Although Apple is very attached to its secret garden, Apple's Airpods and Airpods Pro work with Android devices. Why? The Bluetooth connection is a standard found on millions of devices, including Android smartphones. While Apple has some tricks up its sleeve in iPhones and other devices, standards such as Bluetooth and many of its accessories work on Android and PC devices too, not just Apple devices.
Airpods may even be one of the best options for your Android device, whether it's a Samsung, LG, Nokia, Google Pixel or other. Whatever the device, if it has Bluetooth and is still working, it will connect to Airpods.
How do I connect Airpods to Android?
Open the Airpods case and make sure the Airpods are inside the case, not outside. Inside, not outside. Next, when you are ready to pair:
- First, press the white button on the back of the Airpods case. The only LED on the case will light up white. You must continue to hold the button down until the LED lights up white. Once it does, you are ready to pair the Airpods with your Android phone.
- Open the Bluetooth menu on your Android phone. You can either swipe to bring up the quick settings menu, then press and hold the Bluetooth icon, or find Bluetooth connections via Settings, then a submenu called Connections/connected devices/connecting devices, then Bluetooth.
- Make sure Bluetooth is enabled and search for available devices. Airpods should appear as an option as long as the Airpods case is still flashing white.
- Press "pair" and allow the phone and Airpods to establish a connection with your phone.
This should be done. The Airpods should now be connected to your Android device, and will always reconnect automatically, as long as your phone's Bluetooth is enabled.
What if the Airpods can't pair with your Android phone?
The most common problem users encounter when trying to pair their wireless headphones to a smartphone is that the headset cannot be found. There are several reasons why a phone may have difficulty locating a wireless headset :
- The Airpods may already be connected to another device. Check all your other source devices, and make sure none of them are currently connected to Apple Airpods.
- Another problem is that the batteries in the Airpods and the case are depleted. In this case, you need to recharge the case and the headphones. To do this, place the Airpods in the case and connect it to a Lightning cable, or you can place it on a wireless charging mat if you have opted for the wireless variant of the case. Once the headset is charged, you can try the pairing process again.
Sometimes the problem has nothing to do with the headset, but can be traced back to your smartphone. Disable and enable the Bluetooth function on your smartphone. If this does not work, try restarting your smartphone. Another common problem is that the smartphone may be too far from the Airpods. They should be within 10 metres of each other for optimum connection strength.
To solve the problem, disable and then re-enable the Bluetooth function on the Android phone. Restart the device as a last resort, then try another phone if you can, to ensure that the problem is not with your device..
As a last resort, reset your Airpods.
If the Airpods go haywire for some unknown reason, you can always count on a factory reset to do the trick. When you perform a factory reset, you decouple the Airpods from your devices and your iCloud account.
- Open the case and keep the earphones inside.
- Go to the Bluetooth settings on your smartphone.
- Press the gear icon next to the Airpods, then select "Forget this device".
- Press and hold the button on the back of the Airpods case until it flashes red.
- Press and hold the button until the case indicator light flashes white.
You can now pair the factory reset Airpods to your Android smartphone. More information on resetting Airpods in our dedicated article.
And that's it. As you can see, connecting Apple's Airpods to an Android device is not difficult at all, although there are a few steps you need to go through to do so.