1. Finish Pairing

Find and select AirPods under your available devices. Allow your Windows to connect to the AirPods. It will display a success message when done.

  1. Reconnect AirPods Once Paired

You may need to reconnect your AirPods after the initial pairing. To do this, go back to your Settings and open BlueTooth & Other Devices. From your paired devices, select AirPods and select the Connect button.

Now You Know How to Connect AirPods!

Learning how to connect AirPods on any device is easy with these five simple steps. Don’t hesitate to go back to our guide here in case you ever encounter a connection issue.

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