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Connecting AirPods to a Microsoft Surface device is slightly different than connecting them to an Apple device, as AirPods are primarily designed to work seamlessly with Apple products. 

To connect AirPods to a Microsoft Surface device, you can try the following steps:

1. Enable Bluetooth: Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your Microsoft Surface device. You can usually do this by opening the Action Center in the bottom-right corner of the screen and clicking on the Bluetooth icon to turn it on. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and toggle the Bluetooth switch to enable it.

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2. Put AirPods in Pairing Mode: Open the lid of your AirPods case. If the AirPods are already paired with an Apple device, you may need to unpair them first. On the back of the AirPods case, you’ll find a small button. Press and hold the button on the back of the case until the LED on the front of the case starts flashing white. This puts the AirPods in pairing mode.

3. Add Bluetooth Device: On your Microsoft Surface device, go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices. Click on the “Add Bluetooth or other device” button.

4. Select AirPods: In the “Add a device” window, select “Bluetooth.” Your Surface device will start searching for nearby Bluetooth devices. From the list of available devices, locate and select your AirPods when they appear.

5. Pair and Connect: Follow any on-screen instructions to complete the pairing process. Once paired, your AirPods should now be connected to your Microsoft Surface device.

Why Won’t My AirPods Connect to My Surface Pro? 

There are several potential reasons your Apple AirPods aren’t connecting to your Surface Pro or other Surface devices properly.

  • Bluetooth is disabled on your Surface. Turn Bluetooth back on via the Windows 10 Action Center.
  • You connected the AirPods to something else. Apple AirPods often stay connected to the first synced device they detect when activated. Remove them from the other device or turn that device’s Bluetooth off to disconnect them.
  • You connected your Surface to something else. Your Surface Pro might already be streaming audio to a speaker or pair of headphones. Disconnect that other device or turn it off. 
  • The batteries may be flat. Make sure to charge your AirPods daily, so they have plenty of battery life, and place them back in their case so they don’t accidentally turn on and use all their power when not in use.
  • Your Surface isn’t seeing your AirPods. To fix this, place your AirPods in their case, close the lid, and then open it again.
  • Windows is glitching. Restart your Surface and troubleshoot Windows Bluetooth.
  • Your AirPods could be fake. The chances of this happening are slim if you bought your AirPods from an Apple Store, but if you got them from a reseller,  your AirPods could be fake or damaged.

Please note that while basic functionality like audio playback and some controls may work, certain features like automatic ear detection, Siri integration, or advanced gesture controls may not be available when using AirPods with a non-Apple device.

In addition, the connection experience and compatibility can vary depending on the specific model of AirPods and the version of the Microsoft Surface device.

If you encounter any issues or the AirPods do not appear in the list of available devices, you may need to reset your AirPods and try the connection process again or refer to the specific support resources for your AirPods model.

I hope these steps help you connect your AirPods to your Microsoft Surface device.

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