How To Connect Airpods To Dell Laptop? (The Easy Way)

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Connecting your AirPods to a Dell laptop is not a difficult task. It’s pretty simple if all the requirements are met. In reality, the only thing you need to make sure of is that your laptop is running on the latest software version and within range of one another.

AirPods, Apple’s wireless earbuds, is one of the best-selling devices released by the company to date. Their ease of use, comfort, and long battery life allows users to listen to music podcasts or take calls any day or night. AirPods connect easily with other Bluetooth devices as well.

If you do not own an Apple MacBook but want to use AirPods, you may use them with any computer or laptop with Bluetooth connectivity. Let’s see how to connect AirPods to Dell Laptops quickly and easily.

How To Connect AirPods To Dell Laptop

First, you should know that AirPods can work on any device with integrated Bluetooth connectivity. However, due to logistical issues, you won’t be able to use Siri nor enjoy an almost instantaneous connection via iCloud. For the rest, you’ll be able to take advantage of its comfort, lightness, and autonomy.

Get your AirPods ready

To connect your AirPods to a Dell laptop, you must first ensure that the battery life is sufficient enough to use them. 

According to Apple, you can get up to 3 hrs of listening time or 2 hrs of talk time if you charge your AirPods for 15 minutes.

Go to Windows 10’s settings

Go to Windows 10’s settings by pressing the keyboard shortcut key Windows + I.

Go to devices

In Windows 10’s settings, navigate to Devices.

go to devices

Enable pairing mode on your AirPods

To enable pairing mode put both AirPods in the charging case and open the lid. Press and hold the setup button on the back of your charging case for a few seconds. 

You have to wait for the small LED light on the front to start flashing white. When the light start flashing white, your AirPods are in pairing mode.

Turn on Bluetooth

Go back to your laptop’s screen. In the Devices, navigate to Bluetooth & other devices and turn on Bluetooth on your laptop. 

turn on bluetooth

Go to Add Bluetooth or other devices

After turning on Bluetooth, go to Add Bluetooth or other devices.

add bluetooth or other devices

Select Bluetooth

You can see three options Bluetooth, Wireless display or clock, and Everything else. Select Bluetooth.

select bluetooth

Double-click on your Apple AirPods

Now, you can see all available Bluetooth devices. Wait for some time to see your devices.

To start connecting, double-click on your Apple AirPods ( in my case, Evan’s AirPods).

double click on your apple airpods

Your device is ready to go

You can see “Your device is ready to go” when it is done. You can now stream your favorite playlists on your AirPods.

your device is ready to go

How to use AirPods with a PC

If you’ve bought AirPods or higher AirPods Pro, you already know that they can be used with other devices beyond Apple devices like the Apple watch, iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Apple’s products are easier to use and more attractive than competitors due to visible on-screen notifications and a protective case, allowing customers to carry their devices with them more easily.

However, if you try to connect Apple AirPods to a Dell laptop or PC, you won’t see the “Add device” message. Although Apple AirPods are designed to work with Apple-branded devices, you can still use them with laptops or other devices that don’t have an Apple operating system.

How do I put my AirPods into pairing mode?

The step to put your AirPods or AirPods Pro into pairing mode is as follows:

  1. Place your AirPods in their charging case.
  2. Please don’t close the lid of your charging case; keep it open.
  3. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the charging case until you see white light.
  4. When you see white light flashing on the AirPods case, your AirPods are in Bluetooth pairing mode.

Apple products and their limitations outside the ecosystem

Apple products give you a better user experience in the Apple ecosystem across multiple Apple devices.

While Apple recommends AirPods on its devices, they can be used with Android and Windows products. However, some of the features on Apple products are not available when using AirPods with non-Apple products. 

These features include hearing a sound test when trying out AirPod models and other uses, such as turning them into Bluetooth headsets.

Suppose you primarily use your AirPods or AirPods Pro to listen to audio, such as radio and television shows or podcasts, and make phone calls or video conferences. In that case, there is no problem with their quality. However, enjoying the spatial sound of these headphones will be tough.

Can AirPods be used with other Bluetooth devices?

Could they be used with other devices if not with a Windows PC or Android phone? The answer is logical, yes, as long as they have Bluetooth connectivity and any manufacturer’s decision does not limit it, as is the case with the Nintendo Switch, you will not have a problem with it.

Your AirPods would also be worth listening to music, or any other content played on a music player, a Smart TV, or consoles such as PlayStation or Xbox, Android, etc.

If you do not have this option due to Bluetooth profile issues on the device, you can always resort to Bluetooth adapters that, once paired, do is emit the sound from the device itself using the headphone output.

Therefore, there is always an option to take advantage of your Apple AirPods on any device. Logically, the best option is always with other company products due to integration, user experience, and features. But knowing what they cost, it is normal that you want to get the most out of them at all times.


Why won’t my AirPods connect to my Windows 10?

If your AirPods don’t seem to be connecting with your Windows PC, try these solutions: Turn off Bluetooth on any nearby devices. First, make sure that Bluetooth is off on all other devices. If you’ve paired AirPods with your iPhone, this can interfere with a connection to your PC. So, to avoid interference, temporarily turn off any other Bluetooth devices.

Do AirPods work with Dell laptops?

Though you can connect your AirPods to Dell laptops, the connection between Apple-brand devices and AirPods is more seamless. AirPods may drain their batteries more quickly when used with a Dell laptop than with a MacBook or an iPhone.

Can you use AirPods on a PC without Bluetooth?

To use Bluetooth functionality, if your computer does not have built-in Bluetooth hardware, connect a Bluetooth dongle to a USB  port. The dongle serves as an adapter between the computer and the Bluetooth device. After installing the software, the Bluetooth dongle will enable any supported device to communicate with the computer.

Why won’t my AirPods connect to my HP laptop?

If AirPods don’t connect to a PC, you have to open the Control Center. Ensure that the Bluetooth is turned on and AirPods are in their charging case before use. If the AirPods don’t connect, press and then hold the setup button on the case to pair with your computers.

Why aren’t my AirPods blinking white?

If your Airpods are not blinking white, this may be due to pairing issues or an empty battery. To charge, plug the Lightning cable into the connector on your charging case and plug the other ends into a port or USB adapter. You don’t need to put AirPods in the charging case to charge.


Ensure that your AirPods have a fully charged battery before starting the pairing process if you face any difficulty in pairing. 

Connect your Dell Laptop to a power source if the battery is low. Ensure Bluetooth is enabled on your Dell laptop and AirPods are in pairing mode.

Go to Bluetooth & other devices settings, and click on Add Bluetooth or other devices. Then go to Bluetooth, wait for some time, and double-click on your AirPods to connect.

It will take a few seconds to connect. After that, you can take out your AirPods and use them whenever you’re listening to music or videos or calling someone using the AirPods.

Play some music on your Dell laptop to see if AirPods are working. If not, then go to Sound settings, and switch from speakers to AirPods Stereo.

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