How to Connect AirPods to an HP Laptop

And what to do if your AirPods are not connecting

What to Know

  • Open your AirPods case, then press and hold the button on the case until the light flashes white.
  • Click Action Center button on Windows taskbar > Right-click Bluetooth > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth > select the AirPods.
  • AirPods work with HP laptops as long as the laptop has Bluetooth turned on.

This article explains how to connect AirPods to an HP laptop. You can even have your AirPods connected to your HP Laptop at the same time they’re connected to your iPhone and switch between the two whenever you like.

How to Connect AirPods to an HP Laptop

AirPods connect using Bluetooth, so connecting AirPods to an HP laptop is a matter of turning Bluetooth on, placing the AirPods into pairing mode, and then connecting them. Once set up, your AirPods will reconnect any time they’re in range. You can also manually connect and disconnect them.

Here’s how to connect your AirPods to your HP laptop:

  1. Click the Action Center button on your taskbar, or press Windows Key + A to open the Action Center.

    The action center icon (far right icon) highlighted on the Windows 10 taskbar.
  2. Right click Bluetooth.

    The Bluetooth button highlighted in the Action Center in Windows 10.
  3. Click Go to Settings.

    Go to Settings highlighted in the Action Center.
  4. If the Bluetooth toggle is off, click it to turn it on.

    The Bluetooth Off toggle highlighted in Windows 10 Bluetooth settings.
  5. Click + Add Bluetooth or other device.

    + Add Bluetooth or other device highlighted in Windows Bluetooth settings.
  6. Click Bluetooth.

    Bluetooth highlighted in the add a device menu in Windows 10.
  7. Open your AirPods case.

    AirPods Pro in an open case.
     Jeremy Laukkonen / Lifewire
  8. Press and hold the button on your AirPods case.

    The pairing button on an AirPods Pro case

     Jeremy Laukkonen / Lifewire

  9. When the light flashes white, release the button.

    The white flashing light on an AirPods Pro case

     Jeremy Laukkonen / Lifewire

    The light may be inside your case or on the front of the case.

  10. Click your AirPods in the list of discovered devices.

    Jeremy Laukkonen's AirPods Pro highlighted in the add a device menu.

    The AirPods will show up as headphones first, and then display the name you assigned when you set them up.

  11. Wait for the AirPods to pair, then click Done.

    Done highlighted in Bluetooth settings.

How to Use AirPods With an HP Laptop

Connecting AirPods to an HP laptop isn’t the same as actually using the AirPods with the laptop. If you want to use your AirPods to listen to music or videos, or video chat, or anything else, you’ll need to switch audio outputs after you have connected the AirPods. This may happen automatically the first time your AirPods connect, but you can also do it manually if you have an issue where audio isn't coming from the AirPods.

Your laptop may have multiple audio options if you’ve connected a variety of devices in the past, but an HP laptop will show Speaker / Headphone (Realtek(R) Audio) at a minimum. Switching from that output to your AirPods will allow you to use your AirPods with your laptop.

Here’s how to use AirPods with your HP laptop:

  1. Take your AirPods out of the case.

    AirPods Pro removed from their case next to an HP laptop.
    Jeremy Laukkonen / Lifewire

    If your laptop automatically switches audio outputs and your AirPods work at this point, you don’t need to perform the rest of the steps. This process is only necessary if another device prevents the audio output from switching automatically.

  2. Click the speaker icon on your taskbar.

    The speaker icon highlighted in the Windows 10 taskbar.
  3. Click the dropdown menu.

    Speaker / Headphone (realtek audio) highlighted in the Windows audio selection menu.
  4. Click Headphones (AirPods Stereo).

    Headphones (Jeremy Laukkonen's AirPods Pro Stereo) highlighted in Windows playback device options.
  5. You can now use your AirPods with your laptop.

Do AirPods Work With Laptops?

AirPods work with any device designed to connect to an audio output or input device via Bluetooth. That means AirPods can work with laptops, but only if the laptop supports Bluetooth. If the laptop doesn’t have Bluetooth, then you will need to add a Bluetooth dongle before you can connect your AirPods.

Since all modern HP laptops come equipped with Bluetooth, you can use AirPods with an HP laptop the same way you would use any other Bluetooth earbuds, headphones, or headset.

Why Can’t I Connect My AirPods to My HP Laptop?

If your AirPods won’t connect, it could be an issue with Bluetooth on your laptop, or a problem with your Airpods. Here are some common problems and solutions:

  • Bluetooth not enabled: Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your laptop. Try turning Bluetooth off and then enabling it again with your AirPods shut in their case. Then open the case, remove the AirPods, and see if they connect.
  • Bluetooth driver out of date: If your Bluetooth driver isn’t up to date, you may have problems connecting to AirPods. Update your drivers, and try again.
  • Bluetooth not working: Check to see if any other Bluetooth headphones work. If they don’t, then it may be Bluetooth isn’t working on your laptop. Fix your Bluetooth problem, and then try again.
  • AirPods not in pairing mode: The white light on your AirPods case needs to be flashing, or you won’t be able to make the initial connection. There are a number of steps you can take to fix AirPods that won’t connect. Once your AirPods are in pairing mode, try again.
  • AirPods connected but not enabled: Your AirPods may be connected, but not selected as the audio output device. If the instructions above didn’t work, try opening the Sound Control Panel and setting Headphones (AirPods Pro Stereo) to the default audio device.
  • How do I connect my AirPods to a Mac?

    To connect your AirPods directly to your Mac, make sure your AirPods are in their case, then open the lid. Press and hold the setup button until you see it flash white. On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth. In the Devices list, select AirPods. If your AirPods have the capability, select Enable so you can use Siri commands with your AirPods.

  • How do I connect AirPods to a Chromebook?

    To connect AirPods to a Chromebook, select Menu on the Chromebook, then select Bluetooth and turn on the Bluetooth connection. Press and hold the setup button on the AirPods case, then, on the Chromebook, go to the Bluetooth Available Devices list and select the AirPods. Your AirPods are now paired with the Chromebook.

  • How do I connect AirPods to an Android device?

    To connect AirPods to an Android device, open Settings on the Android and toggle on Bluetooth. Press and hold the setup button on the AirPods case until the light flashes white, then, on the Android device, tap Airpods from the available device list, then follow the prompts.

  • How do I connect AirPods to a Roku TV?

    While you can't connect AirPods to a Roku TV directly with Bluetooth, there's a workaround that allows you to use AirPods with a Roku TV. First, pair your AirPods with an iPhone or Android, then download and install the Roku app for iPhone or get the Roku app for Android. In the Roku app, select Remote > Devices > OK, then tap Connect Now. When the Roku app finds your Roku device, select it, then tap the Remote icon. Tap the headphones icon, then tap OK. Now, when you play a show on your Roku TV, you'll hear the audio with your AirPods.

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