How to Connect AirPods to Zoom

Use AirPods with Zoom on Mac, Windows, iPhone, & Android

What To Know

  • First, pair the AirPods: Apple menu > System Preferences > Bluetooth > AirPods in pairing mode > Connect.
  • In Zoom, click the gear icon > Speaker menu > AirPods > Test Speaker > Microphone menu > AirPods > Test Mic.
  • You can use AirPods with Zoom on any compatible device, including Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Android.

AirPods are great earbuds to use with Zoom meetings—they're lightweight, unobtrusive, and sound great. This article explains how to use AirPods with Zoom and what to do when things aren't working.

How to Use AirPods With a Zoom Meeting

To use AirPods with Zoom, all you need to do is connect the AirPods to your device and change your Zoom settings to use the AirPods. These instructions explain how to do this using a Mac, but the basic ideas are the same on Windows and other devices. The main difference is how you connect the AirPods to your device. Once you've done that, the Zoom settings are the same.

  1. Start by clicking the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting System Preferences.

    A Mac's Apple Menu open, showing the System Preferences option
  2. Click Bluetooth.

    The Mac System Preferences window, showing the Bluetooth option
  3. Put your AirPods in pairing mode by clicking the button on the case.

  4. When they appear in the Bluetooth settings window, click Connect.

    Mac Bluetooth settings window, with AirPods available
  5. With your AirPods connected, it's time to set Zoom to use them. Start by opening Zoom.

    Stating with this step, the rest of the instructions in this section apply whether you're on a Mac or Windows. On smartphones and tablets, you don't need to change Zoom settings—just set your device's audio output to the AirPods.

  6. On the main Zoom screen, click the gear icon.

    The main Zoom window, the settings icon visible
  7. In the Speaker section, click the drop down and click your AirPods.

    Zoom settings, with the Speaker drop-down menu open
  8. To confirm that Zoom is sending audio to your AirPods, click Test Speaker. If you hear sound, continue. If not, check the troubleshooting tips later in this article.

  9. Repeat the process in the Microphone section: select AirPods from the drop down and then click Test Mic.

    Zoom settings, with the Microphone drop-down menu open
  10. With these steps completed, Zoom will now send audio to the AirPods and listen to the AirPods mic when you speak. You're ready to join your Zoom call (select Join with Computer Audio when the meeting starts) and enjoy using your AirPods!

    Zoom window for choosing what audio to use with a meeting

While the instructions above are for Mac users, you can use AirPods with any device that supports Bluetooth audio. That includes smartphones, tablets, and Windows PCs. If you need to, check out our step-by-step instructions for how to connect AirPods to an iPhone, how to connect AirPods to a Windows 10 PC or a Windows 11 PC, and how to connect AirPods to Android.

How to Fix Problems with AirPods and Zoom

If you've followed the steps above and aren't able to use AirPods with Zoom, or the connection works but the audio quality is poor, try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure AirPods Are Connected to the Right Device. AirPods can be connected to all kinds of devices. If you not getting Zoom audio to them, make sure they're connected to the device that you're using for the Zoom call.
  • Set AirPods As System Audio Output. If you're not hearing Zoom audio in your AirPods, try setting your device's system audio output to the AirPods. When you do this, all audio from your device goes to the AirPods, not just Zoom audio. On a Mac, click the speaker icon in the top left corner > AiPods. On Windows, click the speaker icon in the bottom right > AirPods. On iPhone and iPad, open Control Center > long press the top right corner of the music controls > AirPods. On Android, start playing music > swipe down to open notifications > circle icon in music controls > AirPods.
  • Toggle Bluetooth On and Off. If your AirPods aren't connecting to your device properly, try turning Bluetooth off, waiting a few seconds, and turning it back on again. After a reset, things should work.
  • Unpair and Re-Pair AirPods. If your AirPods won't connect to your device at all, you may need to set them up again. Delete them from your device's Bluetooth settings and then follow the connection process again.
  • Only One AirPods Works. This happens more often than we'd like, but if only one AirPod is working, try these steps to get the other working again.
FAQ
  • How do I connect AirPods to a MacBook?

    To connect AirPods to your MacBook, on your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth and select Turn Bluetooth On. Place your AirPods in their case, open the lid, and press the setup button to put them in pairing mode. Click Connect on the Mac when the AirPods appear as an option.

  • How do I connect AirPods to an Android?

    To connect AirPods to an Android device, open Settings > Bluetooth and ensure Bluetooth is enabled. Place your AirPods in their case, open the lid, and press the setup button to put them in pairing mode. From the Android device, tap the AirPods from the available Bluetooth devices list.

  • How do I connect AirPods to a Chromebook?

    To connect AirPods to a Chromebook, on the Chromebook, select Menu > Bluetooth and ensure Bluetooth is enabled. Place your AirPods in their case, open the lid, and press the setup button to put them in pairing mode. On the Chromebook, go to the Bluetooth Available Devices list and select the AirPods.

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