Do you want to connect your AirPods to Windows 10? It's very quick and easy. Here is how.
Your AirPods rely on Bluetooth for connectivity. So if you have a Windows 10 laptop around, you shouldn't have any problems plugging it into it. You don't get access to Siri or AirPods-related customization options like you do on the iPhone and Mac. However, you can use them much like any other pair of Bluetooth earbuds or headphones.
Let's see what you need to do to connect the AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max to a laptop running Windows 10.
Connect AirPods to a Windows 10 laptop
You can quickly connect your AirPods to a Windows 10 laptop by setting them up as a Bluetooth device. Before you begin, put your AirPods or AirPods Pro in the charging case.
Open that begin Menu and click the settings.
Select the option labeled Add bluetooth or another device.
Open the AirPods charging case and press and hold the button Set up Button. On the AirPods Max, press and hold the button Noise level control Button instead.
Hold down until the status light flashes white.
Select your AirPods as they appear in the list of Bluetooth devices.
Exit the settings.
Use AirPods on a Windows 10 laptop
Once you've connected your AirPods to your Windows 10 laptop, you can use them to listen to music right away. If necessary, choose the volume Icon in the system tray to switch between the AirPods and other audio output devices.
In Windows 10, you can't customize the gestures on your AirPods. However, you should be able to double-tap the first and second generation AirPods to play and pause tracks. If you have a pair of AirPods Pro, you can squeeze them to toggle between transparency mode and active noise cancellation.
Use the Digital crown to control the audio and that Noise level control Transparency mode and active noise reduction button.
However, microphone compatibility with the AirPods on Windows 10 is often a hit and miss. If your laptop doesn't recognize your voice, check out these troubleshooting tips. If they don't help, all you have to do is use your laptop's internal microphone or a separate external microphone.
When it's time to unplug your AirPods, just put them in their charging case or smart case. They should reconnect as soon as you take them back out.
If you later use your AirPods on another device (e.g. your iPhone), here's how to reconnect them to your laptop: Go to the settings > equipment > Bluetooth and other devicesSelect your AirPods from the list of paired devices and click Connect.
Change the name of your AirPod on a Windows 10 laptop
When you plug your AirPods into your Windows 10 laptop, they should appear with the default setting (Your name) AirPods Monikers (assuming you've previously used them on an iPhone or Mac). You can change this as you see fit in Windows 10. However, your changes won't be carried over to an iPhone or Mac.
Press Windows + R. to open the Run box. Then enter Control printer and select OK.
Right click on your AirPods and select properties.
Switch to Bluetooth Tab.
Change or change the name of the AirPods.
Choose Apply and OK.
Put your AirPods in the charging case or smart case and take them out again for the changes to take effect.
AirPods on Windows: Ready to Go
Using a pair of AirPods on a Windows 10 laptop allows for a pretty decent listening experience. Just be prepared to solve microphone problems and you should be fine. Now how about figuring out how to connect your AirPods to an Android smartphone?
Yes, AirPods work with Android: but here's the catch!
Will AirPods work with Android? We answer this frequently asked question and show you how to use AirPods with Android and other devices.
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Dilum Senevirathne is a freelance tech writer and blogger with over three years experience publishing online technology publications. He specializes in topics related to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows and Google web applications. Dilum holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA and AICPA.
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