Recent reports indicate that some users are having trouble using their connected earbuds or headphones with their computer or device due to them not being ablet o connect to it via Bluetooth. This can be caused by your device no longer supporting Bluetooth technology, or your device making changes to its Bluetooth settings that prevent other devices from connecting to it.
If you experience this problem after updating your iPhone, Android phone, laptop, or computer software, then there is something you can do to fix it! Here we will describe how to easily fix the issue for most people.
Note: Before beginning these steps, make sure to turn off any audio-related apps like Spotify, Google Play Music, or Apple music in order to free up resources. You may also want to close all open programs as well so none have access to the internet or phones.
Step 1 – Find Your Device’s Settings For Bluetooth
Make sure you check under “Settings” instead of “Bluetooth” first. If one of those is missing, skip down to step 2!
We recommend doing this now while the device is powered on and fully updated. Once done, repeat these steps for each individual device (laptop, smartphone, etc) to ensure they work properly together.
NOTE: Some devices require more advanced tools to find bluetooth devices! We cannot guarantee success if you try to use simpler methods such as creating a new connection or searching manually.
Find the charging port on your laptop
Most laptops these days have one of two types of charging ports. There are USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports, which is the more common type. These are what people refer to as “USB Type-Current” ports because they work with both regular old fashioned microUSB chargers (remember those?) and newer fast charger technology that use either a male USB connector or a Thunderbolt cable.
The tricky thing about this new style of connection is that there are no clear specifications for how large the connectors should be. Some say 2.55 mm while others say 2.85 mm! That means it can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, even within an individual model line.
Fortunately, we have some tips here for you. First, make sure your device has at least 5 volts — if not, you will need to find a way to connect it to a power source before trying to plug in your headphones.
Next, look under your laptop for any markings or descriptions indicating where the headphone jack is located. Many manufacturers place their logo next to the port so that you can easily tell who made the product. If possible, you can also try connecting to another earbud set to see if it comes up with the same network automatically.
Connect the charging cable that came with your Airpods
There are two ways to connect your earbuds to your laptop. You can use either an audio-USB or Bluetooth headphones connectors.
The easiest way to do this is using an audio USB connector. These cables typically have three pins, one for power, one for microphone connection, and one for stereo headphone output.
To use them, simply attach the pin that has a + symbol next to it as connected to a source of electricity (such as a smartphone), then plug the other end into any device that has an audio out jack.
Plug the charging cable into the charging port on your laptop
Now that you have successfully paired your phone with your computer, it is time to disconnect! As mentioned before, you will need to plug your device into your laptops USB charger or data source to use them.
Since we just connected our devices together, there may be some settings or features that are not working properly. It is best to unplug one of these two items before moving onto the next step.
Also, make sure to completely remove both devices from each other before pulling out the connection. In case something was left in place, you might accidentally power off either device.
Turn on your Airpods
Now that you have successfully connected both devices, turn on your computer or device! If your computer automatically turns on when it is plugged in, great, you are already set.
If not, go ahead and make sure that Bluetooth is turned on. Then, search for your iPhone or iPad using the device name under “find my phone”. You can now disconnect one and connect the other!
Once paired, you will be able to use each device independently without having to re-pair.
Make sure the battery is not low
If your device can’t connect to your computer, make sure you have enough power in your MacBook Pro or Windows 10 laptop charge. Check that it has good connectivity by trying connecting directly with Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
If your device still won’t connect automatically after charging for a few minutes, then try resetting your network settings. This will clear any connection errors and possibly restore the ability to connect. To do this, go into Settings > General -> Reset –> System Preferences.
After doing this, restart your computer and see if that fixes the problem.
Run software updates
Even though your device will still work without them, there is something you can do about it if you want to. You can run an update for the iOS or Mac operating system that would connect these devices automatically via Bluetooth.
This is usually done when someone else has their device paired with yours so they can use it instead of having to manually pair each one every time they need to use it.
If this happens, then your device will no longer find the other one even though they are both set up to look for each other. This could be because someone accidentally deleted the pairing, or because the connection drops and needs to be re-paired.
There are two ways to fix this: You can either reset the device (which deletes all saved data) or just reconnect it using Settings -> Devices -> Pair new device. If you choose the second option, make sure you pick the right device from the list before trying again!
We recommend doing the first step before attempting the latter one as we may talk more about how to avoid losing data.
Sync your music
After you have paired your phone with the Apple Watch or MacBook, it’s time to sync those devices together for use of media and apps. You can do this by using one device as a source and then transferring over all of your app data, files, and settings.
You will need to do this whether you are using an iPhone or iPad as your starting point, depending on which features they already had built in.
For example, if you start up The Morning Line with your laptop, you won’t be able to access all of your songs and podcasts unless you also pair your computer with the watch so that it knows where everything is.
The same goes for accessing apps like Spotify or Netflix. They will ask you to add your account when you connect both devices together, but you won’t be fully functional without doing so as well.
Recharge your Airpods
Even though they are considered wireless headphones, there is still some sort of connection between each pair of earbuds. When you take off an airpod, it goes through a process of re-pairing with the other one. This happens automatically if you have both connected to a device or via user settings in iOS or Android.
If for some reason this doesn’t work, then you can manually reset them by holding down the button next to the volume control for two seconds.