Do AirPods work with Android devices?

THEY ARE the world’s most popular wireless earbuds, selling tens of millions of dollars to gamers around the world every year.

But while most people know that Apple’s AirPods connect to iPhones, many are unsure if they connect to Android devices or not.

AirPods are the world's most popular wireless earbuds


AirPods are the world’s most popular wireless earbudsPhoto credit: Reuters

The Android operating system is developed by Google and is a major rival to Apple’s iOS and iPadOS operating systems.

Luckily, this competition doesn’t stand in the way of Android fans looking to try AirPods.

1) Do AirPods work with Android devices?

The simple answer is yes. However, there is a catch.

While AirPods work seamlessly with the iPhone’s iOS operating system, you’re missing out on important features if you use them on Android.

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Because AirPods are wireless headphones, each iteration connects to a device via Bluetooth.

That means the AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max can be connected to any phone, tablet or computer – including those running Android.

If you use them on Android, however, you’ll miss out on some important features.

Because Apple reserves the chicest highlights – such as customizable controls and fast pairing – for its own devices.

Fear not, though, as Android users will still get access to noise-cancelling and transparency modes on AirPods models that support them.

2) How to connect AirPods to Android device

To connect your AirPods to an Android device, you first need to make sure Bluetooth is turned on. On an Android device, you can do this by going to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth.

Next, do one of the following:

AirPods (1st, 2nd or 3rd generation) or AirPods Pro

With your AirPods in the charging case, open the lid, then press and hold the setup button on the back of the AirPods case for about five seconds or until the status light blinks white.

When your AirPods appear in the Bluetooth devices list, select them to connect.

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Press and hold the noise canceling button for about five seconds or until the status light flashes white.

When your AirPods appear in the Bluetooth devices list, select them to connect.

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