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How to Connect AirPods to a Non-Apple Device

AirPods are the new cool. They have gone as far as becoming fashion accessories that now serve as bold fashion statements for people.

As a non-Apple user who wants to have Airpods of your own, you may be wondering, “will I be able to pair and use AirPods with an Android phone or a Windows computer?”

We have good news for you. As long as your device has a Bluetooth feature, you are good to go.

Pairing Airpods to non-apple devices requires just the same step as connecting them to iOS devices.

  1. Go to Settings on your device, select Bluetooth and then turn it on.
  2. Place the AirPods in the case and then open the lid.
  3. Press and hold the white button on the back of the case until the status light blinks white.
  4. Find the AirPods on the list of available devices and then click “connect”.

There are however limitations of connecting AirPods to non-Apple devices as certain functionalities that are typically enjoyed on iOS devices may be lost. For example:

  • Automatic pausing when an AirPod is removed from one ear.
  • Checking ‌AirPods‌ battery level by asking ‌Siri‌ or checking it from the Control and Notification Center on ‌Apple Watch‌, iPhone, and MacBook.
  • Single AirPod listening. On Android or Windows, you need to have both ‌AirPods‌ out of the case for them to connect.
  • Automatic switching across other personal Apple devices because of the synchronized iCloud account.
  • Siri. On iPhone, you can tap to access ‌Siri‌ for doing things like changing songs, adjusting the volume or any other thing that you may need the “Hey Siri” feature for.
  • The double-tap feature. In the Settings app on an iOS device, you can change what the double-tap gesture does. Some of the options are: accessing ‌Siri‌, play/pause, next track, and previous track.

That’s about it. You can go on to listen to audio and video files just like Apple users.


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