How To Connect AirPods To Macbook
Speaking of top-notch wireless Bluetooth earbuds for iPhone, the AirPods are always the best choices.
Just like the iPhones, the AirPods also work seamlessly with Mac computers. So, how to connect AirPods to Macbook? Here is a step-by-step guide for pairing Apple wireless earbuds to a Macbook; simply read along to get the guide now.
How to connect AirPods to Macbook
Pairing or connecting AirPods to a Mac is pretty easy. Before figuring out how to connect AirPods to Macbook, it’s worth noting that for AirPods to work with your Mac, make sure that your Mac laptop has macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or higher. And if you are using AirPods Pro, be sure that your Mac has macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or higher.
Well, there are 02 ways that you can connect the AirPods to a Mac. And here are the details:
How to pair the AirPods to your Macbook if you don’t already use them on your iPhone
First of all, let’s see how to pair the Apple wireless earbuds to a Mac if they aren’t already used on an iPhone.
Step 1. With both your Apple wireless earbuds in their charging case, simply open the lid and keep the case close to the Mac.
Step 2. Press and hold the Setup button, which is on the back of your AirPods case, until you see the status light start to flash white.
Step 3. On your Mac, open the Apple menu. Next, select the "System Preferences" option.
Step 4. In the "System Preferences" window that appears, select Bluetooth. Don’t forget to make sure that Bluetooth on your Mac is turned on.
Step 5. In the Devices list, find the AirPods that you want to connect your Mac to, and then select "Connect."
When the AirPods and your Mac are successfully connected, you will see your earbuds appear at the top of the list of devices. Of course, you can use them right now if you want.
The next time you’d like to use your Apple wireless earbuds with your Mac, you just need to place the AirPods in your ears, and they should connect automatically.
If they don’t automatically pair, then you will need to click on the Bluetooth icon in the Mac laptop’s menu bar. Next, in the dropdown list, select your AirPods, and then simply click Connect.
How to connect AirPods to Macbook if you already use them on your iPhone
Now that you know how to connect AirPods to Macbook if you don't already use the earbuds on an iPhone. But what to do if you have paired your Apple wireless earbuds to your iPhone already? Well, if that’s the case, you don’t need to go through the above process to connect the AirPods to a Mac.
In fact, the AirPods are designed to automatically pair with your Mac if you use the very same Apple ID on both your iPhone and Macbook. Thus, to use the AirPods on your Mac instantly, all you need to do is open the lid of the charging case (with both AirPods inside) near your Mac. Next, from the Bluetooth menu or the Volume icon in the menu bar at the top right corner of the screen, simply select your AirPods. And that’s it!
If this method doesn't work, check a few settings on your Mac and make sure that Handoff is allowed and that the volume icon appears in the menu bar. Once again, for this method to work, it’s important to be sure that your Macbook and your iPhone, which you have used your AirPods on, are using the same Apple ID.
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AirPods not connecting to Mac: How to troubleshoot?
There are different things causing your AirPods to unsuccessfully pair with your Mac. To troubleshoot this issue, you may want to try a few troubleshooting tips below:
- Make sure that your Apple wireless earbuds are charged.
(You should charge them for one or two hours.)
- Check for macOS updates on your Mac.
Remember that your Mac needs to have macOS Sierra or higher to use with the first-generation AirPods and macOS 10.14.4 or higher to use with the second-generation AirPods, while AirPods Pro requires macOS 10.15.1 or later.
- Restart your Mac.
This fix will help reset the Bluetooth connection on your computer and may enable it to work seamlessly again. If there’s any problem with your Mac’s Bluetooth connection that causes your AirPods and Mac to be unable to connect successfully, then restarting your Mac will be your best bet.
- Reset your AirPods.
If the problem lies in the AirPods, then resetting them may help. To reset these earbuds, simply press and hold down the button on the back of the case for 15 seconds or more (until you see the status light on it start to flash amber).
- Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your Mac.
- Try connecting the AirPods to the Mac again.
Above are straightforward instructions on how to connect AirPods to Macbook. Pretty easy and simple, right? In addition, the post also shared with you a few troubleshooting tips that you can try when you fail to connect the AirPods to your Mac. Hopefully, you can now pair your Apple wireless earbuds with your Mac with ease!
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