Although the Bluetooth technology built into your AirPods enables you to connect them to a range of other devices, including your Mac, even if you don’t want to use them solely with your iPhone, you can.
Connecting AirPods to a computer may be achieved in a variety of different ways. The way that will work best for you will be determined by how you currently utilise the AirPods in the first place.
How to connect your AirPods to a Mac if you don’t use them on an iPhone
It doesn’t matter if your AirPods aren’t already linked to your iPhone; you can still use them to connect straight to your Mac.
Open the cover of the charging case while the AirPods are still inside, but do not remove the AirPods.
Press and hold the button on the rear of the case for a few seconds until the status light begins to blink.
Open System Preferences on your Mac by selecting “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu.
Bluetooth may be found in the System Preferences window by selecting it and clicking “Bluetooth.”
Search for and choose the AirPods that you wish to connect with your Mac from the list of devices, and then click “Connect.”
The AirPods will display at the top of the Devices list, ready to be utilised, after the connection has been successfully established.
In the event that you are having difficulties connecting your AirPods, there are a few things you may attempt to remedy the issue.
First and foremost, make certain that your Mac is up to date. Installing the first-generation AirPods requires macOS Sierra or later, while installing the second-generation AirPods requires macOS 10.14.4 or later.
If the AirPods are shown in your list of Bluetooth devices but are unable to connect, delete them from the list and pair them with the Mac once again to resolve the issue. For this, locate the AirPods in the Bluetooth list and click the “x” to the right of the device’s name. After that, repeat the pairing procedure.
If nothing else works, you may try resetting your AirPods and starting again. If you want to reset your AirPods, you must press and hold the reset button on the back of the case for at least 15 seconds. When the status light begins to flash amber, release your grip on the button.
How to connect your AirPods to your Mac if you already use them on your iPhone
Your AirPods are programmed to connect to your Mac automatically if the Mac is logged in with the same Apple ID as the iPhone in question.
If this is the case, the following steps should be taken:
Open the case of your AirPods in the same way as you would to connect them to your iPhone.
On your Mac, go to the menu bar at the top of your screen and choose Volume from the drop-down menu. It has the appearance of a speaker.
Select your AirPods from the “Output Device” drop-down selection in this window.
There are a few of options you need check to make sure they are enabled if this doesn’t work for you. Clicking the Apple symbol in the menu bar and then selecting “System Preferences” will bring up the System Preferences window.
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 as your iPhone.
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.”
If you don’t see the volume icon in the menu bar, 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.”