How to connect Apple AirPods to a Windows laptop

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Connecting Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max to your Windows laptop is as easy as pairing any other Bluetooth-enabled device. Once done, you can use your AirPods to listen to music and talk to people in online calls on your laptop. This is how you do it.

In case you don’t already know, you can pair and use your AirPods with any Bluetooth-enabled device, like an iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even an Android phone. Your AirPods work like any other Bluetooth headset.

Connect your AirPods to a Windows 10 or Windows 11 laptop

To start the pairing process, launch Settings on your Windows 10 or 11 laptop by pressing Windows + i.

If you’re on Windows 10, in Settings, go to Devices > Bluetooth and other devices. In Windows 11, select “Bluetooth and Devices” in the left sidebar.

choose "Bluetooth and other devices".

In the right pane, turn on the “Bluetooth” option if it isn’t already. This activates Bluetooth on your laptop.

Then, at the top of your page, select “Add Bluetooth or other device” (Windows 10) or “Add device” (Windows 11).

An “Add a device” window will open. Here, choose “Bluetooth” and your laptop will start searching for nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices.

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To make your AirPods or AirPods Pro discoverable, place both AirPods in their charging case and keep the case lid open. On the back of the case, press and hold the Settings button.

If you have AirPods Max, press and hold the noise control button on the earbuds for five seconds.

Press and hold the Settings button.

The light on your AirPods case will flash white, indicating that the AirPods are ready to pair.

If you’re pairing an AirPods Max earphone, the status light will flash white.

Blinking white light on an AirPods case.

In your laptop’s “Add a device” window, you’ll see your AirPods. Click on your AirPods.

Select AirPods.

Your laptop will pair with your AirPods and then display a success message. Close the “Add a Device” window by clicking “Done” at the bottom.

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And that is. Your AirPods are now connected to your laptop and you can use them to listen to audio and talk on online calls.

Later, to disconnect or unpair your AirPods, use the Windows Settings app as follows:

In Windows 10, go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth and other devices, select your AirPods and choose “Disconnect” or “Remove device”.

In Windows 11, go to Settings > Bluetooth and devices > Devices, click the three dots next to your AirPods and choose “Disconnect” or “Remove device”.

Disconnect or unpair AirPods on a Windows laptop.

And that’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

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