How To Connect AirPods To Dell Laptop

AirPods were specifically designed for Apple devices by its manufacturers but it doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t work for other devices like a Dell laptop. 

AirPods serve just like any wireless earbuds when connecting it to a Dell laptop. To connect AirPods to your Dell laptop quickly, follow the instructions below.

Here’s how to connect AirPods to Dell laptop:

  1. Press the windows key + I to open windows settings.
  2. Click on Device.
  3. Turn on Bluetooth.
  4. Click on Add Bluetooth or other devices.
  5. Select Bluetooth.
  6. Open the lid of your AirPods case.
  7. Press and hold the button behind your AirPods Case.
  8. Release the button when a white light flashes.
  9. Select your AirPods among the list of discovered devices.
  10. Click on Done.

If you require more info and a step by step guide with images on how to connect AirPods to your Dell laptop, you should read to the end of this article.

If you read to the end, you will learn how to connect different kinds of AirPods to your Dell laptop and also what you should do when your AirPods refuse to connect to your Dell laptop.


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Can AirPods Connect To Dell Laptop?

Yes. All types of AirPods can connect to any Dell laptop that supports Bluetooth. Although not every Dell laptop has the Bluetooth technology, you as the owner can improvise by using an external Bluetooth device.

The main reason why your Dell laptop won’t connect to your AirPods is because your Dell laptop doesn’t come with Bluetooth or you just aren’t pairing them correctly. Both your AirPods and your Dell laptop need to have Bluetooth enabled before they can pair with each other.


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What Type Of Connection Is Required?

The only connection required is a Bluetooth connection that both your AirPods and your Dell laptop needs to have.

Surely your AirPods come with the Bluetooth technology by default but your Dell laptop may not. If your Dell laptop doesn’t support Bluetooth, it means you won’t be able to pair both devices correctly.

Here’s how to check if your Dell laptop supports Bluetooth:

  1. Press Windows key + A to open your charm bar.
  2. Click on Expand to reveal more options in your notification area.
  3. A Bluetooth icon among your notifications means your computer supports Bluetooth.
  4. If you can’t find any Bluetooth icon, it means your Dell laptop doesn’t support Bluetooth.

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My Dell Laptop Doesn’t Support Bluetooth

Just because your Dell laptop doesn’t support Bluetooth doesn’t mean you should lose hope. There’s still a way to resolve this by using an external Bluetooth device.

I know the word external might make you feel like the external Bluetooth device is something huge that might not go well with the design of your Dell laptop.

But in actual reality, it is just a tiny USB that will be connected to any USB port of your choice. Yes it requires you to sacrifice one USB port on your Dell laptop but it will ultimately fulfil your goal to connect AirPods to Dell laptop.

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How To Connect AirPods To Dell Laptop

Just like I stated earlier, your AirPods and Dell laptop only require Bluetooth to pair with each other. And to pair them, you will need to enable the Bluetooth of both devices and then connect them through windows settings.

Once you open the lid of your AirPods casing, your Dell laptop will discover it and all you have to do is click on your AirPods device to pair them together.

Here’s how to connect AirPods to your Dell laptop:

1. Press the Windows key + I to open windows settings.

windows key + I to open system settings

2. Click on Devices among the options.

devices in windows settings

3. Enable your Bluetooth.

Enable Bluetooth

4. Click on Add Bluetooth or other devices.

add Bluetooth or other device

5. Select Bluetooth.

Add a Bluetooth device

6. Open the lid of your AirPods case.

opened lid of AirPods casing

7. Press and hold the button behind your AirPods Case.

AirPods Power button behind casing

8. Release the button when a white light flashes.

AirPods blinking or flashing white light

9. Select your AirPods among the list of discovered devices.

connecting AirPods to laptop

10. Click on Done.

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How to Connect Clone AirPods To Dell Laptop

The method of connecting a clone AirPods to your Dell laptop is very similar to the original. The only difference is that you are not required to hold down the power button before your Dell laptop discovers your clone AirPods.

The moment you open the lid of your AirPods clone, it will be discovered by your Dell laptop for pairing. This is actually a lot faster than the original AirPods.

Here’s how to connect clone AirPods to Dell laptop:

1. Search for settings in windows search and open it.

storage settings in windows search result

2. Click on Devices.

devices in windows settings

3. Turn on Bluetooth.

Enable Bluetooth

4. Click on Add Bluetooth or other devices.

add Bluetooth or other device

5. Select Bluetooth.

Add a Bluetooth device

6. Open the lid of your AirPods case.

opened lid of AirPods casing

7. Select your AirPods among the list of discovered devices.

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8. Click on Done.

