Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (2024)

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What to Know Apple AirPods Guide: AirPods, AirPods Pro & AirPods Max Instructions Jump To: Connect/Pair AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3,AirPods Pro & AirPods Max Connect AirPods to an iPhone & Apple Watch Connect Two Pairs of AirPods to One iPhone Pair AirPods to Your iPad or a Different iPhone Pair AirPods,2nd-Generation AirPods, 3rd-Generation AirPods,AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max to Your Mac How to Pair AirPods to a Windows PC Pair Your AirPods to an Apple TV To ​Unpair Your AirPods from Your Apple TV: Basics of AirPods,AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro & AirPods Max Use Turn Volume Up & Down on AirPods Change Volume on AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro & AirPods Max AirPods Pro & AirPods 3 Audio Controls AirPods Pro & AirPods Max Can Switch Between Noise Canceling & Transparency Mode AirPods Max Digital Crown Answer Calls with AirPods & Use Siri to Announce Calls Other Helpful Siri Commands for Your AirPods Switching Audio Output toAirPods, AirPods Pro & AirPods Pro Max How to Configure AirPods, AirPods Pro & AirPods Max The AirPods &AirPods 2 Double-Tap Shortcut Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection on Your AirPods Pro Tip Microphone Controls for Your AirPods Rename Your AirPods Change Force Sensor Settings on Your AirPods Pro Set Up Find My& Find Lost AirPods,AirPods Pro & AirPods Max AirPods, AirPods 2 & 3,AirPods Pro & AirPods Max Battery Life & Charging How to Check Your AirPodsBattery Level How to Check AirPodsBattery Level on Your Mac Check the Charge Status of Your Charging Case How to Charge Your AirPods Wireless Charging Case for AirPods, AirPods 2& AirPods 3 Wireless Charging Case for AirPods Pro How to Reset AirPods,AirPods Pro & AirPods Max Which Apple Devices Can My AirPods Model Connect To? Which Devices Can My AirPods Connect To? Which Devices Can My AirPods 2 Connect To? Which Devices Can My AirPods 3 Connect To? Which Devices Can My AirPods ProConnect To? Which Devices Can My AirPods Max Connect To? References

What to Know

  • Find out how to connect AirPods to your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
  • Set up Find My so that you never lose track of your AirPods.
  • Discover how to change AirPods settings for the optimal listening experience.
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Got a new pair of AirPods?Once you know how to set up, connect, and configure them,you'll discover why people who owna pair of Apple's wireless earbuds or wireless over-ear headphones lovethem. We're here to help get you started with this AppleAirPods manual, which will cover the original AirPods,AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, AirPods Pro 2,and AirPods Max.

Apple AirPods Guide: AirPods, AirPods Pro & AirPods Max Instructions

The AirPods' sound quality is crisp andclearfor both listening and speaking through the built-in microphones. The wireless earbuds include a charging case with 24-hourlife for easy battery management, while the AirPods Max offer a carrying case that preserves battery life. All versionshavethe ability to pair and unpair with many different Apple products.Apple CEO Tim Cook describes AirPods as "practically magic" and explains, "the pairing is seamless, and as someone is talking to you, if you take one out, the music will automatically stop, and if you replace, it starts again." That goes for every member of the AirPods family, whether you have the original AirPods, the AirPods Pro, or the AirPods Max.Let's get started learning how to use Apple AirPods!

Jump To:

  • Basics of AirPods Use
  • Which Apple Devices Can My AirPods Model Connect To?

Connect/Pair AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3,AirPods Pro & AirPods Max

To kickstart this AirPods user guide, we'll go over connectivity. Let's get started learning how to pair your AirPods.

