How to Connect AirPods to MacBook

Software FAQ

The impressive noise-canceling capability and overall clarity that make AirPods an excellent match for iOS devices also make them ideal for video chats and casual listening during laptop use. While AirPods are designed for seamless pairing with iPhones, connecting them to a MacBook may require a few additional steps. If you have already paired them with your iPhone and are using the same Apple ID on your MacBook, your AirPods might already appear in the list of available Bluetooth devices on your laptop. In such a case, you can directly proceed to the section on “How to switch your AirPods.” However, if you don’t see them listed, follow the steps below to connect them.

Connecting AirPods to a MacBook: Step-by-Step Guide

Apple introduced a change in macOS Ventura in 2022, renaming System Preferences to System Settings. To connect your AirPods to your MacBook, follow these steps:

Access Bluetooth Settings

Click the Apple icon located in the upper left corner of your Mac’s screen and choose System Settings. Alternatively, you can click on the System Settings icon in the dock or select the Control Center icon in the upper right corner and click on Bluetooth, then Bluetooth settings. Once inside System Settings, navigate to Bluetooth in the left panel.

Prepare AirPods for Pairing

Keep your AirPods inside the charging case with the lid open. Bring the case close to your Mac, then press and hold the button on the back of the case until the light on the front starts flashing white.

Pairing AirPods

Your AirPods should now appear under “My Devices” in the Bluetooth window. Click the “connect” button to initiate the pairing process. You might be asked to enable Siri and set your voice assistant preferences during this step.


In case your AirPods don’t show up in the Bluetooth dialog box, close the AirPods case, wait for 15 seconds, and then reopen the case and press the back button again. Repeat the pairing process if necessary, as it may take a few attempts before your AirPods appear on the list. If you encounter persistent issues, ensure that your AirPods are fully charged, and your Mac has the latest OS version installed. Restarting your computer might also resolve any connectivity problems.

Following these steps should help you seamlessly connect your AirPods to your MacBook, allowing you to enjoy wireless audio while you work or engage in video chats with enhanced clarity.

Switching AirPods Between Devices: A Step-by-Step Guide

To seamlessly switch your AirPods from another device to your Mac, follow these simple steps. Please note that these instructions assume you have already connected your AirPods to your Mac. If not, please refer to the previous section for initial pairing steps.

You can access the Systems Settings application, but I recommend using the Control Center for easier navigation:

  • Access the Control Center: Click on the Control Center icon located in the upper right corner of your menu bar.
  • Select “Bluetooth“: Look for the text that says “Bluetooth” (not the Bluetooth icon, which turns Bluetooth on and off). Click on this text to access the Bluetooth settings.
  • Choose Your AirPods: Among the list of available devices in the Bluetooth menu, locate and select your AirPods.

    By following these steps, you can effortlessly switch your AirPods between devices, allowing you to enjoy a seamless audio experience across your Apple devices. Whether you’re listening to music on your iPhone or having a video call on your Mac, your AirPods will be readily available for use.

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