With the advent of computers and laptops, the need for headphones and handsfree arose. In the beginning, wired headphones were available. However, many problems were associated with their use; the most important was less ease of mobility. Hence, they were inconvenient for people who had to move around while working or doing their chores. In this article, we will learn about connecting AirPods to HP laptop which is a device that Apple does not manufacture.
With further advancements, wireless headphones that use Bluetooth for connection were introduced. These were a great hit, but their vast and obvious problem was still there. This is when wireless handsfree, AirPods, and earbuds hit the market and took it by storm. Instead of using handsfree or headphones with their laptops, people prefer compact devices like small earbuds or AirPods.
Apple launched AirPods, and they work well with all Apple devices. They are easy to use, can be charged, and carried around everywhere. You can easily connect them with an iPhone or Macbook. AirPods can also be used on devices that Apple does not manufacture. Airpods use Bluetooth so they can connect to any device with a good Bluetooth connection.
For instance, they can be connected to an HP laptop. It is possible to connect them to both an HP laptop and Apple device and switch between them whenever necessary. They have truly revolutionized the way people connect and the surrounding world and now that you have more context about the AirPods, let’s get started!
Can Airpods be Connected to Non-Apple Devices?
Airpods are an Apple product, so they work very well with Apple devices. In addition, they can be used with any other audio device that supports Bluetooth. If the device does not have Bluetooth, a Bluetooth Dongle can be used, and the connection can be achieved. These days all modern devices come with BlueTooth, so AirPods can be used on those devices smoothly.
Since AirPods connect using Bluetooth, you just have to turn your Bluetooth ON, pair the AirPods with the laptop and then connect them. Once you have done this, they will automatically connect the next time. You can also manually connect and disconnect them whenever you want to.
Connecting AirPods to HP Laptop
Here we will look into how AirPods can be connected to the laptop without any hassle.
Before that, you need to check if your laptop supports Bluetooth. For doing that, follow these steps.
- Press the Windows key +A to open the taskbar.
- Expand the notifications; try looking for a Bluetooth icon. If you find it there, it means your laptop supports Bluetooth.
- If the icon is missing, your laptop does not support Bluetooth.
In that case, you do not need to worry. This issue has also been sorted by the advent of Bluetooth Dongles(external Bluetooth devices). So you just need to buy an external Bluetooth device. Try to buy one that can be plugged into a USB port and connect it with your laptop.
Once you are done with the Bluetooth settings, then this is all you need to do :
- Press Windows key + A to open the action center or click the Action Centre Button on your taskbar.
- Right-click Bluetooth.
- Open settings and search for Bluetooth.
- If the Bluetooth of the laptop is off, turn it on.
- Click +Add Bluetooth or other devices.
- Click Bluetooth.
- Open the case of your Airpods.
- Press and hold the button on your Airpods Case. It may be inside the case or maybe outside it.
- When the white light flashes, stop pressing the button.
- Click your AirPods in the list of available devices. They will show as headphones initially. Later they will display the name that you have assigned them.
- Wait for them to pair, then click Done.
Your AirPods have been connected to your laptop. However, they are still not ready to use but in the next section, we’ll teach you how to use them.
How to Use Airpods on HP Laptop
Using AirPods with the laptop is not the same as connecting them to it. You will need to switch audio outputs for different purposes after connecting them to the laptop. This includes doing video calls, receiving voice calls, listening to music, and watching videos. This happens automatically when the AirPods are connected for the first time, but after that, if you encounter an issue, it can be done manually too.
Below is a quick guide on how to use AirPods with a laptop. This should be followed when another device is connected to your laptop that prevents the audio output from switching automatically.
- Open the case and take out the AirPods.
- Click the speaker icon on the taskbar.
- Click on the dropdown menu.
- Select Headphones (Airpods Stereo).
- The Airpods are ready to be used on the laptop.
Why AirPods Do Not Connect to hp Laptops
If you face any issue in connecting the AirPods to your hp laptop, do not freak out. We have listed below some common problems that people face along with their solutions, do check this list if you encounter any issues.
Bluetooth Mode Not Enabled
Before connecting the AirPods to your laptop, make sure the laptop supports Bluetooth. If it does not, you will have to connect a Bluetooth device to your laptop and then proceed. If it still does not respond, then check if the Bluetooth mode has been enabled or not. Keep the AirPods shut in their case, turn the Bluetooth off, turn it on, and then try to connect again.
Bluetooth Fails to Work
In case AirPods do not work, try connecting them with a different device. If they are working fine, test the laptop’s Bluetooth connection by connecting any other headphones to it. If they do not work too, there is a Bluetooth issue. Get it fixed, and then proceed.
Bluetooth Driver Out of Date
Airpods will not connect to your device if the Bluetooth driver is not up to date with the latest version. Make sure it is updated before establishing a Bluetooth connection with Airpods.
Airpods are Unable to Pair
When trying to connect the AirPods make sure that the white light on their case is flashing. It indicates that the AirPods are in pairing mode. If this is not the case, long-press the button and release it when the white light turns on.
Airpods Connected but not Enabled
It may be the case that you have connected the AirPods to your device, but they have not been selected as the output device. If this is the case, open the Sound Control Panel and select the AirPods as the default audio output device.
Frequently Asked Questions
People face some very common issues when trying to connect and use Airpods with their laptops. We have listed some frequently asked questions and their answers to solve this issue.
My laptop does not support Bluetooth; how do I use Airpods on it?
You will have to buy a Bluetooth Dongle, preferably one that can plug into a USB port. Before buying one, make sure that it is compatible with Airpods. Then, plug it in into the USB port, after that, follow the same steps as described above.
Does automatic ear detection work with AirPods on a laptop too?
One feature that distinguishes AirPods from other devices is automatic ear detection. The audio should start playing automatically as soon as you take them out of their case and put them in the ear. On removing them, the audio should pause.
If this is not working for you, you will have to use an iPhone to solve this issue. The feature of automatic ear detection can be turned on and off. Tap on the Bluetooth in your iPhone after pairing the AirPods with it. After that, tap the “i” next to the AirPods, turn it on and then unpair it from the phone and repair it to your laptop.
Are AirPods good for gaming?
Unfortunately, the answer is no because there is too much audio delay. As a result, the action on the screen and the sounds in your ears will be out of sync. In short, the gaming session will be ruined for you due to incoherence between audio and video. So, it would help if you preferred headphones specially designed for gaming for this purpose.
We hope that if you had any questions in your mind before reading this article, they have been answered. We tried our best to address every query that might arise in your mind.
Let us do a quick recap now. For connecting AirPods to an HP laptop, you will need to turn on the Bluetooth on your laptop. Then click on add Bluetooth or other devices. Select Bluetooth. Press and hold the button on the case of your Airpods. Release the button when a white light flashes.
A list of devices will show up; select your AirPods. Click done. Do not forget to select Airpods as the audio output device on your laptop. Then, you are ready to roll. Enjoy all sorts of music and videos with excellent audio output.