How to connect wireless headphones to your phone

We tell you how to con­nect wire­less head­phones to any smart­phone, whether Air­Pods will work with an Android phone and how to solve con­nec­tion prob­lems
How to connect wireless headphones to your phone
How to con­nect wire­less head­phones to your phone. Pho­to: pixabay.com

Wire­less head­phones are one of the most con­ve­nient inven­tions of the 21st cen­tu­ry, which solved the prob­lem of laces con­stant­ly tan­gling in your pock­et or back­pack. Now those who want to be con­stant­ly in touch, lis­ten to music and audio­books on the road or while play­ing sports, choose from a large assort­ment of Blue­tooth head­sets. And no mat­ter what devices you buy, con­nect­ing wire­less head­phones to your phone is not dif­fi­cult, the man­u­fac­tur­ers have tried to make this process as intu­itive as pos­si­ble. But a begin­ner can be fright­ened by dif­fi­cul­ties and even seem like signs of a break­down. We tell you how to con­nect wire­less head­phones to a smart­phone on Android or iPhone and present a step-by-step instruc­tion explain­ing all the tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties.

Step-by-step instructions for connecting wireless headphones for Android

So, you bought brand new blue­tooth head­phones and can’t wait for the very minute when you can try them out in action. But there is no need to rush: if you rush to con­nect them to the phone, just tak­ing them out of the pack­age, there is a high prob­a­bil­i­ty of encoun­ter­ing the first error: the head­phones may not be charged, then they will quick­ly turn off, the phone will not see them, or they will not turn on at all. There­fore, the first rule: we charge the device. As soon as the charg­ing indi­ca­tor lights up steadi­ly, you can turn off the head­phones. Then turn on Blue­tooth on your phone. This can be done in the set­tings, or in the pop-up top pan­el, by long press­ing on the icon with a styl­ized let­ter B.

After the “blue tooth” has turned on on the phone, acti­vate the head­phones. To do this, press the pow­er but­ton, and then long press the Blue­tooth acti­va­tion but­ton. The indi­ca­tor, if present, should flash. On your phone, in the cor­re­spond­ing sec­tion, select the option — Search for devices. After some time, the smart­phone will prompt you to select one of the found gad­gets. Most often, you can rec­og­nize your head­phones by name. If you pur­chased a Chi­nese device, then the name may be long and incom­pre­hen­si­ble. Just turn off your device and see what dis­ap­pears from the screen.



After you man­aged to find your head­phones, click direct­ly on them — you will be prompt­ed to con­nect them to your smart­phone. Agree. The select­ed device should appear in the top list of estab­lished con­nec­tions. It will say “Con­nect­ed” next to it. In most cas­es, the state of charge of the head­phones will be reflect­ed in the same line.

If you have head­phones in a case, then keep in mind: it is bet­ter to open the lid after you turn on the net­work on the device, wait­ing for the ready indi­ca­tor to appear.

Step by step instructions for iPhone

Con­nect­ing Apple gad­gets to head­phones is not much dif­fer­ent. Turn them on first, then Blue­tooth in your phone set­tings. After that, select your device in the list of found equip­ment and allow the con­nec­tion.

Most often, Air­Pods are used with the iPhone, which allow you to use Siri remote­ly. In this case, first make sure your smart­phone soft­ware is up to date. For exam­ple, the Pro ver­sion of the gad­get will only work with iOS above ver­sion 13.2, the 2nd gen­er­a­tion will only con­nect with a device on iOS 12.2 and above.

Head­phones Apple Air­Pods. Pho­to: pixabay.com

Fur­ther, the sequence of actions is sim­i­lar. Turn on Blue­tooth on your phone, place the ear­phone case next to your smart­phone, and open it. An ani­ma­tion will appear on the screen, click Con­nect. If you have a Pro ver­sion, instruc­tions will appear next. With the 1st and 2nd gen­er­a­tion, every­thing is eas­i­er. If Siri is not con­fig­ured, then after con­nect­ing, the phone will prompt you to do this.

Are AirPods compatible with an Android smartphone?

When con­nect­ed to an Android smart­phone, Air­Pods will be no dif­fer­ent from reg­u­lar wire­less head­phones. If your phone has Blue­tooth, feel free to con­nect these head­phones. But for greater con­ve­nience, var­i­ous appli­ca­tions may be need­ed. For exam­ple, Air­Bat­tery or Assis­tant Trig­ger will help you deter­mine if you have put head­phones in your ear to auto­mat­i­cal­ly start broad­cast­ing audio. Also, the pro­gram can deter­mine the charge of the cov­er and the “ears” them­selves.

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The fol­low­ing func­tions will be unavail­able to the user:

  • Siri
  • inter­rup­tion of audio record­ing after the ear­piece is removed from the ear;
  • it is impos­si­ble to con­trol the charge and man­age the ener­gy con­sump­tion of the smart­phone.

