How To Pair New AirPods

Airpods Pairing

Did you get a new pair of AirPods? That has to be quite exciting as it is undeniably one of the best things that Apple has come up with. But with new technology, it may be hard to skim through the instruction manual and find the easiest way of pairing an AirPod. Luckily, we have it right here. 

Quick Answer

Set up your AirPods by tapping and holding down the “Setup” button. Then, open up your Apple device and place the AirPods in their case next to the device. A pop-up will appear on the screen. Follow the prompts to connect the AirPods and submit “Done” to complete the pairing up process.

If you still have a few questions circling your mind, that is common. We have gathered up all the tidbits in this blog to make the pairing process smooth. You might also learn a few tips and tricks. 

How To Setup and Pair Your New AirPods

  1. Power on your Apple device.
  2. Put both the AirPods in the case.
  3. Close and open the case until the flashlight turns amber
  4. Press and hold the “Setup” button on your AirPods until it turns white. If the light stays amber, close the lid and keep it closed for 20 to 25 minutes. Then, open it.
  5. Go to your Apple device and place the AirPods within the case next to the device.
  6. Click the “Connect” option on your home screen.
  7. Tap “Done”
Quick Tip

When you use the AirPods for the first time, make sure they are charged. Try keeping them connected with the charger for at least 3 to 4 hours such that they are fully charged. 

How To Setup and Pair Replacement AirPods

If you have misplaced one of the AirPods, you can always find a replacement and connect a new AirPod with the old AirPod. Here is how.

  1. Launch your Apple device and head to Settings.
  2. Go to “Bluetooth” and tap the AirPod name.
  3. Click “Forget This Device”. Tap again to confirm.
  4. Put the old and new AirPod in the case and close the lid.
  5. Open the lid to ensure the light is amber. If that doesn’t work, ensure the AirPods are fully inserted or leave them under the closed lid for 20 minutes
  6. Press and hold the “Setup” button at the back of the case until the light turns white.
  7. With the lid open, place the AirPods next to the Apple device.
  8. On the pop-up on your home screen, click “Connect”.
  9. Follow the prompts and tap “Done”.

What if My AirPods Are Not Pairing Up?

There could be several reasons why this would happen. We have picked a few quick fixes to make the pairing process easier for you. Here they are.

Method #1: Update the Software of Your Apple Device

  1. Make sure the Wi-Fi is connected.
  2. Head to the Settings and click the “General” tab.
  3. Tap “Software Update”.
  4. Download the latest version of the software to eliminate bug fixes. Make sure you give it a quick read.

Method #2: Update the Firmware of the AirPods

This may be a problem when using a replacement AirPod with your existing AirPod. To update the firmware, here are the steps you need to follow.

  1. Put both of the AirPods in the case.
  2. Close the lid and connect a charger to the AirPods.
  3. Keep the Apple device nearby and let the AirPods download new firmware.
  4. Wait for at least 30 minutes before using them.

If you need new firmware for your AirPods, you will need to contact Apple Support or take it to the store so an employee can help you. 

Method #3: Disconnect the AirPods

If your AirPods are still not connecting, it may be best to disconnect them from your device. 

  1. Go to Settings > “Bluetooth”.
  2. Click the AirPods name and tap “Forget This Device”.
  3. Confirm by tapping again.
  4. Put the AirPods back again in the case and connect them with a charger.
  5. Leave it like that for at least an hour before using them again.


All in all, the pairing of the AirPods is not that hard. But if you are using replacement AirPods, you need to buy compatible ones. We hope that our blog was able to guide you through the whole process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I connect a different AirPod to a different case?

Yes, but the AirPods need to be compatible with each other. An AirPod 1 may not work with an AirPod 2, nor will it work with an AirPod Pro. So, make sure you buy the right one from the market.

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