How to Connect AirPods to MacBook Pro

If you just purchased your first pair of AirPods, welcome to the club. These wireless headphones are a solid choice for their convenience, good audio quality, and ability to connect to many different devices. These headphones are so small and sleek, that they seem like something out of the future. The good thing is, the future is now!

Chances are, if you have a pair of AirPods, you have a computer that you want to connect these headphones too. Airpods have the ability to connect to a wide variety of different devices which makes them a versatile option for just about anybody. Let’s take a look at how to connect your Airpods to a MacBook Pro.

Things to Consider

In order for your AirPods to connect easily to your MacBook Pro, there are a few initial things to consider. Don’t worry, the process is actually really easy but by checking on a few things before you try and connect your AirPods, you’ll be more likely to have everything go smoothly on the first attempt. If for whatever reason, your Airpods don’t connect after following the steps below, just try again or take a look at the troubleshooting steps at the end.

First, you’ll want to make sure your AirPods and your MacBook Pro are charged. Your AirPods will come in a charging case and the newer versions of this case are compatible with Apple’s wireless charging mat that they call the Qi-charging system. You can also charge up the headphones using a lighting port and cord, similar to how you charge and IPhone.

Your MacBook Pro doesn’t need to be fully charged, but your AirPods should have a decent charge to help sync the Bluetooth between computer and headphones. AirPods with no battery charge will obviously not connect to a computer that also has no charge. If you don’t see a light on the bottom of your charging case when the button is pressed, they need to be charged.

Connecting AirPods to MacBook Pro

When connecting AirPods to a MacBook Pro you will either be connecting the wireless headphones when they are brand new or when you have already used them but they are currently paired with another device, such as your cell phone. The steps for each of these situations are a little different so pay attention below.

For Brand New AirPods

If your AirPods are brand spanking new, keep them in the charging case while going through the setup process.

Power on your MacBook Pro, if it is not already.

Next, open the System Preferences from the Apple drop-down menu found in your dock. The Apple menu is usually found on the top left of your main screen.

In the System Preferences menu click on the Bluetooth icon to access the Bluetooth connectivity settings. The Bluetooth menu will look like this:

At this point, make sure your Bluetooth is on. In the image above, it is, but if the button says Turn Bluetooth On, go ahead and click that.

Now pick up your AirPods charging case and locate the button that is found on the bottom center of the case. Press this button and hold it until it turns white to activate the Bluetooth pairing capabilities of the headphones. Make sure to open the top of the case to allow for a little better connectivity.

After you press and hold this button, your AirPods should appear in the Bluetooth Devices list similar to the image above. They might say AirPods or your first name and AirPods.

Click on the blue Connect button and you should be good to go!

For AirPods Already Connected to Another Device

The process for connecting AirPods that are currently connected to another device to your MacBook Pro is pretty straightforward and easy. There are fewer steps than if the headphones are brand new.

First, turn your AirPods on. You can put them in your ears if you want or just press the power button.

Turn your MacBook Pro on as well and then locate the menu bar at the top right hand side of your screen.

In the Menu bar, you will see all of the connectivity options for your MacBook Pro.

Click on the Bluetooth symbol here to get a drop down list of all available Bluetooth devices.

Find the name of your AirPods, click on it, and you should be good to go!

If Your AirPods Won’t Connect to Your MacBook Pro

If your AirPods won’t connect to your MacBook Pro after trying the steps above, don’t worry. Try these troubleshooting steps and the issues should be straightened out.

  • Try resetting both your AirPods and MacBook Pro by powering them both down and turning on again. This can sometimes fix connectivity issues.
  • Go the Bluetooth symbol in the menu on the upper right corner of your screen. Click turn Bluetooth off, wait about a minute, and turn Bluetooth on again.
  • Check to see if your AirPods are connected to your phone or other devices. If they are, turn the Bluetooth off on the device or click Forget This Device.

Final Thoughts

Connecting AirPods headphones to your MacBook Pro is easy. Once you know all of the steps, you’ll be able to connect these great wireless headphones to your computer in no time. Remember to look at the steps above when setting everything up and make sure your headphones have a decent charge before attempting the connection.

If you’re AirPods won’t connect, be sure and take a look at the troubleshooting tips above. A quick fix can really be as easy as turning a button on and off or restarting your devices. Don’t get frustrated! There’s usually an easy fix.

Do you like your AirPods? Have you tried any other wireless headphones?

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