Since its introduction in 2016, when AirPods were initially made available to the public, their popularity has skyrocketed. And despite the fact that they are most commonly linked with Apple customers, who want to pair them with their iPhone, iPad, or Macbook, there will be users out there who own non-Apple devices, but want to couple them with AirPods nonetheless.
Many people own HP laptops, and an equally high amount of people have Apple AirPods that they use with their iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products.
Both of these descriptions fit the situation of a relative of mine who came to me seeking advice on how to link AirPods to an HP laptop. Since I use an HP laptop myself, I could connect her AirPods to the device in about a minute.
This is a basic guide that I put up to show you how to connect your AirPods to your HP laptop. Because the procedure is, thankfully, not overly complicated, let’s get right down to business and begin it!
Can you connect AirPods to HP laptop?
It should come as no surprise that AirPods are optimized for use with other Apple products. However, there are circumstances in which making the jump from Apple to non-Apple devices is not a simple matter. The good news is that, providing both devices have a Bluetooth connection, AirPods can be used with HP laptops.
All modern laptops have Bluetooth as standard feature, but if yours doesn’t you can always get a cheap Bluetooth dongle to make the connection. If you’ve already set up Bluetooth, what else do you need to do to link your AirPods to your computer?
When an HP laptop doesn’t have Bluetooth, AirPods won’t connect to it or work with it. If your HP laptop has Bluetooth, then you can use it with any AirPods device.
How To Connect AirPods to HP Laptop
To pair your AirPods with your HP laptop, simply follow these steps:
- As a first step, activate Bluetooth on your HP laptop. Pressing the Windows key plus “A” will launch the Action Center, where we can get started.
- Select “Set as default” from the menu bar of the Bluetooth tile.
- Select “Settings” by clicking the button. The Bluetooth menu will open.
- Now, activate Bluetooth by toggling the switch near the top of the screen. If it is already activated, skip this.
- Just above the screen, select “Add Bluetooth or another device.”
- Since we want to pair a standard Bluetooth device, go ahead and click the menu option labeled “Bluetooth.”
- Please remove the top from the case containing your AirPods at this time.
- You can activate voice assistance by pressing the button on the rear of the AirPods case.
- Maintain pressure until a white flashing light appears. Keep in mind that the AirPods case light could be located on the outside or inside the case, depending on the model you have.
- Your AirPods should show up as a found device on your laptop’s Bluetooth menu. Just go ahead and tap the link.
- It may take a few minutes for the AirPods to connect properly. To complete, simply click the “Done” button.
What if Your HP Laptop Doesn’t Support Bluetooth?
There is a workaround if your HP laptop doesn’t have Bluetooth support. Use an external Bluetooth device that is compatible with your HP laptop as an option.
Your HP laptop will have a little USB Bluetooth dongle attached to its side. If you have an HP laptop and are wary of adding extra peripherals, rest assured that you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Why is there no sound when I connect my AirPods to my HP Laptop?
You may be experiencing problems with either the AirPods or the HP laptop’s Bluetooth functionality if you cannot pair the two devices.
A lack of Bluetooth functionality
Verify that your laptop can connect to Bluetooth devices. To see whether they will connect, try turning Bluetooth off and on in the charging case. The charging cover for your AirPods must have a white light. A reliable Bluetooth connection is essential not only for audio playback but also in the event that you lose or misplace your AirPods.
A working Bluetooth connection cannot be made if the Bluetooth driver on your laptop is out of date. Please download the most recent drivers from HP’s support page to resolve this issue.
Poor input volume controls
The Speaker mode may be activated for your audio output device. Select Headphones (AirPods Stereo) in the Sound Settings menu as the default device. To address this matter, proceed to Step 2 of the aforementioned guidelines.
In order to use your laptop’s Bluetooth capabilities, you must first enable them in the system’s settings by clicking the Bluetooth & other devices option.
For a successful Bluetooth connection, ensure that your AirPods have a full charge. Get the AirPods out of their case and push the pairing button.
Connect the AirPods to your HP computer once more. When the gadgets successfully connect, you’ll hear a brief beep.
In the Sound Control Panel, select Headphones (AirPod stereo) as the audio input if AirPods won’t connect to your laptop.