How to connect AirPods to Android

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Want to connect AirPods to an Android phone or tablet? Yes. All you need is a Bluetooth connection. This article explains how to connect and use AirPods with an Android device. Although the layout of the Bluetooth settings may vary by device, navigation is generally easy to understand.

How to connect AirPods to Android

Before you can listen to the audio of your Android device on the AirPods, please pair the two devices. That's how:

  1. apri Settings on your Android device. This will likely be accessible via the drop-down menu on your device or as a separate app in your device's app drawer.
  2. Close any music or video apps on the Android device before pairing the AirPods. Playing music can cause problems when trying to pair AirPods with an Android device.
  3. Tap the icon Bluetooth then turn on the Bluetooth if it is disabled. There may be a Bluetooth link icon in the device drop-down menu. If so, long press this icon to go directly to the Bluetooth settings.
  4. Take the AirPods charging case and open it with the AirPods inside. Keep the charging case nearby to charge the AirPods when needed.
  5. Bluetooth connections can severely drain the battery of any wireless device. The AirPods have around five hours of battery life, and the case can charge the bluetooth headphones for up to 24 hours.
  6. Press and hold the button Setup o Peer on the back of the AirPods case for about three seconds to put it in Pairing mode
  7. Once the LED light on the AirPods case is white, they should be available to pair with any Bluetooth connection nearby.
  8. From your Android device, tap on AirPods from the list of available Bluetooth devices, then confirm any prompts displayed on the Android device.
  9. Stay within 20 feet of your Android device to keep AirPods connected with your Android phone.

How to connect AirPods to Android in a nutshell

To set up AirPods on your Android phone or tablet you must first open the settings on your Android. Tap the Bluetooth icon; activate it if necessary. Open the charging case of the Airpods, press and hold the Setup or Pair button on the back. When the LED lights turn white, go back to Android and tap Airpods from the list of available devices and confirm any prompts.

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How to use AirPods with Android

Once connected, your Android device sends any audio through your AirPods until you close the connection. To disconnect the AirPods from your Android device, unpair the AirPods using your Android's Bluetooth settings.

Alternatively, turn off the Bluetooth setting on your Android device to disconnect or press and hold the button Associate on the back of the AirPods case. To reconnect your AirPods to your Android, repeat the above steps.

Once the AirPods are no longer connected to the Android device, the AirPods can reconnect to the closest Apple device, such as a MacBook.

How to monitor AirPods connection and battery

To monitor the connection and battery status of your AirPods using your Android device, download an accessory app. Some free options include AirBattery, Podroid, AirBuds Popup, and Assistant Trigger.

With these types of apps, you can track the total battery life of an AirPods and the individual battery life of the left and right AirPods.

Some apps have unique and useful features, so be sure to try all the apps to see which feature you like best. For example, AirBattery offers in-ear detection for apps like Spotify and Netflix. This feature pauses the sound on the AirPods whenever you remove one from your ears.

Podroid can be used to set functions, such as tap to skip to the next song or pause playback, while Assistant Trigger activates a voice assistant, such as Google Assistant or Samsung Bixby.

Many of these accessory apps have paid versions with extended functionality, which offer more functionality if you need to connect AirPods and Android.

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