How to connect AirPods Pro to MacBook Pro and Other Macs

AirPods Pro MacBook Pro

Connecting AirPods Pro to an iPhone or iPad is as simple as opening the case and tapping on connect in the pop-up that shows on the device screen. However, the process is not as straight forward when connecting the AirPods to a computer. Here is how you can easily connect your AirPods Pro to a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or Mac Mini.

Connect AirPods to Mac

Even though we will focus on AirPods Pro for this guide, these steps will work with every model of AirPods released to date. If you are on macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later, all AirPods models will work fine with your Mac.

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  1. Open System Preferences > Bluetooth in macOS. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on. You should see the 'Turn Bluetooth Off' button, if Bluetooth is already turned on.AirPods Pro Bluetooth Mac
  2. Press and hold the setup button on your AirPods case, until the light turns white. Make sure that your AirPods are already in the case.
  3. Your AirPods Pro will show up with a 'connect' button in System Preferences > Bluetooth.AirPods Pro Connected Mac
  4. Click Connect. You will be asked if you want to enable "Hey Siri" on your AirPods Pro. You can choose to set up the feature right then or cancel it. Once done, your AirPods Pro will appear under your Devices list. This will confirm that they have been paired with your Mac.AirPods Pro Hey Siri Mac
  5. Once connected, you can click on Options to change the configuration for automatic ear detection, controls for when you press and hold on either AirPod, and noise control toggles.
    AirPods Pro Options Mac

To make it easier to reconnect to your AirPods in the future, enable the 'Show Bluetooth in menu bar' option. This will put a Bluetooth icon in the menu bar. You can click it to see your list of connected devices and reconnect to them.

Mac AirPods Pro

To control features like noise cancellation and transparency on your AirPods Pro, you would have to click on the volume control button. If the volume control button does not show in the menu bar, you can enable it by going to System Preferences > Sound and enable 'Show volume in menu bar'.

Mac AirPods Pro Noise Cancellation

If you are signed into iCloud on your Mac, your AirPods Pro connection will automatically sync to all your other Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPod touch you own. This means that you will not need to re-pair your AirPods again, you can simply go to the audio output option to switch to them. Similarly, if you have already paired your AirPods with an iOS device that has the same Apple ID logged in, they will show as already connected to your Mac.

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