How to pair AirPods or AirPods Pro with Windows 10

Pairing AirPods or AirPods Pro with a PC isn’t as simple as it is with an iOS device, but it’s only little more difficult. The earphones are simply connected over Bluetooth, which is a simple and quick process under Windows 10. Simply follow the instructions outlined below to get started.

Nevertheless, because AirPods and AirPod Pros are Apple products, they lose certain functionality under Windows. They’re good for listening to music, but the microphone quality isn’t as good as on iOS or macOS. While Apple’s earbuds are capable of handling Zoom conversations in a pinch, we’d steer clear of them as your main Windows headset.

How to pair AirPods or AirPods Pro with Windows 10

To begin, make sure your AirPods are completely charged, both earphones are in the case, and the lid is closed. Also, make sure your Windows 10 PC can handle Bluetooth devices. (Bluetooth is incorporated into the vast majority of current laptops, as well as pre-made desktop PCs from Dell and HP.) If your system doesn’t have support, you may add it with an affordable dongle like TP-Link.

1. In Windows 10, open the Settings app. You can find it by typing Settings into the Windows 10 search box and then selecting the app. It has a cog-like symbol. Alternatively, hold down the Windows key and the letter I at the same time.

2. Choose Devices in the Settings menu.

3. The page for Bluetooth & other devices will appear. To begin, check the toggle towards the top of the screen to see if Bluetooth is turned on. If it isn’t already on, turn it on.

4. Choose Add Bluetooth or other device.

5. The Add a device menu will appear, prompting you to select the type of device you want to associate with. Choose Bluetooth.

6. Open the lid your AirPods or AirPods Pro.

7. For three to eight seconds, press and hold the circular button on the back of your AirPods. Your AirPods’ charging light will ultimately turn white and pulsate. Lift your finger and return your gaze to the Add a device menu when this occurs.

8. Patience is required. It could take a few seconds for the AirPods to show up. When they do, they’ll most likely show up as “Headphones” at first, before being renamed “AirPods Pro” by Windows 10. (or whatever name you gave them on iOS, if you have an iPhone or iPad you previously used them with). Choose them.

9. “Your device is ready to go!” you’ll get this notification.

Your AirPods should become your default listening device right away. Windows 10 will automatically revert to the last audio device you used when you put them back in your case.

How to reconnect or disconnect AirPods with your PC

When you put your AirPods back in your ears, they should instantly start operating with your computer. If they don’t, you can manually connect them.

1. In Windows 10, go to the Settings app.

2. Choose Devices.

3. Pull down to the Audio section and choose your AirPods.

4. Tap Connect when the prompt appears. Your AirPods should now function properly.

If you wish to use your AirPods with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac that you’ve already paired them with, follow the same procedures to detach them from your PC. Keep in mind that while your AirPods are still associated with your Windows PC, you’ll need to manually connect them using the Bluetooth settings on those devices.

How to unpair your AirPods from your Windows 10 PC

Unpairing your AirPods permanently follows a similar set of procedures to reconnecting them, with one exception.

1. Navigate to the Settings app.

2. Tap Devices.

3. Pull down to the Audio section and choose your AirPods.

4. Tap Remove device in the prompt that pops up.

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