How to Connect AirPods To Mac In 2 Easy Ways


How to Connect AirPods To Mac

You may be wondering how to connect airpods to mac? AirPods are meant to be paired with other Apple products. It’s often connected to your iPhone allowing you to listen to your favorite music while also asking Siri to do a little work like adding something to your To-Do list. However, your iPhone isn’t the only one you can connect your AirPods to. As we said before, it can be paired with other Apple products— and that includes your Mac.

This article will show you two ways to do so, depending on how you’re already using your AirPods:

How to connect AirPods to Mac If You Don’t Use Them On an iPhone

If your AirPods are not connected to your iPhone, then you can connect them directly to your Mac.

Open your Mac. Open the charging case of your AirPods, but don’t remove your AirPods. Press and hold the button at the back of the case until the light starts to flash.

On your, Mac, click the Apple Menu and choose “System Preferences…”. Find and click “Bluetooth”. A pop-up menu will open. Find the AirPods you wish to pair and click “Connect”.

Once connected, the AirPods will appear on your Devices list, meaning it’s ready to be used.

Now, if you’re having trouble connecting your AirPods to your Mac, follow these tips:

  • Update your Mac. You need macOS Sierra or later software to install first-generation AirPods while second-generation AirPods will need macOS 10.14.4 or later.
  • If your AirPods are in the Bluetooth devices list but won’t connect, unpair it and repeat the pairing process.
  • If it doesn’t still work, reset your AirPods by pressing and holding the button on the back of your AirPods case for about 15 seconds. Let go once the light starts to flash amber. Then repeat the pairing process.

How To Connect AirPods to Mac If You Use Them On an iPhone

How to Connect AirPods To Mac

If you’ve already paired your AirPods to your iPhone, you can still connect it to your Mac automatically, provided that both your iPhone and Mac have the same Apple ID.

If that’s the case, you simply open your AirPods case. Then, on the menu bar at the top of your Mac screen, click the Volume icon.

In the “Output Device” section, choose your AirPods. Your AirPods should now be connected to your Mac.

If this doesn’t work, you want to enable a couple of settings. Simply open Systems Preferences and check for these items:

  • Click “Apple ID” to ensure that you’re signed in and using the same Apple ID as your iPhone.
  • Click “General” and tick the checkbox “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices”.
  • Click “Sound” and tick the checkbox “Show column in menu bar”.


Q. How do I connect brand-new AirPods to my iPhone?

First off, unlock your iPhone. Then, hold the AirPods case next to your iPhone. Open the lid of the case and wait for your iPhone to recognize them. A detailed onscreen instruction will appear to help set up and pair your iPhone with your AirPods.

Q. Are there any apps or third-party solutions I can use to connect my AirPods to Mac?

Yes, there are available apps and third-party solutions you can use. The first app that was released was ToothFairy, a paid Mac app that makes the connection easier and quicker and also allows a reliable connection.

However, there are now numerous alternatives you can find on the Apple Store. In every case, these apps may help cut down the time it takes to pair your AirPods to your Mac. They are worth trying if you tend to swap devices a lot.

Q. Can my AirPods connect to Android devices?

Yes, you can connect and use your AirPods on Android. Since they’re just another Bluetooth earbuds, AirPods can be paired with Samsung and other Android smartphones. It can also connect with most Windows laptops and even some smart TVs.


And there you have it!

As you can see, there’s no reason why you should keep your AirPods paired and locked to your iPhone. After all, just like any Bluetooth earphones, AirPods can be connected to other devices including your Mac, allowing you to listen to your favorite music as you work without draining your iPhone’s battery.

Kaitlyn Kristy

Hey there, I'm Kaitlyn Kristy, straight outta NY. At 35, I've got this deep passion for all things tech and gadgets – I mean, if it's new and shiny, you bet I'm all over it. Writing reviews is my jam, and let me tell you, I don't hold back. When I'm not spilling the tea on the latest tech, I'm juggling my gig as a full-time writer and reviewer with being a mom. And, just to switch things up, I love diving into sports and taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of nature. Stick around and you'll get the scoop from a true New Yorker's perspective. Catch ya on the flip side!

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