Set up AirPods 2 - this is how you connect the AirPods to an iPhone, iPad or Mac

Even if it's very simple: Here are brief instructions on how to set up the AirPods 1 and 2 (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

I know there are things that you don't really need instructions for because they are so simple. But after I had my new AirPods 2 in my hand and actually didn't know whether I had to go to the Bluetooth menu to connect it to the iPhone, it was clear to me: I need instructions here - even if they are becomes very short. : D

Even if it's very simple: Here are brief instructions on how to set up the AirPods 1 and 2 (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

Even if it's very simple: Here are brief instructions on how to set up the AirPods 1 and 2 (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

Setup with iPhone or iPad

Forget everything you've done with bluetooth headphones so far. The AirPods are once again really "apple-like" when setting up:

  1. Put iPhone / iPad (may be locked) on the table
  2. Place AirPods (1st or 2nd Gen) right next to it and open the case
  3. An animation appears on the iPad or iPhone (see photo above!) and all you have to do is press "Connect". Finished!

After connecting, the current charge status of the case and AirPods will be displayed and you can get started.

iCloud installs the AirPods on all other devices

The highlight (again typically Apple and a good reason to use the iCloud): If you have installed the AirPods on a device, the iCloud takes care of the setup on all other iOS and macOS devices that you have with the same Apple ID used.

That means, after this mini-setup, which is explained above, the new AirPods were immediately available to me on all iPads and also on my two MacBooks. Technology can be that simple. Thanks Apple! : D

Install AirPods on Mac ONLY

It looks a little different if you don't use an iCloud account and only want to use the AirPods on a Mac (MacBook Pro / Air, MacMini, iMac or Mac Pro), for example. In that case, you actually have to go through the Bluetooth settings.

On Mac models, like other Bluetooth headphones, the AirPods are also added via the system settings (Bluetooth).

On Mac models, like other Bluetooth headphones, the AirPods are also added via the system settings (Bluetooth).

In detail, it works as follows:

  1. Apple menu> System settings> Blueooth (must be switched on!)
  2. AirPods should be in the case and the lid of the case will open.
  3. On the back of the AirPods case, press the setup button for about 3 seconds until the LED on the front of the charging case flashes white.
  4. You should now be able to find the AirPods in the device list under Bluetooth on the Mac.
  5. Clicking on "Connect" pairs the AirPods with the Mac.

I wish you a lot of fun with the little headphones. They are really super-practical and there will be a review shortly for the new, second generation that has just been released.

 

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