With all the new Bluetooth technology coming to market, many users are having issues setting up Bluetooth headphones on a Laptop. AirPods are Apple’s version of a truly wireless (meaning no connecting wire between the two buds) Bluetooth headphone solution. Mac owners can easily connect their wireless AirPods to computers running macOS or OSx. But will AirPods work on a non-Apple Laptop? Yes, AirPods can pair with any devices that support Bluetooth headphones, both non-Apple Laptops and devices.
This article will explain how to connect Airpods to a laptop . AirPods can be used as a standard pair of Bluetooth wireless headphones by pairing them with a non-Apple Bluetooth device. The process is relatively simple, just not as fast as it is through your iPhone or Mac computer, essentially one just treats the Apple AirPods as regular Bluetooth headphones. A couple of things to keep in mind when using your AirPods with Windows 10 laptop. First off, Siri will not work on double tap on the Airpod, neither will the play/pause. That being the case, whatever you were listening to will not pause when you remove one ear pod like it does when you use them with your Mac’s iPad or iPhone. The Airpod will still function as a decent sounding wireless Bluetooth headphone. Let’s get to the pairing.
How to Connect Airpods to Laptop
1. Start by accessing the Bluetooth settings from the system Tray. The user will likely have to expand the system tray by pressing the arrow up on the left side of the system tray with the pop-up that reads show hidden icons once the system tray is expanded.
2. Click on the Bluetooth icon and choose the “add a Bluetooth device” option, this will open the Bluetooth and other devices menu. Then click on “add Bluetooth or other device”.
3. Now, on the Airpod case, open the lid and then press and hold the pairing button.
4. Then back in windows Bluetooth screen, wait for the AirPods to appear in the list of detected devices.
5. Once they appear in the list, select the AirPods from the list of available Bluetooth devices and complete the pairing and voila, your AirPods are now paired and working with a Windows 10 laptop.
Connecting AirPods to a Laptop is just as easy as connecting any other Bluetooth device. When you’re ready to disconnect them, just put your AirPods back in their charging case and close the lid.
THE UPDATE ON APPLE’S SECOND-GENERATION AIRPODS
Everybody loves AirPods. They were a huge hit from the moment they were released a few years ago. Now Apple’s gone and made them a little bit better. So the big question is, should one upgrade to the new model or just keep your old ones?
AirPods are Apple’s true wireless earbuds and if you don’t really know about them yet, you just haven’t been paying attention. There are plenty of other truly wireless earbuds out there, but none of them work with your iPhone the way AirPods do. You pair them by just opening the case near your iPhone, you can quickly see battery levels, turn them on or off just by popping them in or out of their little dental floss case. They’re great. And they’ve just been dominating the market. So now, Apple’s got second-generation AirPods, and you may be wondering if you should upgrade. For most of you, the answer is no. To start with, the new AirPods are almost exactly like the old ones. Same exact size and shape, same exact sound quality, same exact battery life. Sort of. They even cost the same: $159. Again, sort of. More on THAT in a minute. Here’s what’s new. The W1 wireless chip has been replaced with a newly designed H1 chip made specifically for headphones. It connects to calls faster and is faster at switching between devices, but not talking about life-changing speed here. It’s still not instantaneous or anything.
The H1 chip DOES enable one new feature. You can now trigger Siri by saying “Hey, Siri” instead of double-tapping one of the earbuds, which frees up that double-tap for some other command. It works pretty well, even out on a noisy street. And though it seems to take a few seconds for the sound to dim and Siri to start listening, the user doesn’t actually have to wait for that. Just let ‘er rip with the whole command with no pause. “Hey Siri, how’s the weather tomorrow?” Remember how it’s said the battery life is the same? That’s not entirely true.
The headphones can still get 5 hours of music playback and the charging case has enough power to recharge the AirPods about 4 times, just like before. However, on phone calls, the new H1 chip makes the battery last for 3 hours, instead of 2. If making lots of long phone calls, that’s huge. Also, it was said they cost the same, right? Well…they do, if you get the regular charging case. Apple also sells a new Wireless Charging Case that can charge up from any Qi wireless charging pad. To get that with your AirPods raises the price to $199. Since most don’t recharge the case every day, and it charges up pretty quickly anyway, it really isn’t a big convenience like it is on the iPhone. So, should one upgrade to second-gen AirPods? If the use AirPods are on lots of long phone calls, probably frustrated by how fast the battery runs down. And the fact that these last 50% longer during phone calls might be worth it for some consumers.