How to Connect Apple AirPods with Mac

User connecting AirPods and AirPods Pro with MacIvan_Shenets / Shutterstock

AirPods work perfectly with the iPhone and iPad. But the process on Mac is not at all transparent. Wondering how to easily connect and use your headphones on your Mac? We have what you need.

If this is the first time you’ve used your new headphones, you’ll need to pair them with your Mac first. Once paired, Apple will sync details with all the devices in your iCloud account. This means that you only have to pair your AirPods or AirPods Pro once.

If you’ve already paired your headset with your iPhone or iPad, they will appear in the Volume Control and Bluetooth menus on your Mac (as long as you use the same Apple ID on your Mac and have Discount activated). You can also use your AirPods with Android and Windows computers.

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Just open the charging case near your Mac (with the Bluetooth setting on your computer enabled) and click on the “Bluetooth” icon in the menu bar. Here, select your “AirPods” and click on the “Connect” button to connect them to your Mac.

Click Connect from the AirPods menu in Bluetooth

But this process does not always work. If you do not see your AirPods in this menu, or if they are not no connection, you’ll need to manually pair them with your Mac.

To do this, click on the “Apple” logo in the menu bar and then select the “System Preferences” option.

Click on the System Preferences button in the Apple menu in the menu bar

Here, go to the Bluetooth menu and make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.

Click on Bluetooth in System Preferences

Open the charging case near your Mac.

Now press and hold the physical “Configuration” button on the back of the device housing (it’s the small circular button) until the status LED flashes white. This means that the AirPods are in pairing mode.

AirPods box with highlighted configuration buttonApple

In a second or two, you should see the AirPods in the list of devices on your Mac. Here, click the “Connect” button next to the device name.

Click Connect to pair AirPods with Mac

If your device supports Hey Siri, you will be asked if you want to activate it. Click the “Activate” button if you wish to activate it.

And that’s all. Your AirPods or AirPods Pro are now connected to your Mac. Click the “Options” button next to the list of headphones to change the settings each time your headphones are connected to your computer.

Click Options to change the AirPods settings

Here you can configure double tap actions, turn off automatic ear detection, noise cancellation settings for AirPods Pro and choose the microphone to use.

Change AirPods settings on Mac

Now that your AirPods are connected, just take the headphones out of the case and put them in your ears. You will hear the familiar connection chime that tells you that your Mac has switched audio output to your headphones.

If your AirPods are paired but not connected, you can click the “Volume control” button in the menu bar and choose your headphones to switch to.

Choose your AirPods in the volume control

You can monitor the battery and connection status of your AirPod from the Bluetooth menu in the menu bar. Here, click the “Disconnect” button if you want to stop using AirPods on your Mac, or if you want to switch to another device.

Click Disconnect from AirPods Bluetooth menu on Mac

Once you start using your AirPods regularly with your Mac, you will realize that the connection process is not as smooth as it could be. If you want it to be closer to what it is on the iPhone or iPad (you usually don’t even need to press a button), you can use a third-party app to get a AirPods experience similar to that of an iPhone on Mac.

Using AirBuddy ($ 5.00), you can see the connection status of your headphones by opening the device’s charging case near your Mac. You can also connect your AirPods with one click.

You can also use the The small mouse ($ 4.99) to connect to your AirPods with a single click in the menu bar (or using a keyboard shortcut).

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