How to connect AirPods to Mac manually and with one-click installation

How to connect AirPods to Mac manually and with one-click installation

Whether you just got a pair of AirPods or AirPods Pro or have it for a while but haven’t used it with your Mac, follow along on how to connect AirPods and AirPods to your Mac. We will also see how to set up one-click shortcuts or keyboards that are paired with Macs.

One of the best features of AirPods and AirPods Pro is a smooth and easy pairing with iOS and iPadOS. Full wireless earphones offer automatic pairing with iPhone and iPad when you open the case and put it in your ear. However, the process is not as smooth as connecting to a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or other Mac computer.

Below we will look at connecting your AirPods to your Mac manually and using some third-party software to bring a smoother iOS style partner to your Mac.

And if you experience problems with an AirPods connection, or audio doesn’t play one of them, we have a guide for that:

How to connect AirPods to Mac

Manually connect AirPods with Mac

  1. If you have second generation AirPods, make sure you are running macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or newer – if you have AirPods Pro, you should use macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or newer (> About this Mac)
  2. Since there is no AirPod automatically paired with macOS, click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar on the right side
  3. If you use the same Apple ID on your Mac as your iPhone that is paired with your AirPods, they will be displayed in the list of Bluetooth devices
  4. Hover your cursor over your AirPods and click Connect
  5. If they do not appear in the list of Bluetooth devices, click Open Bluetooth Preferences
  6. Press and hold the button on the back of your AirPods case (with AirPods in the case) until the LED blinks white to make it discoverable.
  7. Click Connect

Here’s how to do these steps:


If it doesn’t appear in the list of your Bluetooth devices on your Mac, click Open Bluetooth Preferences.


Now put your AirPods or AirPods Pro into pairing mode by pressing and holding the button on the back of the case until you see a white LED flash.


Use one-click shortcuts or keyboards to connect AirPods with MacBooks

There are some great options from third-party developers to make your AirPod connection with your Mac smoother. The two most popular are AirBuddy and ToothFairy. I use AirBuddy myself and like how it offers a user interface like what you see on iOS when you open AirPods cases near your MacBook.


Instead of a three-step process for pairing via Bluetooth settings, you get a one-click pairing with your Mac with AirBuddy. If you like keyboard shortcuts, ToothFairy offers it to pair AirPods and your Mac.

In your Mac Day View, AirBuddy also offers a widget that shows all your battery levels including your AirPods and AirPods containers.


How to fix an AirPod that can’t play audio

  1. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on
  2. Re-enter your AirPod just in case and double-check the costs (from the iPhone Home screen, swipe from left to right)
  3. If the battery level looks okay, try plugging in your ear
  4. Make sure your AirPods are selected for audio output

If one of the AirPods is still not playing, the sound might be good to see if it’s blocked / dirty.

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If that doesn’t fix it, you can try resetting your AirPods.

How to reset AirPods

  1. Go to Settings> Bluetooth on your iPhone when connected
  2. Tap “i” next to your AirPods
  3. Select Forget This Device, then tap again to confirm
  4. Put both AirPods in the filling container and close, wait 30 seconds before opening it
  5. Press and hold the settings button on the back of the charging case until the status light blinks white
  6. Reconnect your AirPod by holding it closer to your iPhone or iPad, follow the instructions
  7. See if they are working normally again

If you are still experiencing problems, contact Apple Support or an Official Apple Service Provider such as Best Buy.

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