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Do you own Apple Airpods? If so, you most likely enjoy their superior sound quality and hands-free convenience. But what if you want to use them with your Dell or HP laptop?

Like most people, you probably want to enjoy using your laptop with your Airpods. It means that you can take advantage of the amazing sound quality they offer. But can you connect Airpods to Dell or HP laptops? This is a question that many people are asking.

In this blog post, we will take a look at whether or not it is possible to connect Airpods to these types of laptops and explore the various ways in which you can do so.

Can you connect Airpods to Dell or HP laptops?

Yes, you can connect your Airpods to your dell or HP laptop. Although Airpods are made for Apple products, you can still connect them to devices from other brands. But to do this, it requires a Bluetooth connection. In essence, you can pair your Airpods to your dell or HP laptop using the laptop's Bluetooth connection.

In other to show the process you can use to connect your Airpods to your dell or HP laptop, we will explain them separately as there is a slight difference when connecting your Airpods to your dell laptop and when connecting it to your HP laptop.

Note: Before pairing your Airpods to either of the laptops, you need to disconnect them from all other devices including your iPhone. This is because pairing your Airpods to laptops while your Airpods are connected to another device can hinder the connection process.

How to connect Airpods to Dell laptop

Before connecting your Airpods to your dell laptop, make sure both devices are fully charged. After that, follow these steps;

  1. Open the START menu on your laptop and type SETTINGS. Select the app once it appears, or you can press WINDOWS + I (on Windows 10) on your keyboard as a shortcut to take you there.
  2. Choose devices on the settings menu.
  3. If your laptop has an in-built Bluetooth device, you will see BLUETOOTH & OTHER DEVICES option. If it doesn't, you will have to get a Bluetooth dongle, install it and turn it on.
  4. Click on the BLUETOOTH & OTHER DEVICES.
  5. Other devices or Add Bluetooth will pop up. Select BLUETOOTH.
  6. Pick up your Airpods and press hold the button behind the case until the light on your Airpods starts blinking white. This signifies that it has been placed in pairing mode.
  7. Go to your laptop in ADD A DEVICE menu, select your Airpods name and click on connect. You will be notified once your device is connected. You can now play music or watch movies on your dell laptop using your Airpods as your headphones.

Note: Your Airpods information will be stored on your laptop to pair automatically anytime you try connecting them again.

How to connect Airpods to HP laptop

  1. Go to your laptop's taskbar and click on the ACTION CENTER BUTTON or press WINDOWS BUTTON + A to open the Action Center.
  2. Right-click on Bluetooth and tap on GO TO SETTINGS.
  3. Click the Bluetooth toggle to turn it on. Then select ADD BLUETOOTH OR OTHER DEVICE.
  4. Click BLUETOOTH.
  5. Get your Airpods in the case and open the case.
  6. Press and hold the button behind the Airpods case
  7. Release the button once the light shines white which signifies it’s in pairing mode.
  8. In the list of discovered devices, select your Airpods, then wait a bit for the Airpods to connect to your laptop and click DONE.
Airpods connected to a HP laptop

Likely issues to face when connecting your Airpods to your Dell or HP laptops

When trying to connect your Airpods to your dell or HP laptops, you might face some issues even after following the steps listed above. Here are some likely issues you might face and how you can solve them;

Airpods are not connecting to your Dell or HP laptop

If your device doesn't connect, you need to check your laptop's Bluetooth, the Airpods, or both devices. Also, ensure that the connecting devices all have adequate charges.

Outdated drivers

Your Bluetooth connection can become unstable if your drivers are outdated, stopping the connection between your Airpods and laptop. So check if they are outdated. Then, go online to download the latest drivers.

Malfunctioning Bluetooth connection

Your Bluetooth might be malfunctioning, and such, you won't be able to connect your devices. To solve this, restart the Bluetooth on both devices. Also, reset the pairing mode as well to fix the Bluetooth malfunctioning.

How long do Airpods take to charge? (Answered)
Airpods take an average of 30mins to 1 hour to charge from 0-100%. If you’re using a wireless charger, it might take a bit longer.

