Before you begin
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'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 in the menu bar and choose your AirPods* or other speakers under Output Device.
Double-tap to control your device
While wearing either AirPod, two quick, sharp taps on the outside of that AirPod will answer a phone call or hang up the phone. Each AirPod can also do one of these:
- Activate Siri2
- 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.
Here are more details about using Siri and answering phone calls with your AirPods:
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, Siri can announce it. 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. AirPods shut down and charge whenever they're in the case.
You can charge both your AirPods and the case by plugging the case in to an Apple Lightning to USB cable. Learn more about charging.
- AirPods appear only when they're nearby and ready to use.
- If double-tapping to use Siri doesn't work, go to Settings > Siri and make sure that Access When Locked is on.