If you’ve just purchased your first pair of Apple Airpods and are wondering how to pair them with your iPhone, you’ll be pleased to know that Apple has made the process super easy. If you’re having trouble trying to connect your AirPods to your iPhone, we’ve also included some troubleshooting tips. You can try to fix the problem if your iPhone and headphones are not communicating properly. First, we’ll start with how to connect AirPods or AirPods Pro to your phone.
Connect Airpods to iPhone
If you’re setting up your AirPods for the first time, it’s a good idea to make sure your iPhone or iPad’s operating system is up to date. This can be done by going to the Settings app on your Apple device and then selecting General followed by Software Update. After updating, return to the home screen on your iOS device and make sure your AirPods are charged. Usually, Apple provides sufficient charging right out of the box.
1. While your AirPods are still in the charging case, simply bring them close to your iPhone, open the charging case cover, and bring it close to your phone. After a few seconds, you will see an animated popup window labeled AirPods with an animation of the rotation and opening of the AirPods charging case. At the bottom there will be a button labeled “Connect”.
2. Click the “Connect” button and follow the instructions on the following screens.
3. If you’ve already set up Apple’s “Hey Siri” personal assistant on your iPhone, it will be available on your AirPods once they’re automatically paired with iPhone. If you haven’t set up Siri on your iPhone yet, Apple will walk you through the process when you connect your AirPods.
4. Once you connect your AirPods to your iPhone, they will be automatically connected to your iCloud account if your phone was registered at the time of connection and will be automatically set up on any of your supported devices that are also signed in. iCloud with the same Apple ID. It is very convenient to switch from one device to another when necessary.
Problems Connecting AirPods to iPhone
If you’re having trouble connecting AirPods to iPhone, follow the troubleshooting tips below.
1. As explained above, the first thing to do if you have problems is to check if your iPhone is running the latest version of the iOS operating system. This can be checked by going to Settings > General and selecting Software Update.
2. Once your iPhone is updated, make sure the charging case is charged and both AirPods are also charging properly by checking the status light. On the MagSafe charging case, the status light is on the front of the case. If you have a wireless charging case, the status light will be on the front of the case, and if you have a nonwireless charging case, the status light will be located inside on a flat surface between your AirPods.
To charge your AirPods case with a cable, you can use a USBC to Lightning cable or a USB to Lightning cable, depending on the device or adapter you’re charging it with.
3. Make sure the Bluetooth connection on your iPhone or iPad is turned on by going to Settings > Bluetooth. This must be enabled for your AirPods to connect properly.
4. If you see that your AirPods are already connected via a Bluetooth connection, make sure they are selected as your preferred audio device. You can do this from the Control Center on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad by swiping down from the topright corner of the screen on recent iPhones, or up from the bottom of the screen on older devices.
5. If you’re still having problems, close the lid of your AirPods charging case and wait 15 seconds. Move them closer to the device, open the lid and press the small settings button on the outer back of the charging case. This will cause the status light to flash white, indicating that your AirPods are ready to be paired with your iPhone. You should now see a connection animation on your device screen with a “Connect” button at the bottom like in the image above.
Reset your AirPods
1. If you want to reset your AirPods, put your earbuds into the charging case and close the lid, wait 30 seconds before opening the charging case again.
2. On your device, go to the Settings app and select “Bluetooth” and then tap the “More Info” button marked with a small “i” in the blue circle next to your AirPods.
3. Select “Forget this device” from the displayed options and confirm your choice. You have now reset your AirPods and you will need to reconnect them to your iPhone, iPad or iPod. Simply open the cover, press and hold the setup button on the back of the case for 15 seconds until the status light starts flashing white. Bring your AirPods close to your device and you should see the connection screen and animation again.
If you’re still having trouble connecting your AirPods to your iOS device, it might be time to talk to an Apple Genius Bar representative or go to their official support site for more information.