AirPods Not Switching Between Devices? Try These Fixes – How-To Geek
Apple’s wireless AirPods and some Beats models automatically switch between devices depending on which you are using. This can be a time-saver when hopping between devices, but sometimes it doesn’t work as advertised. Here are some things to try if your AirPods won’t play ball.
Do Your AirPods Support Automatic Switching?
Not all models of AirPods (or Beats) support automatic device switching. You must be using the AirPods Pro, second or third-generation AirPods, AirPods Max headphones, Powerbeats or Powerbeats Pro earbuds, or the Beats Solo Pro headphones for this to work.
You can find out which version of AirPods you have by connecting them to your iPhone or iPad (manually if you have to) then navigating to Settings > Bluetooth and tapping the “i” button next to your AirPods. On a Mac you can do this by connecting them and then visiting System Preferences (or System Settings) > Bluetooth and clicking “Options” next to your AirPods.
Most models now support this feature, so it’s easier to list those that are unsupported. If you see A1523 and A1722 listed under Bluetooth settings, you’re using an original pair of first-generation AirPods. If you see any other model listed, you should be able to use the automatic switching feature.
It’s worth noting that you’ll also need to use Apple devices (like an iPhone, iPad, or Mac) for this to work. The feature isn’t supported on Windows PCs or Android smartphones, though you can pair your AirPods with just about any device and enjoy wireless audio.
Make Sure “Connect Automatically” Is Enabled
For this to work, you’ll need to tell your AirPods to automatically connect to each device you want to use. This setting is device-specific, so you can tell your AirPods to automatically connect to an iPhone (for example), but not a Mac.
To do this, head to Settings > Bluetooth and tap on the “i” next to your AirPods on an iPhone or iPad. Under “Connect to this iPhone/iPad” make sure “Automatic” is enabled. You can do the same on a Mac under System Preferences (or System Settings) > Bluetooth by clicking on the “Options” button next to your AirPods.
For any devices you want to use with this feature, make sure “Automatic” is selected in this box. If you want to exclude a device from connecting automatically, choose “When last connected to this <device>”. If you want to turn the feature off entirely, choose “When last connected to this <device>” on all of your Apple gadgets.
Turn Automatic Ear Detection On
For best results, turning Automatic Ear Detection on is a good idea. When your AirPods detect that they have been placed into your ear, they will switch based on the device they think you are using. Without this enabled the feature may still work, but you’ll have a better experience with it enabled. You’ll also save on battery life since your AirPods won’t be on all of the time whenever you open the case.
To do this, head to Settings > Bluetooth (on an iPhone or iPad) and tap on the “i” next to your AirPods, then toggle Automatic Ear Detection on. On a Mac head to System Preferences (or System …….