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How to connect Apple AirPods to Mac

  Users connecting AirPods and AirPods Pro with Mac
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AirPods work seamlessly with iPhone and iPad. But the process on Mac is not transparent at all. Wondering how to easily connect and use the headphones on your Mac? We've got you covered.

If this is your first time using your brand new earbuds, you must first pair them with your Mac first. Once paired, Apple syncs the details to all devices in your iCloud account. This means that you only have to pair your AirPods or AirPods Pro once.

If you have already paired your headphones with your iPhone or iPad, they will appear in Mac's volume control and Bluetooth menus (as long as you are using the same Apple ID on your Mac, and you have Handoff enabled). You can also use your AirPods with Android and Windows computers.

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Simply open the charging case near your Mac (with your computer's Bluetooth setting enabled) and click on the "Bluetooth" icon from the menu bar. Select "AirPods" here and click the "Connect" button to connect them to your Mac.

 Click Connect from the Bluetooth AirPods menu

But this process does not always work. If you do not see your AirPods in this menu, or if they do not connect, you must manually connect them to your Mac.

To do this, click on the "Apple" logo from the menu bar and then select the "System Preferences" option.

 Click the System Settings button from the Apple menu in the menu bar

Go to the Bluetooth menu and make sure Bluetooth is enabled. [19659004]   Click Bluetooth from System Settings

Open the charging case near your Mac.

Now, hold down the physical "Setup" button on the back of the unit's cover (that is, the small circular button) until the status light blinks white. This means that AirPods are in pairing mode.

  AirPods Case with Setup Button Selected

In just a second or two, you should see AirPods in the device list on your Mac. Click the "Connect" button next to the device name.

 Click Connect to pair AirPods with Mac

If your device supports the Hey Siri feature, you will be asked if you want to enable it. Click the "Activate" button to activate it.

And that's it. Your AirPods or AirPods Pro are now connected to your Mac. Click "Options" next to the headphones list to change the settings anytime your headphones are connected to your computer.

 Click Options to change AirPods settings

Here you can configure the double tap actions, disable automatic ear detection, AirPods Pro noise cancellation settings and select which microphone you want to use.

 Change AirPods settings on Mac

Now that your AirPods are connected, just remove the earbuds from the case and put them in your ears. You will hear the familiar connection sound that tells your Mac has switched audio output to your headphones.

If your AirPods are paired but not connected, you can click the "Volume Control" button from the menu bar and select your earbuds to switch to them.

 Select your AirPods from Volume Control

You can monitor your AirPods battery and connection status from the Bluetooth menu in the menu bar. Click the "Disconnect" button here if you want to stop using AirPods on your Mac, or if you want to switch to another device.

 Click Disconnect from the AirPods Bluetooth menu on Mac

As you start using your AirPods periodically with your Mac, you will realize that the connection process is not as smooth as it can be. If you want it to be closer to what it is on your iPhone or iPad (you don't even need to tap a button), you can use a third-party app to get an iPhone-like AirPods experience on Mac.

With AirBuddy ($ 5.00), you can see the connection status of your headphones by opening the device's charging case near your Mac. You can also connect your AirPods with a single click.

You can also use the ToothFairy app ($ 4.99) to connect to your AirPods with just one click from the menu bar (or using a shortcut command). [19659004] RELATED: How to get an iPhone-like AirPods experience on a Mac

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