What to Know

  • Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices > Add Bluetooth or other devices > Bluetooth.
  • Select your AirPods. If your AirPods aren’t showing up, open the lid of the charging case.
  • Once the pairing process begins, press the setup button on the charging case until the process completes.

This article explains how to connect AirPods to a Windows 10 PC using Bluetooth.

How to Pair and Connect AirPods to a Windows 11 PC

How to Pair Your AirPods to Windows 10 Computers

The method for connecting Apple AirPods is the same as adding any other Bluetooth speaker or headphones to a Windows computer:

  1. Select the Action Center icon in the bottom-right corner of the Windows taskbar to open Windows Action Center.

    windows action center icon in taskbar

  2. Select All settings in the Windows Action Center.

    While you have the Action Center open, check to make sure Bluetooth is enabled. The Bluetooth tile should be highlighted; if it’s not, select the tile to turn it on.

    All settings button in the Windows Action Center

  3. Select Devices in the Windows Settings.

    Windows Settings > Devices

  4. Select the Bluetooth & other devices tab on the left side, then select Add Bluetooth or other devices.

    Windows Bluetooth & other devices

  5. Select Bluetooth in the Add a device window.

    Add a device > Bluetooth

  6. Your Apple AirPods should appear on the list as AirPods. Select AirPods to begin the pairing process.

    If your AirPods aren’t showing up, open the lid of their charging case.

    Selecting AirPods in Add a device in Windows

  7. Press the setup button on the rear of the Apple AirPod charging case while having the lid open. The charging case’s light should change from green to white.

    Continue firmly pressing the setup button until the pairing is complete. If you encounter an error message, press the setup button on the charging case before you select the AirPods on the Bluetooth device list.

    Press the circle button on the rear of the Apple AirPod charging case.

  8. If paired correctly, you should see a "Your device is ready to go!" message. Select Done to close the message.

    Your device is ready to go

You can also pair AirPods with Microsoft Surface devices.

How Can AirPods Connect to a Windows PC?

Apple AirPods use Bluetooth to connect to any computer. Once connected, you can use AirPods to listen to audio, input audio via their built-in mic, and control audio volume or pause sound via tap controls.

AirPods are actually compatible with most devices that support Bluetooth including Android tablets and smartphones.

How to Fix Windows 10 Apple AirPod Sync Problems

If your Apple AirPods stop working on your Windows PC, try these fixes:

  • Disable Bluetooth on other devices. If you’ve paired your AirPods with your iPhone, it could interfere with the connection to your PC, so try temporarily turning off Bluetooth on other devices.
  • Open the charging case lid. Apple AirPods connect to devices when the charging case’s cover is open and its light turns green. Try opening it for a few seconds before removing the AirPods and putting them in your ears.

If you're still having problems, follow these troubleshooting steps:

  1. Open an app such as Spotify on your Windows 10 PC and begin playing some music.

    Spotify login screen

  2. Place your Apple AirPods back in their charging case and close the lid, then wait a few seconds.

    Place your Apple AirPods back in their charging case and close the lid, then wait a few seconds.

  3. Open the Action Center and select All settings.

    All settings button in the Windows Action Center

  4. Select Devices in the Windows Settings.

    Windows Settings > Devices

  5. Make sure your AirPods are on the list of paired devices.

    AirPods in list of Bluetooth devices

  6. Open the charging case’s lid, remove the AirPods, and place them in each ear.

    An AppleAir pod sits in a man's ear.

  7. Select AirPods in the device list, then select Connect. The AirPods should connect, and the audio should being playing through them.

    If your Apple AirPods still won't play sound, open All settings > Devices, then select Remove Device under AirPods and repeat the pairing process.

    Connecting AirPods to computer under Bluetooth & other devices

FAQ

  • How do I connect AirPods to a Mac?

    To connect your AirPods to a Mac, go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Bluetooth and turn on Bluetooth. Place your AirPods in the case, open the lid, and tap the button on the AirPods case until the status light blinks. Select Connect.

  • How do I connect AirPods to an Android?

    To connect AirPods to an Android device, go to Settings > Bluetooth and ensure Bluetooth is on. With the AirPods inside, open the charging case and press and hold the button on the case until it flashes. From the Android device, tap the AirPods from the available Bluetooth devices list.

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