How to connect AirPods to an iPhone

  • To connect AirPods or AirPods Pro to your iPhone, open the case with your headphones in and bring it close to the phone.
  • To pair AirPods Max, remove the headphones from the case before moving them close to your phone; press the noise control button on the right earcup if they are not paired automatically.
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Apple’s AirPods may not offer the absolute best-in-class sound quality that true audiophiles look for, but they sound quite good and are easy to use – two criteria that have made them popular with iPhone owners.

Whether you are setting up AirPods for the first time or want to connect them to another iPhone, the setup process is simple and only takes a few moments.

How to connect your AirPods to an iPhone

1. Before you begin, make sure your iPhone is up to date with the latest version of iOS and that your AirPods are charged. However, they do not have to be fully charged to pair them with an iPhone.

2. Your


is probably already turned on, but you may want to double check. To do so, start Settings app, tap Bluetooth, and make sure the slider is turned on with the button pulled to the right.

Settings screen on iOS.

Your Bluetooth must be turned on to pair your AirPods.

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3. Go to your iPhone’s home screen and make sure the screen is on before going to the next step.

4. Depending on your AirPods model, do one of the following:

  • AirPods (2nd or 3rd generation) or AirPods Pro. With the AirPods in the charging case, open the case and hold it close to the iPhone. If you do not see the pairing instructions displayed, press and hold the button on the back of the case for several seconds.
  • AirPods Max. Take the AirPods Max out of the case and hold them close to the iPhone. If you do not see the pairing instructions displayed, press the Noise Control button on the right earcup and then hold the headphones close to the iPhone.

5. If these AirPods are already connected to another iPhone, you will see a Not Your AirPods pop-up. Press to continue Connect.

Installing AirPods on an iPhone.

If you are pairing AirPods that are already connected to another iPhone, tap Connect.

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6. Follow the on-screen instructions. Press when done done.

7. Your AirPods are automatically added to your iCloud profile on all your other Apple devices with the same Apple ID, such as your iPad and MacBook – no need to pair AirPods again.

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