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Connecting AirPods to Your Mac or PC

Earlier this month, Apple unveiled the secondgeneration AirPod Pro earbuds, building on the technology and features of the originals released a few years ago. Since its inception, Apple has gradually added new features and refined the design of its wireless earbuds, including a wide range of technologies including active noise cancellation, adaptive transparency, and spatial audio.

If you happen to own a pair of new AirPods or AirPods Pro wireless earbuds, designed by Apple and available in a variety of models and prices. You might be wondering how to connect AirPods to Mac computers or other Bluetooth devices.

Luckily, Apple has made it easy to connect AirPods to macOS, Android, or other operating systems and platforms using Bluetooth. Allows you to listen to music, receive calls or simply listen to your favorite audiobook or movie. This quick guide will focus on showing you how to connect AirPods to Mac computers such as the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Studio systems.

Check Your Mac Operating System

Depending on which AirPods you have, the operating system required to connect them will change slightly. If you have a pair of secondgeneration AirPods, make sure your Apple Mac computer is running macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later. If you have Apple AirPods Pro headphones, make sure your Mac is running macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later. Or, if you own third generation AirPods, make sure your Mac is running macOS Monterey or later.

To check it out on your Mac, simply navigate to the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen and click About This Mac. A window will open and in large letters above the version number you will see the operating system that is installed on your Mac computer. If the requirements are different from those listed above, you’ll need to update your Mac’s operating system before you can connect your AirPods.

Connecting AirPods to Mac

If you’ve already set up your AirPods on your iPhone, you’ll be pleased to know that connecting them to your Mac is a simple operation that requires you to sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID you use on your iPhone. If you already know that your Mac and iPhone use the same Apple ID, your AirPods may already be available for use and connected to your Mac.

Check it out by going to the Bluetooth icon in the top right corner of your Mac screen. Clicking on the Bluetooth icon will display a list of all devices known to your computer and allow you to quickly connect them by simply selecting them. Once you place the AirPods in your ears, your Mac should automatically connect, allowing you to adjust the volume directly from your Mac keyboard. If they don’t connect automatically, just select them if they show up in the list of Bluetooth devices and the operating system will take care of the rest. If your AirPods have lost connection with your iPhone, it might be worth resetting them.

Connect AirPods to Mac Using Bluetooth

Connection not showing up on Mac

If for some reason they don’t show up in the list of Bluetooth devices on your Mac or under the volume button, you need to pair your AirPods with your Mac. Just follow the instructions below:

1. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your Mac

2. On a Mac computer, go to System Preferences, located under the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen.

3. Select the Bluetooth icon and make sure your AirPods are in the charging case.

4. Open the lid of the AirPods charging case.

5. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the charging case until the status light blinks white.

6. After a while, you should see your AirPods in the list of devices.

7. Once they appear, select them from the list and click the “Connect” button.

8. If the connection has been established, you will hear the sound playing in your AirPods when you play music, audio or video.

AirPods automatic connection switching

If you have AirPods or AirPods Pro 2nd or 3rd generation when you switch from iPhone, iPad to Mac, as long as it is running the latest version of macOS Big Sur and your iPhone is running iOS 14 and iPad loaded with iPadOS 14. or later. Your AirPods will automatically switch from one device to another if all of your devices use the same ID and factor authentication. This is very handy when you are watching a video on your iPad or Mac and receive a call on your iPhone. As soon as you answer a call from your phone, your AirPods will automatically connect to your iPhone to play the sound of your call.

Sometimes when you hover your mouse over it, a notification about your AirPods will appear on your Mac screen, there will be a notification about the connect button, allowing you to click it to confirm that you want to switch your AirPods so that they remain with the Mac computer. Don’t worry, once you complete the process a couple of times, it will become second nature to you.

Disable automatic switching of AirPods

If you don’t want to automatically switch audio from one device to another, Apple has made it easy for you to disable this by going to the Bluetooth settings on your Mac computer. Place your AirPods in your ears and click the Options button next to your AirPods in the list of devices shown. Then select “Connect to this Mac” and then select “When I last connected to this Mac”. This will prevent audio from automatically switching from one device to another, and is handy if you’re in a conversation, such as a FaceTime call on your Mac, and a call comes in on your iPhone. If you want to revert to automatically switching AirPods, simply select the “Automatic” option and your AirPods will return to their default configuration.

If you’re still having trouble connecting your AirPods to your Mac, iPhone, or other devices, it might be worth talking to the Genius team at Apple or searching the official Apple Support website for more guidance on what might be causing the issue.

Headings: Apple, Guides

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