Method to Connect Your AirPods to a Windows 10
Connecting AirPods to a Windows 10 requires Bluetooth – meaning that they can connect to other non-Apple devices that have a Bluetooth module. So before we get to the details of how to connect AirPods to a Windows computer, you can check if your PC has Bluetooth feature.
- Press Win + X and choose Device Manager, then see if there’s an entry for Bluetooth. There, you should find a Bluetooth option listed under Network Connections.
- Press and hold the setup button at the back of the case until the status light starts flashing orange and then white. This shows that they’re in pairing mode.
- On your computer, open the Windows Start menu at the bottom left corner of the screen and go to Settings.
- Then select Devices.
- Click on the Bluetooth & other devices selection on the left sidebar and ensure that Bluetooth is on. Then click on the plus sign at the top of the tab indicating: Add Bluetooth or other devices.
- Then, it will reveal a list of Bluetooth devices that are within range.
- Select your AirPods from the list to pair them with your PC.
- Click Done and you will receive a message indicating that your AirPods have been connected successfully.
- Thereafter, you can remove your AirPods from their case and use them as you please.
Remember that some AirPods features might not work when you use them with a Microsoft laptop or a Windows PC. This includes features such as automatic in-ear detection, instant pairing, battery status display, gesture customization, and Siri.
Disconnect Your AirPods From Your Windows PC
Like any other Bluetooth device, you can easily disconnect your AirPods from other devices once you’re done using them. Here’s how you can disconnect your AirPods from a Windows PC:
- Follow the steps above to go to the Bluetooth & other devices window, you will see your AirPods’ name on the right side under Audio.
- Select the AirPods and click on the Remove device button.
- Confirm your selection by clicking Yes to remove the device.
What to Do When Your AirPods Won’t Connect to PC
Connection issues are relatively common in AirPods, and there might be several reasons why your AirPods aren’t connecting to your computer. Some common culprits include misconfiguration in your Bluetooth settings, outdated drivers, clogged pods, and in some rare cases, hardware issues. Whatever the root cause, here are some quick fixes to get your AirPods connected to your computer again.
Method 1: Restart Your Computer
Restarting your computer is known to fix many software glitches, including connection issues. It releases any processes that might be clogged up in the RAM, allowing the device to create new connections. Once you turn on your computer, the connection issues should be cleared, and your AirPods should connect to the PC again. If this process has not worked for you, consider trying out the subsequent fixes.
Method 2: Reset Your AirPods
If you’re struggling to successfully connect your computer to your AirPods over Bluetooth, resetting your AirPods might solve your problem.
Place your AirPods back in their case, then press and hold the button on the back. When the light on the front of the case turns orange, your AirPods have successfully reset. Then, pair your AirPods with your computer again.
Method 3: Update Your Bluetooth and AirPods Driver
Working on outdated Bluetooth drivers is bound to cause connection issues. The same is true for outdated AirPods drivers. Here’s how to update your Bluetooth drivers.
- Press the Win + X keys and click on Device Manager.
- Open the Bluetooth menu, then right-click on your computer’s Bluetooth driver and select Update driver.
- Pair your AirPods with your computer and go to the Device Manager window.
- Right-click on your AirPods’ driver and choose Update driver.
With updated drivers, you’re less likely to experience connection issues. If you still face the same problems, move on to the next method.
Method 4: Run the Windows troubleshooter
Windows troubleshooter is a built-in feature that can help you detect potential causes of your Bluetooth connectivity issues. If you’re unsure what causes your AirPods
- Go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Additional Troubleshooters.
- Then, select Bluetooth, and click Run the troubleshooter.
- Last, wait for Windows to detect the potential problem.
Today’s article introduces the method to pair your Airpods to your Windows computer and the methods to fix the Airpods that won’t connect to your PC. If you are using Airpods on Windows now, remember to save this article for use later.