How to connect AirPods to Windows 10 PC easily

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Apple AirPods have been a hot selling product since their release, and every user wants to have a set. However, these wireless earbuds have been promoted to work exclusively with Apple products, such as iPhones, iPads, Macs and more. Since AirPods don’t use any proprietary technology, one can use them with non-Apple devices as well, including the Windows 10 PC. If you don’t know how to use them with the PC, then detailed below is everything you need to know about how to connect AirPods to Windows 10 PC.

How to connect AirPods to Windows 10 PC

Since Apple AirPods are based on Bluetooth technology, they can connect to any PC, be it traditional laptops and desktop computers, or the latest Windows 10 devices, such as Surface Pro. Once they are connected, you can use them to listen to audio, control audio volume or pause sound using tap controls.

The process for connecting AirPods to a Windows 10 PC is similar to how you pair it with any Apple device. Moreover, the initial steps are also the same. Before you start to pair them up, you must ensure that the AirPods have at least 40% battery charge. Now follow the below steps to connect AirPods to Windows 10 PC:

Step 1: Put the AirPods into the charging case and keep the lid of the case open.

Step 2: On the rear side of the charging case, tap and hold the circular button for a few seconds until the light indicator blinks white.

Step 3: Now, on your Windows 10 PC, go to the Bluetooth settings. You can do so by clicking the Bluetooth icon in the system tray, or by searching for “Bluetooth” in the taskbar search field and then selecting “Bluetooth and other devices settings” option.

Step 4: From the top of the settings screen, click “Add Bluetooth or other devices.”

Step 5: On the next “Add a device” page, click on the Bluetooth option.

Step 6: From the list of available devices, select AirPods.

Step 7: You will get a confirmation once the AirPods are paired and connected with the Windows 10 PC.

That’s it! You can now remove the AirPods from the charging case and enjoy the true wireless experience.

How to fix issues in connecting AirPods

In case you get an error while pairing, close the AirPods and PC’s Bluetooth settings, and repeat the above process. Also, you can try disabling Bluetooth on other devices. If you have paired the AirPods with an iPhone or any other device before, then it may block the connection to any other device. To avoid such situations, turn off Bluetooth for the other devices.

If you are still facing issues, follow the below steps:

Step 1: Open any music app, such as Spotify, on your Windows PC and play music.

Step 2: Put the AirPods back into the charging case and close the lid.

Step 3: Go to the Action Center on your PC and select All settings.

Step 4: From the Windows Settings, select Devices.

Step 5: Ensure that AirPods are on the list of paired devices.

Step 6: Open the lid of the case, take the AirPods out and put them in each ear.

Step 7: Select AirPods from the list of available devices, and click Connect.

Hopefully, the AirPods will now connect and play music.

How to reconnect AirPods to Windows 10 PC

To disconnect AirPods, all you have to do is put the AirPods back into the charging case and close the lid. Your AirPods should automatically reconnect next time to your PC once you have paired them. The AirPods will automatically connect to the PC when you remove them from the charging case. If for some reason, the AirPods don’t connect, then follow the below steps to reconnect:

Step 1: Click on the Bluetooth icon in the system tray to open the Windows PC’s Bluetooth settings. You can also search for “Bluetooth” in your taskbar search field and then select the “Bluetooth and other devices settings” option.

Step 2: From the “Bluetooth and other devices” list, go to the Audio section and click on the AirPods listing.

Step 3: Click on Connect to reconnect AirPods to Windows PC.

Once connected, you will hear audio confirmation if you are wearing AirPods. Also, you will get a message reading “Connected voice, music” below the AirPods listing. If for some reason they don’t reconnect, then follow the above trouble-shooting tips.



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Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at amanjain@valuewalk.com