AirPods Not Connecting To Mac Here_s The Real Fix

AirPods Not Connecting To Mac? Here’s The Real Fix.

In AirPods by David Lynch

Your AirPods are not connecting to your Mac and you don't know what to do. Your AirPods are designed to quickly pair to the devices linked to your iCloud account, but this process doesn't always go according to plan. In this article, I'll explain why your AirPods won't connect to your Mac and help you solve the problem for good.

Make Sure Your Mac Is Up To Date

Before we dive into the troubleshooting steps, it's important to know that AirPods will only work with Macs that are running the most recent version of the Mac computer operating system — macOS Sierra. If you haven't updated your Mac software in awhile, that may be the reason why your AirPods won't connect to your Mac.

To check what software is currently running your Mac, or to update your Mac software, click the Apple logo in the upper left-hand corner of your screen and click About This Mac. 

A pop-up will appear on your screen, telling you which version of macOS is currently running on your Mac. If you need to update your Mac, click Software Update… and update your Mac.

check for mac update

If you're updated to macOS Sierra, but your AirPods are not connecting to your Mac, follow the steps below to diagnose and fix the problem!

How Fix AirPods Not Connecting To A Mac

1. Turn On Bluetooth On Your Mac

  • Turn On Bluetooth On Your Mac

To connect your Mac to a Bluetooth device (computer mouse, headphones, etc.), make sure Bluetooth is turned on.

How Do I Turn On Bluetooth On My Mac?

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click Bluetooth.
  3. Click Turn On Bluetooth.
  4. When Bluetooth is on, your Mac will say Bluetooth: On.

Learn more about how to turn on bluetooth on your mac.

2. Put Your AirPods Into Bluetooth Pairing Mode

  • Put Your AirPods Into Bluetooth Pairing Mode

If your iPhone isn't logged into your iCloud account, you'll have to put your AirPods into Bluetooth pairing mode.

How Do I Put My AirPods Into Bluetooth Pairing Mode?

  1. Put your AirPods into the Charging Case.
  2. Keep the lid of your Charging Case open.
  3. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the Charging Case.
  4. When the status light begins to flash white, your AirPods are in Bluetooth pairing mode.

Learn more about how to put your AirPods into bluetooth pairing mode.

3. Manually Connect Your AirPods To Your Mac

  • Manually Connect Your AirPods To Your Mac

Fortunately, when your AirPods are not connecting to your Mac automatically, you can still pair them manually via Bluetooth.

How Do I Manually Connect My AirPods To My Mac?

  1. Make sure you've turned on Bluetooth on your Mac.
  2. Open your AirPods charging case.
  3. Open System Preferences.
  4. Click Bluetooth.
  5. Under your list of devices, double-click on your AirPods.

Learn more about how to manually connect your AirPods to your mac.

4. Select AirPods As The Output Device

  • Select AirPods As The Output Device

Sometimes, your Mac may be connected to a different output device, which may make it appear that your AirPods are not connecting to your Mac. The fix may be as simple as clicking on your AirPods under the list of your Mac's output devices.

How Do I Select AirPods As The Output Device?

  1. Make sure your AirPods are in range of your Mac and that the charging case is open.
  2. Make sure you've turned on Bluetooth on your Mac.
  3. Open System Preferences.
  4. Click Sound.
  5. Click on the Output tab.
  6. Select your AirPods.

Learn more about how to select AirPods as the output device.

5. Forget Your AirPods As A Bluetooth Device On Mac

  • Forget Your AirPods As A Bluetooth Device On Mac

If your Mac or AirPods have updated, it may affect the way they connect to other devices. By forgetting AirPods as a device on your Mac altogether, you can start over like new. This gives your AirPods an opportunity to make a new, clean connection to your Mac.

How Do I Forget My AirPods As A Bluetooth Device On Mac?

  1. Open System Preferences on your Mac.
  2. Click Bluetooth.
  3. Click once on your AirPods under Devices in the Bluetooth menu.
  4. Click the circular “x” button that appears when you scroll over your AirPods.
  5. Click Forget Device when the confirmation alert appears on the screen.
  6. Wait a few minutes, then try to reconnect your AirPods to your Mac.

Learn more about how to forget your AirPods as a bluetooth device on mac.

6. Charge The AirPods Charging Case

  • Charge The AirPods Charging Case

It may be a mouthful, but the Charging Case needs to be charged in order to charge your AirPods.

How Do I Charge The AirPods Charging Case?

  1. Plug a Lightning cable into the Lightning connector on your Charging Case.
  2. Plug the other end of the Lightning cable into a USB port or wall charger.
  3. It may take a few hours to fully charge your Charging Case.

Learn more about how to charge the AirPods charging case.

7. Charge Your AirPods

  • Charge Your AirPods

Charging your AirPods ensures that they will have enough battery life to function properly. AirPods are charged using the Charging Case.

How Do I Charge My AirPods?

  1. Put your AirPods in the Charging Case.
  2. When your AirPods are in the Charging Case, the Status light will indicate the amount of charge your AirPods have.
  3. The Status light will turn green when your AirPods are fully charged.

Learn more about how to charge your AirPods.

8. Clean Your AirPods and Charging Case

  • Clean Your AirPods and Charging Case

If dirt, dust, or other debris gets into your AirPods or Charging Case, it can affect their functionality and cause hardware problems. For example, if there is debris in your Charging Case, your AirPods may not charge properly.

How Do I Clean My AirPods and Charging Case?

  1. Get a soft, lint-free cloth. Don't use tissue or cloth that will break up inside your devices.
  2. Gently wipe your AirPods and Charging Case with the cloth.
  3. For more compact debris, you can use an anti-static brush or new toothbrush to clean it out.

Learn more about how to clean your AirPods and charging case.

9. Reset Your AirPods

  • Reset Your AirPods

It's may seem simple, but resetting your AirPods may fix minor software bugs such as connectivity issues or a quickly draining battery. Like resetting an iPhone, resetting your AirPods gives them a “fresh start”.

How Do I Reset My AirPods?

  1. Press and hold the setup button on the back of your Charging Case.
  2. Release the setup button when status light flashes amber a few times, then flashes white.
  3. Your AirPods have been reset.
  4. Connect your AirPods to your device, just like you did when you set them up the first time.

Learn more about how to reset your AirPods.

10. Repair Your AirPods

  • Repair Your AirPods

If you've gotten this far and your AirPods still won't connect to your iPhone, you may have a hardware problem with your AirPods.

How Do I Repair My AirPods?

There are a few ways to repair your AirPods:

If You're Still Within The Return Window

  1. Bring your AirPods back to the store where you purchased them and exchange them for a new pair.

If You're Outside The Return Window

  1. Repair them through Apple's online support, or
  2. Make an appointment at the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store, or
  3. Set up an online mail-in repair through Apple's online support.

Learn more about how to repair your AirPods.

AirPods: Connected To Mac!

Your AirPods are connected to your Mac and you can start listening to your favorite songs, podcasts, and audiobooks again. Now that you know what to do when AirPods are not connecting to a Mac, make sure to share this article with your family and friends on social media. Thanks for reading this article, and feel free to leave us a comment down below if you have any other questions!

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