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Connect AirPods to an iPhone & Apple Watch

Apple has made connecting your AirPods to your iPhone as simple as possible. You can even connect your AirPods to another iPhoneif you need to. For more AirPods tips and tricks, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter. Now here's how to connect AirPods:

  1. Make sure you are signed in to your iCloud account on your iPhone; we'll get to the "why" of this step later.
  2. Bring the AirPods close to your phone; they should be in their case, and the case should be open.
  3. Within a few seconds, you'll see a screen asking if you'd like to connect your AirPods to your iPhone. Tap Connect.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (3)
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to set up your AirPods. When you are done, tap Continue.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (4)
  5. If you have an Apple Watch paired to the iPhone you just connected your AirPods to, your AirPods will be connected to your Apple Watch as well. Sound will automatically switch between your Apple Watch and iPhone.

Now you know how to set up your AirPods. This setup process is pretty much the same, whether you are pairing2nd-generation AirPods, 3rd-generation AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max. The only difference with the AirPods Max is that you'll need to take them out of the Smart Case.

If you've already set up Hey Sirion your iPhone, then you'll automatically be able to use this feature with your AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. If you haven't yet set up Hey Siri, don't worry, there will be step-by-step instructions on your device to guide you through the process.

If you have trouble getting your AirPods to stay in your ears once they are paired, check out this guide on how to wear AirPods.For more AirPods tips and tricks, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

Connect Two Pairs of AirPods to One iPhone

AirPods users are able to pair two sets of AirPods to one iPhone. This feature makes it possible for two people to listen to the same music, podcast, audiobook, and other mediafrom one iPhone.

Pair AirPods to Your iPad or a Different iPhone

If your iPhone and iPad are signed in to the same iCloud account using the same Apple ID, you'll be able to bring your AirPods close to your iPad, and they'll automatically pair. If you haven't taken this step, it will take a little more effortto pair your AirPods to your iPad. These directions also work for pairing your AirPods to a different iPhone.

  1. Hold your AirPods, case open, close to your iPad.
  2. Tap Connect when a prompt like the one below appears.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (5)
  3. Press and hold the Setup button as directed.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (6)
  4. You'll see a message like the one below indicating that your AirPods are connecting to your iPad.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (7)
  5. Tap Done when the AirPods have finished pairing, and you'll be able to begin using them.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (8)

Pair AirPods,2nd-Generation AirPods, 3rd-Generation AirPods,AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max to Your Mac

If you already paired your AirPods to your iPhone and your Mac is signed in to the same iCloud account withthe same Apple ID, pairing will be quick.

  1. Put your AirPods in your ears, then click on the Apple icon in your Mac's Menu Bar.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (9)
  2. Click System Settings. If you are on an older version of macOS, this might be called System Preferences.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (10)
  3. Click on Bluetooth in the System Settings menu.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (11)
  4. You'll see a menu of Bluetooth devices available; choose your AirPods.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (12)
  5. If you don't see your AirPods in the Bluetooth options, you'll need to make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your Mac.
  6. Check the status under Bluetooth, and confirm that your Mac is discoverable. If the white cirlcular toggleis on to the right, you know that Bluetooth is on. If it's not, click the toggle to turn it on.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (13)
  7. Once Bluetooth is on, hold your AirPods case with the lid open and AirPods inside near your Mac.
  8. Press and hold the Setup button on the back of the case until the Status light begins to flash white.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (14)
  9. Your AirPods should now be an option in the Bluetooth menu.
  10. Once your AirPods are paired with your Mac, you can choose to listen to audio from your Mac through the AirPods by opening System Settingsagain and choosing Sound.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (15)
  11. You'll see your AirPods in the Output menu;click on them.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (16)

Your AirPods should be connected to your Mac now.

How to Pair AirPods to a Windows PC

If you have a PC running Windows 10 or 11, you may wish to use your AirPods with it. Luckily, we have a separate guide for how to connect AirPods to PC. You can use your AirPods with Windows almost as seemlessly as with macOS.

Pair Your AirPods to an Apple TV

Before attempting to connect your AirPods to your Apple TV, check to make sure your TV software is compatible with your AirPods model:

  • Original AirPods can connect to tvOS 11 or later.
  • Second-generation AirPods require an Apple TV running at least tvOS 12.2.
  • Third-generation AirPods can connect to tvOS 15 or later.
  • AirPods Pro require an Apple TV running tvOS 13.2 or later.

