How to Set Up Your New AirPods

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AirPods, introduced last December, are Apple's completely wire-free earphones that have a W1 chip inside for simple pairing between devices.

    AirPods work like magic, and while they're easy to set up, the process may not be intuitive to all users who received AirPods this Christmas, so we thought we'd share some quick, easy to digest instructions.


    1. Remove the AirPods from the packaging.
    2. Leave the AirPods in AirPods case.
    3. Power on your iPhone or iPad, unlock it, and go to the Home screen (aka the main app screen).
    4. Open up the lid to your AirPods case.
    5. Hold the AirPods case with open lid next to your iPhone or iPad.
    6. Your iOS device will recognize the AirPods and you'll see a popup to connect your AirPods.
    7. Tap "Connect."
    8. You'll be instructed to press and hold on the back button of the AirPods case.
    9. Press it for a few seconds, and the popup on your iPhone will change to "Connecting."
    10. When the connection is complete, the popup will display the battery life for both the AirPods and the case.

    That's all there is to it. Once this setup process has been completed, your AirPods will re-pair to your iOS device whenever you open up the case lid. This re-pairing process takes just a few seconds, so your AirPods are essentially ready to go whenever you pull them out.

    Your AirPods are linked to your iCloud account, so once you pair them with one device, your other devices know they exist. You can switch connections between your devices through the standard Bluetooth settings options, where AirPods will be listed on any device that you're signed into with your iCloud account.


    On iOS devices, go to Settings --> Bluetooth and tap "AirPods." On a Mac, click on the Bluetooth icon in the status bar, choose AirPods, and then select "Connect." On Apple TV, open up the Settings app, choose "Video and Audio," scroll down to "Audio," select "Audio Output" and choose AirPods.

    On iOS devices, you can also use the Now Playing widget in Control Center to select AirPods, and on Apple TV, you can hold down the Home button on the main Apple TV screen to bring up a shortcut to audio options.

    Update: As some MacRumors forum members have pointed out, when pairing with an iOS device signed into your iCloud account, the step involving a button press may not be necessary. In this situation, the AirPods should be ready to pair after opening the case near an iPhone or iPad.

    Article Link: How to Set Up Your New AirPods
  2. Pezboy macrumors member


    Nov 23, 2015
    Why the hell do we need a set up guide?? This whole article should be, open airpods. Aaaaaannnnd done
  3. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Look at that. You don't even need to turn on Bluetooth anymore. Truly magical.
  4. Creepitor macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2016
    Do you actually need to hold the button on the AirPods case to connect them initially? I can’t remember I had to press it the first time I connected them with my iPhone. Ever since I performed a reset, I had to press it.
  5. macpanzer macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2010
    No, it is not needed. The button is there for connecting to non-Apple devices.
    The author should read the manual for AirPods first, then write a guide.
  6. lazyrighteye macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Tough crowd.

    Or... Thanks for spending your xmas morn posting these articles, MR. :D
  7. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2012
    my jabras were easier iirc - no need to press anything
  8. B4U macrumors 68010


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    The connected screen showing the airpods and the case does not always show up after connecting to the phone during normal usage though.
  9. Creepitor macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2016
    You need some love don’t you?
  10. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Can’t wait to get mines. I tried on one kid’s pair at percussion festival. I was surprised by how good they stay in my ear.
  11. firewire9000 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2015
    I appreciate the article but the information shown here is incorrect. You don’t need to press the button. In fact, these steps are for when the AirPods are previously connected to other devices.
  12. Costino1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 1, 2012
    Ugh I miss mine. Lost my case and waiting for the wireless version. Dropped it while biking I think.
  13. az431 macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    We don't. It's click bait.
  14. ohwevad macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2009
    Merry Christmas, dude
  15. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

    Jul 15, 2006
    You don't have to press anything here either. Article is incorrect.
  16. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    You can also select them in the playback controls during a video.
  17. Geert76 macrumors 68000

    Feb 28, 2014
    the Netherlands
    Best Apple product in years.
    Heck, even much better then my iPhone X
  18. FelixDerKater macrumors 68030


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    Another tentacle in you... One upgrade cycle (iPhone) to many (iPad, Watch, AirPods, ...).
  19. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    Santa didn't bring me airpods, I guess it's back to my trusty wired ones. At this point I'm use to being tangled in cords. Lol
  20. ke-iron macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2014
    This is precisely correct. The first time I connected my AirPods I simply had to open them and press connect.
  21. raybob macrumors newbie


    May 12, 2017
    Los Angeles
  22. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    You don't need to press the button on the back of the case. That button is only if you want to pair the AirPods to say, an Android phone or some other device.
  23. darknyt macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2009
    Wonder if there is a way to NOT have them show for every iCloud device. Now my wife’s iPhone shows the audio options instead of speakerphone since we share an iCloud.

    Cue all the iCloud sharing haters ...
  24. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    Should be.

    There SHOULD be a guide to what happens when:

    1.) You open the AirPods case, put an AirPod in your ear and nothing happens for 10-45 seconds (happens often).
    2.) You open the AirPods case, put an AirPod in your ear and you hear the "chime" sound, but then they immediately disconnect right after for no reason.
    3.) You open the AirPods case, put an AirPod in your ear, and it connects WITHOUT the chime sound.
    4.) You open the AirPods case, put an AirPod in your ear, and they work for a bit and then completely randomly disconnect.
    5.) You open the AirPods case, put an AirPod in your ear, and they simply refuse to connect unless you put it/them back in the case, close the case, open the case, and put it/them back in your ear.

    The AirPods are brilliant when they work, but my goodness are they a pain in the ass when they don't work CONSISTENTLY (which - for me and EVERYONE I know who has them - is an issue).
  25. Regbial macrumors 6502


    Jul 10, 2010
    Eek... will not buy

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