Fri. Dec 9th, 2022
How to use AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or AirPods with an Android smartphone


Although they are produced by Apple, AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max are not limited to Tim Cook’s corporate ecosystem. They can be connected to an Android smartphone to use as a Bluetooth headset. That said, you will lose some native functionality. This guide explains everything.

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The new design of the shaft also incorporates the controls of the AirPods Pro // Source: Louise Audry for Numerama

Are AirPods compatible with Android?

Like AirPods and AirPods Pro, Apple’s AirPods Max offer the best experience on iOS or macOS, with an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac. That said, Apple headphones and earphones remain traditional Bluetooth devices. If you want to take advantage of its multiple qualities on Android (Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Google, etc.) for example, it is quite possible.

This guide explains how to pair them … and what you lose by using them outside of the home ecosystem.

How to use AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or AirPods with an Android smartphone

AirPods Pro

Source: Apple

How to use AirPods (Pro, Max) on Android

First of all, you will have to pair your AirPods with your smartphone. On iOS, it’s simple: just open the box. On Android, it’s a bit more complex.

  • On your smartphone go to settings, then on the Bluetooth tab.
  • Activate the search for available devices.
  • Open the case of your AirPods Pro (or AirPods).
  • Press the button on the back, under “Assembled in China” until the LED on the front flashes.
  • Normally the headphones are ready to pair and you can connect them to your Android smartphone.

Now you can use AirPods and AirPods Pro on your Android smartphone for calls, watching movies or series. You can also use the button on the bar to switch from transparency mode to active noise reduction mode.

For AirPods Max, the method differs a bit.

  • On your smartphone go to settings, then on the Bluetooth tab.
  • Activate the search for available devices.
  • printing Press and hold the noise reduction control button until the LED blinks white.
  • Normally the headset is ready to pair.

Having said that, especially with the AirPods Pro and Max, you will lose several things.

What does not work with Android

Unfortunately, several things don’t work natively on Android with AirPods or AirPods Pro, although apps like The activation wizard allows you to restore some functionalities.

  • Music turn off (and noise reduction) when earphone removal is not supported.
  • The buttons they are not configurable, but you can set them on an iOS device and then keep the functions on Android.
  • Say Siri OK Google does not replace it and activating the Google Assistant cannot be done natively.
  • Intermediate mode is not available : You can’t use AirPods without noise reduction and transparency mode.
  • The remaining battery screen is not visible.
  • Music sharing is not available – You cannot “share” a song played on AirPods with someone who also has your AirPods.

If that doesn’t put you off and you count on the developer community to restore functionality in the coming months, The AirPods Pro are available at € 279 with promotions of around € 250. The AirPods are priced around € 160. AirPods Max are expensive, but still lost a hundred dollars since launch.

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