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How To Connect To Your New AirPods: step by step
You've probably gone for Apple AirPods, or for the newly released AirPods Pro, if you've invested in a pair of genuine wireless hearbudes–singular earphones that do not use cords to connect to your phone. Not all were positive about the wireless nature of the #AirPods when they first launched them, but they have now been taken up by trendy listeners as a signature Apple product. We saw a lot of competition, however, with a #Sony WF-1000XM3 that blows all other models out of the water-and in our best true wireless earbud guide you can see our full list of Airpod alternatives.
Though, you have to take some simple steps to get them up and running if you have a sat-down with your brand new AirPods. AirPods can both be used for Android and iOS phones. But, if you are connected to an iPhone, you only need Steppes 1-2 before you have a request to connect to a monitor. (Thank you, Apple.)
You’ll need some charge before you start listening. The underside of the case has a Lightning connector for charging the case, which can hold eight hours of charge alongside the four hours of charge per AirPod (so, 12 hours total). The pin-point LED light inside the case will glow green when you’ve hit full battery.
Make sure #Bluetooth is enabled whatever device you’re trying to connect to, so you can transmit audio wirelessly. There’s usually a Bluetooth shortcut from the top of your smartphone or desktop, though can head via your Settings too.
This might trip you up: to connect your AirPods to your smartphone, laptop or other streaming device, you need to make sure the two earbuds are inside the white charging case the AirPods come in.
Then turn over the AirPods charging case. See that little white circle? That’s the pairing button. Hold that down until the status light inside the case flashes amber before turning white.
On your smartphone or laptop, head to ‘Pair new device’ – though this may be phrased slightly different on different operating systems – and select the AirPods.
You’re now connected! Next all you have to do is pick an audio source, open up a podcast, audiobook or YouTube video, or start making hands-free calls to start hearing that true wireless audio. The world is your oyster.
You're done! now you're connected and ready to go.