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How to connect AirPods to a MacBook

Yes, AirPods are made to be paired with a waiting iPhone. However, there are times when you want to watch movies or music videos on a bigger display, you'll want to connect your AirPods to your MacBook. Have no fear, as this guide will get you set up in no time.

Here's how to connect AirPods to a MacBook, including the latest MacBook Pro.

AirPods with MacBook. Credit: Shaun Lucas / Tom's Guide

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If you didn't pair your AirPods to your iPhone first, there are a few steps you'll have to follow to connect them to your MacBook.

1. Open the AirPods case, or remove the AirPods Max from their Smart Case.

AirPods Pro case

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2. Press and hold the pairing button on the back of the case, or if you have the AirPods Max, hold the noise control button until the status LED flashes.

AirPods Pro case pairing button

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3. Go to the Apple Menu and click System Preferences.

MacBook System Preferences

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4. Click Bluetooth.

MacBook Bluetooth menu

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5. Select AirPods from the list and hit Pair.

How to connect AirPods to MacBook

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And now your AirPods are connected to your MacBook.