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How to Connect AirPods to Windows 11

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AirPods work seamlessly with your iPhone or Mac, but you can use them with other devices, too. Learn how to connect AirPods to Windows 11 here.

AirPods are one of Apple’s most successful products, selling in the hundreds of millions. The wireless earbuds are simple to use with Apple devices, but you’re not tied into using them only within the Apple ecosystem.

If you want to use your AirPods with your desktop computer, you can do so regardless of whether it’s a Mac or a PC. Here’s how to connect AirPods to Windows 11.

How to Connect Apple AirPods to a Windows 11 PC

As AirPods use Bluetooth for wireless connectivity, you can connect your AirPods to a Windows 11 PC that has Bluetooth connectivity.

To connect AirPods to Windows 11:

  1. Press Start.
    windows 11 start
  2. Select Settings from the pinned apps.
    windows 11 settings
  3. In the left-hand menu, click Bluetooth & Devices.
    windows 11 bluetooth and devices
  4. Ensure that the Bluetooth slider is turned On.
    windows 11 bluetooth on
  5. Next, click Add Device.
    windows 11 add device
  6. Select Bluetooth as the kind of device you want to add.
    windows 11 add bluetooth device
  7. Your computer will now start searching for Bluetooth devices.
  8. Open your AirPods case lid with the AirPods inside.
  9. Press and hold the pair button on the back of the AirPods case.
  10. When the AirPod case flashes white, you can release the button. Your AirPods are now in pairing mode.
  11. Click on your AirPods in the device list when they appear.
    windows 11 airpods device
  12. When the connection is complete, click Done—your AirPods are now connected to Windows 11.

Troubleshooting AirPods on Windows 11

AirPods are designed to pair quickly and easily with Apple devices. It means that you may sometimes have issues connecting your AirPods to Windows 11. Here are some things you can try if you’re having trouble.

Reconnect Your AirPods

If you connect your AirPods to Windows 11, they should automatically reconnect every time you take them out of the case near your computer. However, if you subsequently connect them to a different device, then this will no longer happen.

If you find that your AirPods no longer automatically connect to Windows 11, repeat the steps above to manually reconnect them.

Turn Off Bluetooth on Apple Devices

AirPods and Apple devices can pair with each super quickly. This means that if you have Apple devices nearby when you’re trying to connect your AirPods to Windows 11, they may connect to the Apple devices instead.

One option is to unpair your AirPods from your Apple devices, but this is a little drastic. Instead, if you’re having trouble with your AirPods connecting to Apple devices, turn off Bluetooth on those devices temporarily.

To turn off Bluetooth on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app.
    iphone settings
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
    iphone bluetooth menu
  3. Toggle Bluetooth to Off.
    bluetooth turn off
  4. Once your AirPods have connected to Windows 11, repeat the steps above but toggle Bluetooth back on again.

To turn off Bluetooth on your Mac:

  1. In the menu bar, click the Bluetooth icon.
    mac bluetooth menu
  2. Toggle the Bluetooth icon to Off.
    mac turn off bluetooth
  3. When you have connected your AirPods to Windows 11, you can repeat the process to turn Bluetooth back on again.

Run the Bluetooth Troubleshooter

If you still can’t connect your AirPods to Windows 11, you may have problems with Bluetooth on your PC. Running the Bluetooth troubleshooter in Windows 11 may fix the issue.

To run the Bluetooth troubleshooter in Windows 11:

  1. Open the Start menu.
    windows 11 start
  2. Select Settings.
    windows 11 settings
  3. In the left-hand menu, click System.
    windows 11 system menu
  4. Scroll down and click Troubleshoot.
    windows 11 troubleshooters
  5. Under Options, select Other Troubleshooters.
    windows 11 other troubleshooters
  6. Scroll down to the Bluetooth troubleshooter and click Run.
    windows 11 run bluetooth troubleshooter
  7. The Bluetooth troubleshooter will start running. If it finds any problems, it will automatically attempt to fix them.
    windows 11 fixed bluetooth
  8. Once complete, click Close and try connecting your AirPods to Windows 11 again.

Get Full Use of Your AirPods

AirPods don’t just have to be used with your iPhone. Learning how to connect AirPods to Windows 11 allows you to use your favorite headphones on your Windows PC or laptop, too.

AirPods are packed with useful features. It’s also possible to connect AirPods to an Android device too. If you’re having trouble connecting your AirPods to a Mac, there are some easy fixes you can try.

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  1. Nazneen

    Brilliant instructions. Thanks!

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