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How to Connect AirPods to Android

You’re probably familiar with the light-hearted dispute between Apple and Android users. Who has the better screens? Operating systems? Functionality? But there’s one product that everyone can agree on; the AirPods. The lightweight design, superior audio quality, and ease of use are all reasons you should connect your AirPods to your Android.

With more than 2.5 billion users in 190 countries, Android dominates the global mobile operating system market. Sure, you can choose a Samsung or LG branded wireless audio solution to match your tablet or smartphone. But many headsets are bulky, lack audio quality, or are just plain irritating.

Fortunately, you aren’t tied down with limitations on wireless earbuds. We’ll teach you how to add your AirPods to Android and give you a few helpful tips along the way.

Connect AirPods to Android

Apple made it really easy to pair your AirPods to an iPhone. You simply open the AirPod case and tap your iPhone screen. However, Android users will need to pair the two devices manually. But don’t be alarmed; the process is as simple as pairing any other Bluetooth peripherals.

Here’s how to connect your AirPods to Android:

1. Press and Hold the Pairing Button

Before doing anything else, let’s put your AirPods in pairing mode! This process makes it possible for your Android to find your AirPods. However, the steps vary depending on the AirPod version.

Charge your AirPods if the battery is low. Then, follow these steps to put them in pairing mode:

Gen 1, 2, & 3 generations Airpods/AirPods Pro – Open the case and ensure both buds are placed securely in their holders. Touch and hold the pairing button on the AirPod back of the case. When the light flashes white, you’re ready to move on to step 2.

AirPods Max – Take your AirPods Max out of the case and hold the noise control button (the elongated button across from the digital crown). Wait for the feedback light to flash white. Then, move to step 2.

Helpful Hint: Connect the charger if your AirPods will not go into pairing mode.

2. Open the Android Settings

Now it’s time to begin the pairing process. We’ll find your AirPods in the Bluetooth device list. Here’s how to get there:

Swipe down from the top of your device’s screen and tap the settings cog in the upper right corner. You can also tap the Settings icon in your app drawer or long-press the Bluetooth icon in the pull-down menu.

Connect AirPods to Android
Swipe down from the top of your device’s screen and tap the Settings cog in the upper right corner.

3. Tap on Connections

After the Settings menu opens you’ll see a list of options. The Bluetooth option is in the Connection settings, so tap Connections.

How to Connect AirPods to an Android
The Bluetooth option is in the Connection settings, so tap Connections.

4. Tap on Bluetooth

Finally, tap Bluetooth to access your device’s Bluetooth settings. You will see your paired devices on this page.

Helpful Tip: If you can’t find the Bluetooth Settings, head back to the main Settings page and type Bluetooth in the search bar at the top. Every version of Android and manufacturer have slightly different settings, so this will help you locate the ones you need quickly.

Connect AirPods to Android
Tap Bluetooth to access your device’s Bluetooth settings.

5. Tap on Your AirPods

Connect AirPods to Android
On this new page, scroll to Available Devices.

On this new page, scroll to Available Devices. This option is typically at the bottom of the list but can vary depending on the manufacturer and Android version.

Find and tap on the AirPods. If your new AirPods have yet to pair with another device, the name should be Airpods. Otherwise, they will take the name of the previously paired device (e.g., Matt’s AirPods).

Connect AirPods to Android
If your new AirPods have yet to pair with another device, the name should be Airpods.

6. Tap Pair

A small pop-up menu will appear at the bottom of your screen. Confirm you’d like to connect your AirPods by tapping Pair.

Wait a few moments, and your AirPods will appear at the top of the page with the Connected status. Now, you can listen to your favorite songs, music, and videos or make phone calls.

Connect AirPods to Android
Confirm you’d like to connect your AirPods by tapping Pair.

7. Reconnect Your AirPods

When you pair your AirPods with an Apple device, the two pair automatically. But you’ll need to initiate the connection between your AirPods and Android every time. Fortunately, the process isn’t as lengthy as the initial setup.

Open the case and place one of the buds in your ear. Then, long-press the Bluetooth icon in the pull-down menu. Tap on your AirPods and wait for them to connect to your Android device.

Why Use AirPods with an Android

Comfort, design, and noise cancellation are among the list of reasons Apple has sold more than 150 million pairs. Apple’s AirPods are slim, lightweight, and packed with functionality that even Android fanatics can enjoy.

Connecting AirPods to Android is quite simple. Aside from a few missing features (voice-to-text, voice activation, and text reading), the AirPods work perfectly with any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Check out the video below for a quick visual guide to connecting your AirPods to your Android device.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will my AirPods read my texts when connected to an Android?

No. Your AirPods lose some Apple features when you pair them with an Android device. Your AirPods won’t respond to voice commands, read your texts, or tell you who’s calling.

What do I do if my AirPods won't go into pairing mode?

If you’ve long-pressed the pairing button (as shown in step 1), your AirPods may need to charge. Plug them into the charger for a bit and try again.

Also, check to ensure that both buds are placed securely in the case. AirPods will not enter pairing mode if one bud is missing.

Can I change the name of my AirPods with an Android?

No. To tweak the AirPods’ settings (e.g., your AirPod’s name and tap-to-play functions), you must pair them with an iPhone or iPad.

If you can pair them to an iOS device, open the Bluetooth settings and tap the i icon to the right. Then, you can change the name and other settings.

Can I double-tap to change a song?

Absolutely! One of the best features the AirPods offer is the ability to hang up calls and tap the buds to change a track. Fortunately, this feature works with Android too!

Are the AirPods waterproof?

No. Apple’s AirPods are sweat and moisture-resistant. They are not waterproof. However, the buds are quite durable, and many users have stated they work even after running through the wash.

So, even if you drop your AirPods in water, don’t throw them out. There is a good chance they’ll still work.

Do AirPods have a warranty?

Yes! Apple offers a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and $29 Apple Care that covers damage and extends the manufacturer’s warranty to two years.

What do I do if I lost an AirPod?

As stated above, you cannot pair the AirPods with any device without having both buds in the charging case. If you’ve lost one, you can order a replacement bud from Apple.

What do I do if my Android won't find my AirPods?

If you don’t see the AirPods in the Bluetooth device list, tap the Scan button to search for the buds again.

If you’ve tried searching again and they still don’t appear, ensure the white light on your charging case starts flashing white and try scanning again.

Finally, try turning your Android off and back on again. Then, follow the steps again.

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