Contrary to popular belief, AirPods are not compatible with Apple devices only.
Keep on reading to find out how to connect AirPods to an HP laptop and other Windows PCs.
Since AirPods use Bluetooth, connecting them to an HP laptop, or any Windows device, requires you to turn Bluetooth on, pair the AirPods to the PC and connect them.
Here is a more detailed look at what you need to do to connect your AirPods to your HP laptop
1. Make sure your AirPods are charged and ready to use. If not, put them in the charging case and wait until they are fully charged.
2. Go to the Settings App (by clicking on the Start menu button⇒Settings or by pressing Windows key + I) and search for and click on Bluetooth & other devices
3. Click the Bluetooth toggle to turn it on if it is off
4. Click on Add device
5. Click on Bluetooth as the device you want to add
6. Now press and hold the button on the AirPods’ charging case until it flashes white
7. On your laptop, find the AirPods on the list of discovered devices
8. Wait a few seconds for the AirPods to pair with your PC and click Connect.
Once the connection is set up, your AirPods will reconnect to your HP laptop every time they are in range. You can disconnect them at any time and then manually connect them again.
Can you connect AirPods without a case? Find out here.
The same procedure can be used on any Windows computer. In some cases, you might find different names for the options (instead of Add Device it could be +Add Bluetooth or other device)—other than that the steps involved in connecting AirPods to a PC are the same as connecting AirPods to an HP laptop.
To unpair the AirPods from the PC, you need to
1. Go to Bluetooth Settings
2. Select AirPods and click on Remove device
Alternatively you could just turn Bluetooth off.
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There are several reasons why your AirPods won’t connect to your HP laptop.
The first thing to do is to eliminate the Bluetooth on your laptop as the issue—try connecting another device via Bluetooth. If that doesn’t work, you need to figure out what is wrong with the Bluetooth before you can connect your AirPods to your HP computer.
Most common issues include:
Often the best way to fix issues with Bluetooth on Windows is to use the troubleshooter. You can find it in Settings under Troubleshoot⇒Other troubleshooters⇒Bluetooth. If issues come up, the Troubleshooter will suggest relevant solutions.
If Bluetooth is not the issue, then:
Connecting AirPods to a PC will give you outstanding sound quality, however, you might lose out on some other features, such as:
Yes, AirPods work with any device that supports Bluetooth. Most laptops released recently have Bluetooth, but if you have an older model you need to add a Bluetooth dongle.
Bluetooth is not always the most stable connection, so it is not uncommon for your AirPods to disconnect from time to time. However, if your AirPods keep disconnecting constantly (and you have ruled out Bluetooth as the issue), contact Apple Support.
Yes, AirPods Max can be connected to Windows devices via Bluetooth just like standard AirPods and AirPods Pros. The pairing process is almost the same—the only difference between how to connect AirPods to an HP laptop and how to pair AirPods Max with a Windows computer is that with the latter you need to hold the noise control button to activate pairing mode.