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AirPods not Connecting to Mac? Here’s How to Fix it

AirPods not Connecting to mac: Airpods are more than wireless earphones, it was one cool product launch by Apple. Using Airpods you will be able to manage some of the phone task without taking looking into your phone.

Connect to Siri, make a call, or have a weather update you can do it with your AirPods with just a tap.

To provide you an ultimate sound experience Airpod is designed with dedicated microprocessors and along with that comes super cool tech features such as a microphone, dual optical sensors, and tiny batteries.

Solutions to “AirPods not Connecting to MacBook”

AirPods not Connecting to MacBook

This Apple product is compatible with all kinds of operating system ios, Android Windows, and Mac. Airpods easily pairs with all your devices linked to your iCloud account. But with all these amazing features it gets very irritating when you get a connection error.

Airpod connection issue is mostly found in Mac devices. If you too are not able to connect AirPods with your Mac device we have some solutions for you.  

Before we begin with the troubleshooting guide, let’s first know some of the reasons why AirPods not Connecting to Mac. So, there are two basic reasons for the issue in Mac, which are mentioned below.

Problem with Bluetooth

Issue in Bluetooth pairing will hinder the connectivity between both devices as none of them will be able to recognize the other device.

Mac Bug

The second main reason why your AirPods can’t connect to your Mac is that there’s a bug on your Mac. When there’s a bug on your Mac, it may stop your Mac from connecting to your AirPods.

A bug is a failure in the operating system that causes an unexpected result.


The troubleshooting solution will help you clear these problems. So you can go back to listening supreme sound quality of airpods when connected to you Mac device.

Force restart Mac

Force restart Mac

Force restarting Mac is the first thing to when you can not connect airpod to Mac. It helps to removes any kind of bug prevailing in your Mac computer. So when you are not able to connect Mac to Airpod due to any Software glitch force restart can be useful. 

Here is how you can force restart your Mac:

Shutdown your computer and unplug it from the socket

When done, turn on your computer again, now turn on Bluetooth and check if you can connect your airpod with it. If not we have plenty of options, so switch to next one.

Update Your Mac

Airpods works only with Mac version Sierra and above, if you are using an older version of mac os like 10.12 it’s time you update your OS. Software updates are mainly done to clear of bugs from the old system when update you will 

see the term ‘bug fix’ in the description. Updating your mac device maybe can solve your connectivity issue. 

Also if you are unaware of your current Mac software here is how you can check your current version:

Step1: tap on the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen.

Step2: Select about this Mac option you will get all the information about your Mac computer.  

Update Your Mac

Step3: Select software update, if you are using an older version.

After your Macbook gets updated turn on Bluetooth and checks id Airpod gets connected.

If you managed to fix the issue with this step, there was a bug on your Mac computer.

If this step didn’t work, go to the next step.

Turn On Bluetooth

However it may sound silly, it’s better to double-check, if your device Bluetooth is turned on or not. Since AirPods rely on Bluetooth for connecting to other devices, they won’t work if the connection is off.

Check whether you have turned on Bluetooth or not, 

Step1: Go to System Preferences 

Go to System Preferences 

Step2: Turn On Bluetooth.


If you’ve enabled the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, switching the Bluetooth is as simple as clicking the icon.

Connect Your AirPods Manually

Connect Your AirPods Manually

Airpods have an automatic connection feature. If your Airpod is not connecting to Mac there an issue in the auto connectivity feature. In that case, try to connect your airpod manually and see if it works.

Here is how you can connect Airpod manually to your Mac computer

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on your Mac

Turn on Bluetooth on your Mac

2. Open your charging case

Open your charging case

3. Go to System Preferences

Go to System Preferences

4. Click on Bluetooth

Go to System Preferences

5. Under your devices, double-click on your AirPods

Under your devices, double-click on your AirPods

Check if this procedure has allowed the connection between both devices. If not, switch to the next step. 

Select AirPods as The Output Device

If your Mac laptop is connected to multiple devices simultaneously than there’s a chance that Airpod is not choosing as the output device. So to solve this issue you will have to select your Airpod as the output device from your Mac’s output device list.

To select Airpod as the Output go Through the Following

  1. Make sure you have turned on device Bluetooth,
  2. Head  to System Preferences

Go to System Preferences 

3. Select sound category Sound and go to Output,

select sound

4. Select your AirPods.

5. If the output list doesn’t show your Airpod, pair it first.

Forget Your AirPods

Another way to troubleshoot Airpod connection is to clear off relation between both devices and then start a connection with new. In a few scenarios, factors like system updates can affect the way devices connect to one another.

You can remove your connectivity info through forget Air-pods option, this way the connection will be renewed. So, your Mac is going to see this as a new device when you try to make the connection again.

Since there may be a bug that’s not allowing the connection, forgetting the devices may fix any glitches that are causing this to happen.

Steps Forget your AirPods as a Bluetooth Device

  1. Head to System Preferences

Go to System Preferences 

2. Tap Bluetooth.

3. From the Bluetooth menu, select your AirPods under Devices

Under your devices, double-click on your AirPods

4. tab on the ‘X’ button when you scroll over your AirPods

Steps forget your AirPods as a Bluetooth device

5. Click Forget Device when the alert appears

After you have done with Forget Airpod, reconnect your Airpods on your Mac and check it’s working. 

Charge the AirPods and the Case

Yeah, it sounds silly but many users have made the mistake of not checking the battery before connecting their earpods. So to charge Airpod case and plug it with the lightning cable and the wall plug.

To charge the AirPods, just put them in the case, and wait till the status light turns green, it indicates Airpod is fully charged.

Reset Your AirPods

Not able to resolve the issue yet, try this last troubleshooting step for Airpod connectivity to Mac. 

Resetting AirPods can solve minor software bugs causing connectivity issues or a quickly draining battery. This process will reset the device to factory mode removing the bugs that are causing connectivity issues in your Airpod. It allows a fresh start to Airpod.

Here is How You Can Reset Your AirPods

Step 1: Press and hold the setup button on the back of your case

Reset Your AirPods

Step 2: Let go of the button when the status light flashes amber, then flashes white which indicates that the process is over.

status light flashes amber, then flashes white

Once done resetting your Airpod you need to try and make the connection between both devices again.

Go for the Repair AirPods or Contact Apple

Tried all the solution and still AirPods not Connecting to Mac?, it’s time to go for the repair AirPods. If you haven’t resolved your problem yet, it might be because of a hardware problem.

So, the only thing you can do now is going to the Apple Service Centre for the repair or to the store where you bought them for replacement.

Also, you can contact Apple live support and tell them the problem. They will guide for further steps.


This was all about fixing Airpod connectivity in you Mac, we hope you found this blog useful. Do let us know which of the method worked for you in the comment section below.

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