How to Connect Airpods to Mac?

The use of wireless headphones and earphones has now become the norm and Apple’s Airpods led the revolution. While it is quite easy to connect your AirPods to your iPhone, it is not so easy with the Macbook. There are some important steps you need to go through to fix things.

You can connect your Airpods to multiple devices, including your Mac. And the best part about it is that you don’t have to pair or stay connected with your iPhone.

Usually there are two ways you can connect the Airpods to your Mac and we will discuss both in detail in this guide.

How do you connect Airpods you don’t use on your iPhone?

If you are not using an Airpod on your iPhone, which means it is not paired with your iPhone, the steps to connect the Airpods to iPhone are quite simple.

The direct connection steps include:

  1. Keep the Airpods in the charging case, open the lid and keep the Airpods inside
  2. Press and hold the button on the bottom of the case until you see a flashing light
  3. Open your Mac and go to the Apple menu
  4. Below that, tap System Preferences
  5. From there navigate to Bluetooth
  6. Browse the list of available devices and select the Airpods you want to connect
  7. Tap Connect

Once the Airpods are successfully connected, they will appear at the top of the list on the Bluetooth page. If you are having problems with the connection, keep the following in mind:

  • Make sure your Mac’s operating system is up to date. You need the latest Mac OS to connect and use the Airpods with it.
  • If you find the Airpods in the Bluetooth list but can’t connect, delete them and reconnect from the first step.

If none of the steps work, your last resort is to reset the Airpods and then pair them again with the Bluetooth connectivity on your Mac and then plug them in.

How to connect Airpods to a Mac if you are already using it on an iPhone?

So your Airpods are already paired and connected to your iPhone, how do you use them on Mac? Here’s what you can do to work around that problem:

  1. Open your Airpods case and turn it on
  2. Open your Mac and go to the menu bar
  3. From there, locate the volume icon and select the Output Device option
  4. Tap the Airpods you want to connect

Doing so will connect the Airpods directly to the Mac as soon as you take it out of the case instead of connecting to the iPhone. Just make sure you have the latest updated Mac OS to ensure optimal operation.


If you are not sure how to connect your Airpods to your Mac, we hope this article gives you a clear idea of ​​the steps. Make sure to check the version of Mac OS running on the Mac and also check the link function.

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