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How to use AirPods: Tips, tricks and general instructions

Connecting to iPhone

Using the AirPods and AirPods Pro is generally a snap, but there are a few tips, tricks and hidden features you should know about in order to use Apple's excellent wireless earbuds to their fullest. Forget digging through that pesky manual — our comprehensive suit of how-tos will help you troubleshoot common AirPods problems and help you discover cool new things you didn't even know your earbuds could do.

Before we go on, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Anytime this guide mentions opening the AirPods Charging case, that means that the AirPods should be in the case. Also, note that these tips apply only to the AirPods (1st and 2nd generation) as well as the AirPods Pro. If you're figuring out how to use rivals such as the Sony WF-1000XM3 or the best fake AirPods, you'll have to look elsewhere.

How do I connect AirPods to my iPhone?

iPhone with AirPods. Credit: Shaun Lucas

(Image credit: iPhone with AirPods. Credit: Shaun Lucas)

Before you start enjoying your new cordless audio life, you need to connect your AirPods to your iPhone.

1. Open the AirPods charging case in close vicinity to your iPhone

2. Click the Connect button.

Voila! You're now ready to get your groove on.

However, if you want to connect your Pods to another phone, you'll have to do an extra step. After steps one and two of the initial setup, you'll see a message instructing you to press the Pairing button on the back of the charging case. Do it.

Want to pair the Pods to your Apple Watch? You're in luck. Once the buds are paired with your iPhone, the Airpods are paired automatically with your iPhone. The same goes for your iPad and MacBook thanks to your iCloud syncing the pairing.