Before you begin
If you have AirPods (2nd generation), you need at least one of these:
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 12.2 or later
- Apple Watch with watchOS 5.2 or later
- Apple TV with tvOS 12.2 or later
- Mac with macOS 10.14.4 or later
If you have AirPods (1st generation), you need at least one of these:
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 10 or later
- Apple Watch with watchOS 3 or later
- Apple TV with tvOS 11 or later
- Mac with macOS Sierra or later
Learn how to set up your AirPods with a Mac or a non-Apple device, like an Android phone.
Use your iPhone to set up your AirPods
If you're setting up your AirPods for the first time, follow these steps:
- Go to the Home screen.
- Open the case—with your AirPods inside—and hold it next to your iPhone.
- A setup animation appears on your iPhone.
- Tap Connect, then tap Done.
- If you haven't set up "Hey Siri" already and you have AirPods (2nd generation), you'll be guided through the setup.
If you're signed in to iCloud, your AirPods are set up automatically with any of your supported devices that are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
If you can't set up your AirPods, get help.
Listen with your AirPods
When you take your AirPods out of the case, they're on and ready to use. When you put them in your ears, your AirPods automatically play the audio from your device. If you take an AirPod out, audio pauses. Take them both out and audio stops.
AirPods are connected to your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. Sound automatically switches between them.
Follow these steps to use your AirPods to play audio from a different device or to switch the audio to different headphones or speakers.
On your iOS device
On your Mac
Click the volume control in the menu bar and choose your AirPods2 or other speakers under Output Device.
Control your device
You can use your AirPods to use Siri and control the playback of audio content.
With AirPods (2nd generation), by default, you use Siri by saying "Hey Siri". And when you double-tap an AirPod, you either play audio or skip forward.
With AirPods (1st generation), by default, you double-tap to use Siri.
Regardless of which model of AirPods you have, you can set each AirPod to do one of these when you double-tap it:
- Use Siri3
- Play and pause your audio content
- Skip to the next track
- Go back to the previous track
- Turn off your audio content
Learn how to choose what you want each AirPod to do when you double-tap it.
With AirPods (2nd generation), you can say "Hey Siri" or double-tap to use Siri. With AirPods (1st generation), double-tap to use Siri.
You can use Siri with your AirPods to ask questions and make phone calls. Siri can also control your music and check on your AirPods. Here are some examples of Siri requests:
- "Play my Favorites playlist."
- "Turn up the volume."
- "How do I get home from here?"
- "Skip to the next song."
- "Pause music."
- "How is the battery on my AirPods?"
Find more Siri examples.
Use the phone
When a call comes in while you're wearing either AirPod, Siri can announce the call. Double-tap to answer. Later, you can double-tap to hang up or switch to another call.
Charge your AirPods and case
To charge your AirPods, put them in the case and close the lid.4 AirPods shut down and charge whenever they're in the case.
You can charge your AirPods (1st or 2nd generation) in the Wireless Charging Case or AirPods Charging Case. If you have the Wireless Charging Case, you can charge wirelessly with a Qi-compatible charger. You can charge either case by plugging it in to an Apple Lightning to USB cable.
Learn more about charging.
- AirPods appear only when they're nearby and ready to use.
- If you don't see the volume control in the menu bar, learn how to add it.
- If double-tapping to use Siri doesn't work, go to Settings > Siri & Search and make sure that Allow Siri When Locked is on.
- If you have both AirPods (2nd generation) and AirPods (1st generation), make sure that you keep them separate. Your AirPods won't charge if you put one of each model in a charging case.