Beginning with iOS 11, the Apple TV joined the group of devices that can automatically pair to your AirPods if it's signed in to iCloud using the same Apple ID.If your Apple TV isn't signed in using the same Apple ID, you can follow the manual setup instructions below.

To connect your AirPods to your Apple TV:

  1. Open your AirPods case, leaving the AirPods inside, and bring them close to your Apple TV.
  2. Press and hold the Setup buttonon the back of the AirPods case.
  3. Open the Settings app on your Apple TV.
  4. Select Remotes and Devices, then select Bluetooth.
  5. Choose your AirPods from the list of devices that appears, then choose Connect Device.

Once your AirPods have been pairedto your Apple TV, you can select them from the menu of recognized devices any time you want. Just navigate to your Apple TV's Home Screen and press the Play button on the remote. A menu of paired devices will appear; chooseyour AirPods.

To ​Unpair Your AirPods from Your Apple TV:

  1. Go back to the Settings app.
  2. Select Remote and Devices.
  3. SelectBluetooth.
  4. Choose your AirPods from the list.
  5. SelectForget Deviceand thenConfirm.

Basics of AirPods,AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro & AirPods Max Use

AirPods are meant to be a seamless and helpful addition to your daily experience with Apple devices. They're ready to use as soon as you take them out of their case, and when you put one or both in your ears, they start playing audio automatically. When you take one AirPod out, your audio will pause, and when you take both out, it stops altogether. This section of our AirPods guide will go over a few more things you should know about how your AirPods work:

Turn Volume Up & Down on AirPods

You can adjust the volume on your AirPods by asking Siri to do it, either by saying "Hey Siri, turn up (or down) the music", or by asking Siri to raise or lower the volume by a percentage.To learn more,follow our tutorial onhow to raise or lower the volume on your AirPods. If you are having trouble with your AirPods' microphone, you can also see how to fix your AirPods' mic.

On the 2nd-generation AirPods Pro, you can also adjust the volume by swiping up or down on Force Sensor in the stem.

Change Volume on AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro & AirPods Max

If you're using 2nd-generation AirPods or AirPods Pro, you canraise or lower the volume by using the same Siri commands available on the original AirPods. You can also change the volume from your iPhone's Lock Screen by usingthe volume slider in whichever app you're listening to. For a third option, open your iPhone's Control Center and adjust the volume by dragging the volume slider up or down. If you're listening through a set of AirPods Pro that issynced to your Apple Watch, you can open Now Playing on your watch, then use the Digital Crown to adjust the volume. As mentioned previously, if you are using2nd-generation AirPods Pro, you can swipe up or down on the Force Sensor in the stem to change the volume.

AirPods Pro & AirPods 3 Audio Controls

The AirPods Pro and the AirPods 3 use the new Force sensor for a variety of purposes. Press the Force Sensor once to pause your audio, and press again to resume. Double-press the Force sensor to skip forward, andtriple-press to skip back. Squeeze the Force Sensor to summon Siri on the AirPods 3 or Pro and to adjust noise control on the AirPods Pro.

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AirPods Pro & AirPods Max Can Switch Between Noise Canceling & Transparency Mode

One of the most useful features ofApple's latest wirelessearbuds and headphones is the ability to switch back and forth betweenNoise-Cancellationand Transparency modes. Noise Cancellation reduces or eliminates sounds coming from external as well as internal sources, while Transparency allows those sounds in, so you're more aware of your environment. To change between these modes, press and hold the force sensor on the stem of your left or right AirPods Pro until you hear a chime. If you're wearing just one of your earbuds, pressing and holding the force sensor will switch the audio between Transparency mode and off. If you have a set of AirPods Max,press the noise control button to switch to Transparency mode.

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AirPods Max Digital Crown

The AirPods Max have a feature that isn't shared by the rest of the AirPods family, a Digital Crown. Max owners can play or pause audio, control volume, skip tracks, end and answer phone calls, and summon Siri with the Digital Crown.

