When connecting AirPods to your MacBook Pro, you are going to either connect them for the first time, or maybe have already had them paired to a device, such as an iPhone. Reconnecting AirPods to the MacBook, or any other compatible Mac, is usually straightforward. As long as both your Mac and the AirPods are compatible, connecting both devices for listening music or video chatting is incredibly easy.
By pairing two sets of AirPods to your Mac, you will now be able to listen to music or watch your favorite shows simultaneously with the other person. Make sure that both sets of AirPods are connected via Bluetooth to the same Mac.
To restore Bluetooth connectivity between AirPods and Mac, ensure that AirPods are not just charging, but are actively charging inside of their cases. Make sure that your AirPods are within range of your Mac and that the charging case is open. Open your Charging Case and press the pairing button to turn your AirPods on.
Make sure to keep your AirPods case closed to be able to see the charging light on the front. Press and hold on the buttons on the AirPods case until the charging light starts flashing. To reset your AirPods, press and hold button on the back of case for at least 15 seconds. Open the cover and depress the settings button for 15 seconds.
Press and hold the pairing button on the back of your AirPods cover, or, if you have an AirPods Max, hold down the noise-control button until a status LED blinks. Release the button, then continue reconnecting the AirPods through the Bluetooth settings on the Macbook. If your AirPods or AirPods Pro are paired, but are not connected, you can click on the Volume Control button in the menu bar and select your headphones to switch them.
If your AirPods are already connected to your iPhone, you should be able to choose your AirPods from the Volume icon from the menu bar. If the Apple AirPods Max are not connected, put your AirPods Max in your ears, then tap on the Bluetooth menu or volume controls from the menu bar in the Mac. Open Bluetooth on your Macbook, choose AirPods, and you are ready to begin using the AirPods. Once AirPods is discovered by your MacBook, you will see AirPods appearing in the Bluetooth screen, in the “devices” section.
When AirPods are connected to the Macs Bluetooth, AirPods should show up on your device list in System Preferences > Bluetooth, or, alternatively, on your Bluetooth dropdown menu in your Macs Apple Menu. Your AirPods are designed to automatically connect with a Mac if your Mac uses the same Apple ID that you have on your iPhone. Whatever the reason, if you cannot see your AirPods and AirPods Pro listed on the Mac after pairing with your iPhone, configure a new Bluetooth connection for them. If your AirPods are on the Bluetooth devices list, but they are not connecting, delete them from the list and pair with your Mac again.
Interference from other Bluetooth devices can also make it so that your AirPods do not pair properly with a Mac. In this scenario, it is possible that your AirPods will connect to a different device rather than to your Mac. Because AirPods rely on Bluetooth connections, problems with the Bluetooth module or your Macs configuration can also keep them from connecting correctly.
Most often, AirPods may lose connection with devices when not charging enough, if you move too far away from a connected device, or if the Macs Bluetooth is turned off for a connected device. Less frequently, AirPods Bluetooth connections may become faulty on Macs if your Mac has been turned on for long periods and devices are connecting and disconnecting often, or if your Mac is due for a MacOS update. Manually Pairing Your AirPods with Your Mac Fortunately, when your AirPods are not connected automatically with your Mac, you can still manually pair AirPods over Bluetooth on your Mac.
If you wish to disable auto-switching on your Mac, open the Bluetooth preferences on your Mac while your AirPods are plugged into your ears. Go back to the Bluetooth preferences window on your Mac, and choose AirPods from the device list. To test, put the Apple AirPods (2017) into your ears and test the Bluetooth or Volume drop-downs in your Macs menu bar. If you are still hearing audio coming through their MacBooks speakers, choose either the Bluetooth or volume controls in the menu bar, and make sure that either the AirPods or the AirPods Pro are selected as your output device.
If your AirPods do not (if, for instance, they are paired to an iPhone instead), just click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar on the Mac, choose your AirPods from the drop-down list, and then tap Connect. At any time, you can detach or remove the AirPods from your MacBook by going into System Preferences > Bluetooth > right-clicking the AirPods and choosing either the Detach or Remove option.
Place your AirPods into their cases, close the cover, and wait 30 seconds. Open your charging case on your Mac, head to System Preferences > Bluetooth, and click on the More info button next to your AirPods. If you are using the AirPods with your iPhone or Apple Watch, you can check your charging level by opening the case, going to Control Center, and tapping on the Battery icon. Using AirBuddy ($5.00), you can view your AirPods or AirPods Pros charging state by opening the devices charging case next to a Mac.
Pairing means that, while logged into another device, such as a Mac or an iPad, you will easily switch over to using your 2nd-generation AirPods for audio. The big difference is that the iPhones Share Audio works for just two sets of AirPods or other compatible devices, whereas this setup for Mac works with other kinds of audio devices, too, regardless if they are Bluetooth-enabled or not. Put AirPods in Bluetooth pairing mode If your iPhone is not signed in to your iCloud account, you will need to place the AirPods in Bluetooth pairing mode.
How do I put my Mac AirPods into pairing mode?
Click Bluetooth after selecting System Settings from the Apple menu on your Mac. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Your AirPods Max’s noise control button must be pressed and held down until the white status light starts to flash. Click Connect after selecting your AirPods Max from the Devices list.