How to connect your Airpods to your Mac

Do you have a Mac computer and Airpods, but you don’t know how to connect them together? Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think! Connecting your Airpods to your Mac is a simple process that can be completed in just a few easy steps. In this article, we will guide you through the process of connecting your Airpods to your Mac, so you can enjoy all the benefits of listening to music or talking on the phone with your Airpods.

What is an Airpod

Airpods are Apple’s popular wireless earbuds that provide an easy and convenient way to listen to music, podcasts, and more. They use Bluetooth technology to connect to your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac, allowing you to listen to audio without being connected by a wire.

Airpods have become a popular accessory for anyone who wants to enjoy their music and audio with ease. However, many people may be unfamiliar with how to connect their Airpods to their Mac computer. This guide will walk you through the steps on how to quickly and easily pair your Airpods with your Mac.

Once you’ve set up your Airpods with your iPhone or iPad, they will automatically be available to use with your Mac. Just make sure that your Mac is running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later and that it’s signed in with the same Apple ID as your other devices.

How to connect Airpods to MAC for the first time

If your AirPods aren’t already connected to your iPhone, you can connect them directly to your Mac.

  1. With the AirPods in their charging case, open the lid and keep the AirPods inside.
  2. Press and hold the button on the back of the case until the status light starts to flash.
  3. On your Mac, click the Apple icon in the menu bar at the top to open the Apple menu. 
  4. Click System Preferences.
  5. In the System Preferences window, click Bluetooth.
  6. In the list of devices, find the AirPods you want to pair the Mac with, and click Connect.
  7. After the connection is complete, the AirPods will appear at the top of the Devices list, ready to be used.

How to connect your AirPods to your Mac if you already use them on your iPhone

Your AirPods are designed to connect to your Mac automatically if you are using the same Apple ID on your Mac and iPhone.

  1. Open your AirPods case.
  2. On your Mac, click the Volume icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  3. In the Output Device section of this menu, select your AirPods.  

What to do if you are having trouble connecting your Airpods to MAC

Make sure your Mac is logged into the same Apple ID as your iPhone.

In the System Preferences window click Apple ID to make sure you’re signed in and using the same ID.

Make sure Handoff is turned on.

In the System Preferences window, click General, and make sure there is a check mark next to Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.

Make sure you can see the volume icon in the menu bar.

If you don’t see it, you need to turn it on. In the System Preferences window, click Sound and then click the checkbox next to Show volume in menu bar.

Reasons why your Airpods are refusing to connect to your MAC

If you are having trouble connecting your AirPods to a Mac, there are a few things you can do:

Have you charged your Airpods?

Place the AirPods in their case, plug a USB cable that’s connected to power into the case, and charge them for 1-2 hours.

Is your MAC updated?

You need macOS Sierra or later to install the first-generation AirPods, and macOS 10.14.4 or later for second-generation AirPods.

Have you paired the AirPods to the MAC?

Find the AirPods in the Bluetooth list on your Mac and click the X button on the right. Then, repeat the pairing process.

Reset the AirPods

and hold the button on the back of the AirPods case for at least 15 seconds. Let go of the button when the status light starts to flash amber.

Reeboot your MAC computer

Iyour Mac’s Bluetooth connection has run into a problem, restarting your Mac can reset it and hopefully get it working properly again.


Connecting your Airpods to your Mac is an easy process. Once connected, you can easily access audio from any device connected to your Mac, such as music players, video players, or online streaming services.

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