How to pair wireless earbuds with the Apple Watch – CNN Underscored
One of the most underused features of the Apple Watch is its ability to let you listen to your favorite music or podcasts while on the go. And no, we aren’t talking about using its tiny speaker to jam out to your Spotify Wrapped playlist. We mean connecting your Apple Watch to a pair of wireless headphones or earbuds like AirPods.
Regardless of the type of device you want to use, the pairing process only takes a few seconds. Below you’ll find instructions for pairing your Apple Watch to Apple’s AirPods and more generalized instructions for pairing it with standard Bluetooth headphones.
How to pair AirPods to the Apple Watch
Regardless of whether you have AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, connecting your earbuds or headphones to the Apple Watch follows the same process. And here’s the best part: If you’ve already paired your AirPods with another Apple device — like your iPhone, iPad or Mac — then they’re already set up and ready to be used with your Apple Watch.
You just need to put the AirPods on, then press play in an app on your Apple Watch and, magically, the music will begin streaming to your ears.
In fact, the same can be said for any Beats products that use the same H1 or W1 chip that AirPods use — you’ll be able to use them in the same way. And yes, that includes Beats Fit Pro, our pick of an earbud for Apple users.
Moral of the story? Pair your AirPods to your iPhone first, then they’ll magically work with your watch. To do that, you’ll need to open the AirPods charging case next to your unlocked iPhone and follow the prompts. The entire process takes just a few seconds.
How to pair Bluetooth earbuds to the Apple Watch
If you have a pair of Bluetooth earbuds or headphones like the EarFun Air or Anker SoundCore Q35, then the process of connecting them to your watch will be a little different. The first thing you’ll want to do is put your earbuds or headphones into pairing mode. Each device maker has a different process or steps, but generally, if you hold …….