How to connect Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max to iPhone in easy steps

Instantly connect your AirPods with an iPhone in a few simple steps.

Facing issues connecting AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max to your iPhone? We have got you covered. While the AirPods offer seamless connectivity with iPhones, there could be instances when the earphones just wouldn’t pair. In this article, we take a look at the various methods, including a manual workaround, using which you can connect AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max with your iPhone. Check it out:

How to connect AirPods and AirPods Pro to your iPhone

Apple’s AirPods can be seamlessly connected and paired with any iPhone, iPad, and macOS in a few simple steps provided you have turned on Bluetooth. So in case, you have just got a new pair of AirPods or AirPods Pro from any generation, here’s how to connect them to your iPhone.

  • First and foremost, ensure you have logged in to your iCloud or Apple ID on your iPhone
  • Now bring the AirPods or AirPods Pro closer to the iPhone and open the lid
  • A pop-up should appear on the iPhone’s screen with a ‘connect’ button. Tap on it
    How to connect AirPods and AirPods Pro to your iPhone
  • From here on, you will be prompted to enable various options such as “Hey Siri” command. Select the options as per your preference to complete the process
  • At last, a “Done” button should appear. Select it and your AirPods should be connected and paired with your iPhone

The next time when you need to use the AirPods, simply take out the earbuds from the case and a connection will be automatically made between the iPhone and your AirPods. However, for such seamless connectivity, Bluetooth needs to remain on the whole time.

How to manually connect AirPods and AirPods Pro to iPhone

In case the AirPods don’t connect with iPhone using the above method, try this workaround:

  • Ensure the AirPods case is charged and the earbuds are present inside
  • Now press and hold the setup button at the back of your AirPods or AirPods Pro until the indicator light starts flashing white
  • Wait for the connection pop-up to appear on your iPhone and tap “Connect”
  • If the pop-up doesn’t appear, go to the Bluetooth settings within the Settings app
  • Find your AirPods in the list and from there proceed with the pairing process
    How to manually connect AirPods and AirPods Pro to iPhone

How to connect AirPods Max to iPhone

AirPods Max is the top-of-the-line headphone Apple has to offer. While these are way different in size and appearance from AirPods or AirPods Pro, the process to connect them to an iPhone is quite similar. Here’s how.

  • Firstly, turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone either from the Control Center or by going into the Bluetooth settings
  • Now go back to the home screen and take out the AirPods Max from the Smart Case hold them next to your iPhone
  • After 60 seconds or so, a setup animation may appear in the form of a pop-up
  • Follow the instructions from thereon and your AirPods Max should be successfully paired and connected with the iPhone

If the AirPods Max fails to connect, Go to the Bluetooth section within Settings and select your AirPods. Next, press and hold the noise control button on AirPods Max for about five seconds until the light starts flashing white. Shortly after, a “Connect” button should appear on the screen. Tap on it to complete the connection process.


1. How to connect AirPods to Apple Watch?

Connecting your AirPods directly to an Apple Watch can come in very handy when your iPhone is not around during certain scenarios such as when it is charging and you require audio output. Here’s how to connect AirPods directly to an Apple Watch.

  • Grab your AirPods and press and hold the setup button at the back until the indicator light starts blinking
  • Now on your Apple Watch, open the Settings app and select Bluetooth to toggle it on
  • Wait until your AirPods appear in the list. Tap on it and the AirPods should be connected to the Apple Watch

2. What to do when AirPods won’t connect?

If your AirPods fail to connect, go through these workarounds in order to establish a proper pairing connection.

  • Turn Bluetooth on and off – One of the simplest solutions to get rid of any connectivity issue is by turning off and turning back on Bluetooth
  • Ensure AirPods have charge – AirPods and AirPods Max require a certain level of battery charge to build a connection with iPhone. Make sure at least 20 percent battery is present on your AirPods
  • Reset AirPods – Even after several tries the AirPods are unable to connect, reset them by going into the Bluetooth settings and tapping on the encircled ‘i’ button

3. How to check AirPods battery on iPhone

There are several ways to check the battery level of your AirPods on an iPhone:

  • Connection pop-up – If the AirPods are already connected to the iPhone, simply open the lid to view the battery percentage of both the earbuds and the charging case
  • Batteries widget – Another way to check the battery of the AirPods is by placing the ‘Batteries’ widget on the home screen. This widget also allows you to view the battery percentage of your iPhone and Apple Watch. Similarly, you can add this particular widget on the lock screen as well starting from iOS 16.