How to Use Apple AirPods With Android Devices

After their reveal a few months ago alongside the headphone jack-less iPhone 7, you can finally buy Apple’s AirPods. Since the only way to use earbuds or headphones with the iPhone 7 is via Bluetooth, these are Apple’s new official listening solution.

At $159, AirPods aren’t cheap, especially considering that you can get a decent pair of Bluetooth earbuds for around $30. However, if only the best from Apple will do, you might be excited to get your hands on a pair. If you also have an Android device but don’t have money to spend on headphones for it since the AirPods broke the bank, here’s how to pair Apple’s newest creation with your Android device.

First, place the AirPods into their charging case. Open the lid, then find the little pairing button on the back of the case. Hold that in for a few seconds and you’ll see the light on the case flash white. This means that the Pods are in pairing mode, so open up the Bluetooth settings on your Android device. Tap the AirPods in the device list, and accept any prompts that come up.

This will pair the AirPods to your Android phone (or Windows PC that supports Bluetooth), and they’ll act like a standard pair of Bluetooth buds. Apparently, they still pause music when tapped, even on non-Apple devices. Of course, the AirPods can’t activate Siri or instantly switch between devices when used with Android, but at least you can listen to music with them.

If you’ve got AirPods, don’t drop them! Apple will charge $69 for a lost AirPod.

Do you have a pair of AirPods on the way? Will you try them out with Android devices, or stick to Apple only? Let us know what you think of the AirPods in the comments!

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