Apple has done an extremely impressive job of building and releasing hardware and accessories which work best within its own ecosystem. Apple Watch and AirPods are two perfect examples of this strategy. The latter, AirPods, may be an Apple-first product but it is actually possible to pair them with an Android smartphone or tablet.
If you are pairing your AirPods with an Android device, it’s worth mentioning that you will still get a cutting-edge experience out of them due to the fact that they are essentially a Bluetooth-based package.
The W1/H1 chip ensures that the AirPods work harmoniously with Apple’s own hardware but that definitely doesn’t rule out Android. So, let’s take a look at how to go about pairing AirPods with an Android smartphone.
How to Pair Apple AirPods with Android
Step 1: Make sure that the AirPods case is open first and foremost. On the Android device, swipe down on the Notification Drawer and then tap and hold on the Bluetooth toggle to directly launch the Bluetooth settings.
Step 2: Ensure that Bluetooth discovery is turned on and enabled. Jump back to the AirPods case and press and hold the Pairing button at the very back of the charging case. The included light should turn white.
Step 3: On the Android device, you should now get a notification showing that the AirPods are available to connect. Tap on the AirPods entry in the list of discovered Bluetooth devices and then confirm the connection.
Step 4: Congratulations! Your Apple AirPods are now paired with your non-Apple Android device. You can almost feel Tim Cook shudder.
One of the great things about AirPods, when they are paired with an Apple device, is that you can actually get an immediate status on the battery life of the hardware. This is because Apple reports the battery life back to an Apple device, which is something that doesn’t happen by default with Android. But, there is a way around it.
It’s actually possible to download the free-of-charge AirBattery app for Android devices from the Play Store. This gives you a nice and easy-to-use interface which will give you an immediate view of exactly how much battery is left on the connected AirPods.