Although Apple’s AirPods are designed to work with other Apple products, you can also connect them to your Windows 11 PC. All you need to do is turn on Bluetooth on your PC and enable Pairing Mode on your AirPods.
Turn On Bluetooth on Your Windows 11 PC
First, click the up arrow in the system tray, and then click the Bluetooth icon from the menu that appears.
Next, click “Open Settings” near the bottom of the context menu.
You’ll now be on the Bluetooth & Devices page of the Settings app. Toggle the slider next to the Bluetooth option to the “On” position.
Now that Bluetooth is turned on, you can begin pairing your AirPods.
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Connect the AirPods to Your Windows 11 PC
To connect your AirPods to your PC, head back to the Bluetooth & Devices page in the Settings app (system tray > Bluetooth icon > Open Settings) and then click “Add Device” next to the option that lets you pair new devices with your PC.
The Add a Device window will appear. Click “Bluetooth” at the top of this window.
Windows will begin searching for Bluetooth devices. You’ll need to put your AirPods in Pairing Mode for Windows to find them. Put your AirPods in the case and open the lid, and then press and hold the Pairing button on the back of the case. When the light on the front of the case begins flashing white, you can let go of the button.
After a few seconds, Windows will find your AirPods. Select your AirPods from the list of found devices.
Once selected, Windows will begin pairing the two devices. Once finished, your AirPods will be connected to your Windows 11 PC.
You can connect your AirPods to any device that supports Bluetooth, such as a Mac or Apple TV. We also have a dedicated guide for connecting AirPods Pro. There’s more to AirPods than just connecting them to devices, though. If you’re new to Apple’s take on earbuds, we cover everything you need to know about AirPods.