AirPods not connecting to Mac? Here is the fix

The AirPods are a great pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones that made their debut in September 2016. The AirPods set themselves apart from rivals out there thanks to their physical user interface and Siri integration. However, the AirPods still meet your basic needs like listening to music or replying to a phone call. Apple’s earbuds support a wide range of devices with Bluetooth connectivity. However, there are times when the AirPods become a cause of annoyance as it fails to work. In this case, a lot of Mac owners are reporting that the AirPods refuse to connect to their Mac. If you have been affected by the issue, then I have you covered.

In this guide, I am going to show you the steps on how to fix AirPods not connecting to Mac. Before trying to do anything, try rebooting your Mac and restart everything from scratch. If the problem still persists, then make sure you read on.

  1. Use Bluetooth section

A Mac can detect a pair of AirPods if they are on your iCloud account. To locate your AirPods on your Mac, simply click on the Bluetooth section at the top menu bar, then you should see your AirPods from the list. From here, hover over your AirPods from the list and then hit Connect.

To make sure things go smoothly, the AirPods need to be charged while the charging case is open. If your AirPods refuse to speak to your Mac, then reboot your Mac and set up everything from scratch. If you want to disconnect, simply hit the Disconnect button.

  1. Un-pair and pair AirPods

If your AirPods are now connected with your Mac, but they fail to connect or connection drops, then the best solution is to unpair and pair them again. The process is pretty simple and you can follow the steps below.

Step one: Click on the Apple icon at the top and then select System Preferences from the drop-down menu

Step two: Next up, select Bluetooth and you should see your AirPods from the list

Step three: From here, right-click, then hit Remove and proceed with clicking on Forget Device

Step four: Your AirPods are now disconnected from your Mac and reset. From here, open your AirPods case and place it near your Mac, then press and hold the Round setup button

Step five: Select your Mac from the list of all available devices and hit the Connect button. If the problem still persists, then move on to the next step.

  1. Reset your AirPods

Resetting your AirPods may do the trick, and the process is pretty simple. All you need to do is to press and hold the Round button at the back of the charging case for 10 seconds. From here, you will go through the pairing process and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the task.

  1. Use AirBuddy

AirBuddy is a small utility tool that allows your AirPods to seamlessly connect to your Mac. To use AirBuddy, open the AirPods case near your Mac and you should see a pop-up listing your AirPods and the current battery percentage. From here, click on the Connect button and your earbuds are now connected. If there is no sound coming from the AirPods, then make sure you select the correct output. To do this, click on the Volume button in the menu bar and then select your AirPods as an output.

  1. Update your Mac

If nothing is fixed, then make sure you now have the latest software update on your Mac. A new update usually includes bug fixes, so it’s a good idea to keep things up-to-date. Updating a Mac is pretty simple as all you need to do is to select System Preferences > Software Update > Update Now.

If none of the above solutions work for you, then bring your AirPods to Apple Support Center or get Apple’s support online. If you now have a hardware problem with your AirPods while out of warranty, then Apple is now charging $69 each at its Service Center. If one of your earbuds breaks due to a manufacturing defect within your warranty, you can get Apple to replace the affected item for free.

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