How to Connect AirPods to a Non-Apple Laptop

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How to Connect AirPods to a Non-Apple Laptop

It’s possible to connect your AirPods to a Windows computer or any other non-Apple device, but the process is slightly different than with an Apple device. Do note that you will not be able to use Siri.

But you can use the AirPods to talk and listen. Below, we explain the process for connecting AirPods to a non-Apple computer.

Step 1: Ensure the Laptop Has Bluetooth

Not all laptops feature Bluetooth, and if your laptop doesn’t have it, you won’t be able to connect your AirPods. So, first, check to make sure your laptop is Bluetooth-enabled.

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First, check to make sure your laptop is Bluetooth-enabled.


You can do this by going to Device Manager from the Start menu. You should see Bluetooth under Network Connections.

Step 2: Turn Bluetooth On

Turn on Bluetooth by clicking the toggle switch to enable it. Or, you can go to Connections in the Settings menu and turn Bluetooth on from there.

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Turn on Bluetooth by clicking the toggle switch to enable it.


Step 3: Put AirPods in Pairing Mode

If you have AirPods or AirPods Pro, open the lid and hold the setup button on the back of the charging case. Hold it in place for five seconds. The status light will flash orange and then turn white.

Make sure the AirPods are inside the case while you do this. Your AirPods are now in pairing mode.

Step 4: Add Bluetooth Device

Go to the Start menu on your non-Apple laptop and go to Settings. From there, Select Devices and then click on Bluetooth or Other Devices.

You’ll see a + sign. When you click it, the laptop will ask you which of the following you want to add:

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Go to the Start menu on your non-Apple laptop and go to Settings.


  • Bluetooth device
  • Wireless display or dock
  • Everything else
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Go to Add a device and then choose to add a Bluetooth device.


Click on the Bluetooth device. Your laptop will now search for Bluetooth devices.

Step 5: Connect AirPods to a Non-Apple Laptop

Once your laptop finds the AirPods, select them and click Connect. 

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Once you find your AirPods on the list, click connect.


Your AirPods will now be connected to your laptop. You can use the sound control options in the laptop’s settings to adjust the volume or other audio settings.

Check out the video below for a detailed walkthrough tutorial:

How to Disconnect AirPods from a Non-Apple Laptop?

If you want to disconnect your AirPods from your laptop, it’s easy. Just go to the Bluetooth settings in your laptop and click the Disconnect button next to the AirPods.

Why Might AirPods Not Connect to a Non-Apple Laptop? Troubleshooting Tips

Sometimes, AirPods might not connect to your laptop. It could be because of a few reasons. Here are some of them.

A Nearby Apple Device

AirPods do not automatically connect to Windows or non-Apple devices if they’re in range and have already been paired with that device. But they do so with an Apple device.

If you’re trying to pair your AirPods to a Windows laptop and your iPhone or other Apple device is nearby, your AirPods might automatically connect to it as soon as you put them in pairing mode. As a result, they won’t be able to connect to your laptop.

If you encounter this issue, make sure that no other Apple device is nearby or turn off their Bluetooth. But if you want the Bluetooth to be On and also want to keep the Apple device close to you for some reason, you can forget the AirPods in the Bluetooth settings of that device.

Alternatively, you can reset your AirPods by pressing and holding the setup button for about 15 seconds. That will make them forget their pairing with your Apple device.

Low or No Charging

If your AirPods are low on battery, they won’t pair with your laptop. Make sure that your AirPods have enough charge, and then try again.

You can’t check the battery status of your AirPods on a non-Apple device. Instead, you’ll need a Mac, iPod Touch, iPad, or iPhone.

If you’re using your phone, open the charging case’s lid with the AirPods inside. Hold the case close to your phone or iPad. You’ll see the AirPods’ charging status on your phone in a few seconds.

Or, you can go to the Batteries widget on your phone. Do note that this will only work if the AirPods are in the case.

If you don’t have an Apple device nearby, you can check the battery status from the AirPods case. Take the AirPods out of the case and then put them back in. If the status light turns amber, it means the AirPods were not fully charged. The case will start charging them.

Connect the case to a power source. If the status light turns green, that means the battery is fully charged.

Windows Troubleshooter

It’s possible that the Bluetooth driver on your laptop is outdated or corrupted. To fix that, you can use Windows Troubleshooter.

  • Go to the Start menu.
  • In Settings, go to Update & Security. If you’re using Windows 11, the option will be System.
  • Click Troubleshoot.
  • Go to Other Troubleshooters and then to Bluetooth.
  • Click on the Run button in front of the Run the Troubleshooter option.

Windows will look for any possible issues. Click on Apply Fix if Windows suggests any fix.

Once the troubleshooter finishes, try pairing your AirPods with your laptop again.

Airplane Mode

When you put your device in Airplane Mode, all the wireless connections on that device are temporarily disabled. That includes Bluetooth.

If you want your AirPods to connect to your laptop, make sure that Airplane Mode is turned off. You can check this in the Network & Internet settings of your laptop.

Check With Other Devices

If nothing seems to work, you can try connecting your AirPods to another device. A Mac or iPhone should work fine for this. It will help you determine if the problem is with the AirPods or the laptop.

If your AirPods don’t work fine on other devices, you may need to reset them or get a replacement. Apple support can help you with that.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do AirPods work with non-Apple devices?

Yes, AirPods are compatible with most non-Apple devices.

Can I connect AirPods to my Android phone?

Yes, you can connect AirPods to an Android phone with Bluetooth. Turn on the Bluetooth on your phone and put the AirPods in pairing mode. They should appear in the list of available devices, and you can connect to them.

Do I need a special adapter to connect my AirPods to a laptop?

You don’t need a special adapter to connect the AirPods to your laptop. The only requirement is that the device should have Bluetooth.

Will all AirPods features work when they are connected to a non-Apple device?

No, some AirPods features will not work when connected to a non-Apple device. For example, you won’t be able to access the battery status of your AirPods from a non-Apple device. Likewise, Siri, gesture customization, and instant pairing are not available. These features are unavailable due to compatibility issues.

Which are the best AirPods?

That depends on your needs and preferences. Apple released three different versions of AirPods – the standard, the Pro, and the Max. Each version has its own features and benefits. If you are looking for the best sound quality, then the Pro and Max models are the way to go. The standard model is more affordable and has a more balanced sound.

Are AirPods waterproof?

AirPods are water-resistant, which is not the same as waterproof. AirPods can withstand spills and light rain, but they should not be submerged in water or exposed to extreme weather conditions. Similarly, they are sweat-proof, which means you can go for a run with them without any worries.

Is it possible to connect the AirPods to multiple devices?

Yes, it is possible to connect your AirPods with multiple devices. You can switch between them easily by putting the AirPods in pairing mode and selecting the desired device. The Automatic Device Switching feature allows this. With this feature, you can use your AirPods to watch a movie on your Mac and switch to your iPhone if you need to take a call.

How long does AirPods charging last?

If the case has multiple charges, you can expect a total of 24 hours of talk time or 30 hours of listening time on your AirPods. The exact charging time depends on the model you are using and how much battery it has. Generally speaking, a full charge should last for more than 5 hours. The good news is most AirPods charge quickly. For example, AirPods Pro (2nd generation) gives you an hour of listening time if you put them in the case for five minutes.

Why can't I connect AirPods to a non-Apple laptop?

Check that the laptop has Bluetooth enabled and that your AirPods are in pairing mode. If these two things are good, then it might be an issue with the AirPods or the laptop itself. You can try connecting them with another device to see if that works. Or, turn the Bluetooth off and then on again on the laptop and try connecting again.

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