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How to connect AirPods to your Samsung phone or TV

You can use your AirPods as standard Bluetooth earbuds with Samsung devices.
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October 27, 2022
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AirPods might be best known for their seamless syncing with Apple devices, but you can also connect them to Samsung phones and TVs. It won’t be quite as straightforward, but here’s how to connect AirPods to Samsung devices.

Read more: Apple AirPods and AirPods Pro problems and how to fix them

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The specifics of pairing AirPods with a Samsung phone may vary based on the device, but you must generally enable Bluetooth in Settings > Connected Devices > Bluetooth, then put your AirPods into pairing mode. Finally, tap Pair on your pop-up window to finish the syncing process.

For Samsung TVs, open the Bluetooth speakers' menu (or a similar list of Bluetooth devices depending on your TV model) under Settings > Sound Output > Bluetooth speaker list. Then put your AirPods into pairing mode, and finally select Pair and connect on your Samsung TV to finish the syncing process.


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How to connect AirPods to your Samsung phone

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Samsung phones don’t have H1 or H2 chips, so you’ll need to connect AirPods like any other Bluetooth device. While the specifics may vary between devices, here’s the general idea of how to do it:

  1. Ensure you’ve enabled your Samsung phone’s Bluetooth in Settings > Connected Devices > Bluetooth.
  2. Open your AirPods case and leave them inside, then hold the case near your phone and press the white button on the case. If you have the AirPods Max, hold the noise control button down until they enter pairing mode.
  3. A window on your Samsung phone should pop up where you can tap Pair.

Note that your AirPods will function like a pair of basic Bluetooth earbuds when paired with a Samsung phone. That means you’ll miss out on many of their features.

How to connect AirPods to your Samsung TV

If you have a Samsung TV, you can use your AirPods with it, too. However, it won’t be as seamless as using AirPods with an Apple TV device. Still, it shouldn’t be too complicated. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Navigate to your Samsung TV’s settings menu and open the Bluetooth speakers or Bluetooth devices menu. For example, you may find this under Settings > Sound Output > Bluetooth speaker list.
  2. Open your AirPods case and leave them inside, then hold the case near your TV and press the white button on the case. If you have the AirPods Max, hold the noise control button down until they enter pairing mode.
  3. Select your AirPods from the list of Bluetooth devices on your Samsung TV.
  4. Choose Pair and connect to finish the syncing process.

Much like using AirPods with a Samsung phone, you won’t get full functionality from them when they’re paired with a Samsung TV.


Read more: Apple TV Plus: What is it? Should you get it? Everything you need to know

FAQs

Yes, if you have Dolby Atmos-compatible content on your phone, you can use your AirPods to listen to spatial audio content.