Apple’s AirPods first launched in 2016 met something of a mixed reception. Now it is kind of a signature of a made person. Ha! Just kidding! But the AirPods are now widely accepted. It is one of the staple products from Apple. This piece is going to show you how to connect your new AirPods to a MacBook.
A cool feature of the AirPods is, it can connect to Windows PCs and Android devices as well. But we are going to do AirPods/MacBook connection. The steps used here are from a MacBook running macOS 10.14 (Mojave), but they will work on Macs running Sierra (macOS 10.12) or later.
Ways to connect AirPods to MacBook
1. Pairing AirPods via iCloud
The AirPods are primarily designed for use with an iPhone. So, if you have already connected the AirPods to work with an iPhone that is logged into your iCloud account, they will automatically be available for use with any MacBook that is also logged in the iCloud account.
You can immediately see the AirPods in the Bluetooth control panel on the MacBook.
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2. Desktop controls
When the AirPods’ Bluetooth is turned on, you can connect to them by double-clicking them in the control panel.
Alternatively, you can click the button to “Show Bluetooth in menu bar”. Then you can connect the AirPods by using the Bluetooth pull-down menu that appears in the main menu bar.
The menu bar also shows other details, battery levels for the AirPods and their charging case.
3. Pairing AirPods without iCloud
This a quick way to connect your AirPods to your Mac. Keep the AirPods in the case doing this.
- Switch the Mac’s Bluetooth on from the control panel.
- Open the lid of the AirPods’ charging case.
- Hold down the little button on the back of the case.
- You’ll see the status light inside the case flashes amber (yellowish) before turning white.
- The AirPods will appear in the Bluetooth control panel.
- Now you can just click the ‘Connect’ button to complete the pairing process.
If you haven’t connected your AirPods to your iPhone yet, here’s how to do it.