How to Connect AirPods to Zoom? A Step-by-Step Guide [2022]

AirPods make it easy to join Zoom meetings anytime, anywhere. But connecting your AirPods to the video calling software for the very first time can be a hassle. Even seasoned users come across issues while pairing the two services.

So how do you connect AirPods to Zoom? First, you need to pair AirPods with the iPhone, laptop, tablet, or PC. Then, make some changes within the Zoom audio settings. Once connected, you can begin your Zoom conversation.

Learn about the entire process in the following sections.

How to Connect AirPods to Zoom – Do AirPods work with Zoom?

At first, you may not be able to connect your AirPods to Zoom even after the pairing is successful. And there are a few reasons for that.

To answer the question, yes, AirPods do work with Zoom. Apple has no restrictions on which software and hardware the AirPods can pair up with. The wireless technology is powered by Bluetooth, a standardized technology not owned by Apple. As long as the other devices have Bluetooth technology, you can connect to them.

Zoom connects to the AirPods via Bluetooth. The audio is then transmitted back and forth between the two devices. If you’re having trouble with audio or its quality, the problem might be in the settings. But from a compatibility standpoint, AirPods always pair with Zoom.

Connecting AirPods to Zoom (step-by-step)

You need to connect the two to start using AirPods in your Zoom meetings. It’s super easy and requires you to follow a few simple steps. But make sure you’re following them correctly to avoid running into issues.

How to Connect AirPods to Zoom

Turn on Bluetooth

The first step is to turn on Bluetooth on your device. In AirPods, Bluetooth turns on automatically on start. Make sure that you’re within the range. AirPods have a range of 30 to 60 feet. 

Pair AirPods to Device

If this is the first time you’re using AirPods with the device, you need to pair them manually. Otherwise, the two should connect automatically when within the range.

Pairing AirPods to Mac

If you’re on a Mac, here are the steps you need to follow to pair it with AirPods:

  • Tap on the Apple icon at the top-left corner
  • Click System Preferences > Bluetooth
  • Look under the Devices heading, and you should see the AirPods listed
  • Double-click on the device to pair them up

Pairing AirPods to iPhone

iPhone users need to follow these steps:

  • Open Settings > Bluetooth
  • Under the My Devices section, look for the AirPods in the list
  • Tap on the AirPods to establish the connection

Pairing AirPods to Windows

AirPods are made by Apple specifically for Apple products like iPhone and iPad. But you can pair it up with Windows and Android devices too. The only feature you’d be missing out on is Siri voice assistant.

If you’re on a Windows PC or laptop, follow these steps:

  • Click on the Windows icon
  • Open Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & Other Devices
  • Find the AirPods listed under ‘Other Devices.’ If not, click on Add Bluetooth or other devices
  • Click on the AirPods to pair them up

Pairing AirPods to Android

Android users can also use AirPods for their Zoom meetings. The steps involved in pairing Android with AirPods are:

  • Go to Settings > Bluetooth
  • Look for the AirPods device under ‘Available Devices’
  • Tap on it to connect to the AirPods
  • Select AirPods as Microphone and Speaker in Zoom

Now that you’ve paired AirPods to your device, it’s time to set up Zoom. By default, Zoom will use the device’s speaker and microphone for audio transmission. You need to change it to the AirPods.

So, open the Zoom app and go to Settings > Preferences. Then, open the ‘Audio’ tab. Check the Speaker and Microphone devices. Click on the Speaker dropdown option and then select your AirPods device. The same goes for Microphone. 

Now Zoom will use the AirPods for audio.

  • Test your AirPods

Before you join the Zoom meeting, it’s recommended that you test the AirPods. This is to ensure the earbuds are working as intended.

Within the Settings option in Zoom, click on ‘Test Speaker.’ If you’re able to hear a ringtone, the speakers are working fine. Then, click on ‘Test Microphone’ and speak some words when prompted. If you can listen to your voice, the microphone is functioning too.

Now you’ve successfully connected AirPods to Zoom and are ready to join the meetings. 

How to Connect AirPods to Zoom

AirPods not working on Zoom calls?

At times, dealing with technology can get frustrating. When on a Zoom call, users have reported that the audio comes out from the device speaker rather than earbuds. This is a common issue.

If you’re facing this problem, do not worry. The problem lies in the Zoom settings. Click on the Speaker icon and check the device currently in use. 

If it’s set to ‘AirPods Stereo,’ you need to change it to ‘AirPods Hands-Free’. They’re not the same. In stereo mode, the microphone of the AirPods remains inactive. Changing the setting will start playing audio through AirPods.

Another common reason for AirPods not working on Zoom calls is they get connected to other Bluetooth devices. If there is more than one Bluetooth device, AirPods may switch to another device when the signal weakens. 

So turn off Bluetooth on different devices to avoid this scenario.


Both Zoom and AirPods offer superior convenience to users. Therefore, it isn’t a surprise that most people are opting for AirPods when attending Zoom calls. 

Pairing the two devices is simple and involves only a few steps. But make sure you select the correct settings at every step. Follow the instructions given above for a hassle-free audio experience.

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About the Author: Adam Wishmore

Adam Wishmore is an apple geek, there is no other way of putting it. Since the first generation iPhone hit the market to the latest Macbook pro, Adam knows everything there is and how to fix everything on apple devices.