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How To Connect Airpods To An iPhone

Earphones are one of the most underrated phone accessories. The convenience and accessibility they offer are incomparable. Imagine the following situations:

    • Being able to easily talk to someone through your portable noise-canceling equipment
    • Listening to your playlist in public without interrupting those around you. 
    • Privately watching a movie or TV episode. 

This phone accessory could come in handy especially during situations where you want privacy.

Among other great things, you can enjoy the aforementioned benefits when utilizing wired earphones or headphones. And if you have an iPhone, there are even more benefits! By simply enabling the Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad and pressing a button on the AirPods case, you could start enjoying that wireless freedom. For the in-depth discussion on how to connect AirPods to iPhone, continue reading on.


How To Set Up Apple AirPods With iPhone

The process to connect AirPods to an iPhone is straightforward. It’s just one setup button, so less tech-savvy users can do so. Depending on the Apple AirPods’ generation and the iOS device’s version, there could be slight differences in how users interact or utilize it. Nevertheless, the process to connect AirPods – like any other wireless earbuds – is similar.

If you’ve previously linked your AirPods to your iPhone, you can easily connect just by turning on the Bluetooth network connection. From the list of available devices, simply select the appropriate device and it should connect automatically. For easier identification of your Airpods from the list of Bluetooth devices, there’s the option to personalize the name based on how you’d want it to appear on your list of partnered/linked devices – simply tap on the Settings button and click on the Rename field. 

However, if it’s your first time setting up your AirPods, follow these steps. Note that you have to ensure the iPhone is updated to its latest iOS version available. Also, if your iCloud account is signed in on the iPhone, your AirPods are automatically set up to other supported iOS devices signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID. 

  1. Go to the iPhone’s Home Screen.
  2. Hold the AirPods (still in their charging case) next to your iPhone.
  3. Open the case lid.
  4. Wait for a setup animation to appear on the iPhone’s Home Screen.
  5. Tap on the Connect button.
  6. Depending on the version/generation of your AirPods, follow the on-screen instructions or set up through Hey Siri (if this feature has been previously set up).
  7. Click Done.


Requirements for Using AirPods

How To Connect AirPods to an iPhone

AirPods are wireless earbuds developed by Apple Inc. It’s designed with dual beam-forming microphones and dual optical sensors, with system chips intended for a fast and secure connection. Unlike regular headphones, users can remotely connect AirPods to certain versions of iOS devices through the Bluetooth network. Plus, Apple Airpods are more lightweight and portable.

Aside from the straightforward process of connecting AirPods to your iPhone, its accessibility extends to its unique feature of not having an actual on/off button. It’s smartly built into the device that you can start/stop utilizing just by inserting/removing the buds in your ears. Above all, you get to link/connect AirPods to several iOS devices. 

  • AirPods 1st Generation System Requirement
    • Phones, iPads, or iPods running in iOS 10 or later.
    • Apple Watch running in watchOS 3 or later.
    • Apple TV running in tvOS 11 or later.
    • Mac running in macOS Sierra or later.
  • AirPods 2nd Generation System Requirements
    • iPhones, iPads, or iPods running in iOS 12.2 or later.
    • Apple Watch running in watchOS 5.2 or later.
    • Apple TV running in tvOS 12.2 or later.
    • Mac running in macOS 10.14.4 or later.
  • AirPods 3rd Generation System Requirements
    • iPhones or iPods running in iOS 15.1 or later.
    • iPads running in iPadOS 15.1 or later.
    • Apple Watch running in watchOS 8.1 or later.
    • Apple TV running in tvOS 15.1 or later.
    • Mac running in macOS 12 or later.
  • AirPods Pro System Requirements
    • iPhones or iPods running in iOS 13.2 or later.
    • iPads running in iPadOS 13.2 or later.
    • Apple Watch running in watchOS 6.1 or later.
    • Apple TV running in tvOS 13.2 or later.
    • Mac running in macOS 10.15.1 or later.


Switch Devices Automatically

There have been three generations of AirPods since its initial release in 2016. Regardless of which one you have or plan of getting, rest assured all versions were designed for optimum performance. On top of the similar functionalities wired earphones offer, Apple’s wireless earbuds are full-packed with advanced high-tech features. Its microphone is capable of filtering background noises; the outer shell and casing are built with accelerometers and optical sensors capable of recognizing and detecting touches, taps, and pinches. 

