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How to connect Apple AirPods to Mac

  User connecting AirPods and AirPods Pro to Mac
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AirPods work seamlessly with iPhone and iPad. But the process on the Mac is not transparent at all. Wondering how to easily connect and use your earbuds on your Mac? We've got you covered.

If this is your first time using your brand new earbuds, you need to pair them to your Mac first. Once paired, Apple will sync the details to all devices on your iCloud account. This means you only need to pair your AirPods or AirPods Pro once.

If you've already paired your headphones with your iPhone or iPad, they'll appear in your Mac's volume controls and Bluetooth menus (as long as you have the same Apple ID on your Mac, and you've turned on Handoff). You can also use your AirPods with Android and Windows computers.

RELATED: Pairing AirPods with a PC, Mac, Android Phone or Other Device

Simply open the charging case near your Mac (using your computer's Bluetooth setting enabled) and click the "Bluetooth" icon in the menu bar. Select your "AirPods" here and click 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 don't see your AirPods in this menu, or if they don't connect, you'll have to manually pair them to your Mac.

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

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

Go here to the Bluetooth menu and make sure Bluetooth is turned on. [19659004]   Click Bluetooth in System Preferences

Open the charging case near your Mac.

Now press and hold the physical "Setup" button on the back of the device body (it is the small circular button) until the status light flashes white. This means that the AirPods are in pairing mode.

  AirPods case with Setup button marked

In a few seconds you should see the AirPods in the Device List on your Mac. Click the "Connect" button next to the name of the device.

 Click Connect to pair AirPods with Mac

If your device supports Hey Siri functionality, you will be asked if you want to enable it. Click the "Enable" button to enable it.

And that's all. Your AirPods or AirPods Pro are now connected to your Mac. Click the "Options" button next to the headphone list to change the settings when your headphones are connected to your computer.

 Click Options to change the AirPods settings

Here you can configure double tap, disable automatic ear detection, disable noise reduction settings for AirPods Pro and choose which microphone to use.

 Change AirPods Settings on Mac

Now that your AirPods are connected, all you have to do is take the earbuds out of the case and put them in your ears. You will hear the familiar connection signal telling you that your Mac has switched the 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 earbuds to switch to them.

 Choose your AirPods via Volume Control

You can track the battery and connection status of your AirPods via the Bluetooth menu in the menu bar. Click the "Disconnect" button here if you want to stop using AirPods on your Mac or if you want to switch to another device.

 Click Disconnect from the AirPods Bluetooth menu on Mac

Once you start using your AirPods with your Mac regularly, 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 have to tap a button), you can use a third-party app to get an iPhone-like AirPods experience on the Mac to get.

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

You can also use the ToothFairy app ($ 4.99) to connect to your AirPods with just a click in the menu bar (or using a keyboard shortcut). [19659004] RELATED: How to Get an iPhone-Like AirPods Experience on a Mac

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