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So, you can’t quite figure out how to connect your AirPods to your computer. Stuff happens! It’s OK because the problem is easy enough to solve.

We’ve got a quick rundown for you, but Apple also has a page that can point you in the right direction for any model of computer.

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First and foremost, depending on the type of computer you use, this process may appear differently. Let’s start with a Mac.

To begin, make sure that your Mac’s operating system is current. To do so, go to “About this Mac” by clicking on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your desktop screen. A screen will appear, and you can select “Software Update” from there.

Regular, 2nd generation AirPods require macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later, while AirPods Pro require Catalina 10.15.1 or later, according to Apple.

Follow these simple steps now that you’ve made sure your Mac is up to date with the latest software. connect your AirPods at the top.

Table of Contents

For Mac

1. Open System Preferences.

2. Select Bluetooth.

3. Place both AirPods in the case and open the lid

4. Hold the button on the AirPod case

5. Wait for your AirPods to show up on your devices, then click Connect

Other laptops

What if you don’t have access to a Mac? Generally speaking, the procedure should be the same. To a large extent. The only thing that will actually change is the way you access the Bluetooth page. Here are a few options for getting there:

  1. Open Settings from the Start menu on a PC.
  2. Select devices, then go to Bluetooth and other devices and press the plus sign next to “Add Bluetooth or another device.”
  3. Once your AirPods appear on the screen, open the case lid, hold the button, and select your AirPods.
  4. After the headphones have connected, click “Done.”

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