Unlike most Apple products, you can swiftly use the AirPods and AirPods Pro with any Android device of your choice. All it requires is to have a functioning Bluetooth feature on the Android phone. And, if you've just got that shining new Apple AirPods as a birthday gift but you don't use an iPhone, you're not out of luck. We planned this article to enlighten you on how to connect AirPods to Android.
With no fuss or delay, let's get the job done!
How to pair AirPods with Android
Setting up AirPods on Android isn't different from setting up any other Bluetooth device. First, you need to ensure there's enough power on the AirPods. If not, you may need to charge first. Next, grab the AirPods from wherever it is and open its case. Don't pop out the AirPods yet. It needs to be inside the case before you start the pairing process.
- Press and keep holding the white button on the back of the AirPods case to start the pairing mode. You should confirm pairing mode activation when the LED on the case glows white.
- Now over to your Android phone. Open the quick settings panel (swipe down twice from the top of the screen and long-press the Bluetooth tile to open the Bluetooth settings menu.
Alternatively, you can go to Settings > Connected devices > Bluetooth to access the Bluetooth settings menu.
- Tap the Bluetooth switch to enable it, then tap Pair's new device on the screen. You should see the AirPods device in a few seconds. If not, check if the LED is still glowing white.
- Select AirPods on the list and tap This should connect the two devices and you should be able to sync AirPods to Android by now.
It's undeniable that AirPods is one of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds you can get around. But, hey! Apple doesn't make products to suit its competitors fully. So, if you don't have an iPhone, you're going to miss some iOS-restricted features while using the AirPods with your Android. But they aren't deal-breakers at all. You get the essential features such as playback control, noise cancellation, auto-connect, and more while using the AirPods on your Android device.
But for pausing and resuming automatically when you remove and return any of the AirPods from your ear, that's when you start missing the iOS-restricted feature. Moreover, unlike other wireless earbuds like the TECNO HI pods H2, for instance, Apple AirPods doesn't show its battery level on your Android phone. So you don't know how long your music playback is going to last. On the flip side, you can get over the AirPods battery display level issue by using an app called Air Battery.
Apple AirPods not connecting to your Android Phone? Here’s what you need to do.
Inconsiderate of what Android phone you use - be it Samsung, TECNO, Pixel, Infinix, Xiaomi, etc., you should be able to pair it to Apple AirPods. If peradventure it's not connecting, here are a few fixes to try.
1. Ensure there’s enough battery on the AirPods
One primary reason you can't connect AirPods to your Android phone is if the power on the AirPods and its case has run down. If that's the case, the only thing you need to do is recharge them. Pack the AirPods inside its case and charge it with a Lightning cable. If your AirPods variant also supports wireless charging, you can use a wireless charger instead.
Try pairing the AirPods with your Android device again when the AirPods are charged.
2. Ensure the AirPods is not connected to another device
Just like every other Bluetooth device, the Apple AirPods won't show up in the pairing menu if it's already joined another device. So, if you have a problem pairing AirPods with your Android phone at the first instance, ensure it's not connected to other devices near you.
3. Restart the Bluetooth, AirPods, and your Android device.
If AirPods is not connected to another device in the background and you still can't connect it with your Android phone, you may need to restart both devices. Start by turning off Bluetooth on your Android device for a few seconds and turn it on again. If that didn’t do the trick, continue by restarting your Android phone, and finally, the AirPods.
4. Last, remove AirPods from your Bluetooth device list and reset it.
If none of the solutions above worked for you, the last thing we recommend you should try is resetting the AirPods. First, you need to remove it from the “Paired Device” list on your phone, then do the reset trick. Here’s how:
- If you have a successful pairing, but the AirPods is not working now, navigate to the Bluetooth settings on your phone. Locate AirPods from the “Paired Device” list and select the gear icon next to it. Finally, tap Forget this device.
- Now, open the AirPods case but don’t take them out.
- Press and keep holding the button on the case for about 15 seconds.
- Keep holding the button until the LED on the case glows red and then flashes white.
- You’ve successfully reset your AirPods by now. Kindly restart the pairing process to start enjoying your AirPods on your Android phone.