AirPods were Apple’s first set of wireless earbuds. Ever since the first generation of AirPods came out in 2016, they have quickly become Apple’s most popular accessory. Apple also released the middle-of-the-road AirPods Pro model in 2019, followed by the top-of-the-line AirPods Max, which has active noise cancellation and automated frequency profiling along with a lot of features found in the standard AirPod models.
In October 2021, the third generation of the standard AirPods came out. They now come with amazing features like Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, IPX4 water resistance, support for spatial audio and Dolby Atmos, and wireless MagSafe charging that lets you listen to music for up to six hours.
If you’re lucky enough to have a pair of AirPods or are thinking about getting some, you’ll want to know how to connect them. In this article, we’ll look at connectivity, how to connect AirPods to Macs, and some of the best troubleshooting tips.
How to Connect Your AirPods To a MAC 3 iPhone?
If Your Air Pods Aren’t Already Hooked up To Your iPhone, You Can Connect Them to Your Mac Instead.
- Put the AirPods in their charging case, open the lid, and keep the AirPods inside.
- Press and hold the button on the back of the case until the status light starts to blink.
- In the menu bar at the top of your Mac, click the Apple icon to open the Apple menu.
- Click the System Preferences button.
- Click Bluetooth in the System Preferences window.
- Find the AirPods you want to connect to the Mac in the list of devices and click “Connect.”
When the connection is done, the AirPods will be at the top of the Devices list and ready to be used.
How to Hook Up Your AirPods To Your Mac If You Already Use Them With Your iPhone?
If You Use the Same Apple Id on Your iPhone and Mac, Your Air Pods Should Automatically Connect to Your Mac.
- Open the case of your AirPods.
- In the menu bar at the top of your Mac screen, click the Volume icon, which looks like a speaker.
- Choose your AirPods from the Output Device section of this menu.
If This Doesn’t Work, You Need to Make Sure that A Couple of Settings Are Turned On. Click the Apple Icon in The Menu Bar and Then System Preferences to Open System Preferences.
- Make sure that your iPhone and Mac are both signed in with the same Apple ID. Click Apple ID in the System Preferences window to make sure you are signed in with the same ID.
- Check to see if Handoff is on. Click General in System Preferences and make sure the box next to Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices is checked.
- Make sure the volume icon is visible in the menu bar. You need to turn it on if you don’t see it. Click Sound in the System Preferences window, then click the box next to Show volume in the menu bar.
What To Do If Your AirPods Won’t Connect?
If You Can’t Get Your Air Pods to Work with Your Mac, There Are a Few Things You Can Try
- Check to see that your AirPods are charged. Place the AirPods in their case, plug a powered USB cable into the case, and let them charge for 1 to 2 hours.
- Make sure your Mac has the latest software. For first-generation AirPods, you need macOS Sierra or later, and for second-generation AirPods, you need macOS 10.14.4 or later.
Pair the AirPods with the Mac again. Find the AirPods in the Bluetooth list on your Mac, then click the X button on the right. Then repeat the process of pairing.
- Reset the AirPods. Press and hold the back button of the AirPods case for at least 15 seconds. When the status light starts to flash amber, let go of the button.
Start up your Mac again. If your Mac’s Bluetooth connection stops working, restarting it might fix the problem and get it working again.