Yes, Apple’s AirPods and AirPods Pro work with Android devices. Why? Because their Bluetooth connection is a standard across millions of devices, including Android smartphones. While Apple has some tricks in its iPhones and others devices, standards like Bluetooth and many of its codecs work on the likes of Android and PCs too, not just Apple gear.
AirPods may even be one of the best options for your Android device, whether it’s a Samsung, LG, Nokia, Google Pixel, or any other.Whatever it is, if it has Bluetooth and still works, it’ll connect to AirPods. (Now, our friends at SoundGuys offer some great insights into worthy AirPods contenders such as the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus, but you can only use what you have in front of you sometimes.)
Here’s how to connect AirPods to Android
Open the AirPods case and make sure the AirPods are in the case, not outside. In, not out. Then, when you’re ready to get pairing:
- First, firmly press the white button on the back of the AirPods case. You’ll notice the LED on the case turns white. Hold the button long enough to get that white button to pulse brightly on and off. Once it is, you’re ready to pair with your Android phone.
- Open the Bluetooth menu on your Android phone. Either swipe to raise the quick settings menu, and press and hold on the Bluetooth icon, or find Bluetooth connections via Settings, then a sub-menu called something like Connections/Connected Devices/Device connectivity, and then Bluetooth.
- Make sure Bluetooth is turned on, and look for available devices. The AirPods should show as an option as long as the AirPods case is still flashing white.
Then hit pair, and allow the phone and the AirPods to connect.
That should be it. The AirPods should now be connected to your Android device, and will continue to be connected automatically if the phone has Bluetooth on, and the AirPods are around, and from the moment you open the case.
Something went wrong when pairing?
The most common problem is that your phone can’t find the AirPods for some reason. Troubleshooting steps involve checking that the AirPods aren’t already connected to another device, that the AirPods and case have battery before you try pairing, and that the case has the white pulsing light active to ensure you even able to get start pairing.
Toggle the Bluetooth function on the Android phone off then back on as a troubleshooting measure too. Restart the handset as the last step, too, and then try another phone if you can, to make sure it’s not your device that’s the problem.
Other common problems include the Android device being too far away to start pairing with the Airpods, so keep them close by during the connecting phase.
And that’s it. As you can see, connecting Apple Airpods to an Android device isn’t difficult at all, even if it requires going through a few steps to get there.
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Author: Tristan Rayner