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How to connect AirPods to your MacBook

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Whether you want to enjoy music from your MacBook or listen to your co-workers on a Zoom call, AirPods are highly praised earbuds for casual entertainment and productivity. But of course, to get the most out of your AirPods, you’ll need to know how to pair them with your MacBook.

If you are using AirPods, make sure that your Mac has macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later. The AirPods Pro require macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later. It’s also worth noting that if you have set up your AirPods with your iPhone, and your MacBook is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID, your AirPods will more than likely be ready to use with your MacBook. 

Without further adieu, here's how to listen to your MacBook's audio via your Apple AirPods.

How to pair AirPods with a MacBook

First, navigate to the Apple logo at the very top-left of your screen and click on it for the drop-down menu options. 

How to connect AirPods to a MacBook

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Scroll down in the drop-down menu until you see System Preferences. Click on the System Preferences tab. 

Within the System Preferences you will see Bluetooth tab. Click on it to open your MacBook's Bluetooth options.  

How to connect AirPods to a MacBook

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Once you’ve opened Bluetooth, you need to put the AirPods into “Discoverable Mode.”  (Make sure both AirPods are in the charging case first.) 

How to connect AirPods to a MacBook

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To achieve this, hold down the back button on the AirPods case for 1-5 seconds. You'll know the AirPods are in “Discoverable Mode” when you spot a flashing white light on the front of the case.

Next, navigate back to your Bluetooth tab, and you should find that your AirPods have synced to your MacBook via Bluetooth. Click “Pair."

How to connect AirPods to a MacBook

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You will know that your AirPods have connected to your MacBook when the screen reads “Connected” under the AirPods icon. 

How to connect AirPods to a MacBook

How to connect AirPods to a MacBook (Image credit: Future)

Voilà! Now you can enjoy your newly connected AirPods on your MacBook and listen to anything your heart desires.