How to connect AirPods to a Chromebook | Digital Trends

How to connect AirPods to a Chromebook | Digital Trends

How to connect AirPods to a Chromebook | Digital Trends

How to connect airpods to chromeboom

Chromebooks and airpods may not seem like friends, but don’t worry: they are compatible thanks to the universal bluetooth connection of the airpods. bluetooth allows your airpods to connect to a variety of devices for basic audio purposes, and that includes your chromebook.

From listening to podcasts and online lessons to playing music while you work, your AirPods are ready to help. Here’s how to connect airpods to a chromebook.

check your bluetooth settings

First, complete the basic steps, such as making sure your Chromebook and AirPods are charged and signing in to your Chromebook. If you’ve never used these airpods before and have an apple device handy, we suggest you pair them with that apple device first and go through the full airpods setup/naming process so you don’t have to worry about it later.

step 1: look at the bottom right of the chrome os home screen, where you will find the clock and a group of settings icons. it will have the network icon with the radar symbol called quick settings.

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Step 2: Select Quick Settings to open a settings menu that shows a variety of information, including your wireless connections. Right in the middle, up at the top, should be the Bluetooth button. Check on the button to make sure it’s lit blue and says “on.” If, for whatever reason, your Chrome OS Bluetooth is off, select the small dropdown menu below the button to turn it on before you begin.

find your airpods

again, keep your airpods close for this part! make sure the case is charged and both airpods are in the case.

step 1: select the chrome bluetooth button. the bluetooth tool will run a search for any nearby compatible devices. Let the search complete, and it should have picked up your AirPods and will list them as a pairing option, indicated by a headphone icon. If you’ve already set up your airpods, they’ll also be labeled with your name.

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Step 2: If your AirPods are close by and your Chromebook isn’t picking them up, flip your AirPod case over and look for the button on the back, Apple’s Setup button. Press it once, and this should encourage your Chromebook to pick it up as a connectable device.

connect your airpods to your chromebook

step 1: once you find your airpods in the list, select them and your chromebook will automatically start to connect with the headphones. this may take several seconds.

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Step 2: You should get a pop-up indicating that your AirPods are now connected with your Chromebook, and the status icon in the Bluetooth section will change accordingly. You may have to confirm your connection if this is the first time trying it.

Step 3: Take a moment to play a quick audio clip and adjust your chromebook’s audio to a level suitable for your airpod use. you must be good to go! you can select your airpods from the same list at any time to disconnect if you wish, or long press the settings button on your case to get the same effect.

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Chromebook limitations with AirPods

While airpods connect happily via bluetooth, the results will not be the same as connecting to an apple device such as an iphone or macbook. There are a number of Airpod features that are only supported by the Apple device itself. You won’t be able to activate and use Siri directly from the AirPods like you would on iOS, and related features like AirPods battery detection will also be disabled.

if you have airpods that support spatial audio via dolby atmos, those spatial audio features will also not work on devices like chromebooks. Apple offers spatial audio support for Android devices, but only on certain models and only with wired headphones, not AirPods.

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