How to connect AirPods to an Android phone

Since debuting in 2016, AirPods have exploded in popularity. They have been so appreciated that even users from the Android community have sought ways to benefit from them, begging the question, “Can AirPods connect to Android?” The answer is yes. However, in typical Apple fashion, you will lose some features, like spatial audio, Adaptive EQ, the ear tip fit test, control customization, battery life status indicator, and more. If you don’t mind these drawbacks, keep reading to find out how to connect your AirPods to an Android phone.

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Hold the Setup button on the AirPods case while the earbuds are inside to connect AirPods to your Android device. Go to Settings > Bluetooth > Pair New Device on your phone and select the AirPods to pair.


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How to connect AirPods to an Android phone or tablet

The idea of pairing AirPods with an Android phone may sound like crossing enemy lines. But this seemingly incompatible pairing is possible thanks to Bluetooth, a common technology utilized by Apple and Android devices. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the AirPods case lid with the AirPods well seated inside (for AirPods Max, take them out of the case).
  2. Hold down the setup button at the back of the AirPods case until you see the LED light flashing. This indicates that your AirPods are now in pairing mode.
  3. Initiate the pairing process on your Android device by opening Settings.
  4. Navigate to Connected devices.
  5. Select Bluetooth and turn it on using the toggle.
  6. The AirPods will appear in the list of available devices.
  1. Click on the name of your AirPods to begin pairing.
  2. A dialogue box will appear; click on Pair.
  3. Once paired, you’ll see a notification confirming the connection. The LED on the AirPods case should
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