AirPods easily work with iPads, iPhones, android devices, and even different operating systems, which you can read on our guide on Connecting AirPods to Windows 10. However, several people find it slightly challenging when it comes to connecting their AirPods to a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and any other recent MacBook model.
Before proceeding on with how to connect your AirPods to your MacBook, a few things are necessary for a successful connecting:
- Any recent MacBook model
- For AirPods Pro, the Mac requires macOS X 10.15.1 (Catalina or a higher version)
- For 2nd Generation AirPods (model numbers A2031 and A2032), the Mac requires macOS X 10.14.4 (Mojave or a higher version)
- For 1st Generation AirPods, the Mac requires macOS X 10.12 (Sierra or a higher version)
Secondly, if your AirPods are paired with your iPhone and your Mac is logged in to an iCloud using the same Apple ID, you can check for paired devices on your Mac’s Bluetooth menu and Volume Control, where the AirPods will be displayed.
Nevertheless, if it is the first time you are connecting the AirPods to your Mac, you will first need to pair the two devices. Once the two are connected and you have hand-off enabled, Apple will sync the details of the connection with all your iCloud devices. Therefore, you will need to pair the AirPods to any of your iCloud-connected devices just once.
Below is a detailed guide on how to connect AirPods to any of the recent MacBook models mentioned above.
How to connect AirPods to a MacBook
Pairing AirPods Pro, 1st Generation AirPods, or 2nd Generation AirPods to a MacBook is a simple and easy task.
Here is a systematic guide on how to connect AirPods Pro or AirPods to any recent MacBook model:
- At the top left corner of your MacBook’s screen, click on the Apple menu and then select System Preferences from the drop-down list.
- In the System Preferences window, click on Bluetooth.
- A Bluetooth window will pop up. Click on the Turn Bluetooth On option and leave the window open.
- Place both AirPod pieces in their charging case and open the charging case’s lid.
- Press and hold the Setup button at the back of the charging device’s case (the small circular button) until the status light starts to flash white (the white flashes mean the AirPods are in pairing mode).
- In a moment, the AirPods will appear in your MacBook’s Bluetooth Devices list.
- Next to the device’s name, click on the Connect button.
- Once the AirPods pair with your MacBook, they will move to the top of the Bluetooth device’s list.
- Your AirPods Pro or AirPods will now be connected to your MacBook.
- You can click on the Options button in the Bluetooth window next to the AirPods to change the settings whenever you want to adjust the features.
- After your AirPods Pro or AirPods are connected, you can take them out of the charging case and use them.
If it happens that your AirPods Pro or AirPods have paired but are presently not connected, you can navigate to your MacBook’s menu bar, click on the Volume Control button, and select your AirPods to switch to using them.
Just in case you encounter a disconnection problem between your AirPods and your Mac, you can read our guide on AirPods Keep Disconnecting from Mac, which provides you with a quick fix guide on how to handle such a problem.
You can assess the AirPods connection and battery status from the Bluetooth menu in the menu bar. From the Bluetooth menu, you can also use the Disconnect button if you would like to switch to another device or turn off the AirPods.