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How To Reconnect AirPods To Dell Laptop After Pairing

Since you have already paired your AirPods to your Dell laptop, reconnecting it will be much easier. All you have to do is to make sure your Dell laptop Bluetooth is turned on and then open the lid of your AirPods casing to automatically connect to your Dell laptop.

If it doesn’t connect automatically, then you would have to go into setting it up on your Dell laptop to pair your AirPods manually.

Here’s how to reconnect AirPods to Dell laptop Manually:

1. Press Windows key + I to open windows settings.

2. Click on devices.

3. Make sure your Bluetooth is turned on.

4. Open the lid of your AirPods casing.

5. Click on your AirPods device among your already paired devices.


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How To Disconnect AirPods On Dell Laptop

All you have to do to disconnect your AirPods from your Dell laptop is to go into windows settings and then remove your AirPods device from the list of paired devices.

Here’s how disconnect AirPods from Your Dell laptop:

1. Press Windows key + A to open your charm bar.

2. Expand your notification area.

3. Right click on the Bluetooth icon.

4. Click on go to settings.

5. Select your AirPods from the list of paired devices.

6. Click on remove device.


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Reasons Why AirPods Won’t Connect To Dell Laptop

These are the reasons:

  1. Bluetooth is not enabled.
  2. Corrupted Bluetooth driver.
  3. Outdated Bluetooth driver.

1. Bluetooth is Not Enabled

When your AirPods refuse to connect to your Dell computer, you need to check if you have enabled the Bluetooth on both your AirPods and Dell laptop before they can be paired.

If your Dell laptop can’t find your AirPods then it means you haven’t turned on the Bluetooth of your AirPods.

Here’s how to turn on the Bluetooth of both devices:

Enable Dell Laptop Bluetooth

  1. Press Windows key + I to open settings.
  2. Click on devices.
  3. Enable Bluetooth.

Enable AirPods Bluetooth

  1. Open the lid of your AirPods casing.
  2. Press and hold the button behind your AirPods until you see a white light blinking.
  3. Your AirPods is now ready to be discovered by your Dell laptop

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2. Corrupted Bluetooth Driver

Drivers can gets corrupted easily due several reasons but, the primary reason are:

  • When you install a new program on your computer
  • WIndows update

If you notice any of the listed reasons above happened recently, then you have to undo them before you can use your Bluetooth correctly.

Here’s how to fix a corrupted Bluetooth driver on an Dell laptop:

1. Search for device manager and click on it in windows search.

2. Double click on Bluetooth inside device manager to reveal a drop down.

3. Right click on the first driver and select uninstall.

4. Click on uninstall again to confirm.

5. Restart your Dell laptop.

6. Once your computer reboots, your Bluetooth driver will be installed automatically.


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3. Outdated Bluetooth Driver

There’s a chance that it’s been a while since you’ve updated your Dell laptop and for this reason must have kept your Bluetooth drive outdated for some time.  An outdated driver can be missing out on a required update that is supposed to help the hardware function properly. 

Here’s how to update Bluetooth Driver:

1. Search for device manager in windows search and click on it.

2. Double click on Bluetooth to reveal its driver.

3. Right click on your AirPods driver and click on update driver.

4. Choose search automatically for drivers.

5. Follow the instructions until you finish updating your drivers.

6. Restart your Dell laptop.

7. Connect your AirPods to your computer.


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FAQ

How do I connect my AirPods to my Dell laptop?

Open windows settings and enable the Bluetooth of your Dell laptop, then you have to search for other Bluetooth devices around you. 

While you are searching, flip open the lid of your AirPods to be discovered by your Dell laptop. When your Dell laptop discovers your AirPods click on it and select done.

Why can’t I connect my AirPods to my Dell laptop?

The primary reason why you can’t connect your AirPods to your Dell laptop is because you are having troubles with the Bluetooth connection on one of the devices. 

You have to make sure your Dell computer’s Bluetooth is enabled first before you can also turn on the Bluetooth of your AirPods to be discovered by your Dell laptop.

Once your Dell laptop discovers your AirPods, you should click on it to pair them together.

Can I use AirPods with a Dell laptop?

You can use AirPods with a Dell laptop as long as the Dell laptop supports Bluetooth.

How do I turn on my Bluetooth on my Dell laptop?

To enable Bluetooth on your Dell laptop, all you have to do is to go to settings and click on the device. Inside devices you will see your Bluetooth and you have to click on the toggle button to enable your Bluetooth.

Why is my Bluetooth not working on my Dell laptop?

The real reason why your Bluetooth isn’t working is because your Bluetooth driver may be corrupted or outdated.

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