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Connect Your AirPods to an Android Device

Connect Your AirPods to an Android Device

AirPods are typically meant to pair only with other Apple products because Apple has created a seamless connection process for its devices. However, users can also pair AirPods with Android devices. This is done easily via a Bluetooth connection. Here’s how to connect AirPods to an Android device.

Connect AirPods to Your Android Device

1. Open Settings on your Android device. This will likely be accessible through the drop-down menu on your device or as a separate app in the device’s app drawer.

2. Tap the Bluetooth icon, then toggle Bluetooth on if it’s turned off.

3. Get your AirPods’ charging case and open it with the AirPods inside.

4. Press and hold the Setup or Pair button on the back of the AirPods’ case for about three seconds to place it in Pairing mode. Once the LED light on your AirPods’ case is white, it should be available to pair with any nearby Bluetooth connection.

5. From your Android device, tap your AirPods from the available Bluetooth devices list, then confirm any prompts that appear on your Android device.

How to Use AirPods Connected to an Android Device

Once connected, your Android device will send any audio through your AirPods until you end the connection. To disconnect the AirPods from your Android device, simply unpair the AirPods using your Android’s Bluetooth settings.

Alternatively, turn off the Bluetooth setting on your Android device to sever the connection or press and hold the Pair button on the back of the AirPods’ case. To reconnect your AirPods to your Android, repeat the steps above.

How to Monitor the AirPods’ Connection and Battery

To monitor your AirPods’ connection and battery status using your Android device, download an accessory app. Some good free options include AirBattery, Podroid, AirBuds Popup, and Assistant Trigger.

Some apps have unique and helpful features, so make sure to research them to see what functionality appeals to you. For example, AirBattery offers in-ear detection for apps such as Spotify and Netflix. This feature pauses sound on the AirPods whenever you remove one from your ears.

Podroid allows users to set functions, such as tapping to skip to the next song or pausing playback, while Assistant Trigger lets users activate a voice assistant, such as Google Assistant or Samsung Bixby.

HOW TO CONSERVE AIRPODS BATTERY LIFE

Most people want to turn off their AirPods to save battery life. Since you can’t turn them off, the best way to conserve battery is to place your AirPods back in their charging case when you’re not using them. According to Apple, when the AirPods are in the charging case they “shut down” and don’t use battery. In fact, they’ll recharge themselves with any power that’s stored in the case’s battery.

Even though Apple says AirPods “shut down” when in their case, we understand that to mean “stop working” not “turn off.”

USE ONE AIRPOD AT A TIME TO CONSERVE BATTERY LIFE

If battery life is your main concern, squeeze more life out of your AirPods by using one at a time. Keep the one you’re not using in the charging case so it stays fully powered. This is only really good if you’re making calls (who wants to listen to music in only one ear?), but it can help in that situation.

HOW TO PREVENT AIRPODS FROM WORKING WHEN NOT IN YOUR EARS

The other reason you may want to turn off your AirPods is stop them from playing music when they’re not in your ears. Luckily, there’s nothing you need to do here. AirPods include an Automatic Ear-Detection setting that helps them know when they’re in your ears. If they are, they play audio. But take them out, and the audio automatically pauses. There’s no concern about them playing tunes while sitting in your pocket.

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Reference: Lifewire Blog.

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