Apple in March 2019 debuted second-generation AirPods, featuring several updates over the original massively popular wireless earbuds of the same name. Then, in October 2019, Apple launched the AirPods Pro, a higher-end version of its existing ‌AirPods‌ with a unique design, noise cancellation technology, better sound, and a more expensive $249 price tag.

If you've just received a version of ‌AirPods‌ earbuds, you'll be raring to use them to listen to music, take phone calls, use Siri, and more. Keep reading to learn how to set up and connect them to your devices.

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Update Your Software

As mentioned, Apple's second-generation ‌AirPods‌ include new features not seen in the previous model, and ‌AirPods Pro‌ have additional features of their own, but to use them you'll need to make sure your devices are running the latest software.

On iOS devices:

If you want to use your new ‌AirPods‌ with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, make sure you're running iOS 12.2 or later. If you've got ‌AirPods Pro‌, make sure you're running iOS 13.2 or later or iPadOS 13.2 or later.

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To check that your device's software is up to date, launch the Settings app and then select General -> Software Update, and download any available updates if necessary.

On Mac:

To use second-generation ‌AirPods‌ with your Mac, it needs to be running macOS 10.14.4 or later. For ‌AirPods Pro‌, you need to be running macOS 10.15.1 or later. To check that your machine is up to date with the latest software, select System Preferences... from the Apple () menu in the top-left corner of the screen, and then click Software Update in the preferences window.

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If your Mac finds an update is available, click the Update Now button to download the software and allow the software to install when prompted.

Set Up New AirPods on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Before you can begin using your new ‌AirPods‌ with your iOS devices, there are a few quick steps you need to perform.

  1. Unlock your ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, or ‌iPod touch‌. If your device is already unlocked, navigate to the Home screen.
  2. Bring the ‌AirPods‌ or ‌AirPods Pro‌ case – with the ‌AirPods‌ inside – close to your device and open the case lid.
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  3. Wait for the setup animation to appear on your device's screen.
  4. Tap Connect, then tap Done.
  5. If you haven't set up "Hey ‌Siri‌" already on your device, you'll be guided through the setup.

And that's all there is to it. Your ‌AirPods‌ or ‌AirPods Pro‌ should now pair seamlessly with your device whenever you go to use them. Note that if you're signed in to iCloud, your ‌AirPods‌ or ‌AirPods Pro‌ will be set up automatically with any of your supported devices that are signed in to ‌iCloud‌ with the same Apple ID.

Connect New AirPods to Your Mac

If you've set up your ‌AirPods‌ or ‌AirPods Pro‌ with your ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, or ‌iPod touch‌ and your Mac is signed in to ‌iCloud‌ with the same ‌Apple ID‌, then your ‌AirPods‌ should be ready to use with your Mac. In that case, all you you need to do is put your ‌AirPods‌ in your ears, click the Bluetooth icon in your Mac's menu bar, select your ‌AirPods‌ or ‌AirPods Pro‌ from the dropdown list, and click Connect.

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If you don't see your ‌AirPods‌ in the Bluetooth menu, check out our dedicated how-to article on how to pair ‌AirPods‌ manually with your Mac and customize the gesture controls.

Connect New AirPods to Android Devices

You can use ‌AirPods‌ and ‌AirPods Pro‌ with Android smartphones and other devices. You won't be able to use "Hey ‌Siri‌" but you can use them to listen and talk. Check out our special guideo learn how to use ‌AirPods‌ on Android, as well as the benefits, the downsides, and how well ‌AirPods‌ work on non-Apple devices.

Related Roundups: AirPods, AirPods Pro

Top Rated Comments

Leehowell1983 Avatar
27 months ago
Does anyone know if I need to delete my old AirPods before pairing my new ones?
No i have connected both at the same time. It switches between them when u put them in
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Yeah just tested, needs the latest version of watchOS. Guess that means release must be today.
5.2 is out

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Sheza Avatar
27 months ago
Do we have to unpair our first gen AirPods??
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justabrake Avatar
27 months ago
I had ordered these because I walk by water sometime works great holds very well

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c.leonard66h Avatar
27 months ago
Can't use new AirPods on Apple Watch yet. As requires watchOS 5.2 which isn't yet publicly available.
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pcmike Avatar
27 months ago
It would be great if we could pick these up today at the Apple store...
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iConnected Avatar
27 months ago
Ya, my local store just finally has availability. Going to pick them up now.
Cool. Very pleased with mine. Am sure you will be too. :)
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