How to connect AirPods to a Windows PC

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Were you under the impression that AirPods are exclusive to Apple users?
Here’s how to pair AirPods with your Windows 10 PC.

How to connect AirPods to a Windows computer

One of the best features of Apple’s AirPods is how easy it is to pair and work with Apple devices.
The latest AirPods 3 will even automatically switch between your Apple devices for you.

However, you may be wondering how to connect your AirPods to your Windows 10 PC and believe that compatibility is a challenge.

It’s not, and while you won’t get the same degree of seamless integration as with other Apple products, connecting AirPods to a Windows 10 laptop or desktop is easy.
These simple instructions will teach you how.

How to connect AirPods to Windows 10 PC

  1. On your Windows 10 computer, turn on Bluetooth.
    Go to Start, then Settings, then Devices.
    Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. Add a new gadget. At the top of the page,
    click Add Bluetooth or other device. Select the Bluetooth option from the Add a device menu when it appears.
  3. Connect your AirPods.
    Place your AirPods in the charging case.
    Open the cover again after closing it.
    Keep the white Setup button on the case pressed until the LED of the case flashes white.
    Your AirPods should appear in the device menu on your computer screen.
    You’re ready to go once you’ve selected them.

If you have automatic switching enabled, your AirPods will automatically switch between Apple devices signed in to the same iCloud account if you’re listening to music on one and receiving a call on the other. This will be avoided by pairing your AirPods with your Windows 10 PC.

You will need to manually reconnect to your iPhone or other Apple device by selecting AirPods from the Bluetooth menu on your phone.
However, if you walk away from your computer while the headphones are connected, they will switch to other previously paired devices within range, such as your iPhone.

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