Can AirPods Connect to PC? (All You Need to Know)

If you recently purchased some Apple AirPods or are thinking about buying some, you may want to know: can AirPods connect to PC? 

Well, I have been researching this question and have the answer, so keep reading to find out all you need to know about whether AirPods will connect to a PC! 

Can AirPods Connect to PC?

Apple AirPods can connect to a PC, even if it’s not an Apple computer, provided your PC has Bluetooth functionality and you’ve enabled Bluetooth on that device in [currentyear]. Furthermore, it only takes a couple of minutes to connect the AirPods to your PC, regardless of whether you’re running Windows 7, Windows 10, or Windows 11.  

Do you have even more questions about AirPods, like if you can you link your AirPods to a Windows computer? If so, read further to learn those details and so much more! 

Can I Connect My AirPods to Windows Computer?

You can connect your AirPods to your Windows computer provided your PC has Bluetooth functionality built into it.

This will work for Windows 7, Windows 10, and Windows 11 computers. 

In addition, you can connect your AirPods to other devices with Windows installed, including the Microsoft Surface as long as it’s running Windows 7 or above. 

How Do I Link My AirPods to My PC?

If you want to link your AirPods to your Windows 7 or Windows 10 PC, just follow the easy steps below: 

  1. Place your AirPods inside your charging case and wait about 5 seconds 
  2. Open the case and hold the LED button until you see the light begin to flash
  3. Open the “Start” menu on Windows
  4. Select the “Settings” icon 
  5. Click on “Devices” 
  6. Select “Bluetooth & Other Devices” 
  7. Ensure the Bluetooth is enabled by using the toggle to turn it on 
  8. Click on “Add Bluetooth or Other Devices”
  9. Select “Bluetooth” 
  10. You’ll see a list of available Bluetooth devices 
  11. Select your AirPods 
  12. At this time, your AirPods will begin to pair with the Windows PC 
  13. A window will appear telling you the device is ready 
  14. Select “Done”
  15. Take your AirPods out of the charging case
  16. You can now use the AirPods with your Windows PC

Do AirPods Work Well With Windows 10?

Do AirPods Work Well With Windows 10?

Apple AirPods work very well with Windows 10, since AirPods connect to devices using Bluetooth technology, aren’t connected via cables, and don’t need a special port. 

Therefore, if you have a Windows 10 PC, you’ll find that with the AirPods, you’ll have crisp and clear sound while listening to music, making Zoom or Skype calls, and much more! 

Can You Use AirPods for PC Gaming?

You can use Apple AirPods for PC gaming. However, if you’re a pro gamer, you’ll want to use an actual gaming headset for the best sound quality and performance. 

That being said, if you’re a light gamer, then the AirPods will work just fine for your level of gaming, since they do offer noise cancelation, directional sound, and fairly decent sound quality. 

Also, the microphone built into the AirPods will enhance your gaming experience. But, again, anyone into pro or more advanced gaming will want to use a gaming headset instead. 

Why Won’t My Laptop Connect to AirPods?

If you’re having issues connecting your laptop to your AirPods, you want to make sure your AirPods are charged at least 20% before you try to pair the AirPods with your laptop. 

Furthermore, both AirPods should be in the charging case. Also, you’ll need to ensure you’ve enabled Bluetooth on your laptop, or else your laptop can’t find the AirPods. 

In addition, you will want to check to make sure that the AirPods are checked as the audio device on your laptop if you’ve already paired it to your laptop. 

Does My PC Have Bluetooth?

You can easily check to see if your PC has Bluetooth if you’re on a Windows PC, regardless of whether it’s a laptop or desktop by following the steps below:

  1. Right-click the Windows Start button 
  2. Choose “Device Manager”
  3. Look for “Bluetooth” from within the list
  4. If you see Bluetooth on your Device Manager list, then your PC has Bluetooth 

However, you’ll need to ensure Bluetooth is enabled if you want to use your AirPods with your PC, since it has to be enabled to pair. 

Can AirPods Connect to PC and Phone at Same Time?

You can only use AirPods with one device at a time, so you can’t connect your AirPods to your PC and iPhone at the same time and use them. 

That being said, you can have your AirPods paired with several devices at the same time, but they can’t connect and be in use on more than one device at a time. 

To know more, you can also read our posts on whether Apple owns Beats, whether Apple owns Bose, and whether Apple is a Chinese company.


AirPods can connect to a PC, provided your PC has Bluetooth functionality, which comes on most PCs and operating systems, including Windows 10 and Windows 11. 

However, connecting your AirPods to a non-Apple PC will require a little work, but it’s easy to pair AirPods by going into the Device Manager and selecting Bluetooth to find your AirPods. 

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Florence Howard

Florence Howard has been freelance writing for over a decade, and has a vocational background in retail, tech, and marketing. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to rock and metal, and playing with her dog and cat.

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