How to Fix AirPods Not Connecting to Macbook

AirPods have proven to be one of the best headphones today. This device is designed to quickly pair with other devices as long as they are linked through Bluetooth.

Your AirPods might not connect with your MacBook due to various issues. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry. This article will show you possible reasons for encountering this and how to fix them.

Possible Reasons Why Your AirPods Are Not Connecting

AirPods Not Connecting To Macbook

There are several reasons why your AirPods are not connecting with your MacBook; it could be because the AirPod case needs to be changed, or the AirPod case is damaged or dirty. It can also be from your Macbook- if the MacBook’s Operating System is outdated.

Other possible causes are; if the Bluetooth device conflicts with another smartphone or tablet, or your Bluetooth settings are incorrect. Also, it could be the AirPods’ case or the AirPods’ flat batteries.

Before we go into the solution steps, you should know that AirPods are only compatible with the latest MacBook Operating Systems. If you notice that your device is not connecting to a MacBook, start by checking its Android or iOS version.

If you don’t know how to check or update your Mac software, you will see an Apple logo in the upper left corner of your screen; click on “About This Mac,” and you’ll see a pop-up on the screen that tells you your current MacOS version. If the current MacOS is not up to date, click on “Software Update” to update.

How to Fix AirPods That Won’t Connect to a MacBook

Ensure That Your AirPods Are Charged

Your AirPods might not connect because they’re out of power, so make sure the AirPods and their charging case are fully charged. You can connect them again if you are convinced that they are charged. From time to time, ensure you check the battery life of the AirPods.

Make Sure Your Bluetooth Is Switched On

Your AirPods cannot be connected to your Macbook if the Bluetooth is not switched on. You can switch on the Bluetooth from your MacBook. Here’s how to go about it; click on your Bluetooth icon on the top right of your MacBook screen. The icon looks like two overlapping triangles.

Ensure Your AirPods are Selected as Output

Even after connecting your AirPods through Bluetooth, sounds might still come through the speaker. If you are experiencing this, the solution is simple, click on the volume icon, and change the output device to your AirPods.

Make Sure No Other Device Is Already Connected

Another possible reason your AirPods are not connecting could be that another device is already connected instead of your MacBook. If this is the situation, turn off the Bluetooth on every device around you, especially devices previously connected to your AirPods.

Connect Directly to a Power Source to Fix the AirPod Case’s Battery Issue

If your AirPods’ charging case is damaged, you can still use it by connecting it directly to a power source.

Restart Your MacBook

Sometimes, restarting the MacBook might be needed to solve the connection problem.

Reconnect The AirPods

If they still refuse to play any audio after connecting the AirPods to your MacBook, remove them and add them again. Here’s how to go about it; go to the Apple logo on your screen, click on system preferences, and then the Bluetooth list. After removing it, add the AirPods all over again.

Thoroughly Clean The Case

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Your AirPods may not connect to the charging case if there is dust or dirt on the connector. The connector is used to sync the AirPods to a MacBook.

Clean The AirPods

Like the case, dust and dirt on the AirPods are also responsible for connection failure.

Reset the AirPods

If bugs or glitches cause the problem, restarting the AirPods is enough to solve the connectivity problem. After restarting the AirPods, reconnect them to the MacBook.


It is normal if your AirPods refuse to connect to your Mac, especially if your Mac needs a System Update. From time to time, you need to check up on both your Mac and your AirPods. The points listed above cover troubleshooting steps to help solve your connection issues; they are easy processes; apply them where necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can two pairs of AirPods be connected with one MacBook simultaneously?

No, it is not possible to connect two pairs of AirPods simultaneously. However, you can connect them at different times.

Why are my Airpods not connecting?  

One of the most common reasons your AirPods can lose their connection is if they’re not sufficiently charged. Other possible reasons are; when you go too far from the connection range or if the Bluetooth is already paired to another device.

Although not as common as the reasons above, other causes might be because the AirPods are dirty, if the Mac is frequently connected and disconnected, or if the Mac is due for an update.

Why are my AirPods not showing up in my Mac Bluetooth list?   

Your AirPods must be charged or actively charging before your Mac can pick up the Bluetooth connection. This article contains all the information needed to keep your AirPods on.

Are the Apple AirPods only compatible with iOS Devices?

No. AirPods are designed to work on both iOS and other devices as long as the device has a Bluetooth connection. AirPods work perfectly with Windows PCs and Android phones.

Do fake AirPods work on MacBooks?

There’s a good chance that it will. If you have fake AirPods, they are still likely to support your MacBook’s Bluetooth.