If you’ve already set up your AirPods with your iPhone/iPad and your Mac is logged into the same Apple ID, then your AirPods will also work with your Mac.
All you need is just putting your AirPods in your ears, then clicking on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar of your, and selecting your AirPods from the dropdown list. After that, click on Connect.
If you don’t view your AirPods from the Bluetooth menu, then pair them manually with your Mac by following the steps.
Steps to Pair AirPods With Your Mac
- On your Mac, head to System Preferences by clicking on Apple menu bar ( -> System Preferences…).
- Click on Bluetooth
- Make sure to toggle Bluetooth on.
- If your AirPods are in their charging case, remember to open the lid.
- Press and hold the button on the charging case until you see the status light between the AirPods flashes white.
- Click on your AirPods in the Bluetooth devices list and choose Connect.
Next time, if you want to use your AirPods with your Mac, simply put them in your ears and your Mac will automatically connect to them. If they don’t, just click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar of your Mac, choose your AirPods from the dropdown list, and click on Connect.
Customize AirPod Controls
AirPods support several gestural touch controls for you to customize, including the option to change tracks just with a double tap. You can access all of these options in the Settings app when the AirPods are connected to your iPhone/ iPad. However, they can also be accessed when your AirPods are connected to your Mac. Here’s how to do so:
- On your Mac, navigate to System Preferences from Apple menu ( -> System Preferences…).
- Click on Bluetooth
- From the Bluetooth devices list, click on Options button near your AirPods.
From this menu, enable or disable manual ear detection or you can choose to use the left or right AirPod microphone. You can also select what happens when double tapping on an AirPod.
Double-tap options like Siri, Play/Pause, Next Track, and Previous Track if you want. You can also set different gestures for the left and the right AirPod.