Apple Airpods is embedded with a wireless microchip so that you easily and quickly pair it with you iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac that are linked to your iCloud Account. Aside from that, tiny speakers, batteries, sensors and microphone are also embedded inside that plastic white shell of each Airpods (For Left and Right) The very first Airpods was released way back 3 years ago, to be exact last December 13, 2016. Its features and functions include but are not limited to taking phone calls and taking to SIRI (Apple’s Digital Assistant) because of its built-in microphone, it also allows you to play and listen to audio music. Basically, what an Earphone can normally do but with additional features of course, aside from being wireless. Although it has been said that Airpods automatically connects to an Apple device, hence bypassing bluetooth connection, there are instances wherein Airpods unable to connect with Mac, either when connecting it for the first time or for succeeding connections.
There are a variety of reasons why you are experiencing such problems. It is likely possible that Airpods are not connecting to your Mac because you do not have the latest software installed or maybe perhaps your Bluetooth setting isn’t turn ON. There are also cases wherein there are some settings on your Mac that is not properly set causing your Airpod to not connect. Another thing if your Airpods is having hardware related issues that’s preventing you to connect to the device. Lucky for you, there are some fixes that can help solve Airpods connection on your Mac. Continue to read on below to find out how.
FIX AIRPODS NOT CONNECTING
CHECK FOR SOFTWARE, UPDATE IF NECESSARY
Before you proceed with troubleshooting to fix Airpods related problems, you have to make sure that you are running on the latest software. Using Airpods have some hardware and software requirements for every Apple device: For iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, these devices should be running on iOS 10.2 or later versions, Apple watch should also be on watchOS 3 or later, and your Mac should be running on MacOS Sierra and later versions. To date, macOS Catalina is the newest and latest software running on Mac. If the software you are running on your Mac is not up to date, it may be the cause why your Airpods is not connecting to your Mac.
How to check software:
- Click on the Apple Logo from the upper left corner of your Mac home screen
- Then click on About this Mac option. You will see if you are running on the latest versions.
- If you are not updated and there is an available software update, click on Software Update.
- Update process will now begin
- After the update, try to connect your Airpods again to see if the problem has been resolved.
It is likely possible that Airpods is not connecting to you Mac because Bluetooth is not turned ON. Since Airpods can only connect to your Mac via Bluetooth, make sure to enable bluetooth settings.
How to turn on Bluetooth
- Launch System Preferences. It is located at the right side corner on the doc.
- Click on Bluetooth
- Then click on Turn Bluetooth OFF tab
- The option will now be replaced with Turn Bluetooth ON
- Additionally, you can directly enable or disable Bluetooth by clicking on the Bluetooth icon located at the upper right hand corner of the display. It is usually beside the WiFI icon. You will know if the Bluetooth is enabled when the Bluetooth icon is white, and gray if it is OFF or disabled.
AIRPODS SHOULD BE INTO BLUETOOTH PAIRING MODE
The Bluetooth pairing mode allows you to connect your Airpods wireless to other Bluetooth and Apple devices that are not linked to your iCloud Account.
How to put Airpods into Bluetooth Pairing Mode
- Place your Airpods on the Charging case that goes along with it when you purchased it.
- Do not close the lid of the Charging case, let it stay open.
- At the back of the charging case, there is a Set-up button, press and hold on that button.
- A flashing white light will appear. This indicates that you are already in the Bluetooth Pairing mode.
CONNECT YOUR AIRPODS MANUALLY
As mentioned, Airpods can automatically pair and connect to devices, for this article on your Mac, that are linked on your iCloud Account but sometimes that’s not always the case. Luckily though, you can still pair and connect your Airpods to your Mac manually.
How to connect Airpods to Mac, manually:
- Make sure Bluetooth is turned ON, if not follow the steps above on how to enable Bluetooth settings.
- Once Bluetooth is already turned ON, open the charging case of your Airpods.
- Click on System Preferences on your Mac
- Then click on Bluetooth tab
- List of devices will appear, Double Click on Airpods.
- Airpods should normally connect to your Mac.
AIRPODS SHOULD BE THE OUTPUT DEVICE
There are instances wherein Mac is connected to a different output rather than to your Airpods that may be the cause why it Airpods not connecting to Mac. A very simple way to fix this is basically selecting Airpods from the list of output devices on your Mac.
How to select Airpods as Output device
- Airpods and Mac should be within range from each other, typically the same as the Bluetooth range between devices.
