The AirPods revolution
The Apple brand’s sleek, wireless earbuds were launched in September 2016 along with the iPhone 7. Despite their relatively high price tag (over $ 170), AirPods seem to be enjoying relatively high success.
According to Counterpoint Research, Apple would have sold no less than 35 million Bluetooth headsets in 2018. This represents a very high figure on the wireless headphones market. Bluetooth headsets are still a luxury item, mainly used by audiophiles and international travelers.
Externally, the AirPods take up the stylistic codes of the American brand. They retain the white color and the distinctive shape of the other models in the range. But unlike in-ear headphones, AirPods slip more easily into the hollow of the ear.
Why buy AirPods when you have an Android mobile?
Two years after their launch, Apple’s AirPods are still considered by most professionals to be the best Bluetooth headphones ever made. Users appreciate above all their small footprint and ease of use.
Each earphone has its own battery and its own microphone. It is thus possible to use only one listening device in the manner of a good old Bluetooth headset. The AirPods then activate automatically when you place them in your ears thanks to these different sensors.
Unfortunately, as we have seen previously, all these features are inoperative on Android. However, this remains quite bearable and does not penalize the user experience too much. And then the AirBattery application makes it possible to correct these various inconveniences with varying degrees of success.
Finally, let’s not forget that AirPods remain one of the only wireless devices to offer such autonomy. With the particularly compact charging box you can easily last a day without any problem. For example 15 minutes of charging can recover 3 hours of listening time.
The only downside is that the shape of the AirPods with their long stems makes those who wear them look ridiculous. But with the generalization of this type of helmet, nobody pays any attention to it. And then if you have long hair, you can partially hide it.
How to connect AirPods to 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 autoplay when you remove an AirPod or actions when tapping on the headphones. Here is how to do it!
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 passing. 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 ultra-simplified pairing process on iPhones and iPads. It must therefore be paired manually!
HOW TO CONNECT AIRPODS ON ANDROID
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:
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.
- 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 Connect AirPods to Android
Always the Android smartphone in your hands, but want to use AirPods or AirPods Pro?
There is good news with Apple’s wireless headphones, originally designed for iOS devices: it is possible to use them with Android devices as well as Windows computers.
Just with the normal bluetooth connection, it is possible to use Apple AirPods on any device.
Pitfalls to be aware of: You will not be able to access all the features of the iOS-AirPods pairing. You will not have Siri at your disposal, it will not be able to answer your calls and all your requests. You also won’t be able to see the remaining battery level without having to use specialized Android apps. If you do not care about these functions, then you can continue reading this article to learn how to enjoy a great experience with Apple Wireless Headphones.
How to Connect AirPods to Android Device
The features of Apple AirPods that work on Android
We can really thank Apple as there are some features that even Android users can use. So let’s talk about the few aspects that you can take advantage of:
The double tap function works perfectly. You can start and pause music playing just by double-tapping your AirPods. If you are a music lover, you will be able to make the most of your favorite music. Surpassing the majority of Android Bluetooth headphones, AirPods have a wide Bluetooth range. You can use it to make calls, listen to music, or even watch a movie.
Unlike using AirPods with iOS devices, the benefits are quite limited with Android devices. However, there are many applications that can fill the gaps on Android. For example, there are some that allow you to see the battery level of your AirPods, such as Air Battery. Apart from that, there is also the Assistant Trigger app, which allows you to use the Google Assistant; the double touch function is sufficient to activate it. It is also able to display the battery level of AirPods.
Features of Apple AirPods that don’t work on Android
Just with a single tap on the AirPods and the “Hey Siri” function is activated. Siri offers many functions, such as changing sounds, adjusting volume, receiving or making calls, setting alarms, and more. Unfortunately, when AirPods connect to an Android device, Siri does not work.
Auto pause when AirPods are removed
When using an iPhone, AirPods can quickly detect your ears and know when to take them off. But this is not the case with Android devices.
Automatic switching between synced Apple devices
AirPods can switch from one Apple device to another (iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, iPhone, or other iOS devices), thanks to syncing through an iCloud account. But this function is not available for Android devices.
Using a single AirPod
You can choose to use only one AirPod when you need another ear for listening to something else. However, this function is not available on Android devices.
Customizing the Double Touch function
The Double Touch feature can be customized to your preference. Change music, access Siri, start playback and pause, are all the possibilities available to you with this function. But it is only available in the settings of iOS devices. Fortunately, with Air Battery and Assistant Trigger, you can see battery level, access Google Assistant, use play and pause options on your Android device.
Despite the limitations, AirPods provide many benefits to Android users. These headphones fit perfectly in your ears avoiding any risk of falling, have good battery life and are wireless.