Apple AirPods are one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season, and they’re great headphones for those who want to listen to their tunes while exercising or while on the go.

However, they’re comfortable headphones with decent audio quality and impressive battery life – making them an excellent option as primary headphones for a computer as well.

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    A pair of Apple AirPods next to an iPhone

    Connecting Apple AirPods to an Apple device is immediately intuitive and basically just involves flipping up the lid. Connecting to Windows is a little bit more involved, but you should be good to go in just a few minutes regardless.

    Follow the steps below to learn how to use Apple AirPods on a PC.

    Connect AirPods to Windows PC

    Step 1. Open the settings menu on your PC. On Windows 10, the easiest way to do this is to click the Start button on the taskbar on the bottom of the screen and then click the gear icon in the menu that pops up.

    Gear icon on Windows Start menu

    Step 2. In the next menu, select Devices.

    Devices under Settings menu

    Step 3. Click the plus icon at the top of the screen in order to add a new Bluetooth device.

    Click plus icon to add Bluetooth

    Step 4. At this point, we’ll need to put the AirPods into pairing mode. Make sure the AirPods are in their case, flip the lid up, and press and hold the small button on the back of the case until the light between the AirPod slots starts to flash white.

    Press and hold button on back of AirPod case to put in pairing mode
    Pairing button lit on inside of AirPod case

    Step 5. Back on your PC, select Bluetooth on the menu that popped up during step 3.

    Select Bluetooth on PC screen

    Step 6. If your AirPods are in pairing mode, you should see them in the next menu. Click on the entry in the list in order to pair them with your PC.

    Click AirPods that should appear in the next menu on the PC

    Step 7. Back on the Devices menu, you should now see your AirPods listed under the Audio Section.

    AirPods now listed in Audio section under Devices

    In most cases, your computer audio should automatically swap to your AirPods when you take them out of the case while they are paired. If you can’t seem to get it to swap that way, however, you can select them as your preferred audio device manually through the steps below.

    Step 8. Right-click the speaker icon on the taskbar.

    Speaker icon in the taskbar indicated

    Step 9. Select Open Sound Settings.

    Open Sound Settings indicated

    Step 10. The next menu should have a drop-down list where you can choose your audio device. Swap it over to Headphones (AirPods Stereo) and the audio should switch over from whatever device your PC was set to previously.

    Headphones (AirPods Stereo) indicated

    If you end up connecting your AirPods to an Apple device later on and want to swap back to your PC, you should be able to simply put the headphones into pairing mode by flipping up the lid and then select your AirPods from the Audio list discussed in Step 7. Enjoy!