On top of the one-setup-button feature and clear audio quality of Apple Airpods, it provides quick and smooth switching in between devices. Similar to the steps on how to turn on AirPods or how to reconnect AirPods, the process of switching devices has been streamlined and automated.

For AirPods audio switching to work, all iOS devices must be signed in with the same Apple ID as that on your iPhone. Plus, be sure the devices have the right firmware for your headphones, and of course, the iOS versions/models are compatible.

  1. Go to the Settings page.
  2. Access Bluetooth.
  3. Tap on the Info (i) button beside your Airpods’ name.
  4. Select the Connect to This iPhone/iPad option.
  5. Choose Automatically.
  6. Should you wish your AirPods to stay connected to your iPhone/iPad while switching, tap on the blue arrow from the Moved into notice located at the top of your screen.


How To Pair Your AirPods With Someone Else’s iPhone or iPad

Connecting AirPods to your personal devices is not only possible but easily achievable. Moreover, pairing AirPods is available for your personal devices and other people’s iOS devices. Yes, you can pair your AirPods with someone else’s iPhone or iPad provided the system requirements (as mentioned above) are met.

Here’s how to pair AirPods to an iOS device that’s not yours or connect somebody else’s AirPods to your iOS device.

  1. Access the iPhone’s Home Screen.
  2. Hold the AirPods (still in their charging case) next to your iPhone.
  3. Open the case lid.
  4. Wait for the Not Your AirPods prompt to appear on the iPhone’s Home Screen.
  5. Tap on the Connect button.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  7. Press and hold the Setup button at the back of the AirPods case until the devices connect.
  8. Click Done.


What To Do When You Can’t Connect AirPods

Like any other electronic device, you might encounter certain technical issues like your Airpods not connecting or the AirPods not working even when connected. While it’s best to leave such connection problems/issues to the hands of experts, we recommend trying these troubleshooting steps first. As basic as these steps may sound, it’s best to rule out these options before going through the hassle of reaching out to customer service or spending money for a technician consultation.

Now that you’re privy to the steps on how to connect AirPods to your personal iPhone or someone else’s iPad via the quick setup button, it doesn’t mean you’re exempted from any connection problems or technical issues of Apple Airpods. So, if you’re one of the many iOS device users wondering ‘Why are my AirPods not connecting?’, here are the essential things you must first consider doing.

  • Make Sure You’re Using the Right Version of iOS

Ensure the compatibility of your device’s operating system or software. You may refer to the aforementioned guide regarding AirPods system requirements. If your device is not running the latest iOS version, install the update if available; otherwise, wait until the next compatible software update.

  • Troubleshoot Your AirPod Connection

If the mere issue is that your AirPods won’t connect, put back the buds in the case, close the lid for a few seconds, open, and reconnect your AirPods. Double-check that the Bluetooth connection is enabled and your AirPods are set as the default audio device. Also, check whether the AirPods are charging and/or have sufficient battery life. 

  • Reset Your AirPods

If all else fails, reset your AirPods – unpair the AirPods from your iOS device, reset the AirPods, and try to reconnect them. Here’s how to reset airpods.

    1. Put back AirPods in the case.
    2. Close the lid and wait for 30 seconds.
    3. Bring the case close to the iOS device then open the lid (keep it open until the process is finished).
    4. From the compatible device, access the Bluetooth section under the Settings page.
    5. Tap the More info button.
    6. Select Forget This Device then confirm the action.
    7. Press and hold the setup button on the case for around 15 seconds until the status light turns solid white.


Can AirPods Connect to Android?

AirPods Not Connecting

Yes, as weird as it may sound, these Apple-exclusive earbuds can be utilized on non-iOS devices. Through manual pairing, Apple AirPods can be connected to Android devices, Windows computers, or any other Bluetooth-compatible devices not run by the Apple software.

  1. Put the buds in the case then open the lid.
  2. Press and hold the setup button or pairing button for a few seconds until it starts blinking white.
  3. Proceed with the linking/partnering process just like how you would typically do with any other Bluetooth device like wireless speakers or other smartphones.

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