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Answer Calls with AirPods & Use Siri to Announce Calls

Another useful feature for AirPods and AirPods users is the ability to answer calls with your AirPodsby double-tapping either AirPod and then double-tapping again to disconnect.

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You can also have Siri announce your incoming calls.

Other Helpful Siri Commands for Your AirPods

Besides asking Siri to announce calls,you can also use your AI assistant to do other AirPods related tasks. Learn how toturn on Hey Sirion your paired iPhone, then try some of these commands and questions:

  • "Hey Siri, turn up (or down) the volume."
  • "Hey Siri, skip to the next song."
  • "Hey Siri, pause the music."
  • "Hey Siri, play my Workout playlist."
  • "Hey Siri, how do I get to work from here?"
  • "Hey Siri, where's the nearest coffee shop?"

If you own a pair of AirPods 2 or AirPods 3, you won't have to double-tap your earbud to summon Siri, although that option is still available. You can also learn how to answer call with AirPods using Siri.

Switching Audio Output toAirPods, AirPods Pro & AirPods Pro Max

If you have your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch paired with multiple speakers or headphones, you'll want to know how to choose AirPods toplayaudio from on thatdevice. For example, to choose your AirPods for audio output on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Control Center on your iPhoneby swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen for the iPhone X or later, or up from the bottom of the screen for earlier iPhones.
  2. Tapthe audio card.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (21)
  3. Touch and hold the pyramid icon when the card opens.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (22)
  4. Now you'll see the option to change audio output to all the Bluetooth devices connected to your iPhone; you can tap on AirPods to choose them.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (23)

Related:How to Connect 2 Pairs of AirPods to an iPhone

How to Configure AirPods, AirPods Pro & AirPods Max

You can use your iOS device to configure your AirPods in the following ways:

The AirPods &AirPods 2 Double-Tap Shortcut

AirPods 2 and AirPods 3 can use the new touch-free "Hey Siri" prompt to accomplish all the tasks that previously required adouble-tap. If you've gotten used to tapping your AirPods and want to keep using this gesture, though, itstill works with the AirPods 2 while the AirPods 3 now have the same Force Sensors as the AirPods Pro.

We went over how to answer or hang up a call using the double-tap above, but you have several other options for how to configure your AirPods so they'll respond differently to the double-tap. Learn how touse your left or right AirPod to play or pause audio, skip to the next track, jump back to the previous track, or turn your AirPod off.

Note: You may need to have your AirPods in before you will see the settings described below.

  1. You can find all these double-tap options on your iPhone by opening the Settings app and tapping Bluetooth to open a list of paired Bluetooth devices.
  2. Next, tapthe info iconnext to AirPods and tap on each AirPod to choose the function that you want it tocontrolfrom themenu of AirPod functions.

Turn Off Automatic Ear Detection on Your AirPods

Using the same steps you took to arrive at the double-tap shortcut options, you can also choose to enable or disable automatic ear detection.

Note: You may need to have your AirPods in before you will see the settings described below.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iOS device.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (24)
  2. SelectBluetooth.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (25)
  3. Tap on the lower-case i next to your AirPods.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (26)
  4. Toggle Automatic Ear Detection off if you don't want audio to switch from your paired device to your AirPods whenever you put one or both AirPods in your ears.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (27)

Pro Tip

If your AirPods connect, but no sound is coming from them,turning off Automatic Ear Detection couldfix this. Check out ourhow to fix AirPods sound coming from your iPhone troubleshooting guide.

Microphone Controls for Your AirPods

You can also adjust your AirPod's micsettings from this same page.

  1. Tap on Microphone underneath the Automatic Ear Detection toggle.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (28)
  2. You can decide to let your AirPods Microphone automatically switch back and forth from leftto right as needed, or to always use the left or right earbud for mic function. The automatic option allows your microphone to remain functional even if you're only using one AirPod.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (29)

Rename Your AirPods

We have a great resource if you'd like to learnhow torenameyour AirPods, which allows you to assign a device nickname or another easily identifiable moniker.

