How to Fix AirPods Not Connecting To Mac – Get Guidelines Here

AirPods Not Connecting To Mac

Apple AirPods are embedded with a wireless microchip so you can easily and quickly pair them with your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Mac linked to your iCloud account. Apart from that, tiny speakers, batteries, sensors, and microphones are also embedded in the plastic white shell of each AirPods (for left and right) The first AirPods were released 3 years ago, precisely last December 13, 2016. Its features and functions include but are not limited to taking phone calls and talking to SIRI (Apple’s Digital Assistant) because of its built-in microphone, which allows you to play and listen to audio music.

Basically, what an earphone can normally do but with extra features other than wireless. Although AirPods is said to automatically connect to an Apple device, if the Bluetooth connection is skipped, there are times when AirPods cannot connect to a Mac for the first time or for subsequent connections. There are many reasons why you are facing such problems. It’s possible that AirPods aren’t connected to your Mac. There are some solutions that can help fix the Airpods connection on your Mac. Continue reading below to find out how.

1. Restart your Mac:

Restart your Mac

This is a simple but effective tip. Restarting your Mac may resolve your issue. On your Mac, choose the Apple menu > Restart. Some users reported that they had to restart their devices twice before their AirPods worked again.

2. Bluetooth and charge:

Bluetooth and charge

After restarting, make sure your Bluetooth is turned on on your Mac. If you don’t see the Bluetooth icon, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth and check the “Show Bluetooth in menu bar” box.

The first tip you can try, actually, is to turn off Bluetooth on your Mac, wait 10 seconds, and then turn it back on. Also, keep your AirPods in the charging case. And make sure they are charged. Don’t forget that your AirPods only appear when they’re nearby and ready to use.

3. Update your Mac:

Update your Mac

Please make sure your Mac has macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later if your AirPods are second-generation or later. If your AirPods are first-generation, make sure your Mac is running macOS Sierra or later. And if you have AirPods Pro, make sure your Mac has macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later.

If you’re not sure, you can determine which generation of AirPods you have:

  • Find its model number. If they’re connected to an iOS device, you can find your AirPods model number by going to Settings > General > About > Your AirPods.
  • You can find the number on any of your AirPods. The smaller the numbers you want to magnify the glass.
  • Model numbers A1523/A1722 are the first generation AirPods.
  • Model numbers A2032/A2031 are second-gen AirPods.

Make sure your Mac is the latest version. Here’s how you can update your Mac:

If your Mac is currently running macOS Mojave or later: From the Apple menu, click System Preferences, then click Software Update.
If your Mac is currently running macOS High Sierra or earlier: Open the App Store on your Mac and click the Updates tab.

4. Set up AirPods:

If your AirPods are not on the list of devices, set up your AirPods. Here’s how:

  • On your Mac, then go to System Preferences > Bluetooth.
  • Turn Bluetooth on if it says “Bluetooth: Off”.
  • Place your AirPods in the charging case.
  • Open the case lid.
  • Hold the button until you see the status light flash white. Then release the setup button.
  • Now on your Mac, your AirPods should appear in the device list of Bluetooth devices, click Connect.

5. Remove your AirPods from Mac’s list of Bluetooth devices:

Remove your AirPods from Mac’s list of Bluetooth devicesPlease follow the steps below. These steps will help you first remove your AirPods from the list of Bluetooth devices and then add them again.

Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.

  • Click Bluetooth.
  • You will see a list of your Bluetooth devices.
  • Do you see your AirPods in the list? If your AirPods don’t appear, you may need to set up your AirPods with your Mac. See the next tip.
  • If your AirPods are in the list of devices (not connected), click to select them.
  • Click the X to remove your AirPods.

Now we add again:

  • Place your AirPods in the charging case.
  • Make sure your charging case is close to your Mac so they’re within range.
  • Open the case lid.
  • On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth.
  • In the list of devices, do you see your AirPods?
  • Select your AirPods and click Connect.


Hopefully, you’re done connecting your AirPods to your Mac. If the solutions above don’t work (and you can’t even connect them to your iPhone), you’re dealing with the wrong set of AirPods. If so, it’s best to book an appointment at a local genius bar.

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