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Pair AirPods with PC on Windows 10

Here's how to pair your AirPods with your PC when running Windows 10

David Lumb
David Lumb is a mobile reporter covering how on-the-go gadgets like phones, tablets and smartwatches change our lives. Over the last decade, he's reviewed phones for TechRadar as well as covered tech, gaming, and culture for Engadget, Popular Mechanics, NBC Asian America, Increment, Fast Company and others. As a true Californian, he lives for coffee, beaches and burritos.
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A screenshot of a PC settings screen with a green arrow pointing to the Devices tab.
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Connect AirPods to PC - Settings

When connecting your AirPods to your PC, start on the Settings page and click Devices.

A screenshot of the Devices setting screen on the Bluetooth and other devices tab, with a green arrow pointing to the Bluetooth tab.
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Connect AirPods to PC - Bluetooth

Then make sure your Bluetooth toggle is switched on and click the plus box to add a device.

A screenshot of a PC settings screen with a green arrow pointing to the Bluetooth device option.
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Connect AirPods to PC - add Bluetooth device

When the screen pops up, click Bluetooth to add a device using that wireless method.

Screenshot of a PC settings screen showing possible Bluetooth devices in range with a green arrow pointing to the desired AirPods.
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Connect AirPods to PC - add AirPods

Put your AirPods back in the case and hold the button on the back of it. After a few seconds, it should pop up as an option among the list of potential Bluetooth devices in range.

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