How to Connect Apple AirPods to a Windows Laptop

Person's hands holding an Apple AirPods case with the earbuds on top of black laptop.

Connecting Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max to your Windows laptop is as easy as pairing any other Bluetooth-enabled device. Once done, you can use your AirPods to listen to music as well as talk to people in online calls on your laptop. Here’s how to do that.

In case you don’t already know, you can pair and use your AirPods with any Bluetooth-enabled device, such as an iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even Android phone. Your AirPods work just like any other Bluetooth earbuds.

Connect Your AirPods to a Windows 10 or Windows 11 Laptop

To start the pairing process, launch Settings on your Windows 10 or 11 laptop by pressing Windows+i.

If you’re on Windows 10, then in Settings, navigate to Devices > Bluetooth & Other Devices. On Windows 11, select “Bluetooth & Devices” from the left sidebar.

Choose "Bluetooth & Other Devices."

In the pane on the right, turn on the “Bluetooth” toggle if it isn’t already. This activates Bluetooth on your laptop.

Then, at the top of your page, select “Add Bluetooth or Other Device” (Windows 10) or “Add Device” (Windows 11).

An “Add a Device” window will open. Here, choose “Bluetooth,” and your laptop will start looking for nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Select "Bluetooth."

To make your AirPods or AirPods Pro discoverable, put both AirPods in their charging case and keep the case’s lid open. On the back of the case, press and hold down the Setup button.

If you have AirPods Max, press and hold the noise control button on the headphones for five seconds instead.

Press and hold down the Setup button.

The light on your AirPods case will flash white, indicating the AirPods are ready to pair.

If you’re pairing an AirPods Max headset, the status light will flash white.

Light flashing white on an AirPods case.

On your laptop’s “Add a Device” window, you’ll see your AirPods. Click on your AirPods.

Select AirPods.

Your laptop will pair with your AirPods and then display a success message. Close the “Add a Device” window by clicking “Done” at the bottom.

Choose "Done" at the bottom.

And that’s it. Your AirPods are now connected to your laptop, and you can use them to listen to the audio as well as talk on online calls.

Later, to disconnect or unpair your AirPods, use Windows’ Settings app as follows:

On Windows 10, head to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & Other Devices, select your AirPods, and choose “Disconnect” or “Remove Device.”

On Windows 11, navigate to Settings > Bluetooth & Devices > Devices, click the three dots next to your AirPods, and choose “Disconnect” or “Remove Device.”

Disconnect or unpair AirPods on a Windows laptop.

And that’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

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