How to Connect AirPods to HP Laptop? – Here’s How!

Connecting AirPods to an HP laptop is a no-brainer and doesn’t require any complex configurations. It’s a straightforward matter of Bluetooth tap and connect so all you need to do is just make sure your HP Laptop features built-in Bluetooth. If yes, simply turn it on, put the AirPods in pairing mode (by pressing the button on the case’s back), and you’re all set to go.

And although it’s pretty impossible for laptops today, if your HP laptop doesn’t have a built-in Bluetooth, you can still connect AirPods to it by availing an external Bluetooth dongle. Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at how to connect airpods to hp laptop?

How to Connect AirPods to HP Laptop?

First of all, there’s no need to confuse yourself with this distinguished name – Air Pods. Yes, it’s an Apple product designed primarily for iPhones, and other iOS devices, Macs, Apple TVs, Watches, etc. So AirPods magically pair up and perform with Apple’s operating systems.

However, they are nothing so highly different and unique than the other everyday wireless/Bluetooth earbuds thus quite easily connectable to any Bluetooth supporting device.

Here’s How to Connect AirPods to Windows Laptop or PC Step by Step – Windows 10 Guide

  1. The first step to connect AirPods to HP laptop, of course, to make sure the AirPods are fully charged. If not, first put them in their charging case and wait for them to get full.
  2. Now to make the connection, access Bluetooth on your laptop by following:
    1. Either press both Windows + A keys at once and simply locate the Bluetooth option in the Action Center.
    1. Or press Windows + I both keys simultaneously to open Settings, then select Devices, and you’ll see Bluetooth & other devices on the next screen.
  3. Turn the Bluetooth ON first by toggling the on-off button.
  4. Then tap on Add Bluetooth or another device (on the top there) and select Bluetooth from the list that comes next.
  5. After that, open the lid of your AirPods’ case and turn to the case’s backside. You’ll find a small button located there.
  6. Press and hold that button for a few seconds to put the AirPods in pairing mode. Release the button as soon as the status light (mostly on the front/face) on the case flashes white and starts blinking.
  7. Get back to your laptop screen now (and provided that you’re done with Step 4 and your laptop is busy discovering new Bluetooth devices), and you’ll soon see your AirPods appearing in that list.
  • They might show up as headphones first but will soon change to “AirPods” or whatever name you’ve assigned to them (in a few seconds).
  • Select and click them in that list of discovered devices and wait for your HP laptop to pair up with them. Once the success message is displayed, tap Done, and you’ve successfully connected AirPods to your HP laptop.

Now, simply get the AirPods out of their charging case, put them into your ears, and carefully notice a tiny blip coming out of them. That blip indicates that your earbuds have successfully established the connection, and you can now hear your laptop’s audio/video straight through them.

It was all about “How to Connect AirPods to HP Laptop“.

Some Common Issues You Might Face – Know How to Deal with Them

#1. AirPods Still Not Working at this Point? No Sound Coming Out of them?

Connecting AirPods to HP laptop is not that tricky but it may be for some users. Such a scenario may only happen if there are multiple audio output options on your laptop and there is a clash between them. It’s pretty unlikely though because the output automatically switches to AirPods once the connection is established.

But in rare cases where the auto-switching fails, and the earbuds don’t work even at this point, you can manually shift the laptop’s audio output as well. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Click the Speaker icon on your taskbar.
  2. Then tap that upside-pointed arrow to open a new fold/dropdown list.
  3. And finally, select the appropriate output i.e. Headphones (AirPods), from that list.

And you’re done.

#2. AirPods Struggle with the Audio Quality and Keep Stuttering?

If your earbuds are not delivering smooth and stable sounds, here’s what to check out and how to fix the issue(s):

  1. Check out if the AirPods have enough juice to run? Try recharging them (to full) once.
  2. You know you’re connected via Bluetooth, so always make sure you are in an acceptable range from your laptop i.e. inside a 30 feet/10-meter circle. Being out of or too stretched in this range would surely affect the sound quality.
  3. Check out if your laptop’s sound and Bluetooth drivers are updated? The issue might very well get resolved after updating all the driver software.
  4. Seek out if there is some fault in one (or both) of your earphones or their charging case? The stuttering highly likely might be due to some technical damage. Try reaching out to Apple Support.

