What To Do if AirPods Won’t Connect to Mac

Apple AirPods are designed to connect to your phone, iPad, and other devices with ease. It’s unusual and frustrating when AirPods do not Connect to your Mac.

See: Apple AirPods

Here is a list you can follow to solve this issue.

  1. If you have AirPods Pro, you’ll need an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 13.2 or later, an iPad running iPadOS 13.2 or later, an Apple Watch running watchOS 6.1 or later, an Apple TV running tvOS 13.2 or later, or a Mac running macOS 10.15.1 or later. 
  2. Or if you’re using AirPods (2nd generation), your Mac will need macOS 10.14.4 or later.
  3. If you’re using AirPods (1st generation), your Mac will need macOS Sierra or later.

See: Apple iOS 13

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What To Do if AirPods do not Connect to your Mac

Then follow the steps below if your AirPods do not Connect to your Mac:

  1. Select Bluetooth from the Apple menu. Remove your AirPods from the list of devices. If your AirPods do not appear in Bluetooth preferences, set up your AirPods with your Mac, but if they appear in the list but don’t connect:
  1. Select your AirPods from the device list. To turn off your AirPods, click the X to the right of them. Return to Bluetooth settings and add your AirPods to the device list
  1. In the charging case, place both AirPods. Remove the cover from your charging case and place it near your Mac. Select your AirPods from the device list and click Connect. Put your AirPods to the test. Try resetting your AirPods if you’re still having difficulty connecting.

Running the correct version of iOS.

If you’re connecting these AirPods to your iPhone or iPad for the first time, be sure they fulfil the system requirements. Your iOS device must be working iOS 10 or later if you have the first generation AirPods, and iOS 12.2 is required for the second-generation AirPods.

See: Apple iOS 12

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Running the correct version of iOS
  1. Go to the Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Then, under General, select Software Update.
  3. Check whatever version of iOS you’re running on the Software Update page, and apply an update if necessary.

AirPod connection Troubleshoot

You can take a few basic actions to get your AirPods to work most of the time effectively if your AirPods do not Connect to your Mac.

  1. Ensure that your AirPods are fully charged by placing them in their case and connecting them to a power source for about 1-2 hours. 
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Battery of Airpods

2. Make sure Bluetooth is switched on on the iPhone or iPad you want to connect to. Swipe down from the upper right corner of the screen or up from the bottom to access the Control Panel, and make sure the Bluetooth icon is turned on (blue). You may also check in your Settings app’s Bluetooth menu.

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Switching on Bluetooth

3. Restart the iPhone or iPad to which you’re attempting to connect. Restarting the device can solve this problem.

Setting up the AirPods

If the methods above don’t work, try resetting your AirPods and pairing them with your iPhone or iPad so that if your AirPods do not Connect to your Mac, they will start working.

  1. To begin, disconnect the AirPods from your iPhone or iPad. Go to the Settings in iPhone or iPad and select “Bluetooth.” Select the “i” next to the AirPods entry, then tap “Forget this Device.”
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Setting up the airpods

2. Close the lid on the AirPods case and wait about 30 seconds. Remove the lid.

3. Hold down the setup button on the back of the case until the status light flashes amber a few times before flashing white constantly.

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If your AirPods do not connect with your Mac

The troubleshooting methods if your AirPods do not Connect to your Mac are essentially the same as for the iPhone and iPad. To begin, ensure that your machine is running the correct operating system version.

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If your AirPods do not connect with your Mac

macOS Sierra or later is required for the original AirPods, and macOS 10.14.4 or later is required for the second-generation AirPods. To verify your macOS version, go to the Apple menu and select System Preferences, then “Software Update.” 

If the operating system is working correctly, proceed to the instructions for the iPhone and iPad described above. If none of those suggestions works, your AirPods may need to be reset.

  1. Unpair the AirPods on your Mac. To unpair, press the Alt key while clicking on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar of your Mac.
  2. Click on the AirPods in the Devices section, then “Remove.” To confirm, click “Remove” once again.
  3. Close the lid on the AirPods case and wait about 30 seconds. Remove the lid.
  4. Hold down the setup button on the back of the case until the status light flashes amber a few times before flashing white constantly.

 You would now be able to reconnect your AirPods using the procedure described above.

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About the Author: McKenzie Smith

Hello, I am McKenzie and I am totally obsessed with getting the best experience out of every device that I use. Hence, I started this blog to help others make the most of their devices and fix errors in a jiffy! :)

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