Change Force Sensor Settings on Your AirPods Pro

As mentioned previously, pressing and holding the Force Sensor allows AirPods Pro users to switch between Transparency andNoise Cancellation modes. If you'd like to change yourForce Sensor commands, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the Settings app.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (30)
  2. Tap your AirPods when they're connected.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (31)
  3. Scroll down, and under the menu labeled Press and Hold AirPods, you'll see options for the left and right AirPod. Tap either one to change its behavior.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (32)
  4. Your AirPods Pro menu will give you the option to change the press and hold function. You can choose to usethe press and hold controls for noise control modes, or leave one for noise control and use the other for Siri commands.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (33)

Note: While the AirPods 3 have Force Sensors, they don't have noise control.

Set Up Find My& Find Lost AirPods,AirPods Pro & AirPods Max

Once you've set upFind My,you'll be able to see the location of all the devices signed in under your Apple ID from theFind Myappor atiCloud.com. In addition, your lost device will send out Bluetooth signals even if it's offline and asleep. These signals can be detected by nearby Apple devices, which will relay a locationto the Find My app to help you findyour missing Apple tech. This is animportant step in safeguarding yourdevices should any of them get lost or stolen, includingyour AirPods,AirPods 2,AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max.

Once you've paired your AirPods to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch that's signed in to your Apple ID and has Find Myset up, they'll be automatically included in the feature and visible on the Find Mymap.

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Here's where this feature gets really useful:if your AirPods are near a paired device and within Bluetoothrange, you can activate a two-minute tone that gets gradually louder, helping you locate one or both earbuds. To turn this on:

  1. Tap on your AirPods in the Devices list under the map, then tap Play Sound.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (35)
  2. If you don't know how to navigate to the location of your AirPods, tap Directions, and Apple's Maps app will open and direct you.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (36)
  3. If you've only lost one AirPod, or if you've found one but not the other, you can tap Mute Left or Mute Right to home in on the location of the missing earbud.
  4. Tap Stop Playing once you've found your AirPods and want the tone to stop, or repeat the process if two minutes wasn't long enough to locate both earbuds.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (37)

Note: This feature only works if your AirPods are out of their case or if the case is open. If the case is closed with the earbuds inside, you're out of luck because the tone will not sound. However, the 2nd-generation AirPods Pro now come with a speaker built-in to the charging case, allowing you to easily find them even if they are in the case and the case is closed.

If you see No location foundnext to your AirPods, they're out of range of your connected deviceorout of battery; the map will showthelast time and locationthey were traceable. If your AirPods come back within range or are charged, you'll receive a notification on your paired device.

AirPods, AirPods 2 & 3,AirPods Pro & AirPods Max Battery Life & Charging

Apple's original AirPods last a fairly long time per charge; two hours of talk time or five hours of listening. Even better, if you've fully charged your AirPods case, you'll be able to talk for up to elevenhours and listen for up to 24 hours as long as your recharge the AirPods in the case. The 2nd-generation AirPods can last even longer between charges; three hours of talk time, five hours of listening time, and a more than 24-hour battery life with a fully-charged battery case! Apple's new AirPods, the AirPods Pro, offer up to fivehours of listening time and 3.5 hours of talk time. With a fully-charged case, your AirPods Pro will last for more than 18 hours of talk time or 24 hours of listening time. The AirPods Max offer 20 hours of listening and talk time. So, how do you know your AirPods need a charge? Let's go over how to check your AirPod's battery levels, both the charging case and the earbuds themselves.

How to Check Your AirPodsBattery Level

You can use your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Macto check the charge status of your AirPods and their case. To check with one of your iOS devices:

  1. Your AirPods will need to be connected to the device you'd like to use to check their charge status.
  2. Open your AirPods case, leaving your AirPods inside, and hold the open case near your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
  3. The battery levels of both your AirPods and their charging case will appear on the screen within a few seconds.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (38)
  4. You can also check these levels using the Batterieswidget in your Today View. Learn how to add the battery widgettoyour Today View or Home screen if you haven't already done so.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (39)
  5. Another way to check the battery levels on your AirPods and their case is to ask Siri.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (40)

How to Check AirPodsBattery Level on Your Mac

  1. Open the lid of the charging case or remove your AirPods from their case.
  2. Click the Apple icon in your Mac's menubar.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (41)
  3. ClickSystem Settings (or System Preferences, if you are on an older version of macOS).Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (42)
  4. Click Bluetooth.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (43)
  5. You'll see your AirPods in the Bluetooth menu, along with a percentage of how full or depleted their batteries are.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (44)

Pro Tip: There are ways to make your AirPods last longer. Check out thesetips on improving AirPod battery life.