#3. AirPods Can’t Connect to Your HP Laptop? Or Laptop Doesn’t Detect Them?

At times, you might happen to face a scenario where your laptop completely fails to recognize the AirPods. Of course, you just won’t have any laptop-earphone connection then. Here’re some of the most common reasons (for this) explained with remedies.

  1. Try refreshing the connection from scratch by turning the Bluetooth off on your laptop and putting the earbuds back in their case. Once again, turn on the Bluetooth, put the earbuds back in pairing mode, and see if now the laptop detects them or not. If yes, I’m sure you can easily connect them now.
  2. Pair your AirPods to another Windows device and also try pairing your laptop to some other Bluetooth device. If both of them work well with the alternate options but not with one another, there might be some compatibility issues between your HP Laptop model and the AirPods. Contact HP Support to seek help.
  3. Corrupted/outdated Bluetooth drivers may also ruin the laptop’s wireless connectivity. Try updating your drivers if there are severe connection drops, or the laptop connects well to some devices and not to others, or if it refuses to detect the earphones.
  • Go to Device Manager (press Windows + X both keys at once and select it from the list) > double-tap on Bluetooth > right-click on the drivers that appear next > click Update driver > choose Search automatically for drivers > and follow the instructions to finish the update process.
  • Toggle other Bluetooth settings on your laptop and see if the device detection and other related settings are on and properly functioning.
  • And finally, make sure you don’t have any of the previously-mentioned issues i.e. AirPods not charged, not in pairing mode, not selected as output option on the laptop, or damaged, etc. Check out the previous two headings to find out how to fix such problems.

How to Reconnect AirPods to HP Laptop (or any Windows PC)? Would They Automatically Pair Up Next Time?

One thing is for sure like any random Bluetooth connection, both your laptop and the AirPods remember each other after they have successfully paired up once.

But does it mean that the two would automatically reconnect from now on? Would the earbuds automatically start working every time you put them back in your ears (provided that Bluetooth is already ON)?

Well, if you want your AirPods to automatically pair up with your Windows laptop (and start working) as soon as you put them in your ears, here’s how to enable this auto-on feature:

  1. Open the Run window by pressing Windows + R both keys at once.
  2. Type services.msc and enter.
  3. Seek out Bluetooth Support Service in the mighty list in the window that appears next.
  4. Right-click it and select Properties.
  5. Finally, in the new mini-window, change the Startup type to Automatic (it’s usually set to Manual by default) from the dropdown.

On contrary, keep the Startup type to Manual if you want to manually reconnect the AirPods to your laptop every time you want to use them. So each next time when you’ve to connect them, you’ll have to go to the “Bluetooth and other devices” screen and select them from the list. And only then would both the gadgets establish a connection.

It was all about “Reconectinting AirPods to HP laptop”.

How to Permanently Disconnect AirPods?

For this, again repeat all the above-mentioned steps but this time select Remove device instead of Connect after you tap on your earphones in the available devices list in the Bluetooth menu.


No doubt AirPods are Apple’s super-cryptic tiny hardware pieces designed to seamlessly work and sing their hearts out with Apple’s iOS, macOS, tvOS, and other systems. But thanks to the company, it didn’t stop these elegant wireless earbuds from working with non-Apple products as well.

So yea, they are now nothing much different than random wireless earbuds compatible and connectable to any device that supports Bluetooth.

On “how to connect AirPods to HP laptop?”, I’d say: connecting AirPods to your laptop requires the same set of steps you undertake to connect your smartphone to the latter to swap some data between the two. Put both the devices (laptop and AirPods) in pairing modes, wait for the laptop’s Bluetooth to discover the earbuds, and done.

It’s that easy! Go up, give it a detailed read, and let me know then if I’ve answered all your queries or not.

Lisa Antonio
Lisa enjoys technology & has built many laptops and enjoys tinkering with technology!