How to Use Apple AirPods On a Windows PC.
Apple AirPods are one of the brightest gifts ahead of the holidays, and they are great earbuds for those looking to listen to their music while exercising or on the go.
However, these are comfortable headphones with decent sound quality and impressive battery life, making them a great option as a primary headphone for a computer.
Connecting Apple AirPods to an Apple device is intuitive and requires just flipping the lid. Connecting to Windows is a little tricky, but you should still be able to do it in a few minutes.
Follow the steps below to learn how to use Apple AirPods on PC.
Connect your AirPods to your Windows PC
Step 1. Open the settings menu on your PC. In Windows 10, the easiest way to do this is by clicking the Start button on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen, and then clicking the gear icon in the pop-up menu.
Step 2. In the next menu select “Devices”.
Step 3. Click the plus sign at the top of the screen to add a new Bluetooth device.
Step 4. At this point, we need to put the AirPods into pairing mode. Make sure your AirPods are in the case, open the lid, press and hold the small button on the back of the case until the light between the AirPod slots flashes white.
Step 5. Return to your computer and select Bluetooth from the menu that appeared in step 3.
Step 6. If your AirPods are in pairing mode, you should see them in the next menu. Click on an entry in the list to link them to your PC.
Step 7. Back in the Devices menu, you should see your AirPods listed under the Audio section.
In most cases, your computer’s sound should automatically switch to AirPods when you take them out of their case while they’re paired. However, if you are unable to switch it this way, you can manually select them as your preferred audio device by following these steps.
Step 8. Right click on the speaker icon on the taskbar.
Step 9. Select “Open Sound Settings”.
Step 10. In the next menu there should be a dropdown list where you can select your audio device. Switch it to headphones (AirPods Stereo) and the audio should switch from whatever device your computer was previously installed on.
If you later connect your AirPods to your Apple device and want to switch back to your computer, you can simply put the headphones into pairing mode by lifting the lid and then select your AirPods from the list of audio discussed in Step 7. Enjoy!