How to Connect Apple AirPods to your Mac

Apple Airpods mac connect

So the Apple AirPods are all the hype right now, and chances are you’ve just got a new pair of them yourself. They are the best option to listen to music right now on your iPhone. They provide amazing audio, great battery life and have an excellent build quality. In fact, this invention is so great, even designer brands like Louis Vuitton are creating them. It’s not hard to see why you’d want to experience this level of comfort when listening to audio from your Mac as well. If you’re wondering how you can connect your AirPods to your Mac, MacBook Pro/Air you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, we will go over all the steps you need to take to connect your AirPods with your Apple computer so you can enjoy listening to music, or watching movies wirelessly wherever you go. So, without further ado, let’s get into it!

Connect AirPods to Mac

To start connecting your AirPods to your Mac OSX computer, follow the steps outlined below. For these steps to work you have to make sure that your Mac computer has its Bluetooth settings set to enabled so you can actually pair the earphones. To do this: press the Bluetooth symbol in the top bar of Mac OSX and press “Enable”.

Open the AirPods case

The charging case that you keep your earphones in while not using them should be opened to start the connection process.

Press and hold the pairing button

Do you see that little pairing button on the opened case? Press that and make sure to hold it for at least 10 seconds. If you’ve used them before, you know this part already.

Open Bluetooth preferences on your Mac

Go to the top bar in OSX and press the Bluetooth symbol. From the drop-down menu that pops up select “Bluetooth Preferences” and click on it to open the following menu.

Bluetooth preferences

If you followed all the steps above correctly, you should now be able to select your AirPods from the list of Bluetooth devices (as shown in the picture). Select them, and press “Connect” to pair them to your Mac OSX computer. You should now be able to use your AirPods with your Mac.

AirPods Won’t Connect to Mac

If you have followed the above steps and your AirPods still won’t connect to your Mac, you should read the following information below to help you out. There are some rare cases where people experience a lot of trouble to connect their AirPods to an Apple Mac, but there are luckily a lot of solutions for these problems.

Multiple devices

A common problem is that you have to check that the earphones are not still connected to your iPhone. Apple has claimed that the AirPods can pair with multiple devices at once, but due to a strange bug in the OSX and IOS software, some users may experience problems while using multiple devices on a single pair of these wireless earphones. It’s very frustrating but unfortunately, it happens. To solve it simply disable Bluetooth on your Mac, and then enable it again. This functions as a sort of “reset” and it will solve the connection bug.


Although this suggestion may seem stupid, it’s worth it to check it out. Do your AirPods have enough battery left in them to be able to connect to a MacBook Pro or other Apple computer? Sometimes we’re so busy in life, that we forget to check these seemingly simple things. We’re guilty of these things ourselves, so that’s why we suggest you just make sure it’s not happening to you as well.

Bluetooth Adapter

You should also make sure the Bluetooth adapter on your Mac is still working correctly. You can do this by using a Bluetooth testing tool or simply connect another wireless device like a wireless mouse. If all seems to be working well then you’re good to go. If you do think your wireless Bluetooth adapter might be the problem, visit an Apple store and the Genius bar will sort you out.

We hope that this guide has helped you to connect your AirPods to your Mac, and we also hope that you enjoy listening to all your music with your wireless earphones when using the computer.


Don’t like reading or need visual aid? Check out the following video for an audiovisual guide.

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