How to connect AirPods to a Windows PC

Thought they were just for Apple users? Here’s how to connect AirPods to a PC running Windows 10

One of the best things about Apple’s AirPods is how simple they are to pair and utilize with Apple devices. The latest AirPods 3 headphones will even automatically switch between your Apple devices.

However, you may be wondering how to connect your AirPods to a PC running Windows 10, and you may believe that compatibility with these gadgets is tough. It isn’t, and while you won’t get the same level of seamless integration as you would with the rest of the Apple lineup, understanding how to connect AirPods to a laptop or desktop running Windows 10 is a piece of cake. This easy-to-follow instruction will show you how.

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How to connect AirPods to a PC running Windows 10

How to connect AirPods to a Windows PC
How to connect AirPods to a Windows PC

1. Enable Bluetooth on your Windows 10 computer.

Go to Start, then Settings, then Devices. Check that Bluetooth is switched to the ‘on’ position.

2. Add a new device

At the top of the page, click Add Bluetooth or another device. When the Add a device menu appears, select the Bluetooth option.

3. Pair your AirPods

Place the AirPods in their charging case. Close and then reopen the lid. Hold down the white Setup button on the issue until you see the case LED flash white. Your AirPods should display in the device menu on your computer screen. Choose them, and you’re ready to go.

If you enable automatic switching, your AirPods will switch between Apple devices that are logged into the same iCloud account if, for example, you are listening to music on one and receive a phone call on the other. This is prevented by connecting your AirPods to your Windows 10 laptop.

To reconnect to your iPhone or other Apple device, go to the Bluetooth menu on your phone and pick the AirPods. However, if you leave your PC while the earphones are attached, they will automatically switch to other previously paired devices in range, such as your iPhone.

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