How to connect Apple AirPods to Mac in 2021

If you have recently purchased an Apple Airpods or AirPods Pro and are having difficulty in connecting it to your Mac. Well, this guide is for you looking at “How to connect Apple Airpods to Mac”. We have listed down all the ways that you can do it and everything that you must take into consideration while connecting it.

AirPods are the coolest thing Apple ever introduced. No matter if you are an iPhone user or not, it works perfectly well. You may not have all the features as that of an iPhone but these sets of wireless earphones are perfect in every scenario. In fact, Apple released Airpods Pro which is yet another upgrade to the earlier Airpods.

Now, comes the question on How to connect Apple Airpods to Mac. So, we thought why not make things easier for you. So, consider the process below that will help you connect the two devices.

How to connect Apple Airpods to Mac

You will encounter mainly two situations here. Firstly, if you have already connected your iPhone to the Airpods, then connecting it with Mac is easier. Secondly, if you do not have an iPhone or the Airpods are brand new, you will have to go through the entire process. Let us now get down with it.

Connect Airpods pro with Mac

For Airpods paired with your iPhone

So, if you have an iPhone as well as Mac, and have already been using the Airpods or AirPods Pro on the iPhone, you can make the process easier. So, hopefully, you may be using the same Apple ID on both your iPhone and Mac. In such a case, your Mac will identify your Airpods without having to repair it.

Bluetooth Preference for AirPods

  1. Open your Airpods case and put the earpieces in your ears.
  2. Now, on the top menu bar click on the Bluetooth Icon.
  3. If your Mac recognizes your device, you will see the name of your Airpods on it.
  4. Place your cursor on it and select Connect.

That is all you need to do. Your AirPods are now connected to your mac in no time. But remember that this is not for every user. If you have different IDs being used on both iPhone and Mac the process will be different as given below.

Connect Apple Airpods to Mac

This process is based on the fact that you have bought a new set of AirPods or AirPods Pro and starting things fresh. Make sure you follow all the steps very carefully.

For Macbook

How to connect AirPods to Mac

  1. Click on the Apple logo on the top-left corner of the desktop screen.
  2. Press on System Preferences.
  3. Now, look for the Bluetooth icon and click on it.
  4. Turn on Bluetooth.

For AirPods/AirPods Pro

  1. Open the device’s box and long-press on the tiny setup button on the back.
  2. Press the button unless the light on the case turns white and starts to blink.
  3. This indicates the device is now ready to pair.

Connecting AirPods to Mac

Once both the devices are now ready to be paired it is time to connect the devices.

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  1. Look at the Macbook’s screen and search for the AirPods name.
  2. Click on “connect” once the name pops up.
  3. If connected, the color will change to orange light.

Now, simply pull out the AirPods from the case and put it in your ears. Try them out if they are working perfectly.

How to customize AirPods/AirPods Pro Settings on Mac

Since now have successfully connected to your Mac, you no longer need to follow the same process again and again. As soon as you open the case, it will automatically get connected.

You can now move on to customizing the settings for your AirPods.

Connect Airpod to Mac

  1. Click on Bluetooth Icon on the menu bar.
  2. Press on Bluetooth Preferences.
  3. Look for your AirPods connected to the Mac and click on Options.
  4. Select the desired settings as needed.

For Airpods

For Left/Right Ear Options

AirPods settings

  1. Siri
  2. Play/Pause
  3. Next Track
  4. Previous Track
  5. Off

For Microphone

AirPods Settings Microphone

  1. Automatically Switch AirPods
  2. Always Left AirPod
  3. Always Right AirPod

For AirPods Pro

Select Multiple Modes

Since the launch of the new AirPods Pro, people have been thrilled with the new tech involved in it. You can select multiple modes from your Mac as mentioned below. Since the Airpods Pro has a Force Sensor gesture you may have to press on it to activate the settings or call Siri.


  1. With your AirPods Pro connected to your Mac, click the volume control in the menu bar on your Mac.
  2. Choose your AirPods Pro, then choose Noise Cancellation, Transparency, or Off.

For Microphone

  1. Automatically Switch AirPods
  2. Always Left AirPod
  3. Always Right AirPod

For Left/Right Ear Options

AirPods Pro setup

  1. Siri
  2. Noise Control

How to fix “AirPods Connection failed MacBook Air/Pro”

So, due to unforeseen circumstances, you may have difficulty in connecting your AirPods to your Mac. Or only one of your earpieces may have connected. Multiple such errors have been encountered with the AirPods. Let us see how you can fix it.

Method 1: Restart your Mac

The very first thing that you must give a try is by restarting your Mac. Well, there are chances that your system isn’t responding perfectly well and needs a little restart.

  1. Click on the Apple icon on the top-left corner.
  2. Press on Shut Down.
  3. Remove all the sockets connected to your Mac.

Simply start your Mac once again. Try connecting the AirPods to it. If the problem still persists, then you can work on something else as given below.

Method 2: Update your macOS

Another big aspect that can create such an issue could be the fact that you are not using the latest version of macOS. So, it is recommended to save whatever task you are doing and simply update your system.

Update macOS

  1. Click on the Apple icon on the top-left corner.
  2. Go to System Preference and click on Software Updates.
  3. The system will now scan for any available update.
  4. Click on Upgrade Now and wait for a while.

Once the update has been completed. The system will restart. Check and see if the problem with the AirPods still exists.

Method 3: Reset your AirPods

If you have issues with the AirPods, it is better to reset the device and try the connection process all over again as mentioned in the section above.


  1. Press and hold the setup button on the back of your case
  2. Let go of the button when the status light flashes amber, then flashes white.

Your device is now reset. Try connecting it again to your Mac.

If none of the above methods work for you, try forgetting the device from the Bluetooth preference and connecting all over again. You can even try contacting Apple Support. They are very useful in such cases and the response is very quick.

Conclusion- How to connect Apple AirPods to Mac

Well, this is pretty much summed up and everything you need to know about connecting AirPods with Mac. For better understanding, make sure the steps you follow are correct.

If any of the users are facing any issues with the connection process, you can try resetting the AirPods and then doing it all over again. It always works no matter what. 

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