How to use AirPods with Android phone or tablet

How to use AirPods with Android phone or tablet

Apple likes to advertise AirPods as a special breed of earphone, unlike any other on the market. But while it’s true that they boast a number of impressive features, at the end of the day, they’re just Bluetooth headsets.

This means you can use your AirPods with any device that supports Bluetooth headphones. And luckily, this includes Android phones and tablets.

It only takes a few moments to connect AirPods to an Android. And even if you lose some of the features of the AirPods, you can use the apps to win back others.

How to connect AirPods to an Android

AirPods connect in the same way as other Bluetooth devices. You just have to put them in pairing mode first.

1. Put the AirPods inside the case and hold the case open, then press the button on the back until the case’s LED light flashes white. If you have AirPods Max, press and hold the Noise Control button until the status light flashes white.

2. On your Android, open the Settings app and then tap Bluetooth or Connected devices .

3. Touch Pair new device , then tap the AirPods when they appear in the device list. If prompted, confirm that you want to pair.

The menu that allows you to connect AirPods to an Android device.

Your AirPods will now appear in the list of connected devices.

When you want to disconnect, put the AirPods back in their case and close it. They will automatically reconnect when you take them out again.

What AirPods features are disabled on Android?

While they can connect to your Android, AirPods are designed to work with Apple devices. There are many native features that will only work with iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

These include:

  • Siri
  • Battery life check
  • Change what it does by tapping or pressing your AirPods
  • Automatic switching from one device to another
  • Automatic ear detection

You can still play or pause music by tapping or pressing your AirPods. And if you have AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, you can still use the noise canceling and transparency modes.

But even if these features are disabled from the start, you can re-enable some of them via apps.

AirBattery lets you check battery life and turn on ear detection

The first of these apps is AirBattery. It is available for free from the Play Store but you can pay a dollar to unlock the Pro version with more features.

The information page for the AirBattery app in the Google Play Store.

AirBattery gives you a pop-up that shows you how much battery life your AirPods have left. And if you put an AirPod into the case, you can see the battery life of the case as well.

An Android home screen, with a small pop-up at the bottom of the screen showing the battery life of the connected AirPods.

Plus, it also reactivates automatic ear detection, the feature that will pause your music when you take an AirPod out of your ear. It doesn’t work with all apps, but we’ve tested it and seen it work with Spotify, YouTube, and Netflix.

Open the app and activate AirPod Ear Detection (Spotify) to enable it.

Assistant Trigger lets you summon the Google Assistant

Assistant Trigger lets you see the battery life of your AirPods too, but it doesn’t do this as well as AirBattery. Instead, the best feature of this app is that it allows you to activate Google Assistant by tapping your AirPods.

The information page for the Assistant Trigger app in the Google Play Store.

Download AssistantTrigger from the Play Store and log in to the app to enable its permissions. Then activate Enable assistant and grant access to app notifications.

Now when you double tap your AirPods (or double tap, for AirPods Pro), Google Assistant will pop up.

The menu in the Assistant Trigger app that allows you to enable access to the Google Assistant.

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