How to Connect Airpods to Mac (And are AirPods really worth it?)

how to connect airpods to mac

It’s fairly easy to connect your AirPods to any of your Apple devices. Hover through my article to find out how. I’ll also discuss a bit on the difference between the regular AirPods and the pro. 

Connecting your AirPods to your MacBook

If you want to watch your favorite films on a bigger screen you can. Though AirPods primarily prefer the iPhone for the initial connection, you can always connect it to your Macbook. 

So you’re not just limited to the small screen of your Iphones and the bigger the screen the better right? Especially if you want a more pleasurable viewing experience.

  1. We need to first enable the Bluetooth function on both devices.
  2. For the MacBook, hover through the apple logo found on the upper right side of the screen. Find the system preferences and it will show several options. Click on the Bluetooth icon.
  3. It will open up the Bluetooth window. There’s also another way to access the Bluetooth window. You can click on the search button and type in Bluetooth. And voila, the Bluetooth window will automatically pop out. 
  4. Now, put your AirPods into discoverable mode. You can do so by pressing and holding the button at the back. You’ll notice that the light inside will change from green/amber into white. The white light indicates that the AirPods are now in discoverable mode. 
  5. So hover back to your MacBook. And on the Bluetooth window, turn the Bluetooth function on. And you’ll see on the window that it will start to detect devices. Find your AirPods on the list and click the connect tab. 
  6. You’ll see it on the Bluetooth window once the connection has been established.
  7. That’s it! You can now start your music directly from your mac across your AirPods. 
  8. For easy access, click the tab that mentions “show Bluetooth in the menu bar”. This will create a shortcut on the desktop. So this will make it easier to access, should you need to do some changes.

How to connect and set up your AirPods to your iPhone

Setting up your AirPods to your iPhone is really quite easy. Scroll down to see this simple guide.

  1. Unbox you AirPods. If it’s your first time to use one, you’ll notice that it is encased in a little sleek white box. This box keeps you from losing your AirPods. They can be easy to lose. 

And it’s not uncommon to lose one at home or even leave your AirPods in the cafe. And you might not notice that it dropped from your pocket when you’re reaching for 10 bucks to pay for your Starbucks coffee. So always, keep your AirPods in the nice little white box. You’ll also use the case to charge the AirPods

  1. Now get your iPhone. in this case, I am going to use my iPhone 7. But it pretty much has the same steps whichever model you have.
  2. Now go to the home screen. Open up the case of your AirPods and sit it beside your iPhone.
  3. The AirPods will automatically try to start to establish a connection with your iPhone. You’ll see this animation on your phone. All I have to do is click on the connect button.
  4. A window will pop up on your phone notifying you that you have already connected your AirPods to your phone. It will also show how much battery you have left on the AirPods. 
  5. So go ahead and take the AirPods from the case and insert them into your ears. Use it as you would regular earbuds or earphones. Only that it gives you more freedom since it’s wireless. 
  6. You can also charge your phone while you’re watching a movie or listening to music. Walk around as you wish you have every bit of freedom. 

Can I connect my AirPods to a MacBook pro if I initially connected it to my iPhone?

If you have already connected your AirPods to your iPhone, you don’t need to disconnect it to be able to pair it up with other devices. You can easily connect to your MacBook pro. One of the most beautiful things about Apple is that they make it very easy and seamless to connect to all devices in the cloud.

So assume that you have already connected your pods to your iPhone. And you want to, this time, connect it to your MacBook pro. What should you do?

As I’ve mentioned, there’s no need to disconnect from your iPhone. All you have to do is hover through your MacBook pro. Find that little speaker icon on the homepage. This is where you adjust the level of volume. And you’ll instantly see the AirPods option on the speaker selection. All you have to do is select it. And there will be a voice prompt on your AirPods notifying you that you;’e already paired up with your MacBook pro. 

Quite easy right? Now you can go ahead and do your editing, or listen to podcasts in a jiffy. 

How to switch connection from your iPhone to your iWatch

Switching the connection from your iPhone to your iWatch is the easiest. Unlike your Mac and Ipad, these two devices share a commonality. 

And here are a few questions you may have on your mind. This will also answer the question above.

  • Can I use my AirPods on more than 1 device?

Unfortunately no, you can only use your AirPods on one device at a time?

  • If I want to use my AirPods from my phone to my mac or watch does it automatically connect once I move away from my phone?

It doesn’t. While they may seem like magic, they’re not. You still have to manually connect to your MacBook once you move away from your phone. And since your device will already show these options, it’s relatively easy to hop from one device to another. 

On both iPhone and IWatch, the option to activate your AirPods is in the airplay menu. Meanwhile, for the MacBook Pro and iPad, you have to activate the Bluetooth connection to pair it up with AirPods. 

Why I love my AirPods

  1. It’s rather convenient if I want to connect to my other Apple devices, I don’t have to disconnect it from the previous device. 
  2. I’m one of those people who lost a lot of earphones and ear pods in their lifetime. I don’t even want to recount how much the total cost was. So this nifty little box works a lot for me. And since it also acts as a charging dock, it’s pretty much convenient too.

Are AirPods worth buying in 2021?

To get the point, AirPods, with their hefty price, are worth buying if you have an apple device. But if you are an android user, the answer is a no.

Though you can still use AirPods on your android devices, the experience will not be as seamless as it would be on your Apple devices. So if you own an android phone, you might be better off pairing them with other Bluetooth-enabled ear pods such as the Samsung earbuds or the Sony WF1000XM3 earbuds. The latter has some similar features that you love with the AirPods. The Sony earbuds also have an impressive noise cancellation feature. 

But if you are an Apple user, there’s no better way to go than AirPods. Though you can also use other Bluetooth enabled earbuds on your apple devices, it will not offer you the same convenient and seamless connection as the AirPods.

What if you don’t want pods for your apple device, what should you get? The best competition is other Apple earphones too, nothing else. One nice alternative for AirPods is Apple beats. These earphones also have some of the features of an AirPods, it’s not just wireless.

But if you want a wireless alternative, the Power Beats is also fully wireless like the AirPods. But instead of inserting it into your ears, you have to hook it over your ears. So it’s a more suitable option if you’re listening to music while running.  

The common denominator apple earbuds and earphones have is that they have the same H1 chip that allows you to easily do a Bluetooth connection over the iCloud. That is the biggest benefit of Apple hardware. 

What’s the difference between the AirPods and the AirPods pro

The main difference is that the AirPods pro already comes with a wireless charging case. The regular AirPods give you options on what charging case to have. It typically comes with the wired one. And if you want to get the wireless box, you have to upgrade at a price. So if you’re keen on getting the wireless charging case, you’re better off buying the AirPods Pro. You’ll be saving more moolah. And you’ll also enjoy additional features.

Airpods Pro is also easier to navigate through. Airpods do not have any buttons and instead make use of taps to start a command. And sometimes I intentionally tap into command when I am adjusting my AirPods. 

As for the pro, it makes use of a tap too, but with a bit more pressure on it. So you won’t unintentionally prompt the AirPods to open Siri if you’re just adjusting them on your ears. 

The sound is also a tad better on the pro. And it fits more people and feels more comfortable than the regular ones. It also has a shorter stem so looks better than the longer tips on the regular pods. 

Final say

Airpods do not necessarily have the best audio. But if you’re on Ios, they’re the best choice despite that But keep in mind that it’s not clear audio quality, and if you’re looking for impressive audio quality, Bluetooth connectivity should not be your option.