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How to connect AirPods to an Android phone

Learn how to make your AirPods cross over to the Android side.

Published onSeptember 21, 2023

Since debuting in 2016, AirPods have exploded in popularity. They have been so appreciated that even users from the Android community have sought ways to benefit from them, begging the question, “Can AirPods connect to Android?” The answer is yes. However, in typical Apple fashion, you will lose some features, like spatial audio, Adaptive EQ, the ear tip fit test, control customization, battery life status indicator, and more. If you don’t mind these drawbacks, keep reading to find out how to connect your AirPods to an Android phone.


Hold the Setup button on the AirPods case while the earbuds are inside to connect AirPods to your Android device. Go to Settings > Bluetooth > Pair New Device on your phone and select the AirPods to pair.


How to connect AirPods to an Android phone or tablet

The idea of pairing AirPods with an Android phone may sound like crossing enemy lines. But this seemingly incompatible pairing is possible thanks to Bluetooth, a common technology utilized by Apple and Android devices. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the AirPods case lid with the AirPods well seated inside (for AirPods Max, take them out of the case).
  2. Hold down the setup button at the back of the AirPods case until you see the LED light flashing. This indicates that your AirPods are now in pairing mode.
  3. Initiate the pairing process on your Android device by opening Settings.
  4. Navigate to Connected devices.
  5. Select Bluetooth and turn it on using the toggle.
  6. The AirPods will appear in the list of available devices.
  1. Click on the name of your AirPods to begin pairing.
  2. A dialogue box will appear; click on Pair.
  3. Once paired, you’ll see a notification confirming the connection. The LED on the AirPods case should turn solid white.

Why won’t my AirPods connect to my Android phone?

If you followed the above steps correctly, your AirPods should connect to your Android phone. There are several reasons why this may not happen, though. The most common one is when your smartphone can not locate the Airpods after you click Pair New Device. This typically occurs when:

  • Your AirPods are linked to another device. Disconnect other devices to solve this.
  • The batteries in your AirPods and charging case are low. Place AirPods in the case and plug into a power cable to recharge (if you opted for the wireless case, a wireless charging mat will do the job as well).
  • The devices are too far apart. Bring the devices closer, preferably within 30 feet.

Other checks you can perform if the issue is unresolved include turning the Bluetooth on your Android device off and turning it back on, restarting your device, attempting to connect to another Android device, or restoring the factory settings of your AirPods.

To restore factory settings, hold the Setup button on the back of the case until the LED indicator flashes amber and then white. This will completely remove all previously paired devices and settings from the AirPods.

After trying these steps, your AirPods should hopefully connect to your Android device. If you continue to encounter issues, you may need to contact Apple Support for further assistance.