How to Connect Two AirPods to MacBook: A Step-by-Step Guide

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

Apple’s AirPods have taken the audio world by storm, combining portability and ease of use with excellent sound quality. And when paired with a MacBook, the experience becomes even better. However, connecting two AirPods to your MacBook can be tricky without proper guidance. In this article, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to connect two AirPods to MacBook to enjoy a seamless listening experience.

II. Pre-requisites

Before we begin, here are the things you’ll need:

– A MacBook with macOS 10.15.1 or later
– AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max
– Both AirPods must be out of their case and within range of the MacBook
– iCloud account signed in to the Mac and the iPhone/iPad associated with your AirPods

III. Connecting AirPods to MacBook

Here’s how to connect a pair of AirPods to your MacBook:

1. Turn on Bluetooth on your MacBook by clicking on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and selecting Turn Bluetooth On.
2. Open the lid of the AirPods case and press and hold the pairing button at the back of the case until the LED light starts flashing white.
3. On your MacBook, click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences, then select Bluetooth.
4. In the Bluetooth menu on your MacBook, you will see your AirPods listed under Devices. Click on the Connect button next to your AirPods.
5. Once connected, you’ll see this message: Your AirPods are now connected to your Mac and are ready to use.

Note: If you only want to connect one AirPod to your MacBook, you can go to Audio MIDI Setup (located in the Utility folder in the Applications folder) and select Bluetooth in the left column. Then select your AirPods in the right column and click Connect.

Additionally, you can turn on/off automatic ear detection by going to System Preferences > Bluetooth, clicking on the i icon next to your AirPods, and checking/unchecking the Automatic Ear Detection option.

IV. Using Two AirPods on MacBook

Connecting two AirPods to your MacBook provides a great audio experience for various applications. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to use two AirPods on different applications on your MacBook:

– Music player: Open the Music app on your MacBook and select the song you want to listen to. Then, click on the Audio Output button in the bottom right corner of the window and select both AirPods.
– Video player: Open any video on your MacBook, and as it plays, click on the Audio Output button in the bottom right corner of the window and select both AirPods.
– Zoom calls: Open Zoom on your MacBook and click on the Audio Settings button. In the Microphone section, select AirPods and in the Speaker section, select AirPods – Stereo.

Using two AirPods can be practical in various scenarios, such as when sharing audio with a friend or colleague.

V. Troubleshooting

Here are some common issues you might encounter while trying to connect your AirPods to your MacBook and their possible solutions:

– Bluetooth connection not working: Turn off Bluetooth on your MacBook and AirPods, then turn them on again and try connecting.
– Low volume levels: Check that the volume is turned up on both the MacBook and the AirPods. You can also try adjusting the volume in the Audio MIDI Setup.
– Mic inputs not working: Check that the mic input is selected for both the AirPods in the Audio MIDI Setup.

VI. Conclusion

Connecting two AirPods to your MacBook is a breeze once you know how. By following the above steps, you can enjoy a seamless listening experience while doing anything on your MacBook. Don’t hesitate to try it yourself, and share your feedback and experience with us.


Q: Can I connect two pairs of AirPods to my MacBook?
A: No, you cannot connect two pairs of AirPods to the same MacBook at the same time. However, you can switch between different AirPods by disconnecting the current ones and connecting the new ones.

Q: Can I use just one AirPod on my MacBook?
A: Yes, you can use just one AirPod on your MacBook. Follow the same connection process and select the AirPod you want to use.

Q: How do I know if my AirPods are connected to my MacBook?
A: Check in the Bluetooth menu on your MacBook; your AirPods will be listed under Devices if they are connected. You can also check the Battery widget on your MacBook to see the battery level of your AirPods.