How to Turn On AirPods

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Updated October 10, 2022

If you are new to the world of personal audio gadgets, you may wonder how to turn on AirPods. Many of the best headphones, after all, are earbuds, and many earbuds are Apple AirPods. So what makes Apple AirPods some of the best wireless earbuds, and how do you successfully power them on and pair them? Keep reading to find out.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • AirPod power, volume control, and pairing controls are located on the charging case, so head to that case to power them on.
  • If you do not have the case on you, you can power on the AirPods or AirPods Pro earbuds by heading to your Apple device’s Control Center and menu bar.
  • If you are not using an Apple device, such as an Apple Watch, head to the general settings tab and look for Bluetooth settings to power on your AirPods Max or related accessory.

Difficulty in Using AirPods

Apple AirPods are considered to be some of the easier earbuds to use if you are wondering how to turn on earbuds. They are also simple to connect, especially when using an Apple device if you are wondering how to pair earbuds. Apple AirPod earbuds also ship with a dedicated storage case that doubles as a charger if you are learning how to store earbuds. In other words, these are not difficult-to-use earbuds.

Insider Tip

Turn your Bluetooth off on your audio device when not using the AirPods to conserve the battery.

How to Activate Earbuds Like AirPods

There are a few simple ways to power on and pair AirPods with your device.

Use the Case

The storage/charging case that accompanies your AirPods doubles as a power button and Bluetooth pairing button. Look on the side to see a button to hold down. To power on the earbuds, press the button down for two seconds. To make the earbuds available for Bluetooth pairing, hold down this button for several more seconds. The phone or tablet should take care of the rest.

Use Your Settings Page

You may notice that AirPods do not have any physical buttons on the exterior, so what do you do if you leave your case at home? Don’t worry; you can power them on and pair them directly from your control center tab, though this is much easier to do on an Apple device than on an Android phone. Pull down from the top right for the control center and look for audio. You should see a list of devices, including your AirPods. Click on them to power them on and instantly pair them to your device.

For Android devices, this is done in the general settings tab.

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Charge Them Up

If your AirPods are not turning on no matter what you do, they may not be sufficiently charged. Put them in the charging case and let them charge overnight. The next day, remove them and attempt to power them on to see if that fixes the issue. If not, you may have a faulty charging case.

AirPods Power FAQs

Why won't my AirPods charge or turn on?

If your AirPods Pro headphones won't turn on, it is likely an issue with the battery or the charger. AirPods Pro headphones are generally good about charging, so the battery should last a long while before encountering this issue.

How do you turn off AirPods Max?

AirPods Max earbuds automatically enter a low-power mode when they are not in use. As such, there are no dedicated power controls, volume controls, or battery life controls. There are, however, plenty of status light flashes to pay attention to.

How do you turn off announce notifications on AirPods using settings?

Every AirPod model issues audio notification during use, from the 2nd generation AirPods Pro earbuds to the 3rd generation AirPods Max earbuds. To disable these audio notifications, head into the Control Center in the top-right corner or the settings page.
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