How to fix AirPods when they won't connect to PC with Windows 10 or 11?

Xiaobai Software  2022-07-28 11: 43  read 134 views

you are putting your appleAirPodsHaving trouble connecting to your Windows 10 computer?Chances are you have a small bluetooth glitch on your computer.It could also be a conflicting device nearby, a problem with the Windows 10 update, or something else.

Whatever the cause of the problem, you may be more interested in knowing how to fix it.Fortunately, there are various approaches you can take to address yourAirPodsproblems, get them connected to your computer.


1. Re-pair the AirPods to your Windows computer

If there's a small Bluetooth glitch preventing your AirPods from connecting to your computer, try unpairing your AirPods from your computer, then pairing them again.This should fix most connection-related issues with your device.

You can unpair your AirPods on your Windows 10 computer as follows:

1. Press Win + I to open the Settings app.

2. Click "Devices" in the "Settings" window.

3. In "Devices", click "Bluetooth and other devices" in the left sidebar. (In Windows 11, you can access this section by going to Bluetooth & Devices > Devices).

4. On the right, find your AirPods and click on them.However, if you're using Windows 11, you can click the three-dot icon instead.

5. Select the "Remove Device" option.

6. Click "Yes" at the prompt to delete your AirPods from your computer.


You have successfully unpaired a non-working Airpod.Now, you can go ahead and re-pair your AirPods.

2. Toggle Bluetooth off and on on your computer

Sometimes, the Bluetooth on your computer doesn't work as it should.This can happen for a variety of reasons, but in most cases, you can fix the problem by turning Bluetooth off and back on.

This gives Bluetooth a new kick in, and you can then connect your AirPods to your computer.

To restart Bluetooth, follow these simple instructions:

1. Press the Win + I keys simultaneously to open the Settings application.

2. In Settings, tap Device Options.

3. On the Devices screen, from the left sidebar, select Bluetooth & other devices.

4. In the right pane, turn the Bluetooth switch off.

5. Wait about half a minute before turning the toggle switch back on.


3. Use one AirPod at a time

Apple designed the AirPods so you can use each one independently.If you're having trouble connecting your AirPods to your computer, use an AirPod to connect and see if that works.

Whether you're connecting a single AirPod or two AirPods, follow the same connection process.Just take an AirPod out of the AirPods case, wait for your Windows 10 computer to detect it, and it should connect.

If one of your AirPods isn't working, put it back in the case and take the other AirPod out.See if this one can connect to your computer.

4. Disable Bluetooth on other devices

A common cause of most Bluetooth problems is conflicting Bluetooth devices in the surrounding area.If you have Bluetooth enabled on other devices, such as your iPhone or Android phone, turn off the feature on those devices and see if your AirPods can connect to your computer.

How to Disable Bluetooth on iPhone

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

2. Tap Bluetooth.

3. Turn the Bluetooth option to the off position.



How to Disable Bluetooth on an Android Phone

1. Pull down from the top of your screen.

2. Tap the Bluetooth toggle key to disable the feature.



Likewise, you can manually turn off other nearby Bluetooth devices like your wireless headphones, mouse, keyboard, etc. and see if you're able to connect the AirPods to your Windows 10 or 11 computer.

5. Use Windows' Hardware Troubleshooter

Windows has many troubleshooters to help you detect and resolve problems with various components on your computer.For example, one of these troubleshooters can help you troubleshoot problems with your AirPods.

It's a good idea to run this troubleshooter and let it find and fix problems with your computer hardware.

To use this troubleshooter:

1. Press Win+R keys simultaneously to open "Run".

2. Type the following in Run and hit enter: msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic

3. In the "Hardware and Devices" window that opens, click "Next" to run the troubleshooter.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to troubleshoot your device.


6. Turn off Swift Pair on Windows 10 and 11

To help you connect to nearby Bluetooth devices easily and quickly, Windows offers a feature called Swift Pair.Unfortunately, while this feature is useful for establishing a Bluetooth connection in seconds, it can also be the reason why your AirPods refuse to connect to your computer.

To rule this out, turn off the Swift Pair on your computer and see if your AirPods are connected:

1. Press the Windows+I keys simultaneously to enter the Settings application.

2. Select the device in the settings window.

3. Select Bluetooth & other devices from the left sidebar. (In Windows 11 you can access this section by going to Bluetooth & Devices > Devices)

4. Scroll down to the right pane and disable Show notifications to connect using the Swift Pair option.


7. Update the firmware of your AirPods

Like other devices, Apple's AirPods will receive firmware updates.These updates ensure that your AirPods remain defect-free and continue to perform at their peak performance levels.

These AirPods firmware updates aren't as regular as other updates, but you'll have to install them to get rid of any issues with your AirPods, including AirPods not connecting to your computer.

8. Roll back Windows Update

Windows updates are supposed to fix existing problems and bring new features to your PC.However, sometimes, they are the cause of problems with your computer.For example, if your AirPods won't connect to your computer after installing a Windows update, that update could be the culprit.

In this case, you can roll back the update, undoing all the changes it made to your computer.This will not delete any of your data from your computer.

Here's how to do it:

1. Open the "Start" menu, search for "Control Panel", and select it in the search results.

2. Click "Uninstall a program" under "Programs".

3. In the left sidebar, click View installed updates.

4. You will see the installed updates on the right.

5. Select the most recent update in the list and click Uninstall at the top.


Fix AirPods and Windows 10/11 connection issues

If you're having trouble connecting your AirPods to your Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer, follow the methods above and you should be able to fix the problem.Whether you're on Windows 10 or Windows 11, the troubleshooting steps for fixing and connecting your AirPods are the same.

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