Con­nect­ing your Air­Pods to your Android phone is easy. Also turn on Blue­tooth on your phone, then open the cov­er of the charg­ing case. Press the but­ton on its back and wait until the charge indi­ca­tor flash­es white. Head­phones will appear in the list of avail­able devices, con­nect to them.

Popular questions and answers

While con­nect­ing wire­less head­phones to your phone is a sim­ple task, the process can be tricky.



Why the con­nec­tion may not be estab­lished
For exam­ple, you do every­thing accord­ing to the rules, the device appeared in the list of avail­able for Blue­tooth con­nec­tion, but the con­nec­tion does not occur. Or your gad­get does not appear in this list at all. There may be sev­er­al rea­sons for this: 1. If you turned on the head­phones, but they do not appear in the list, try press­ing the con­nec­tion but­ton on them again. If this does not help, turn off the gad­get and turn it on again. Then try turn­ing off Blue­tooth on your phone and turn­ing it back on by man­u­al­ly search­ing for near­by devices. Also try to place the head­phones as close to the phone as pos­si­ble, espe­cial­ly for the first con­nec­tion. 2. If the head­phones are list­ed but not pair­ing, check if they are already con­nect­ed to anoth­er device near­by. If a con­nec­tion is already estab­lished with anoth­er smart­phone, tablet, com­put­er, or TV, a sec­ond con­nec­tion can­not be made. You need to find this device and turn off Blue­tooth on it, then the con­nec­tion will break and you can con­nect to anoth­er gad­get. If you do not know what kind of device it is, just turn off the head­phones, put them direct­ly next to the phone with an active net­work, and only then press the pow­er but­ton. In this case, the gad­get will con­nect to the device that is clos­er. 3. Fail­ure may be due to inter­fer­ence from oth­er wire­less devices. Take them away and try again. 4. If the device takes too long to con­nect, but there is no result, click on its name in the list and select “Unpair” or “Dis­con­nect”. Then restart your smart­phone and try again.
What to do if only one ear­bud is con­nect­ed
One Air­Pod is not work­ing. 1. Try “reset­ting” your Air­Pods. To do this, in the Set­tings, find the Blue­tooth option, in the list of avail­able devices, click on the let­ter i next to the name of the head­phones and select “For­get this device”. After that, first place the head­phones in the closed case for a minute. Then first open the case, wait for the white indi­ca­tor to appear, place the device with the cov­er open next to the smart­phone, and press the con­nect but­ton on the iPhone screen. 2. The prob­lem may be in the old firmware. Try updat­ing to the lat­est ver­sion. You can check which one you have in Set­tings. To do this, select in sequence: Gen­er­al — About this device — The name of the head­phones. 3. Check the vol­ume bal­ance on the device in the audio set­tings. Per­haps the slid­er has moved to the left or right, and the sound sim­ply does not go to one of the head­phones. 4. If the devices are con­nect­ed but there is no sound, clean the head­phones. To do this, it is bet­ter to use microfiber and cot­ton swabs. 5. Try con­nect­ing the head­phones to anoth­er iPhone and if the prob­lem per­sists, con­tact the ser­vice cen­ter. It is pos­si­ble that the bat­tery in the head­phones has failed or the inter­nal wire has been dam­aged. Only one ear­phone of any brand was con­nect­ed. 1. Try to re-estab­lish the con­nec­tion by delet­ing the device first. 2. Clean your head­phones. 3. Try con­nect­ing them to anoth­er gad­get to under­stand which device is caus­ing the prob­lem. 4. If the prob­lem is in the phone, update the firmware or per­form a fac­to­ry reset.
No sound after phone update
1. The first thing you can do is check what set­tings are set for your device on your phone. To do this, click on the infor­ma­tion icon next to the name of the device in the list of avail­able devices and check that the pro­files “for con­ver­sa­tion” and “for music” are active. 2. Restart your head­phones and smart­phone. Check the charge lev­el of your devices. If there is sound, but dis­ap­pears and is inter­rupt­ed, try check­ing the oper­a­tion of the devices in anoth­er place. The cause of the mal­func­tion may be strong elec­tro­mag­net­ic radi­a­tion. 3. If all else fails, “roll back” to the old firmware or reset the phone to fac­to­ry set­tings — this will help if the sound has dis­ap­peared after installing some unre­li­able appli­ca­tions. 4. If the prob­lem is mechan­i­cal: the bat­tery is faulty, the head­phone board is dam­aged, for exam­ple, due to water ingress, you need to con­tact the ser­vice cen­ter.
Why can’t the con­nec­tion be estab­lished?
Check that the “talk” and “music” pro­files are active.