Check the Charge Status of Your Charging Case

It's easy to tell at a glance if your AirPods case needs a charge. The new wireless charging case has a status light on the front, while theoriginalcase has the status light on the inside of the lid. For both accessories, the light glowsamber if less than a full charge is remaining and green if it's fully charged.

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If your AirPods are inside their case with the lid open, the status light will indicate the charge level of your earbuds rather than the charging case. Again, green indicates a full charge, and amber means that your AirPods need to be topped off.

If you are charging your AirPods case on a wireless charging mat, the Status light will glow for eight seconds when you place the case on the mat, green for fully charged, amber if more charge is needed. If you have the new AirPods Pro, you can tap the case while it's on the mat to see if it's fully charged.

How to Charge Your AirPods

If your AirPod's batteries are depleted, you'll hear a tone in one or both earbuds indicating that your batteries are low. If you don't charge after that, you'll hear one more tone before your wireless earbudsshut down. So how do you go about charging your AirPods? As long as the case has a charge, all you need to do is put your earbuds into the charging case and close the lid.

To charge the AirPod case, plug the charging case into a power source with the USB to Lightning cable it came with. If you've purchased the new wireless charging case, you can also place the case on a wireless charger. If you already have an Apple Watch, you can use your Apple Watch's wireless charging puck to charge the 2nd-generation AirPods Pro.There are several ways to check to see if your AirPods are charging.

In only fifteen minutes, your AirPods will have charged enough for three hours of listening or over an hour of talk time. If you have a set of the new AirPods Pro, only five minutes of charge time will get you over an hour of talk or listening time! Plug your AirPods Max infor five minutes with your Lightning connector and add 1.5 hours of battery life. When you aren't using your AirPods, keep them in the case to preserve their charge. You can also opt to use only one AirPod and switch back and forth from using the left or right earbud to save battery life.

Wireless Charging Case for AirPods, AirPods 2& AirPods 3

Apple announced a wireless charging case for AirPods at the same time it revealed the 2nd-generation earbuds. Now you can charge your original AirPods or AirPods 2 or 3 without using a cable;just fifteenminutes of charging in the new wireless case will allow for up to three hoursof listening. You can purchase a 3rd-generation pair with a MagSafe charging case for $179, a 2nd-generation pair with the wireless case for $129, or purchase just the wireless charging case for your original AirPods for $79.

Wireless Charging Case for AirPods Pro

The wireless charging case introduced with Apple's 2nd-generation AirPods can be used on the original AirPods, as well. Unfortunately, the charging case for the AirPods Pro only works for those earbuds, and not the first two generations of AirPods. The case is included in the cost of the wireless earbuds, which rings in at $249.

How to Reset AirPods,AirPods Pro & AirPods Max

If you're having battery or other issues with your AirPods, you can reset them using your iOS device. However, if you plan on selling your AirPods, there's a few more steps you should take besides simply resetting them. Here's how to reset your AirPods:

  1. Put your AirPods in their case and close the lid. Wait 30 seconds, then open the lid.
  2. Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
  3. Tap Bluetooth.
  4. Tap the lower-case i icon next tothe AirPods that need to be reset.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (46)
  5. Tap Forget This Device and confirm your choice.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (47)
  6. Now, withyour AirPods in their case andthe lid open, press and hold the Setup button for at least 15 seconds.
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  7. The Status light should flashamber; if it doesn't, you'll need to close the case lid and connect the case to power for at least ten minutes, then try again.Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect, Set Up, Charge & Use AirPod Controls (49)
  8. Once the Status light flashes amber, you can reconnectyour AirPods to your devices (it will have disconnected from all devices that share the same iCloud account). Some customized settingswill need to be set up again.

