AirPods not connecting to MacBook: how to fix?

While AirPods are designed to connect and work flawlessly with Apple devices, it’s not uncommon for AirPods not to connect to MacBook, Mac Mini, or iMac. Below are the troubleshooting steps to fix this problem.

AirPods not connecting to MacBook

According to Apple, AirPods should automatically connect to all Apple devices that use the same Apple ID. However, this process can sometimes run into problems as your Apple ID is not recognized due to minor iCloud bugs.

Other reasons for AirPods not connecting or syncing with MacBook could be AirPods low power, Bluetooth turned off, wrong audio settings, macOS version is not compatible with AirPods and other reasons.

1. Make sure the AirPods are sufficiently charged

As mentioned above, the AirPods not connecting to Mac issue can simply be caused by AirPods not having power. In this case, make sure the AirPods are sufficiently charged before connecting them to the MacBook.

2. Restart MacBook

Sometimes the problem lies with stuck programs and processes that prevent audio devices from working properly on your MacBook. This can be easily fixed by restarting the MacBook.

Click on Apple logo in the top menu bar and select it Start anew Possibility. After the computer restarts, try connecting the AirPods again.

3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on

Click on bluetooth icon located in the top menu bar (top right corner) and turn on Bluetooth (when it is OFF).

Turn on Bluetooth on Mac

If you don’t see the Bluetooth icon in the top menu bar, click Apple logo in the top menu bar > system settings > Bluetooth and click Turn on Bluetooth Possibility.

Enable Bluetooth on Mac

Note: Make sure you check too Show Bluetooth in the menu bar Possibility.

4. Install updates on Mac

Certain features on MacBook may freeze or stop working temporarily when an update is waiting to be installed on the computer.

So click Apple logo in the top menu bar > system settings > software update and install Update (when available).

5. Turn Bluetooth OFF/ON

Click on bluetooth icon in the top menu bar and move the switch next to Bluetooth to OUT Position.

Turn off Bluetooth on Mac

Activate after 30 seconds Bluetooth again by moving the switch to ON Position.

6. Manually connect AirPods to Mac

Click on Apple logo in the top menu bar > system settings > Bluetooth > click on the Connect next to your AirPods.

Connect AirPods to Mac

Wait for the AirPods to complete the connection and once they’re connected you should be able to use them.

7. Choose AirPods as the output device

Another common reason for AirPods not connecting or not working on Mac is that AirPods are not selected as the output device on your MacBook.

Click on Apple logo in the top menu bar > select system settings in the drop down menu. On the next screen, click the sound Possibility.

Sound option in System Preferences screen on Mac

On the sound screen, switch to output Tap and choose yours AirPods.

Choose Bluetooth as the output device on Mac

8. Disconnect and reconnect AirPods

Click on Apple logo in the top menu bar > system settings > Bluetooth > On the next screen, right-click AirPods and select that Remove Possibility.

Remove AirPods from Mac

In the confirmation popup, click the Remove option to confirm. After 60 seconds, place the AirPods in the charging case and press pairing button located on the back of the AirPods case.

Pairing button on AirPods charging case

Once AirPods are detected by Mac, click on the Connect Button.

Connect AirPods to Mac

Wait for the AirPods to complete the connection and once they’re connected you should be able to use them again.

9. Reset AirPods

location AirPods in your charging case and close the lid. Wait 60 seconds and open the charging case lid.

After that click Apple logo > system settings > Bluetooth > Right click on AirPods and select that Remove Possibility.

Remove AirPods from Mac

In the confirmation popup, click the Remove option to confirm.

With the charging case lid open, press and hold Setup buttonon the back of the chassis until the status light blinks amber and then white.

Pairing button on AirPods charging case

After that click apple icon > system settings > Bluetooth and click the Connect button to reconnect the AirPods.

Connect AirPods to Mac

Wait for the AirPods to complete the connection and once they’re connected you should be able to use them.

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