How to use AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max: Tips and general instructions

How to connect Airpods to Android devices

How to connect AirPods to Android phones


A key benefit of the H1 chip used in the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, as well as the W1 chip in the standard AirPods, is an extremely easy pairing process with compatible iPhones and MacBooks.

However, if you want to connect your AirPods to an Android device, the pairing process is altogether more involved. Here's how to connect AirPods with Android phones and tablets. 

1. Open the AirPods case.

2. Press and hold the rear button to initiate pairing mode.

3. Go to the Settings menu on your Android device and select Bluetooth.

4. Find the AirPods on the list and hit Pair.

Your AirPods should now be connected to your Android handset. But keep in mind that, since they're connected to a non-iOS device, you're going to lose some functionality like automatic pausing when removing an AirPod from your ear.

The ability to customize the double-tap feature will also be unavailable. Instead, it will function as a play/pause button

Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.