How to Connect AirPods to MacBook Pro

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Connecting your AirPods to your MacBook Pro is simple. For the initial pairing of new AirPods, press and hold the case’s button near your MacBook Pro. Then, select them from the list of available Bluetooth devices. 

I’m Jon, an Apple tech enthusiast and owner of a 2019 MacBook Pro, AirPods Pros, and Airpods Max. I use both Airpods with my Mac and put together this guide to show you how. 

So, keep reading, and let’s get them connected.

Connecting AirPods to MacBook Pro

When connecting AirPods to a MacBook Pro, you will either be connecting for the first time, or you may have them paired with a device already, like your iPhone. 

Here are the steps for connecting your AirPods to your MacBook Pro for different scenarios. 

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 in 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, click it.

Now pick up your AirPods charging case and locate the button on the bottom center of the case. Press this button and hold it until it turns white to activate the Bluetooth pairing capabilities. 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

Let’s say you already have your AirPods paired to your iPhone. In that case, connecting them to your MacBook Pro too is pretty straightforward. In fact, there are fewer steps than if the headphones are brand new.

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

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

In the Menu bar, you will see all 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 don’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 your AirPods and MacBook Pro by powering them down and turning them on again. This can sometimes fix connectivity issues.
  • Go to the Bluetooth symbol in the menu in the upper right corner of your screen. Click turn Bluetooth off, wait about a minute, and turn Bluetooth on again.
  • Check if your AirPods connect 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 the steps, you’ll be able to connect these great wireless headphones to your Mac in no time. Remember to look at the steps above when setting everything up and ensure your headphones have a decent charge before attempting the connection.

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

About Jonathon Jachura
Jonathon is a mechanical engineer with over ten years of experience. He is an Apple fan who currently holds a Macbook Pro (512 GB, 16GB RAM), iPad Pro 12.9", iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple Watch 3, and 4x Acer 23" monitors.

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