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How to Connect Airpods to MacBook Pro & Air

Updated: Mar 15, 2023 1:20 am

How to Connect Airpods to MacBook Pro How to Connect Airpods to MacBook Air

If you want to know how to Connect Airpods to MacBook Pro & Air, the process is fairly simple.

You can use your AirPods with a variety of other Bluetooth-enabled devices, including your Mac, so there’s no need to keep them linked to your iPhone.

If you’re trying out your brand-new AirPods for the first time, there are a few differences in how to pair them with your MacBook Pro/Air. This article offers a step-by-step guide on how to connect AirPods to your Mac. 

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How do I connect AirPods to MacBook Pro & MacBook Air laptops? 

Before attempting to connect/pair your AirPods to your MacBook, if you have your AirPods connected to your iPhone, they might have been automatically linked with your Mac. This is possible if your iPhone and Mac’s Handoff feature are signed into the same Apple ID account, which could save you some time.

If your AirPods are connected to your iPhone, follow these steps to connect them to your Mac:

For your AirPods to be connected to your iPhone, they cannot be inside their case.

On your Mac, go to the menu bar (usually in the top corner) and select the Volume/Sound icon top open the dropdown menu, which looks like a speaker or a set of headphones.

How to Connect Airpods to MacBook Pro Air step 2

A list of the output devices will be visible on your Mac. Click to link your AirPods to your Mac when they appear there.

If your AirPods don’t appear on the list of output devices, you need to pair them to your MacBook. Here is how you can do it:

Lift the cover of the charging case while leaving the AirPods inside.

How to Connect Airpods to MacBook Pro Air step 1

When the status light starts to flash white, hold down the Setup button on the case’s back.

Your AirPods are now set to pair. Select System Preferences > Bluetooth by clicking the Apple icon in the menu bar on your MacBook.

You will see your AirPods listed on the BlueTooth list. If they don’t appear, switch the Bluetooth on and off on your Mac.

How to Connect Airpods to MacBook Pro Air step 4 b

Click Connect next and pair your AirPods. It will display “Connected” and give you the Settings button to configure your AirPods on the Mac.

How to Connect Airpods to MacBook Pro & Air FAQs & Troubleshooting

Why won’t my AirPods pair with my MacBook Air?

There are a couple of fixes you may attempt if you can’t get your AirPods to work with your MacBook Air or Pro:

    • Update your Mac. AirPods Pro needs macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or higher.
    • If the AirPods are listed in your Bluetooth devices list but won’t pair, click the X button and link the AirPods with the Mac.
    • Reset your AirPods if nothing else works.

How to disconnect AirPods when not in use?

There is no switch or button to turn off the AirPods completely. But if you want to stop them from connecting to your nearby devices, you can keep the Bluetooth on your other devices off.

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