AirPods are a hit with iPhone users. But Apple’s Bluetooth headphones can also be used on Android. Basic features are supported by default, and a few apps provide access to the little extras of headphones.

AirPodsApple Even though they are designed for devices iOS, they are above all headphones Bluetooth all that is more standard. To associate them with your smartphone Android, simply place them in their case and long press the button on the From of it. They are now detectable.

Apple Airpods with a clean and modern design. © Futura Sciences

Once associated, you can use the double tap on one of the headphones to pause the music or take a call. On the other hand, the sensors detecting their presence in your ears are not operational: impossible to pause the music automatically.

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AirPods can be paired like any Bluetooth headset. © Futura Sciences

Apps for additional features

Of them applications allow you to unlock the “advanced” features of AirPods. “AirBattery” displays the battery level of each earbud, as well as the charging box, in a window similar to that of iOS or in notifications. The latest version also fills the lack of headphone detection to pause music.

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AirBattery and Assistant Trigger: two apps to unlock the full potential of AirPods. © Futura Sciences

Assistant Trigger offers the possibility of assigning the double tap when launching Google Assistant. You will not be able, as on iOS, to independently assign the functions to each headset, and the assistant is not available when you are listening to music. An option, reserved for the paid version of the app, allows you to determine that the first double tap pauses the music, and the second launches the assistant.

AirPods: how to connect them on an Android smartphone

Do you want to use AirPods with your Android smartphone? Once is not customary, it is possible and very easily. The only downside is that you lose some advanced features such as pausing automatic playback when you remove an AirPod or actions when tapping on the headphones. Here is how to do it!

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What if you used AirPods with your Android smartphone ? Apple is generally known to lock its products with its ecosystem. This makes it impossible to use an Apple Watch with anything other than an iPhone or iPad. And yet the Cupertino company seems to have broken the rule with its AirPods. It is indeed possible to connect them to any Bluetooth compatible device. The sound quality remains the same as with Apple devices.

On the other hand, we lose some functionality of AirPods in the process. No notification with the battery status will be displayed on your Android smartphone (you can still hear a sound when the AirPods need to be recharged). Features in addition to AirPods, such as the automatic pausing of the song when you remove an earphone, or actions when you tap the earphones (personal assistant, play / pause, next track, etc.) disappear. Likewise, of course, the super-simplified pairing process on iPhones and iPads. It must therefore be paired manually!


But you will see, even in manual, the pairing process is fortunately not very complicated. The trick is to know that a button (yes, yes!) Is hidden on the AirPods charging case. Have you already spotted it? It’s right there, on the back of the case:

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To connect your AirPods to an Android smartphone and more broadly to any Bluetooth enabled device:

  • Open the AirPods box, with the headphones in it
  • Press the button on the back until the indicator light flashes white as below
  • Discovery mode is then activated, you can search for your AirPods in the bluetooth menu just like you would any wireless earbuds

Note: the discovery mode works for a limited period of time. Activate it preferably when you are already in the Bluetooth menu.

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  • Go to Settings> Bluetooth
  • Choose your AirPods – in this case ours are called Ibaraki because we have renamed them

Note: you can easily rename your AirPods from your Android smartphone. To do this simply touch your AirPods then go to Rename like in the screenshot above. Do you use AirPods with an Android smartphone? What are your feedback? Feel free to share it with the community in the comments of this article!

How to use AirPods Max, AirPods Pro, or AirPods on Android

Even though they are stamped with Apple, AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max are not limited to the corporate ecosystem. It is possible to connect them to an Android smartphone to use them as Bluetooth headphones. That said, you will lose some native functionality. This guide explains everything to you.


Like AirPods and AirPods Pro, Apple AirPods Max deliver the best experience on iOS or macOS – with an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac. That said, Apple headphones and headsets are still traditional Bluetooth devices. If you want to take advantage of their many qualities on Android (Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Google, etc.) for example, it is quite possible.

This guide explains how to pair them … and what you lose by using them outside of the home ecosystem.

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First of all, you will have to pair your AirPods with your smartphone. On iOS, it’s simple: just open the box. On Android, it’s a bit more complex.

  • On your smartphone, go to settings, then in the Bluetooth tab.
  • Activate the search for available devices.
  • Open the box of your AirPods Pro (or AirPods).
  • Press the button on the back, below “Assembled in China” until the LED on the front flashes.
  • Normally the headphones are ready to be paired and you can connect them to your Android smartphone.

You can now use AirPods and AirPods Pro on your Android smartphone for calls, watch movies or series. You can also use the button on the rod to switch from Transparency mode to active noise reduction mode.

For AirPods Max, the method differs a bit.

  • On your smartphone, go to settings, then in the Bluetooth tab.
  • Activate the search for available devices.
  • Press Press and hold the noise reduction control button until the LED flashes white.
  • Normally the headset is ready to be paired!

Having said that, especially with the AirPods Pro and Max, you are going to lose several things.


Several things unfortunately do not work natively on Android with AirPods or AirPods Pro, although apps like Assistant Trigger can restore some functionality.

  • Turning off the music (and noise reduction) when removing an earpiece is not supported.
  • Buttons are not configurable, but you can configure them on an iOS device and then keep the functions on Android.
  • Dis Siri is not replaced by OK Google and triggering Google Assistant cannot be done natively.
  • Intermediate mode is not available : You cannot use AirPods without noise reduction and transparency mode.
  • The remaining battery display is not visible.
  • Music sharing is not available : you cannot “share” a song listened to on AirPods with someone who also has their AirPods

Guide to Connect AirPods to Android Phone

Apple’s wireless headphones are revolutionizing the headphone market. And contrary to what some might think, it is quite possible to use AirPods with an Android smartphone or any other Bluetooth device. Here is how to do it.

Pair Apple’s wireless headphones with your mobile

It may sound strange, and yet Apple’s AirPods work with virtually any Bluetooth enabled device including Android smartphones. However, you should know that you will not be able to take advantage of all the features offered by default on an iPhone.

For example, you can’t display the AirPods battery indicator on your phone screen or pause music when you remove an earpiece from your ear. The presence sensors integrated in each of the headphones are not operational outside the Apple universe.

Apart from these few details, the wireless headset works perfectly well on Android. There is no wild disconnection. And then there are several applications on the Google Play Store capable of reproducing (with varying degrees of success) some of the features exclusive to Apple devices.

First step: pairing

The W1 chip integrated into AirPods offers unparalleled ease of use. So when you open the headphones box, the iPhone displays a message asking you to authorize the association of the two devices. You just have to click on the pop-up for the connection to be made. It’s hard to make it simpler.

As much to tell you right away, the pairing operation turns out to be a little more complicated with an Android smartphone. You will then have no other choice but to go through your phone’s settings. For people who have already managed to connect a Bluetooth headset to an Android mobile, this should be no problem for them.

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