How to Connect AirPods to an HP Laptop

How to Connect AirPods to an HP Laptop

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

So I’ve been trying to connect my AirPods to my HP laptop and it’s been a really frustrating experience. I finally figured out how to connect them and now I’m ready to share my experience.

First things first, if you’re new to the headphone world and you’re trying to connect your AirPods to an HP laptop, I have good news. The AirPods are not only meant to be used with an Apple laptop but they are meant to be used with any laptop including HP laptops.

Are AirPods compatible with laptops?

AirPods are compatible with any device that uses Bluetooth to connect to an audio output or input device. AirPods can therefore be used with laptops, but only if the laptop supports Bluetooth. If your laptop lacks Bluetooth, you’ll need to purchase a Bluetooth dongle before connecting your AirPods.

You can use AirPods with an HP laptop the same way you would any other Bluetooth earbuds, headphones, or headset because all modern HP laptops include Bluetooth.

How to Connect an HP Laptop to AirPods

How to Connect AirPods to an HP Laptop

Because AirPods connect over Bluetooth, attaching them to an HP laptop is as simple as turning on Bluetooth, pairing the AirPods, and connecting them. Your AirPods will automatically reconnect once they’ve been set up. You can also connect and disconnect them manually.

How to link your AirPods to your HP laptop is as follows:

  • To open the Action Center, click the Action Center button on your taskbar or press Windows Key + A.
  • Right-click the Bluetooth icon.
  • Go to the Settings button.
  • Click the Bluetooth toggle to switch it on if it is off.
  • Add a Bluetooth or other device by clicking +.
  • Click Bluetooth.
  • Remove your AirPods from their case.
  • Hold the button on your AirPods case for a few seconds.
  • Release the button when the light flashes white.
  • The light could be inside or on the front of your case.
  • In the list of discovered devices, select your AirPods.
  • The AirPods will first appear as headphones, then display the name you gave them when you first set them up.
  • After the AirPods have paired, click Done.

How to Use AirPods With an HP Laptop

It’s not the same as using AirPods with an HP laptop. After you’ve connected your AirPods, you’ll need to switch audio outputs if you want to listen to music or videos, video chat, or do anything else. This may happen automatically the first time your AirPods connect, but if you’re having trouble hearing from your AirPods, you can do it manually.

If you’ve connected a number of devices in the past, your laptop may have several audio options, but an HP laptop will indicate Speaker / Headphone (Realtek(R) Audio) as a minimum. You can utilize your AirPods with your laptop by switching from that output to your AirPods.

Here’s how to use AirPods with your HP laptop:

  • Take your AirPods out of the case.
  • If your laptop automatically switches

Here’s how to pair your HP laptop with AirPods:

  • Remove your AirPods from their case.
  • If your laptop switches audio outputs automatically and your AirPods operate at this point, you can skip the rest of the procedures. This procedure is only required if another device prevents the audio output from automatically switching.
  • On your taskbar, click the speaker icon.
  • The dropdown menu will appear.
  • Click on the headphone (AirPods Stereo).
  • AirPods can now be used with your laptop.

    Why aren’t my AirPods working with my HP laptop?

    It could be a Bluetooth issue on your laptop or a problem with your AirPods if they won’t connect. Here are a few frequent issues and their solutions:

    • If Bluetooth isn’t enabled on your laptop, make sure it is. Turn Bluetooth off and then on again while keeping your AirPods in their case. Then open the case and take out the AirPods to see if they work.
      If your Bluetooth driver isn’t up to current, you can have trouble connecting to AirPods.
      Try again after updating your drivers.
    • Bluetooth is broken: Check whether any other Bluetooth headphones are compatible. If they don’t, it’s possible that your laptop’s Bluetooth isn’t working. Fix your Bluetooth issue before trying again.
    • AirPods don’t seem to be in pairing mode: If the white light on your AirPods case isn’t flashing, you won’t be able to connect for the first time. There are a few things you can do if your AirPods won’t connect. Try again once your AirPods are in pairing mode.
    • AirPods are linked but turned off: Although your AirPods are connected, they are not set as the audio output device. If the following steps don’t work, visit the Sound Control Panel and make Headphones (AirPods Pro Stereo) the default audio device.