Any Apple product running on iOS 10 or later is compatible with AirPods, but you aren’t locked in to only using them with Apple devices. You can also link up non-Apple products, such as Android devices. Once you connect your device to your AirPods, it offers instant and consistent connectivity. The AirPods also work across all Apple products via your iCloud username without the need for individual device setup.
The setup to connect AirPods to the iPhone is simple. You open your iPhone to the home screen, open your Apple AirPods case and hold the AirPods over your iPhone. Voila! A setup screen appears, and you follow the steps to connect. Once your Apple AirPods are set up to connect to your iPhone, they will automatically connect to your MacBook as well. All you have to do is go to the MacBook's volume control and select your AirPods.
If you don't have an iPhone, the steps for the MacBook setup are still very easy. Open your AirPods case and press and hold the external button. Once the status light flashes white, go to your MacBook's Apple Menu, navigate to System Preferences and click on Bluetooth to connect to your Apple AirPods.
For non-Apple devices, you can use Bluetooth to manually connect your Apple AirPods. For Android phones, turn on your phone's Bluetooth and then go to Settings, Connected Devices and then Bluetooth. Open your AirPods case, press the button on the back and hold the two devices together. The AirPods should show up under Devices. For non-Apple laptops and computers, the steps should be similar. Turn on your computer's Bluetooth, press the white button on your Apple AirPods charging case and wait for the device to show up in your laptop or computer's device section.