The AirPods and AirPods Pro are among the best wireless earbuds out there, and the AirPods Max take many of their best qualities and apply them to an over-ear set of noise-cancelling headphones.
What all three have in common is that they become even better once you’ve truly mastered them. While Apple’s wireless headphones work pretty seamlessly with iPhones, iPads, Macs and more, there are plenty of tricks and lesser-known features that will allow you to get even more out of your AirPods.
Our comprehensive suite of how-tos will help you troubleshoot common AirPods problems and help you discover cool new things you didn’t even know your earbuds could do. Read on for our full AirPods guide to start using your Apple headphones like a true pro.
How do I connect AirPods to my iPhone?
Before you start enjoying your new cordless audio life, you need to connect your AirPods to your iPhone. For the AirPods and AirPods Max:
1. Open the AirPods charging case in close vicinity to your iPhone
2. Click the Connect button.
The AirPods Max work similarly, just make sure they’re outside of their Smart Case and in close proximity to your phone.
Voila! You’re now ready to get your groove on.
However, if you want to connect your Pods to another phone, you’ll have to do an extra step. After steps one and two of the initial setup, you’ll see a message instructing you to press the Pairing button on the back of the charging case. Do it.
Want to pair the Pods to your Apple Watch? You’re in luck. Once the buds are paired with your iPhone, the Airpods are paired automatically with your iPhone. The same goes for your iPad and MacBook thanks to your iCloud syncing the pairing.
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