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How to connect AirPods to Mac

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How to connect AirPods to Mac: After hearing a lot about it from your friends who are passionate about Apple products, you finally made up your mind and bought a pair of AirPods, the wireless earphones produced by the well-known Cupertino company. Initially you had chosen to use it only in conjunction with your iPhone, but then you have well thought of taking advantage of the headphones even with your Mac, when you cannot afford to play music and other content at full volume.

However, if you are here now and you are reading these lines, it seems clear to me that, although the operation of the AirPods is quite intuitive, you have not well understood how to connect the famous earphones to your Apple-branded computer. How do you say? This is exactly how things are and you would like to know if I can explain to you how to connect AirPods to Mac? Of course yes, God forbid!

In fact, if you dedicate a few minutes of your precious time to me, I can show you, step by step, how to carry out the operation in question without wasting time. I already anticipate that, contrary to what you might think, you won’t have to do anything particularly complicated. Now, however, just chat and let’s take action. I wish you, as usual, happy reading and I wish you a very big good luck for everything.

Preliminary information

Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, going to explain what are the steps that must be taken to be able to connect the AirPods to Macthere are some preliminary informationin this regard, which is my duty to provide you.

Let’s start with the basics: the AirPods can be connected to the Mac, as well as to iPhone and iPad and any other device that supports the use of headphones, only and exclusively via Bluetooth. Consequently, to be able to use it you must make sure that on the Mac or in any case on the paired device with which you intend to take advantage of the Apple headphones, Bluetooth connectivity is enabled.

Another thing to take into consideration is that, in the specific case of the Mac, depending on the variant of AirPods owned, it is necessary that the computer is updated to a specific version of macOS. More precisely: to be able to use AirPods Pro your Mac must be updated to macOS 10.15.1 or laterin order to use the AirPods (2nd generation) the Mac needs to be upgraded to macOS 10.14.4 or laterwhile to use the AirPods (1st generation) a Mac updated to is required macOS Sierra or later.

Another thing to consider is the fact that after connecting to your Apple device for the first time, whatever it is, the AirPods will be automatically connected also on all the other devices on which you have logged in to iCloud using the same Apple ID, without having to repeat the first configuration procedure.

How to connect AirPods to Mac

AirPods Pro iMac connection

Having made the necessary clarifications above, let’s get to the real heart of the matter and let’s find out, therefore, how to connect the AirPods to Mac.

As I had anticipated, if you have previously connected the AirPods to another Apple device in your possession that you are logged in with the same Apple ID, the earphones will be ready to use even on your Mac, so you do not you will have to do absolutely nothing to be able to use them, other than taking them out of the case and placing them in your ears.

If you haven’t already configured the AirPods as described above, instead, you have to worry about connecting the earphones to your Mac, carrying out the appropriate procedure directly on your computer. In this case, bring the AirPods stored in their charging case as close to the computer as possible, open the charging case and access the System Preferences macOS, by clicking on the appropriate icon (the one with the gear wheel) that you find on the Dock bar.

In the window that you see appear on the desktop at this point, click on the item Bluetooth. Make sure, therefore, that Bluetooth is enabled, by checking that the wording is present on the left Bluetooth: active. If not, that is, if you see the entry Bluetooth: not activeproceed to enable Bluetooth by clicking on the button Turn on Bluetooth that you always find on the left.

Next, locate your AirPods in the list of devices with which you can establish the connection which are located on the right, in the section Devicesselect them and click the relevant button Connect.

As well as as I have indicated above, I inform you that you can manage the connection of the AirPods to the Mac also through the menu bar macOS, by clicking on thebluetooth icon (the one with the “B”) and selecting the earphones from the menu you see appear.

If you can’t see the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, you can enable it by going to System Preferences> Bluetooth and checking the box next to the wording Show Bluetooth in the menu bar located at the bottom of the window displayed.

Manage AirPods settings

MacOS AirPods settings

After being able to connect the AirPods to Mac, if you deem it necessary you can adjust their operation, so that you can use earphones according to your actual needs.

To do this, just click on the button Options that you see next to the name of the AirPods in the section Bluetooth in System Preferences of macOS. Through the panel that will subsequently be shown to you, you can then adjust, by selecting the options you prefer from the relevant drop-down menus and checking the appropriate boxes, the operation of the microphone, double-tap, noise control, etc., depending on the model of AirPods owned by you. When finished, click the button end to confirm and apply them.

For volume management, however, after connecting the AirPods to the Mac, you can rely on the use of keys for adjusting the volume at the top of the computer keyboard.

Alternatively, you can open the System Preferencesclick on the item Sound in the screen that is shown to you, go to the tab Exitselect your earphones from the list below Choose a device for audio output and move the cursor on the bar Output volume which is located at the bottom, depending on what your actual needs are. To disable the sounds, instead, check the box Mute.

If you are interested in this, I would like to point out that from the same screen above you can also intervene in volume balancing, by moving, again according to your needs, the cursor placed on the bar next to the wording Balance.

In addition to this, as I have just indicated, you can control the volume of the AirPods from the menu bar of macOS, by clicking on the icon with a speakermaking sure your AirPods are selected in the list Output device (otherwise you can do it yourself) and moving the cursor on the appropriate adjustment bar. In the specific case of the AirPods Pro, then, you can manage the settings related to noise control by placing the mouse pointer on the device name from the list attached to the menu and making your choices from the additional menu that opens.

If there is no volume management icon in the macOS menu bar, you can remedy this by going to System Preferences> Sound and checking the box that you find next to the wording Show volume in the menu bar present in the lower part of the window displayed.

To check the charge level of the AirPods, however, you just need to view the indicator depicting a battery present in correspondence with the name of the earphones in the section System Preferences> Bluetooth macOS or click onbluetooth icon in the menu bar, move the mouse pointer over the name of the AirPods in the menu that opens and view what is shown next to the wording Battery level on the left And Battery level on the right in the additional menu displayed.

If, on the other hand, you want to quickly switch from the AirPods to the speakers of your Mac (or vice versa) without disconnecting the earphones, go to System Preferences> Sound and select the audio output you want to use among those listed. Alternatively, you can also make your choice from the menu bar by clicking on the icon depicting a speaker and selecting the output device from the list.

I can’t connect AirPods to Mac: how to fix

AirPods support

You have slavishly followed my instructions but you have not yet been able to connect the AirPods to your Mac and are therefore wondering how to cope with it? Given the circumstances, I recommend that you first try to repeat again and with more calm the various steps necessary to establish the connection between earphones and Mac that I described to you in appropriate step present at the beginning of the guide.

If proceeding as I have just indicated the problem persists, check that the earphones have a sufficient charge levelsticking to the explanations I gave you in previous step. If the AirPods are empty, in fact, you may not be able to connect them to the Mac and use them. If the charge is not enough, you can fix it by following the instructions on what to do that I provided in my tutorial on the subject.

Another thing you can try to do if you are still having trouble is to run the reset headphones, an operation which, barring the existence of hardware failures, is decisive in most cases. To find out how to do this, you can refer to the tips I gave you in my article dedicated specifically to how to reset AirPods.

In the unfortunate event that despite having followed the instructions above you continue to have problems connecting the famous Apple-branded earphones to your Mac, I suggest you consult this web page specifically dedicated to support and assistance for the AirPods you find on the Apple website.

By connecting to this other pageon the other hand, you can view all the relevant information should it prove necessary to proceed with the repair earphones.

If, on the other hand, you feel it is necessary to put yourself in direct contact with Apple, I inform you that you can do it in various ways (by phone, via chat, in person, etc.). For more details, you can refer to my tutorial focused specifically on contacting Apple