How To Connect AirPods to MacBook, Even Without a Paired iPhone

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Did you know that connecting AirPods to a Mac is very simple? Just a couple of clicks and button presses, and you’ll be enjoying wireless audio. But the question remains whether you know how to do it. As an Apple user, you’ll more often than not use your AirPods or AirPods Pro with your iPhone whether you’re driving, exercising, or simply enjoying music. Connecting AirPods to your phone is straightforward. When it comes to connecting AirPods to your Mac, a good number of people may not how to do it.


No need to worry! In this article, you’ll learn how to connect AirPods to MacBook. However, before we get into it, here are different ways you can connect your AirPods with your iPhone and Mac.

  • You can use the Bluetooth menu on your computer
  • If your AirPods are connected to your phone, then you can connect them to your Mac via the volume menu.
  • To establish a connection to your AirPods with your iPhone and Mac, you must ensure they’re logged in the same Apple ID.

As a Mac user, I believe there’s no reason to restrict your AirPods to your iPhone. Connect your AirPods to any device, including your Mac.

How do you connect AirPods to MacBook when you’ve not paired them with your phone?

Following along:

  • Get your AirPods ready-If they’re in their charging case, open the lid but don’t remove them yet.
  • By holding the button on the back-the status light should start to flash.
  • On your MacBook, hover over to the Apple menu and then click “System Preferences”
  • While still in the System Preference window, click “Bluetooth.”
  • In the list of devices, you can easily find the AirPods you want to pair with your laptop. Go head click “Connect.”

Upon completing the connection, you’re good to go. In the event you experience trouble connecting your AirPods, here are a few tips/ideas you can try to address the problem:

First and foremost, confirm your Mac is updated. What do I mean? You need macOS Sierra. Another option is to install the 1st AirPods, not forgetting macOS 10.14.4 for 2nd generation AirPods.

Sometimes your AirPods will appear in the list of devices but won’t connect. You shouldn’t quit yet. To remove them from the list and pair them again, find the AirPods in the Bluetooth list and simply click “x” to its far-right. Go ahead and repeat the pairing process.

So far so good. But maybe you’re wondering, how do I connect my AirPods to my Mac when I already use them on my phone. This is very easy.

Do you know your AirPods are designed to connect to your Mac automatically? However, this only happens if the Mac is using the same Apple ID as your phone.

If that was indeed the case:

  • Open your AirPods case as usual
  • On your laptop, click the volume icon (It should be at the top of your screen).
  • Then in the “Output Device” select your AirPods.

Note: If your AirPods doesn’t connect with your Mac, there are a couple of settings you need to confirm. Click the Apple icon (in the bar menu) and click “System Preferences.”

Troubleshooting your AirPods connection in System Preferences:

  • Your mac must be logged in the same Apple ID as your phone.
  • Turn on your Handoff- while still in the System Preferences, click “General,” and cross-check to make sure there is a checkmark next to “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”
  • You must turn on the volume icon in the menu bar- Clicking “sound” and then clicking the checkbox next to “show volume in the menu bar,” is all you need to do to turn the volume icon on.


AirPods have numerous benefits. AirPods Pro, for example, have active noise cancellation earbuds. It means that you can listen in a noisy environment at a low volume. In my opinion, having this feature is a game-changer. Health-wise, AirPods Pro have upped the game. Health-wise the product is worth it. That said, knowing how to connect your AirPods to your Mac and other devices is important.

Also Read: The difference between a 60W and 85W MacBook Pro Charger


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