AirPods are amazing portable earbuds that enable you to connect to other smart devices without any obstruction and offer great sound. Do you have a Zoom meeting, and you would love to use your AirPods for the call? Then, this article is just for you as we will walk you down how to connect AirPods to Zoom using a PC and Mac.
Connecting AirPods to Zoom can be done via several devices like PC, Mac, and smartphones depending on where you are expecting the Zoom call. Always ensure your AirPods are connected with your PC or smartphone first before you connect your AirPods to Zoom.
If you are using a PC or Mac, you will see a Setting in Zoom right under Audio to switch to AirPod. For smartphones, it’s usually automatic.
In case you encounter any problems while trying on how to connect AirPods to Zoom on your PC or Mac, you can try out the troubleshooting steps listed in the later part of this article. It could be that you can’t hear audio via your AirPods, or use the microphone, and the sound quality may be really bad, well all will be solved right here if you follow through to the end.
How to Connect AirPods to Zoom
If you are using a smartphone for your Zoom meeting, then you can follow the simple steps below to connect AirPods to Zoom by following:
- On your iPhone or iPad, open the Zoom app.
- Click on the three lines in the top left corner of the Zoom app.
- Select AirPods.
- Click on Pair AirPods.
- Now, follow the on-screen instructions to finish the pairing process.
This is all about pairing AirPods to Zoom using your smartphones. I hope you got the process on how to connect AirPods to Zoom. If yes, try it out!
How to Choose your AirPods in Zoom
Even after pairing or connecting your AirPods to your device, it may still be required that you manually select them as your audio devices on Zoom. Since the Microphone and Speaker are different settings on Zoom.
The Microphone is the device that transmits your voice to other people on the call while the Speaker is the device that plays the call’s audio back to you. Follow the steps below to select your AirPods in Zoom:
- Open Settings >> Preferences >> Audio in the Zoom app.
- Check the device listed beside the Microphone and Speaker headings.
- If your AirPods are listed beside both headings, then it implies that all your Zoom audio settings have been directed to them.
- Open the dropdown Menu and choose your particular AirPods in case a different device is listed as the Microphone or Speaker.
Very easy and direct. I am sure you’ve been able to select your AirPods in Zoom.
How to Connect AirPods to Zoom Meeting using Mac
To connect AirPods with Zoom, you need to pair your AirPods first to your device and change your Zoom settings to be able to use the particular AirPods. These steps explain how to connect AirPods to Zoom using Mac, however, the steps are generally the same when using Windows and other devices.
The primary difference is basically how you connect the AirPods to your smart device. Once you can successfully pair the two devices, the Zoom settings are the same. However, you don’t need to change Zoom Settings on smartphones and tablets, simply set your device’s audio output to the AirPods. Follow the steps below:
- Begin by tapping on the Apple Menu in the top-left corner of your screen and choose System Preferences.
- Tap on Bluetooth.
- Place your AirPods in pairing mode by clicking the button on the case.
- Once they appear in the Bluetooth settings window, click on Connect.
- With your AirPods connected, it’s time to set Zoom to use them.
- Begin by opening Zoom.
- Click on the gear icon on the main Zoom screen.
- Now, in the Speaker section, tap on the drop-down and tap on your AirPods.
- To verify that Zoom is sending audio to your AirPods, click on Test Speaker.
- In case you hear any sound, continue, if not, check the troubleshooting steps in the later part of this article.
- Repeat the same process in the Microphone section, choose AirPods from the drop-down and then tap on Test Mic.
- Once these steps have been completed, Zoom will then send audio to the AirPods and listen to the AirPods mic when you speak.
- Finally, you are ready to join your Zoom call (click on Join with Computer Audio once the meeting begins) and enjoy your meeting using your AirPods!
Although the instructions above are for Mac users, you can also use AirPods with any device that supports Bluetooth audio such as smartphones, tablets, and Windows PCs. This is how to connect AirPods to Zoom using Mac.
Can’t Connect AirPods to Zoom? Try these Fixes!
Have you followed the steps above and you still can’t connect AirPods to Zoom, or the connection is working but the audio quality is poor, then you can try these troubleshooting steps below:
Make sure your AirPods are connected to the correct device: Since AirPods can be connected to different types of devices, if you can’t get Zoom audio to them, ensure they are connected to the device that you are using for the Zoom call.
Set AirPods as System Audio Output: In case you can’t hear Zoom audio in your AirPods, you can try setting your device’s system audio output to that of the AirPods. Once you’ve been able to do this, all audio from your device goes to the AirPods, and not just Zoom audio alone.
- If you have a Mac, tap on the Speaker icon in the top left corner >> AirPods.
- While on Windows, click the Speaker icon in the bottom right >> AirPods.
- On iPhone and iPad, go to Control Center >> long press the top right corner of the music controls >> AirPods.
- On Android, begin playing music >> swipe down to open notifications >> circle icon in music controls >> AirPods.
Switch Bluetooth On and Off: In case your AirPods won’t connect to your device properly, turn off the Bluetooth, and wait for a few seconds, then turn it back on again. After this reset, your AirPods should connect to Zoom now.
Unpair and re-pair your AirPods: If your AirPods won’t connect to your smart device at all, then you may need to set them up again. You can do this by deleting them from your device’s Bluetooth settings and then following the connection process all over again.
Restart your AirPods if only one AirPod is Working: This occurs more often than expected, once you encounter the issue of only one AirPod working, you can try the following steps to get the other to work again. Restarting helps to solve connectivity problems:
- Long-press on the circular button behind your AirPods for about 15 seconds.
- You will see the status light blink amber light, followed by a white light.
An alternative easy way to reset your AirPods is to utilize your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings. Follow the steps below to achieve this:
- Place your AirPods in the charging case and wait for a few seconds.
- Open your iPhone’s Bluetooth Settings.
- Tap on the ‘i’ icon close to your AirPods name and select “Forget This Device”.
Now, your AirPods have been successfully reset. To pair them with your iPhone again, you can follow the steps below:
- Open the Bluetooth Settings.
- Activate Bluetooth.
- Open the charging case and long-press on the circular settings button behind the case until the status light flashes white.
- You will receive a message on your iPhone.
- Click on “Pair” and put on your AirPods.
- That’s it!
Clean your AirPods and their charging case: If your AirPods and charging case are dirty with debris and dirt particles, this can cause connectivity issues since your AirPods won’t be able to touch the connection pins inside the charging case.
Make use of a lint-free cloth with 70% isopropyl alcohol to thoroughly clean your AirPods and charging case. Check if this fixes the issue.
Charge your AirPods: Your AirPods may not connect to Zoom because they are not charged. One way to know if your AirPods are dead or not is to check the status light inside the charging case. The colour it’s blinking will tell you if you are to charge it or not.
This is how to connect AirPods to Zoom without any hassle. I hope this article answers all your questions on how to fix AirPods that won’t connect to Zoom also. Feel free to share your experience in the section below.