How to Connect AirPods to Zoom – This article explains how to use AirPods with Zoom for meetings, and what to do when things aren’t working.
How to Connect AirPods to Zoom – What To Know
- Pair the AirPods: Apple menu > System Preferences > Bluetooth > AirPods in pairing mode > Connect.
- In Zoom, select gear icon > Speaker > AirPods > Test Speaker > Microphone > AirPods > Test Mic.
How to Use AirPods With a Zoom Meeting
To use AirPods with Zoom, all you need to do is connect the AirPods to your device and change your Zoom settings to use the AirPods.
These instructions explain how to do this using a Mac, but the basic ideas are the same on Windows and other devices. The main difference is how you connect the AirPods to your device. Once you’ve done that, the Zoom settings are the same.
Start by opening the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting System Preferences.
Put your AirPods in pairing mode by pressing the button on the case.
When they appear in the Bluetooth settings window, select Connect.
With your AirPods connected, it’s time to set Zoom to use them. Start by opening Zoom.
Stating with this step, the rest of the instructions in this section apply whether you’re on a Mac or Windows. On smartphones and tablets, you don’t need to change Zoom settings—just set your device’s audio output to the AirPods.
On the main Zoom screen, select the gear icon.
In the Speaker section, select the drop down and choose your AirPods.
To confirm that Zoom is sending audio to your AirPods, select Test Speaker. If you hear sound, continue. If not, check the troubleshooting tips later in this article.
Repeat the process in the Microphone section: select AirPods from the drop down and then choose Test Mic.
With these steps completed, Zoom will now send audio to the AirPods and listen to the AirPods mic when you speak. You’re ready to join your Zoom call (select Join with Computer Audio when the meeting starts) and enjoy using your AirPods.
While the instructions above are for Mac users, you can use AirPods with any device that supports Bluetooth audio. That includes smartphones, tablets, and Windows PCs. If you need to, check out our step-by-step instructions for how to connect AirPods to an iPhone, how to connect AirPods to a Windows 10 PC or a Windows 11 PC, and how to connect AirPods to Android.
How to Fix Problems with AirPods and Zoom
If you’ve followed the steps above and aren’t able to use AirPods with Zoom, or the connection works but the audio quality is poor, try these troubleshooting steps:
- Ensure the AirPods are connected to the right device. AirPods can be connected to all kinds of devices. If you not getting Zoom audio to them, make sure they’re connected to the device that you’re using for the Zoom call.
- Set AirPods as System Audio Output. If you’re not hearing Zoom audio in your AirPods, try setting your device’s system audio output to the AirPods. When you do this, all audio from your device goes to the AirPods, not just Zoom audio. On a Mac, select the speaker icon in the top-left corner > AirPods. On Windows, select the speaker icon in the bottom-right > AirPods. On iPhone and iPad, open Control Center > long press the top-right corner of the music controls > AirPods. On Android, start playing music > swipe down to open notifications > circle icon in music controls > AirPods.
- Toggle Bluetooth on and off. If your AirPods aren’t connecting to your device properly, try turning Bluetooth off, waiting a few seconds, and turning it back on again. After a reset, things should work.
- Unpair and re-pair AirPods. If your AirPods won’t connect to your device at all, you may need to set them up again. Delete them from your device’s Bluetooth settings and then follow the connection process again.
- Only one of the AirPods works. This happens more often than we’d like, but if only one AirPod is working, try these steps to get the other working again.
Need more help with your AirPods? We’ve got AirPods troubleshooting tips for AirPods that are too quiet, AirPods that won’t charge, and AirPods that won’t reset.