04 October 2018
AirPods are wireless headphones that use an Apple-developed W1 wireless chip that provides high-quality sound. Apple's wireless earbuds pair with devices quickly, making phone calls crystal clear. They are absolutely amazing: just open up the case and put it next to your iPhone and you’ll see that it automatically pairs.
But did you know that you can use your AirPods with many other Apple devices? Apart from the crystal clear sound, AirPods can bring you many benefits. Just for the record, after pairing them with an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, you can access Siri to ask questions, get location data, make requests, answer calls and more, using their AirPods.
Are you now wondering how to connect AirPods to other Apple devices? Don’t worry, it’s not that difficult. We will tell you how to pair your AirPods with Mac, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and iPad.
So, let’s review each of them separately.
If you have already set up your AirPods with your iPhone and your Mac is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID, they might be ready to use with your Mac. But if, for some reason, AirPods don't connect to your Mac automatically, here’s what you should do:
If you decide you don't want to use your AirPods with your Mac anymore, you can unpair it just like any Bluetooth device. Pay attention to the fact that unpairing from your iPhone automatically does the same with your Mac, but unpairing from your Mac does not affect your iPhone.
So, here’s what you should do to unpair AirPods from your Mac:
AirPods automatically pair with other Apple devices using the same iCloud account, and that includes Apple TV (from tvOS 11 onwards). But, if needed, you can connect them as well manually. Here’s what you should do:
You can stream your entire Apple Music library from your Apple Watch to your AirPods, without needing your iPhone. (Note that you can do this with all versions of AppleWatch, assuming you have a wi-fi connection between your Watch and the AirPods or speaker.) Here’s what you should do:
When you pair your AirPods with your iPhone, iCloud will sync the pairing to any iPad you have that is running iOS 10 and is logged into the same account. If you want to do this manually, follow these steps:
If you don't want to use your AirPods with your iPhone or iPad anymore, simply unpair them. MacUpdate reminds you that unpairing from your iPhone automatically unpairs AirPods from your iPad (and Apple Watch and Mac), but unpairing from your iPad only unpairs this one device.
Here’s how to unpair AirPods from your iPad:
Now that you know how to pair your AirPods with your Apple devices, you can also pair your AirPods with Android, Windows and other devices.
The procedure for pairing your AirPods with your Android phone or tablet, Windows PC or tablet, or any other device or gaming system, is the same as pairing any set of Bluetooth headphones.
By the way, if you are experiencing some troubles with pairing AirPods automatically and can’t connect them manually, a popular issue you could be facing is the AirPods frequently renaming themselves.
Consider this: AirPods revert to the default “FIRSTNAME’s AirPods” name every time you switch them from your Apple TV or Mac back to your iPhone. The same thing happens if you put them in the charging case. While your Mac and Apple TV keep the “AirPods” name, the earbuds automatically revert to “Chris’s AirPods” as soon as they re-connect to the phone.
Is that your case? No worries, here’s what you should do:
On your iOS device, go to Settings and select Bluetooth
AirPods are great as they can deliver crystal clear sound experiences. The other great thing about AirPods is that they can be used not only with your iPhone but with other Apple devices. By default, AirPods pair with your iPhone and other Apple devices automatically. But in some cases, especially if you are pairing your AirPods with other devices for the first time, you might need to do it manually. MacUpdate has told you how to do this in the blink of an eye.
What about you, do you use your AirPods only with iPhone or with other Apple devices as well?
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