How to Connect AirPods to Zoom

In today’s world, remote work has become essential to our lives. Zoom enables people to communicate and collaborate with their colleagues and classmates. Whether attending online courses, holding meetings, or conducting workshops, Zoom has made it possible for people to work remotely from anywhere.

Although Zoom is user-friendly, connecting AirPods to the platform can be challenging for some individuals. This can lead to communication issues, which can be especially problematic when using Zoom for business purposes.

If you are facing difficulty in hearing Zoom through AirPods, worry not. We are here to help. In this step-by-step guide, we show you how to connect AirPods to Zoom on Windows or Mac, ensuring seamless communication during virtual meetings.

How to Connect AirPods to Zoom on Windows

Connecting AirPods to Zoom on a Windows PC is a relatively easy and uncomplicated process in Windows 10 and 11. Follow the steps outlined below, and you can connect your earbuds to Zoom in no time.

To connect AirPods to Zoom on Windows, you can follow these steps:

  1. Put your AirPods into pairing mode by pressing and holding the button on the back of the AirPods case until the light on the front starts flashing white.
  2. On your Windows computer, open the Bluetooth settings by clicking on the Start menu and typing “Bluetooth” into the search bar. Click on “Bluetooth & other devices” from the search results.
  3. Ensure Bluetooth is turned on, and then click on the “Add Bluetooth or other device” button.
  4. Select “Bluetooth” as the device type and wait for your AirPods to appear in the list of available devices. Click on your AirPods to connect.
  5. Once your AirPods are connected, open Zoom and join or start a meeting.
  6. In the meeting, click on the arrow next to the microphone icon in the bottom left corner of the screen and select “AirPods” as your audio input device.
  7. You should now be able to hear and speak through your AirPods in Zoom.

You should now hear Zoom calls through your AirPods. Before joining a meeting, click Test Speaker and Test Mic to ensure your wireless earbuds are working correctly.

How to Connect AirPods to Zoom on Mac

Connecting your AirPods to Zoom on a Mac is as simple as on Windows. Before beginning, remember to unplug your AirPods from any other connected devices so as not to encounter connectivity problems. The steps outlined below will help you connect your AirPods to Zoom on your Mac without complications.

  1. Open Bluetooth preferences: Click on the Apple menu at the top-left corner of the screen and select “System Preferences.” Then click on “Bluetooth” to open the Bluetooth preferences.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth: Make sure Bluetooth is turned on by clicking the checkbox next to “Bluetooth” in the left-hand sidebar of the Bluetooth preferences.
  3. Place AirPods in pairing mode: Put your AirPods in pairing mode by holding down the button on the back of the charging case until the LED light starts flashing white.
  4. Connect AirPods to Mac: Your AirPods should now appear in the list of available devices in the Bluetooth preferences. Click “Connect” next to your AirPods to connect them to your Mac.
  5. Select AirPods as audio input/output device in Zoom: Once your AirPods are connected to your Mac, open Zoom and click on the gear icon in the top-right corner of the window to open Settings. Then click on “Audio” in the left-hand sidebar and select your AirPods from the dropdown menus for both “Microphone” and “Speaker.”

We also have a step-by-step guide on how to connect two AirPods to one iPad that covers the entire process.

How To Test Your AirPods For a Zoom Call

To ensure that your audio devices are working correctly, Zoom allows callers to test the connection before joining a call. Upon clicking the link to enter a Zoom call, a pop-up window will appear, allowing you to check your audio devices and ensure everything is in working order. While AirPods are often dependable, issues can occasionally arise. Try these solutions if your AirPods sound muffled.

To test your AirPods for a Zoom call, follow these steps:

  1. Open Zoom and click on the settings icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Click on the “Audio” tab in the left-hand menu.
  3. In the “Speaker” section, select your AirPods from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click the “Test Speaker” button to ensure you can hear audio through your AirPods.
  5. In the “Microphone” section, select your AirPods from the dropdown menu.
  6. Click on the “Test Mic” button and speak into your AirPods to ensure your microphone works correctly.
  7. If everything is working as expected, you can close the settings window and join your Zoom call.

With so many headphones available, selecting the best one can be overwheming. Fortunately, our guide will show you how to choose the right headphones for your needs.

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David Smith is the senior editor and reviewer for TechGadgetLife, covering the consumer tech industry. He has been writing about technology for over a decade. Prior to founding TechGadgetLife, David served as a senior correspondent covering Apple, Android, and portable audio products.