AirPods wont connect with MacBook and you don’t know why. You’ve tried everything but AirPods won’t pair with MacBook. Well, in this article, I’m going to tell you exactly how you can fix if your AirPods won’t connect to your Mac. It seems that connection problems are not common but still the vast majority of
users seem to experience them every now and then. Your AirPods connect to other devices, such as your Mac, using Bluetooth. And Bluetooth devices can undergo
numerous pairing failures. This problem is prevalent inAirPods, AirPods 2, andAirPods Pro.
It only take a few steps to fix the issue if Mac cannot connect to one or both of your AirPods.
I suggest that you try these troubleshooting steps in order. After trying every step, check your Airpods again to see if they are now working.
AirPods not connecting to Mac: Fix
If you can’t connect AirPods to Mac, follow these steps to fix the issue:
1. Restart your Mac
This is a simple but effective tip. Simply restarting your Mac may resolve your problem. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > Restart.
Check your Airpods to see if they are now working. If AirPods won’t connect to MacBook, try the next step.
2. Bluetooth and charge
After restarting, ensure that Bluetooth is switched on on your Mac. You can click the Bluetooth status icon in the menu bar to switch it on. If you do not
see the Bluetooth icon, head over to System Preferences > Bluetooth and choose the “Show Bluetooth in menu bar” box.
Now, try to turn off Bluetooth on your Mac, wait for about ten seconds and then turn it back on.
In addition, put your AirPods in their charging case. Make sure that they are charging. Keep in mind, your AirPods will appear only when they’re
Close to your Mac and ready to use.
After trying the above step, check your Airpods to see if they are now working. AirPods not connecting to Mac? Try the next solution.
3. Update your Mac
If you have the second-generation of AirPods or newer, ensure that your Mac is running macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or higher. If you have the
Ensure that your Mac is running macOS Sierra or higher. And if you haveAirPods Pro, ensure your Mac is running macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or higher.
If you are not sure, follow these steps to identify which generation of AirPods you have:
- check its model number. If they are connected to your iPhone or iPad, you can check your AirPod’s model number by heading over to Settings > General > About > your
- You can also check the number on either of your AirPods. The numbers are quite small so, you may need to use a a magnifying glass.
- First-generation AirPods model numbers are: A1523/A1722.
- Second-generation AirPods model numbers are: A2032/A2031.
Ensure that your Mac is running the latest version of macOS. Follow these steps to
update your Mac:
- If your Mac is currently running macOS Mojave or higher: Go to the System Preferences from the Apple menu and then click Software Update. If there is an update
available, follow the onscreen prompts to update your Mac.
- If your Mac is currently running macOS High Sierra or higher: Launch the App Store on your Mac and go to the Updates tab. Click the Update button if there is
Now check if AirPods are working. If AirPods cannot connect to MacBook, try the next solution.
4. Remove your AirPods from Mac’s list of Bluetooth devices
Please follow the steps below. Doing this will remove your AirPods from the list of Bluetooth devices and then reconnect.
- From the Apple menu, go to System Preferences.
- Now, click on Bluetooth.
- A list of your Bluetooth devices will appear.
- Does your AirPods appear on the list? If your AirPods is not listed here, you may need to set up your AirPods with your Mac. Check the next tip.
- if your AirPods appear in the list of devices (as Not Connected), click to select it.
- You will see a delete (X) icon.
- Simply click the X to remove your AirPods.
Now, let’s reconnect again:
- Place the AirPods in their charging case.
- Ensure that your charging case is near your Mac so that they are within range.
- Flip open the charging case lid.
- On your Mac, head over to System Preferences and click on Bluetooth.
- Now, does your AirPods appear in the devices list?
- Simply select your Airpods and hit Connect.
5. Set up AirPods
If your AirPods does not appear in the list of devices, set up your AirPods. Simply follow these steps to pair your Airpods with your Mac:
- On your Mac, head over to System Preferences and then click on Bluetooth.
- Now, switch on Bluetooth if it’s off
- Next, put the AirPods in their charging case.
- Next on, flip open the charging case lid.
- Press and hold the small button (rear of the charging case). Don’t release the button until you see the status light flash white. Then let go off the button.
- On your Mac, your AirPods will appear in the devices list of Bluetooth devices, simply hit Connect.
In case AirPods cannot connect to Mac after performing the above steps, try the next solution.
6. Reset your AirPods
If your AirPods won’t pair with MacBook still, consider resetting your AirPods. Simply follow these steps:
- Put the AirPods in their charging case. Ensure both AirPods and the charging case have sufficient charge. Ensure that the lid is open.
- Next, close the lid, wait for about thirty seconds, and then open the lid.
- Next on, while the lid is open, locate the round button on the rear of the accessory and then press and hold the button for about 15 seconds until you see the status light
flash white and then amber).
- Now, you have reset your AirPods.
- Now, connect your AirPods to your Mac. Follow the “Set up AirPods” steps above.
7. Reset your Mac’s Bluetooth module
If your AirPods wont connect with MacBook after performing the above steps, try to reset your Mac’s Bluetooth module. Before you dive into it, Ensure that the Bluetooth status menu is visible in the menu bar. If not, on your
Mac, head over to System Preferences, click Bluetooth, then click on the “Show Bluetooth in menu bar” option. Simply follow these steps:
- On your keyboard, press and hold the Shift + Option (Alt) keys at the same time.
- While holding down the keys, click the Bluetooth status icon in the menu bar.
- A new menu will appear. Choose Debug.
- Now, click Reset the Bluetooth module.
- finally, restart your Mac.