How to Set Up and Connect Your New AirPods (2nd Generation)

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    Apple in March debuted second-generation AirPods, featuring several updates over the original massively popular wireless earbuds of the same name.

    If you've just received a pair of Apple's new earbuds, you'll be raring to use them to listen to music, take phone calls, use Siri, and more. Keep reading to learn how to set up and connect them to your devices.

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    Update Your Software

    As mentioned, Apple's second-generation AirPods include new features not seen in the previous model, but to use them you'll need to make sure your devices are running the latest software.

    On iOS devices:

    If you want to use your new AirPods with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, make sure you're running iOS 12.2 or later.

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    To check that your device's software is up to date, launch the Settings app and then select General -> Software Update, and download any available updates if necessary.

    On Mac:
    To use your new AirPods with your Mac, it needs to be running macOS 10.14.4 or later. To check that your machine is up to date with the latest software, select System Preferences... from the Apple (?) menu in the top-left corner of the screen, and then click Software Update in the preferences window.

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    If your Mac finds an update is available, click the Update Now button to download the software and allow the software to install when prompted.

    Set Up New AirPods on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

    Before you can begin using your new AirPods with your iOS devices, there are a few quick steps you need to perform.
    1. Unlock your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If your device is already unlocked, navigate to the Home screen.
    2. Bring the AirPods case - with the AirPods inside - close to your device and open the case lid.
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      Wait for the setup animation to appear on your device's screen.
    3. Tap Connect, then tap Done.
    4. If you haven't set up "Hey Siri" already on your device, you'll be guided through the setup.
    And that's all there is to it. Your AirPods should now pair seamlessly with your device whenever you go to use them. Note that if you're signed in to iCloud, your AirPods will be set up automatically with any of your supported devices that are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.

    Connect New AirPods to Your Mac

    If you've set up your AirPods with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your Mac is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID, then your AirPods should be ready to use with your Mac. In that case, all you you need to do is put your AirPods in your ears, click the Bluetooth icon in your Mac's menu bar, select your AirPods from the dropdown list, and click Connect.

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    If you don't see your AirPods in the Bluetooth menu, check out our dedicated how-to article on how to pair AirPods manually with your Mac and customize the gesture controls.

    Connect New AirPods to Android Devices

    You can use AirPods with Android smartphones and other devices. You won't be able to use "Hey Siri" but you can use them to listen and talk. Check out our special guideo learn how to use AirPods on Android, as well as the benefits, the downsides, and how well AirPods work on non-Apple devices.

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  2. c.leonard66h macrumors regular

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    Can't use new AirPods on Apple Watch yet. As requires watchOS 5.2 which isn't yet publicly available.
     
  3. anthdci macrumors 6502a

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    Can they connect to multiple devices? I only want one set of headphones but repairing to my iPad and MacBook is a pain.
     
  4. domhoenig macrumors regular

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    Is this true???

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    Balls, it is - I use mine at the gym with my watch always! And my old pair are gone and new ones arrive today!
     

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  5. df1568 macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone know if I need to delete my old AirPods before pairing my new ones?
     
  6. c.leonard66h macrumors regular

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    Yeah just tested, needs the latest version of watchOS. Guess that means release must be today.
     
  7. ColdShadow macrumors 65816

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    Nope.
     
  8. AdrianWy macrumors newbie

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    It would be great if Apple finally introduced automatic audio switching from iCloud devices.
    It would be magic if you did not have to choose from sound sources.
     
  9. Leehowell1983 macrumors newbie

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    No i have connected both at the same time. It switches between them when u put them in
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    5.2 is out
     

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  10. djcerla macrumors 68000

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    Nope. Working great here with my AW4.
     
  11. mark-in-mk macrumors 6502

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    It would be really handy if the LED on the front of my new charging case flashed to indicate it was actually charging on my QI mat, rather than needing to check on my phone.
     
  12. pcmike macrumors 6502

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    It would be great if we could pick these up today at the Apple store...
     
  13. Sheza macrumors 68000

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    Do we have to unpair our first gen AirPods??
     
  14. bixizero macrumors regular

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    What happens if you put one first gen and one second gen in the same case and pair them that way?
     
  15. justabrake macrumors regular

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    Mine will be delivered tomorrow not sure if i'm going to like them thinking about the beats 4 coming out I like the over the ear clip and seeing they have soft ear jells that go in and seal off outside noise looks better then these airpods hard plastic not sealed to the ear
     
  16. AppleZilla macrumors member

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    A day before their release date? That would be great. Mine arrive tomorrow. On the release date.
     
  17. iConnected macrumors 6502a

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    Mine arrived today. On the release date.
     
  18. chris.h macrumors newbie

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    They do have them at some stores today. I was able to purchase a pair from Apple World Trade Center. They had both models in stock.
     
  19. iConnected macrumors 6502a

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    "The new AirPods have also made their way into stores and are available for in-store pickup. Many stores across the United States appear to have immediate availability of the AirPods, so if you want a set, you can pop into a retail location and get them today."

    https://www.macrumors.com/2019/03/26/airpods-2-in-store-pickup-now-available/
     
  20. btrach144 macrumors 65816

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    5.2 is not out yet.
     
  21. pcmike macrumors 6502

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    Ya, my local store just finally has availability. Going to pick them up now.
     
  22. iConnected macrumors 6502a

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    Cool. Very pleased with mine. Am sure you will be too. :)
     
  23. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68020

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    Agreed 5.2 has not been released yet.
     
  24. justabrake macrumors regular

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    I just watched a youtube not very impressive between 1 and 2 airpods
     
  25. Leehowell1983 macrumors newbie

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    No
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    It has now
     

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