AirPods have been among the most popular earphones since Apple introduced them in late 2016. I know we can all agree that they are a convenient method for listening to music, podcasts, and more on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. I think it became more famous because it was wireless and iPhones without headphone jack were introduced at the same time, so the sales of AirPods increased more than usual and became popular among the users.
AirPods are arguably the best. But what if you have an Android device and want to use AirPods? If you think AirPods are designed specifically for iOS devices, you’re wrong. It is not only designed for iOS devices, but also compatible with other Android users.
Can you use AirPods with Android?
AirPods and Android are certainly an unusual combination. But yeah!! Apple AirPods can be used with all Android smartphones. There are many things that are limited to just iOS devices, but not the AirPods. The reason AirPods are compatible with other devices like Android is because they don’t rely on any specific technology for their wireless connection. They only work on one common technology that every device has, which is Bluetooth. So this means that if a device other than an iOS device that also includes most Windows computers and certain smart TVs has Bluetooth, that device can connect to AirPods.
Be it AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max is not even limited to iOS. But just to be clear, there are certain features that only work with iOS devices and not Android devices. The quick pairing and active noise canceling feature may or may not work, and Siri of course. While several iOS features of the AirPods are not compatible with Android, you can still get some of them by installing other Android applications.
Android compatibility for AirPod: Features that are supported.
As mentioned above, not all features of AirPods work with Android devices. But there are some that can be useful, such as the double tap or press feature with Android. When you double touch one of the AirPods, the audio will play or pause, the next and previous song play will also work. Another benefit of using AirPods on Android is the greater range of Bluetooth communication. AirPods offer a much greater Bluetooth range than comparable Bluetooth headphones, and this applies to both Android and iOS.
Android compatibility for AirPod: Features not supported.
Few things support Android as mentioned above, but the list of unsupported features is much bigger than you can imagine.
- Siri and Hey Siri will not work because Siri is limited to iOS devices only. Installing third-party applications also prevents this feature from working. Google Assistant also doesn’t work with AirPods.
- Automatic switching only works with Apple devices. You will have to manually switch from one Android smartphone to another.
- All AirPods have gesture controls, such as double tap and pinch. On iOS, you can customize some of these controls to your liking. But when you connect your AirPods to an Android smartphone, all the controls you’ve personalized are lost and reverted to their default form.
- Apart from this battery life check, automatic ear detection, find my, earbuds don’t fit test also while using AirPods with Android devices.
Some of these missing features can be restored with third-party applications for Android. It features a battery level indicator, in-ear recognition and the ability to activate your favorite voice assistant while wearing your AirPods.
How to connect Apple AirPods to Android phone?
For starters, it’s very easy to connect AirPods to any Android phone that supports Bluetooth. Follow the steps below to connect AirPods to your Android phone. One thing to keep in mind that the steps can be a bit different and it all depends on which Android you are using.
- Go to Settings on your Android phone and turn on Bluetooth.
- Open the lid of the AirPods case, then press and hold the white button on the back until the status light flashes white.
- Now on your Android phone, go to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth. The AirPods appear in the list of available devices.
- To pair the two devices, tap the name of the AirPods you’re connecting to your Android phone.
- Now your AirPods are paired with your Android device.
Using AirPods with Android is not a problem, but there is one big reason why you should avoid AirPods on Android: “audio quality”. Because the way Android handles Bluetooth codecs means that Apple’s AAC codec may not work as well on Android as it does on iPhone, there could be reduced streaming on Android.
Until next time, with a different topic. Until then, Toodles.