AirPods have revolutionized how you can enjoy music, podcasts, and talk on the phone through Bluetooth technology. They have made it easier to work from home or simply listen to your favorite songs, that is when you can successfully connect them. Many users understandably struggle with how to connect AirPods to a Dell laptop.
To connect AirPods to a Dell laptop, you need to press the pairing mode button on the back of the AirPod charging case. Turn on the Bluetooth connection on your Dell laptop through the Settings or Action menu so that it can connect your AirPods. Select the Devices tab, scroll through the list and choose your AirPods to connect them.
Check to see if your AirPods are fully charged if you struggle to connect them to your Dell laptop. Make sure that your Dell laptop drivers are up to date or else the Bluetooth connection may not work. Follow along as we explore how to connect AirPods to a Dell laptop.
Why Won’t my AirPods Connect to my Dell Laptop?
The main reason your AirPods won’t connect to your Dell laptop is that your Bluetooth connection is turned off. AirPods rely on a Bluetooth connection to pair with a Dell laptop because they are wireless. They will also fail to connect to your Dell Laptop if the pairing mode on your Apple Airpods is turned off.
Older Dell laptops may be unable to connect with your AirPods if the drivers aren’t up to date. You may need to update your laptop or contact Dell for assistance if you are unable to install the new drivers. Otherwise, you could have simply skipped a step and you’ll need to start from scratch to connect your AirPods to your Dell laptop.
How to Connect AirPods to Dell Laptop Windows 10
You can easily connect AirPods to a Dell Laptop with Windows 10 in 1-2 minutes. Make sure that you have your AirPods out and your laptop open so that you can pair them. Charge your AirPods before you attempt to connect them to your Dell laptop or it won’t work.
1. Turn on Bluetooth Connection
The first step is to turn on your Dell laptop’s Bluetooth connection. Pull up the Action menu on your laptop to locate the Bluetooth settings. Otherwise, you can simply enter your laptop’s settings and select the Devices option to pull up Bluetooth.
Scroll through the devices menu, select Bluetooth, and toggle it on to enable the function. You can quickly enter the settings if you press Windows + I at the same time on your keyboard. Once you’ve turned on the Bluetooth setting, you will be able to connect any Bluetooth-enabled device.
2. Turn on AirPod Pairing Mode
You can’t connect AirPods to your Dell laptop until you turn on the pairing mode. The pairing mode button is located on the back of the AirPod’s charging case. Simply press the button until you see the case light up and your AirPods will be in pairing mode.
3. Pair AirPods
Reopen the settings menu on your Dell laptop to connect your AirPods to the computer’s Bluetooth. Pull up the Devices bar and you will be able to find your AirPods on the list. You may need to scroll through the list for a moment if there are multiple Bluetooth-enabled devices in the area.
Select your AirPods and listen for the notification sound that will tell you that it’s connected to your Dell laptop.
They should connect right away unless there is something wrong with your laptop or AirPods. The most likely explanation is that your AirPods aren’t adequately charged. Otherwise, your AirPods should now be connected to your Dell laptop.
Do AirPods die Faster Connected to a Laptop?
AirPods generally die faster when you connect them to a Dell laptop or any computer brand besides Apple. For example, you may get up to 5 hours of listening time if you pair your AirPods with an Apple iPhone or Mac laptop.
The same AirPods may only last for one hour at a full charge when you connect them to a Dell laptop.
Luckily, you won’t shorten the overall lifespan of your AirPods when you connect them to a Dell laptop.
The batter will drain faster at the time, however, and you will have to charge them in 1-2 hours in most cases. It isn’t harmful to your AirPods to connect them to a Dell laptop or another brand besides Apple.
Charge your AirPods to 100% before you connect them to your Dell laptop for the longest listening time.
Keep in mind that your AirPods will also die faster if you are on a video call on your laptop. That is because the video call will utilize the microphone if you enable it which drains the battery quickly.
AirPods Connected to Dell Laptop But No Sound
You should be able to hear the sound if your AirPods are connected to your Dell laptop, but that’s not always the case. AirPods that are low on battery or completely dead won’t be able to able to produce sound.
Test your AirPods with another Bluetooth-enabled device to see if the problem is with your laptop. I’ve previously had to troubleshoot my AirPods sounding muffled, which was due to the mesh speaker being dirty.
The problem is with your AirPods if they won’t work with any Bluetooth device. In that case, turn the pairing mode and charge your AirPods to full battery life. Sometimes, you will simply need to adjust the volume on your laptop to hear sound through your AirPods.
For example, some laptops will automatically mute when you switch to AirPods or wired headphones. Find the volume control on your laptop and increase it to see if you can hear the sound through the AirPods.
Why do my AirPods Keep Disconnecting From my Dell Laptop?
Your AirPods will keep disconnecting from your Dell laptop if you have a weak Wi-Fi connection. They can also keep disconnecting if your AirPods are old, damaged, or low on battery. Minimize how many programs you run on your laptop if your AirPods keep disconnecting.
Otherwise, you may be behind on Windows updates on your Dell laptop. Contact Dell support to find out if you need to update your drivers so that your laptop is compatible with AirPods.
How to Turn off Pairing Mode on AirPods
Sometimes, you need to turn off the pairing mode on AirPods to refresh them. This can help you connect them to your Dell laptop if they won’t pair even when the Bluetooth is turned on. Otherwise, you may want to turn off pairing mode on AirPods to simply disconnect from a particular device.
All that you need to do is press the pairing mode button on the back of the to turn it off. Press the button to turn it back on again to reset the AirPods if you want to reconnect to your Dell laptop. Always remember to turn off pairing mode when you are done with your AirPods so that Bluetooth devices can’t connect to them.
So, How Do I Connect My Airpods?
You can connect AirPods to a Dell laptop whether you have Windows 7 or 10 as long as you have a Bluetooth connection.
Open the settings on your Dell laptop and enable the Bluetooth connection to get started. Next, you need to press the pairing mode button on the back of your AirPod charging case so that they are ready to connect.
Select the Devices tab in your settings and scroll through it until you find your AirPods. Connect to your AirPods and you will hear a sound indicating that the devices are paired.
Make sure that the volume is up on your laptop if your AirPods are connected but you hear no sounds.
Turn off the Bluetooth connection on your laptop and disable the pairing mode on your AirPods if they won’t connect.
Retry the process or update the drivers on your laptop if you can’t pair your Airpods with your Dell laptop. Otherwise, you may need to recharge your AirPods and try again or replace them if they are damaged.