Your Airpods are not appearing on the list of available Bluetooth devices on your Dell or HP laptop

If your Airpods are on and not showing on the list of available Bluetooth devices on your laptop, you need to refresh the Bluetooth on both devices:

  1. Turn off the Bluetooth device on your Dell or HP laptop
  2. Turn off the connection on your Airpods by putting them back in their charging case and closing it.
  3. Enable the Bluetooth on your Dell or HP laptop.
  4. Grab your Airpods and restart the pairing mode as outlined earlier.

These should solve the problem, but if it doesn't, try connecting the devices to other Bluetooth devices to test and be sure the Bluetooth is working. (i.e. Dell or HP laptop with another Bluetooth device and your Airpods to a mobile phone.)

If either your Airpods or laptop can't connect with other devices, then you need to repair or replace the Bluetooth component in them. Take the device to an authorized technician to do this for you.

Airpods connected an iPhone being placed on a Laptop 

My Airpods produce patchy or static audio

Once you connect your Airpods to your Dell or HP laptop successfully and the audio that comes in is patchy or static, this means that you are too far from your laptop, which might be outside the Bluetooth recommended range of 30 feet, depending on the type of Airpods you have and the strength of your laptop's Bluetooth.

The patchy audio or static problem might also mean that you are separated from your laptop by an obstacle like a wall or other source of interference.

To stop this audio problem to enjoy the flow of your music while watching a movie, all you have to do is to be within the stipulated range the Bluetooth can reach. To be sure of the range, you can check the Bluetooth documentation for that particular device.

You should also try to avoid any obstacle in front of you that may be causing interference from your Dell or HP laptop to your Airpods.

Can you answer calls with Airpods? (Answered)
Yes, you can use your Airpods (all generations) and Airpods pro to answer phone calls and even video calls. The steps to follow in other to make use of your Airpods to answer calls are straightforward.

Frequently asked questions when connecting Airpods to Dell or HP laptop

Q. Will my Airpods work as smoothly on my Dell or HP laptop as they do for MacBook?

A. No, your Airpods won't work as smoothly on your Dell or HP laptop as it does for MacBook. This is because Airpods are originally designed for Apple products. Apple's eco-system is known for its pairing and stable connection with other Apple devices.

This doesn't mean that Airpods are not good for your Dell or HP laptops. They work fine. But the long process you take to connect your Airpods to your Dell or HP laptop will happen in a few steps for your MacBook.

Q. Will my Airpods die faster when I connect them to my Dell or HP laptop?

A. Yes, your Airpods will die faster than usual when you connect them to your Dell or HP laptop. This is because they manage power differently when working with devices from other brands since Airpods are designed to work better on Apple products.

But this doesn't mean you won't enjoy a long-lasting battery life. It's just that the battery life will die faster compared to when you use your Airpods with a MacBook. For instance, if it takes 3 hours for your Airpods to power to be exhausted when connected to a MacBook, it will take about two and a half hours when connected to your dell or HP laptop.

Q. Do Airpods work well with Dell or HP laptops?

A. Yes, your Airpods work well when connected to your dell or HP laptops. You still get to enjoy the good sound quality of Airpods.

Q. Will using my Airpods with my Dell or HP laptop decrease the life span?

A. No, it won't affect it, although the Airpods tend to die faster when connected to a Dell or HP laptop. You should know that Airpods are made of lithium-ion batteries, which means that every time you charge it, it reduces the life span of the battery. So it does not matter if you use the Airpods with a Chromebook, MacBook, iPhone, Android device, Dell, or HP laptop,  your Airpods lifespan will reduce with time.

Q. How to disconnect my Airpods from my Dell or HP laptop?

A. Disconnecting your Airpods from your dell or HP laptop is easier than connecting. Since you connected through your Bluetooth, all you need to do is turn off your Bluetooth on your Dell or HP laptop. Another way you can disconnect your Airpods from your dell or HP laptop is by returning the Airpods to their case and closing it. This will disconnect the Airpods and it will begin charging.

Wrap Up

In conclusion, it is possible to connect your Airpods to your Dell or HP laptop. This article explained in detail the steps to do so and also suggested remedies to likely issues you might encounter to connect your Airpods to a Dell or HP laptop.

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading.

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