Fixing AirPods Connection Failed on MacBook

Apple revolutionized the world after they launched their first wireless headphones — AirPods. Sales of these devices are still breaking records. Last year alone, more than 20 million AirPods were sold. Usually, users don’t have problems syncing wireless headphones with their iPhones. But if you want to use them with the Mac, you may face an unpleasant surprise like a connection error.

This article covers several ways to solve the problem with AirPods connection failed on MacBook.

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When connecting Apple wireless headphones, MacBook’s users most often encounter the following problems:

  • One of the headphones won’t connect;
  • One of the headphones is working quieter or louder;
  • Extraneous noise in the headphones;
  • Both earbuds play very quietly;
  • An error occurs when connecting (making synchronization impossible).

We have tried to solve these problems and described a few ways to fix them.

What to Do If I Can’t Connect AirPods to Mac?

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Connecting your Apple headphones to your MacBook is usually as quick and easy as possible. They link to your iCloud, which allows you to switch them quickly between different devices. If you lose them, you can use the Locator app and signal the separately lost earbud for easier detection. But what if when connecting, you get a Connection failed AirPods error on MacBook? For example, AirPods won’t connect at all or connect incorrectly. There are several reasons for this error. First, try a few simple steps, and you may find the problem will go away.

  1. Check if you have the latest version of iOS installed. If not, you will need to force an update through the Settings menu.
  2. Check that Bluetooth is enabled on your MacBook. If after performing these steps the device is still not connected, you should place the headphones back in the case and check if they are charging.
  3. Open the lid of the case and press the button on it for 10 seconds until the light starts flashing. Try connecting the headphones again.

If the problem still persists, read the instructions to the end. Perhaps the solution is in the next part of our article.

What to Do If the AirPods Won’t Connect to Mac Properly?

Often, users are faced with the problem that one headphone does not work properly after syncing with the Mac. For example, after connection, only one earphone may work. Although visually, the AirPods will be intact and unscathed.

First of all, check which version of the headphones you have. There are 1st and 2nd generation AirPods. You can check this in your iPhone settings, in the wireless menu. Select AirPods in the list of detected devices. You’ll see information about the generation of the wireless headphones. Next, scroll to the bottom of the menu and open the case of your AirPods. You can also see the model version of the headphones on the device itself.

1st generation models:

  • A1602 (Lightning Charging Case)
  • A1722 (left AirPod)
  • A1523 (right AirPod)

2nd generation models:

  • A1602 (Lightning Charging Case)
  • A1938 (Wireless Charging Case)
  • A2031 (left AirPod)
  • A2032 (right AirPod)

If you have different generations of headphones, they will not work. The AirPods will display an error in the form of a flashing red light when you put two headphones of different generations into the case. For example, the first generation left earbud A1722 (left AirPod) will not work with the second generation right earbud A2032 (right AirPod) on your MacBook.

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If you are sure that your AirPods are of the same generation, and they are 100% functional, you should check the connection status on your MacBook. To do this, go to your MacBook’s System Preferences, then go to the Bluetooth section. Make sure that the wireless connection is enabled, and the headphones show up in the device list. Try selecting AirPods in the list of detected devices and connect manually.

How to Properly Connect AirPods to MacBook?

If you are unable to detect a sync problem between the AirPods and the MacBook, try reconnecting correctly.

This procedure is easy to do. Follow the steps below and follow the instructions:

  • Insert your AirPods into the charging case;
  • Hold the lid of the case open;
  • Press and hold the setting button on the case for approximately 10 seconds. The AirPods case indicator light should turn orange 2 times, followed by a pulsating white light;
  • Make sure the Bluetooth on your MacBook is turned on;
  • Pair the AirPods with the device by bringing them close to each other.

If you’ve done all the steps correctly, you’ll get a pop-up window on your MacBook that prompts you to connect your new AirPods to your Mac.

You can now enjoy music with the wireless headphones on your Apple computer!

Cyril Kardashevsky

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