If you have a new Apple AirPods and want to connect them to your Mac, there are some things that you need to know.
The first thing is that the AirPods only work as long as they’re physically connected with an iPhone or iPad. This means if you use your computer for most of the day, it’s imperative that you remember to plug in your headphones before shutting down or going home for the night. You can’t just disconnect from one device and move onto another without any problems.
If this isn’t something that bothers you, then it might be worth getting a pair of Bluetooth wireless earbuds instead. These will work on both your phone and computer at all times without any issues whatsoever since they don’t need to be connected to a device at all times.
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If you want to connect your AirPods to a Mac, here’s how:
Connecting Airpods to Mac with the W1 Chip
Step 1: Make sure that both of your AirPods are charged before starting this process. You’ll also need the latest version of macOS Sierra or El Capitan installed on your computer.
Step 2: On the bottom right side of the menu bar, you should see a Bluetooth symbol with a “i” inside of it. Click this and select “Open Bluetooth Preferences”. If everything is working properly, there will be a list of devices located in the left hand column under “My Devices”.
Step 3: Look for your AirPods. They should be listed as “AirPods” without any other names or letters associated with them. Select this to bring up a set of options to the right side of the Bluetooth Preferences menu. Here, you’ll need to select an option that says “Set Up New Device”.
Step 4: You’ll see a message that says “Hold the AirPods near your iPhone to connect to your Mac.” Your computer will now start looking for an available connection with your phone. Keep checking your iPhone and ensure that both of them are close together. This should not take very long as they’re specifically designed to work with each other.
Step 5: A prompt on your iPhone should come up that asks you to connect your AirPods with your Mac. Select “Connect” and wait for the connection to be made successfully. You’ll receive a notification on your phone that says “Your AirPods are connected”. If everything worked correctly, the status of the device within macOS will change from “Looking” to “Connected”.
What if my MacBook does not have Bluetooth?
Apple computers do not all come with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology so it’s important to make sure that you have it first before trying this process. You can check by clicking on the Apple logo at the top left corner of your screen. From here, select System Preferences and then Bluetooth. If there is a green light next to your device, then there’s no need to go through any further steps.
If you don’t see the light next to your Airpods or Mac, click on the “+” sign in the bottom left hand corner of Bluetooth Preferences. This will create another pull-down menu that will allow you to select “Add Device” and search for your Airpods within macOS just like before with step 4 above.
What if my AirPods are not showing up?
Make sure that you’re using the latest version of macOS Sierra or El Capitan on your computer as well as iOS 10 on your iPhone. Other than that, it could be due to several different reasons such as:
1. Your Airpods are out of battery.
2. The connection between your iPhone and Mac has been interrupted somehow.
3. Your iPod is not connected to Wifi or a different type of wireless Internet service so macOS can’t see it when searching for a device in Bluetooth Preferences.
4. You’ve connected a third-party device to your Mac before so they might be interfering with your AirPods in some way. Make sure that you only have one set of headphones or speakers connected at any given time when trying this process again for the best results possible.