Pro Tip: Resetting can be a good way to troubleshootAirPod problems. Read this for more tips on how to fix one AirPod not working.

Which Apple Devices Can My AirPods Model Connect To?

Which Devices Can My AirPods Connect To?

To use your AirPods, you'll need to connect them to one of the devices listed below.

iPhone, iPad &iPod Touch

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch that's updated to iOS 10 or later, you'll be able to pair it with your AirPods. Checkbelow to seeif your device is able to update to iOS 10 or later.

Apple Watch

If you'd like to pair your AirPods to your Apple Watch, your watch must beupdated to watchOS 3or later.

Apple TV

If you want to connect your Apple TV to your AirPods, you'll need the Apple TV to be updated totvOS 11 or later.

Mac

To pair your AirPods to your Mac, make sure your Mac is updated to macOS Mojaveor later.

Which Devices Can My AirPods 2 Connect To?

Second-generation AirPods are a bit more limited in which devices they can connect to. Read on to learn which devices running which operating systems will pair with your new earbuds. Also, check out this article to learn how to connect your AirPods to non-Apple devices.

iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch that's updated to iOS 12.2or later, you'll be able to pair it with your AirPods.

Apple Watch

If you'd like to pair your AirPods to your Apple Watch, your watch must beupdated to watchOS 5.2or later.

Apple TV

If you want to connect your Apple TV to your AirPods, you'll need the Apple TV to be updated totvOS 12.2or later.

Mac

To pair your AirPods to your Mac, make sure your Mac is updated to macOS Mojaveor later.

Second-generation AirPods are a bit more limited in which devices they can connect to. Read on to learn which devices running which operating systems will pair with your new earbuds. Also, check out this article to learn how to connect your AirPods to non-Apple devices.

Which Devices Can My AirPods 3 Connect To?

iPhone &iPad

If you have an iPhone or iPad that's updated to iOS 15or iPadOS 15or later, you'll be able to pair it with your third-generationAirPods.

Apple Watch

If you'd like to pair your AirPods to your Apple Watch, your watch must be updated to watchOS 8or later.

Apple TV

If you want to connect your Apple TV to your AirPods, you'll need the Apple TV to be updated totvOS 15.0or later.

Mac

To pair your AirPods to your Mac, make sure your Mac is updated to macOS Montereyor later.

Which Devices Can My AirPods ProConnect To?

Apple's latest version of the AirPods, the AirPods Pro, can connect to the following:

iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

If you have an iPhoneor iPod Touch that's updated to iOS 13.2or later, or an iPad that's updated to iPadOS 13.2, you'll be able to pair it with your AirPods Pro.

Apple Watch

If you'd like to pair your AirPods Pro to your Apple Watch, your watch must beupdated to watchOS6.1or later.

Apple TV

If you want to connect your Apple TV to your AirPods Pro, you'll need the Apple TV to be updated totvOS 13.2or later.

Mac

To pair your AirPods Pro to your Mac, make sure your Mac is updated to macOS Catalinaor later.

Which Devices Can My AirPods Max Connect To?

Apple'swireless, over-ear headphones can connect to:

iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

If you have an iPhonethat's updated to iOS 14or later, or an iPad that's updated to iPadOS 14, you'll be able to pair it with your AirPods Max. You'll need the iPod Touch 7th generation to pair with the AirPods Max.

Apple Watch

If you'd like to pair your AirPods Max to your Apple Watch, your watch must beupdated to watchOS7or later.

Apple TV

If you want to connect your Apple TV to your AirPods Max, you'll need anApple TV 4K updated totvOS 14or later.

Mac

To pair your AirPods Maxto your Mac, make sure your Mac is updated to macOS Big Suror later.

Next, get an answer to the burning question, 'are AirPods waterproof?' or learn how to keep AirPods in your ear if they keep slipping out.And if you're looking for how to clean your AirPods safely, we can help with that too.

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