- Open the charging case of your Airpods
- Bluetooth should also be enabled or turned ON.
- Click on System Preferences
- Then Click on Sound, an icon that looks like a speaker.
- Click on the Output tab
- List of device output will display if there are any, then select and click on Airpods.
- If Airpods is not appearing on the output tab, it means that is has not yet been connected to your Mac.
FORGET AIRPODS AS BLUETOOTH DEVICE
Everytime a device have been updated, there are times the settings on the device can be affected. Hence, in this case, the Bluetooth settings have been affected that have caused the Airpods to not connect to your Mac. The simplest fix to this is by refreshing the connection between both devices (Mac and Airpods) by forgetting Airpods and reconnect again. Doing this erases all save data on the connection between both devices allowing Airpods to have a new connection on your Mac.
How to Forget Airpods as Bluetooth device:
- Launch System Preferences on your Mac device
- Click on Bluetooth.
- On the Bluetooth menu, click on Airpods under the devices category
- When you scroll over to your Airpods, click on the circular “X” button.
- Then click on Forget Device to confirm action when a prompt appears.
- After a few minutes, reconnect Airpods again and see if the problem is resolved.
CHARGE THE AIRPODS CHARGING CASE
We often forget that the charging case of your Airpods should also be charged to that it can in return also charge your Airpods when it is placed on the charging case. Failure to charge the charging case, would also result to your Airpods will low power or no power at all. The charging case has a built-in battery inside it that can charge an Airpod even when not connected to a power source.
How to charge Airpods:
- Plug the Lightning cable to the Lightning connector of your charging case. Make sure to use the required and correct charging cable
- On the other end of your lightning cable, plug into a USB port or a wall charger into an electrical source.
Normally , charging an empty or dead battery Airpods can take about 30 minutes. While the charging case together with a dead battery Airpods usually takes about two hours to fully charge. Note: Charging case can still be charged even without the Airpods inside.
Ideally, Airpods should be sufficiently charged to be able to properly function. Low battery or if the Airpods does not have enough battery life may be the cause Airpods cannot connect to your Mac. Make sure that before you pair or connect your Airpods it has enough battery life. Airpods can only be charged using its charging case, so make sure you don’t lose your charging case or else you will not be able to recharge your Airpods.
How to charge Airpods:
- Place your Airpods on its charging case
- You will then see a Status Light to appear. That status light indicates the amount of charge that your Airpods have
- When the Status light has turned to green, it indicates that it is already fully charged.
Status Light Indications:
Amber: indicates Airpods has less than a fully charge
White: Airpods are now ready to be connected to a device
Green: Airpods is fully charged
Note: For a newly bought Airpods, ideally, for each 15 minutes of charge will give your Airpods enough battery life that can last for up to 3 hours of Audio Play or at least an hour of talk-time. The life span of the Airpod can affect battery life.
MAKE SURE AIRPODS ARE CLEAN
Make sure that dust, dirt or debris are not present on your Airpods or on its charging case. Dust, dirt and debris can affect how it functions and can sometimes cause hardware problems with connecting and charging as well.
How to clean Airpods and Charging case:
Gently wipe Airpods and its charging case with a soft lint-free cloth. Make sure not to use tissue and cloth as this can damage the inside part of the device.
If a case wherein there are a lot of debris present, use an anti-static brush or even a new toothbrush instead to clean out the debris.
Make it a habit to regularly clean your Airpods and its charging case to avoid build up of dirt, dust and debri. Also, make sure to avoid your Airpods from getting wet as moisture can damage your device. One important thing to keep in mind, do not in any way use solvents, aerosol spray and abrasive to try to clean your device as this can absolutely without a doubt damages your Airpods and it charging case.
As simple as it sounds, it can actually fix software bugs that may have caused connection related problems on devices. Just like when resetting an iPhone, resettings your Airpods can also give it what they call a “Fresh Start”
How to reset Airpods:
- Press and hold the Setup Button located at the back of its charging case.
- When you see an amber light that flashes for a few times then turn white, release pressing setup button.
- Airpods have already been reset.
- Connect your Airpods again to see if Airpods not connecting to Mac problems has been resolved.
If all of the fixes mentioned above have been made and still Airpods connection problem still exists, you may need it to be repaired.
You can either go back to the store where you purchased your Airpods, and have it replaced by them if it is still under warranty, or you can it repair via Apple’s Online Support or schedule an appointment at your nearest Apple Store.
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