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How to Use AirPods with Macbook?

AirPods with Macbook seems to be one of the coolest technological combos among all the smart gadgets we use today. While AirPods are generally used to listen to hear music or do any other necessary work including attending meetings and all, and Macbook on the other hand is primarily a laptop designed by Apple, which administers a greater software as well as user experience than the others, used for several things like playing games, doing official works, attending classes, etc.

There can be various instances when you’re working in your home, and joining a meeting, but at the same time, you don’t want to disturb anyone. Similarly, when you want to listen to some old-school songs, you might want to hear them alone to get a heavenly vibe. In these cases, AirPods can help you to do the same. And in case you have connected to a meeting, or attended online learning sessions from your MacBook, then also you need to use AirPods.

There are instances where users have asked what is the way of using Airpods with their MacBook. Well, both of these gadgets are very high-tech, put primarily very simple to use. With your AirPods being ready to get connected with your Macbook, there are various things you can do including listening to music, handling phone calls, or can also use various AI devices freely. Check out the process of connecting and using these devices together, in the sections below.

How to Pair AirPods with Macbook?

To use your AirPods with your Macbook, the first thing you need to do is to pair up both devices together. You can directly connect it with your Macbook with Bluetooth. Check out the steps below.

Step I: First, make sure that your AirPods are present inside your AirPod case, and with them being inside, open the lid.

Step II: Next, tap and hold the Setup button, present at the back of your AirPods case, until you see the status light in front of the case flashing white. The setup button is also called the noise control button.

Step III: Open your Macbook, then access System preferences, where you’ll be able to find Bluetooth.

Step IV: Turn your Bluetooth on there, access the name of your AirPods from the devices’ list, and click on it.

Doing these four simple steps will get your AirPods connected to your MacBook. If you want to use any AI devices like Alexa or Siri, then after pairing the devices, an option will pop up asking to enable any of your AI devices. You need to click on Enable and you can call up your AI devices then.

By this, you can solely use your Airpods with Macbook for hours, till your charge gets over. Though, if you’re an iPhone user, and your AirPod is already connected to your phone, here’s an alternative way to connect your AirPods to your MacBook.

Your AirPods connected to your iPhone means they’re good to go with your Mac too. All you need to ensure that, your MacBook supports Handoff, and it should also have an iCloud account of yours and must have the same Apple ID. Then apply the following steps –

Step I: By keeping your Airpods inside, open the AirPods case.

Step II: Now, tap on the sound control button, located at the back of the case.

Step III: Now go to your MacBook, and open the Menu bar. Choose your Airpods device from the options. 

This will get you connected and you’ll be able to experience some realistic sounds without any disturbance. AirPods generally don’t show any glitches, but in case it does, or you see that the sound coming from it is getting paused frequently, then you can check this guide on AirPods pausing for easy fixes.

Turning on the Spatial Audio on your MacBook

For people, who use the 3rd generation of AirPods or even AirPods Pro or AirPods Pro Max, those devices use spatial audio that helps in creating an immersive surround music experience. Connecting those devices with Macbook, doesn’t need any additional steps, but to enjoy the Sptail sound fully, you need to enable it on your device. Note that, spatial sound is only available on MacBooks which have apple silicon.

Step I: First ensure that you’re wearing any of the Airpods models, as mentioned in the previous paragraphs, and get it connected to your Macbook using the same steps as mentioned before.

Step II: Next, from your MacBook click on the AirPods icon, which you can access either in the Menu bar or in the Control Centre under the sound options. If it is not appearing, then you can also check in the System Preferences.

Step III: Now, click on any of the Spatial audio options appearing below. You can turn it on or off, which signifies turning on both Spatial audio and head tracking and turning off both of them respectively.

Also, there might be another option, which will come as – Head Tracked, which will also turn on both spatial audio and head tracking. Dynamic head tracking helps you to listen to the surround sound channels perfectly, even if you move your computer or your head. In other options, it might get hampered. Also, if you don’t want the spatial audio to follow the computer or your head’s movement, then turn off that option in the Audio accessibility preferences.

Changing the Noise Control Modes

You can also control the noise cancellation modes, i.e., either turning on noise cancellation or transparency from your MacBook, on the concerned Airpods models as mentioned before.

Step I: Access the AirPods Settings, by clicking on the AirPods icon either in the Sound Control center or in the Menu bar.

Step II: Click on Noise Cancellation to block out the external sounds, and Transparency to hear the sounds around you.

Step III: You can also click on OFF which will turn off both transparency and noise cancellation.

This was the whole guide to using your Airpods with a Macbook. Make sure your MacBook comes among the models, having Apple Silicon, necessary to perform the above functions, as well as your AirPods device, which comes among the third generation and above. Enjoy high-quality sound for hours, and change the settings as per your convenience.

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