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Can Apple AirPods connect to the Apple Watch?

No headphone jack, no problem.

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Whether you are a fan of Apple products or not, their decision to remove headphone jacks and introduce wireless headphones is slowly starting to be the industry standard. Almost every device releasing today regardless of whether its an Apple device or not supports AirPods.

You can simply pair your AirPods via Bluetooth or if you have an Apple device you can use the iCloud service to link your devices. But the question still remains:

Does Apple’s very own Apple Watch support AirPods?

  • Short answer: Yes, but you’ll need to be running watchOS 3 or later

Now, basically, there are two ways in which you can connect your Apple AirPods to Apple Watch. One method is using Bluetooth which is very basic, all you need to do is pair it normally like you would do any other device.

The other method is using iCloud. Both of these methods are listed below. Now, Remember these methods will only work if your Apple Watch is running watchOS 3 or later. So make sure you double check that before you proceed to the rest of the guide.

How to connect AirPods to the Apple Watch using Bluetooth

Place your AirPods back in the charging case and open the lid

  1. Press and hold the circular setup button on the back near the bottom of the charging case until the status light starts blinking white.
  2. Turn ON Bluetooth from Settings and select your AirPods from the list of nearby Bluetooth devices.
  3. Once you see the status changing from “Pairing” to “Paired,” You are good to go.

How to connect AirPods to the Apple Watch iCloud

Want to connect your AirPods to your Apple Watch via iCloud? You can totally do that – here’s how:

Sign in to your iCloud account

  1. Swipe up on your main watch face to access the Apple Watch Control Center and change the Airplay Audio output by clicking on the AirPlay Button. The button will look like this:
  2. Select your AirPods from the list of Audio Output Devices

POTENTIAL ERROR MESSAGE: Connection Failed, make sure your AirPods is turned on and in range”

Fix: In case you stumble upon a Connection Failed, make sure your AirPods is turned on and in range” Error

  1. Go back to the Control Center, Turn ON Airplane mode
  2. Wait until you see the Disconnected status message at the top of the Screen.
  3. Turn OFF Airplane mode.
  4. Repeat the Steps 1 to 2 and Voila! Your devices are now Connected and you can now enjoy your Music.
  5. Make sure to turn off the Airplane mode before you try to reconnect your AirPods.

Still not working? Make sure:

  • The Apple Watch is running watchOS 3 or above and the Airplane Mode is OFF.
  • The AirPods are in pairing mode. (Press and Hold the button on the AirPods case to initiate pairing mode.)
  • The AirPods are in the range of few feet to your Apple Watch.
  • The Apple Watch isn’t paired to any other Bluetooth device other than your Phone.

Now, these are some ways in which you can connect your AirPods to your Apple Watch. Hopefully, Apple will acknowledge the annoying Connection Failed bug in the coming updates.

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