This article explains how to connect AirPods to a MacBook Air, to create a light, portable pair for mobile work and listening to audio.
How to Connect Your AirPods to a MacBook Air
Connecting AirPods to a MacBook Air is not difficult. Just a few clicks and button presses and you’ll be listening to wireless audio. Here’s what to do:
If your iPhone have been connected to these AirPods, and the iPhone and MacBook Air are signed into the same iCloud account, you should be able to skip these steps. The AirPods should already be set up on the Mac. Just put the AirPods in your ears, click the Bluetooth menu, click the name of the AirPods, and then click Connect.
1. Tap the Apple menu in the top left corner, then click System Preferences.
2. Click on Bluetooth.
3. Click Turn Bluetooth On. Keep this window open for the next few steps.
4. With both AirPods in the charging case, open the lid. Press the button on the AirPods case until the status light starts to blink.
5. In a moment, the AirPods will show in the Bluetooth preferences window, Tap Connect.
6. In a moment, the AirPods will be connected to your MacBook Air and you’ll be ready to listen to audio.
You will need all these steps in other to use the AirPods with your MacBook Air in the future. Just put the AirPods in your ears, click the Bluetooth menu in the top right corner of the screen, click the name of the AirPods, and then click Connect.
Can You Connect Two Pairs of AirPods to One MacBook Air?
If a friend of yours wants to hear whatever you’re listening to, You can connect two pairs of AirPods to one MacBook Air. To do so, follow the steps from the last section to connect both sets of AirPods to the MacBook Air.
The macOS doesn’t support audio output to two pairs of AirPods, you need a work around. Here’s what to do:
1. Go to the Finder > Utilities > and open Audio MIDI Setup.
2. Click the plus (+) sign, then select Create Multi-Output Device.
3. Check the box next to the two sets of AirPods. In the Master Device drop-down, select your AirPods. Check the Drift Correction box next to your friend’s AirPods.
4. Go to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Sound > Multi-Output Device. With that done, the MacBook Air’s audio is sent to both sets of AirPods.
Why Won’t My AirPods Connect to My MacBook Air?
If you’ve followed the steps from this article and your AirPods won’t connect to your MacBook Air, or you’re not hearing audio from them, try these steps to fix it:
- Turn Bluetooth on and off. Click the Bluetooth menu in the top right corner > click Turn Off Bluetooth > then click Turn on Bluetooth.
- Remove AirPods and set them up again. Click the Apple menu >System Preferences > Bluetooth > hover over the AirPods > click the X > set up the AirPods again.
- Charge AirPods. Put the AirPods into their case and plug the AirPods into a computer or power adapter to recharge the AirPods.