Wondering how to connect AirPods to a MacBook? No problem. In this step-by step guide, we’ll show you how to set them up.
Apple has made it really easy to connect AirPods to a MacBook, however, you’ll still need to know where to go and which buttons to push. This step-by-step tutorial will help you get your AirPods connected to your MacBook in no time.
For AirPods paired with your iPhone
If your AirPods are already paired with youriPhone, it’s very easy to connect them to your Mac.
You need to ensure that your iPhone and Mac are connected to the same iCloud account using the same Apple ID.
Now, follow these steps to connect your AirPods to aMacbook Air, Macbook pro,or any other Mac.
Step-1:Power on your AirPods, place them into your ears, and power on your Mac.
Step-2:Check for the Bluetooth settings from the menu bar up at the top right of the screen.
Step-3: Find the name of your AirPods in the dropdown list. It’s typically [Your Name]’s AirPods. If you see your AirPods listed, that means your Mac has already recognized
your AirPods. Select them and try to play some music or podcast. You should hear a chime loud and clear when the AirPods connect, followed by MacOS sounds of your
For brand-new AirPods
In case your AirPods are brand new and haven’t yet been paired with any Apple device, there are a few simple steps you need to follow to connect them to a MacBook .
Step-1: Launch System Preferences on your Mac by either clicking the app’s icon in the Dock or by clicking the Apple logo in the top-left, then clicking
System Preferences. Click Bluetooth; in this menu, make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
Step-2: Put your AirPods in their charging case and open the lid.
Step-3: Locate a small round button at the rear of your AirPods’ case that’s
used for setup.
This activates the Bluetooth so it can be detected by nearby devices — in this case, your Mac. Press and hold the small round button till the status light next
to it flashes white.
Step-4: Now check the Bluetooth section on your Mac. your AirPods should appear in the list of devices. Click a blue button next
to the AirPods that says Connect . Now you should be able to test your AirPods and make sure they work.
Are your AirPods failing to connect?
Some people experience challenges when they try to connect their AirPods, getting errors such as: “Couldn’t connect to the device.” This is usually due to
a connectivity issue or confusion in the iCloud.
Here are a couple of fixes which you can try:
- Go to your Bluetooth symbol in the upper right, and select Turn Bluetooth Off. Wait for a minute, then turn your Bluetooth back on and try again.
This quick fix works 98 percent of the times.
- Turn off both your AirPods and Mac, then power them on starting with your Mac, followed by your AirPods. This quick fix corrects most connectivity confusion.
- Do you have an iPhone/iPad connected to your account? Go to the Bluetooth section of Settings on your iPhone or iPad and check if your AirPods are connected
here. If so, select them and choose Forget this device. Now try connecting them to your Mac, and then connect back to your iPhone when necessary if this
method is successful.
That’s pretty much it on how to connect AirPods to MacBook.