Chromebooks are nifty laptops because of their flexibility. As they’re designed to be simple to use, they offer most of the latest methods for connecting with other devices and peripherals.
Naturally, this means you’ll also want to connect headphones and earphones, which can be useful when using your laptop in a public, noisy space.
For owners of the highly praised yet expensive Apple AirPods, this begs the question of whether they can use their pricey buds with their shiny new Chromebook.
Are AirPods Compatible with Chromebook?
Yes, your Apple AirPods are absolutely compatible with your Chromebook device.
In fact, they can be connected to pretty much any device that has Bluetooth connectivity because the buds themselves use that same technology.
Once you connected, you’ll be able to use your AirPods to listen to your Chromebook’s audio, including Netflix and YouTube videos, music, voice and video chat, and anything else that generates audio. You’ll also be able to use your buds’ built-in microphone during calls.
Do AirPod Controls Work on Chromebook?
Yes, the same AirPod controls you use on your Apple devices can be used on your Chromebook, with a few limitations. While your single, double, and triple tap gestures will allow you to pause, play, and skip music and adjust volume, you can’t customize these actions. This means you can’t change what commands these taps execute.
Furthermore, you can’t use your AirPods to bring up Google Assistant on your Chromebook. While tapping and holding on your AirPods will normally bring up Siri on your iPhone or iPad, it won’t do the same on a non-Apple device.
On top of that, other features like Spatial Audio will also not work on a Chromebook. Noise cancellation, though, seems to work fine.
How to Connect AirPods to Chromebook
Step 1: Turn on Bluetooth
In the bottom right corner of your Chromebook, click on the network icon located next to the battery % icon and digital clock.
This is where your Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth devices, notifications, and more can be found. To begin, ensure that Bluetooth is turned on in the device’s settings. You can toggle this on by selecting the Bluetooth icon in the quick menu.
Alternatively, you can enter Settings by selecting the cogwheel icon. Next to Bluetooth, you will see a toggle switch. Select it to turn it on then select the arrow icon to access the pairing menu.
Your laptop will begin scanning for other wireless devices as soon as Bluetooth is switched on.
Step 2: Make AirPods Discoverable
If your AirPods are not already discoverable, you’ll need to place them in that mode in order to pair them with your Chromebook. Place both buds in their case then look for a button in the back. It’s a subtle cutout in the shape of a circle.
Open the case then press and hold down the button until the little LED on the front of the case turns white and blinks slowly. Now your AirPods are ready to be discovered. Hop on over to your Chromebook for this next step.
Step 3: Pair Your AirPods
After a bit of scanning, your Chromebook should have picked up your AirPods. You’ll know this has successfully happened when they appear in the Bluetooth device list from the first step.
Next to their name, there should also be a headphone icon to further confirm your buds have been recognized as an audio output device.
Select the AirPods and after a second or two you should get a pop-up confirming that the pairing was successful. Upon leaving this menu you should also get a pop-up on the bottom-right that states you can remove this pairing from the Settings menu.
Your AirPods are now connected to your Chromebook. One thing to note is that your laptop’s volume control will now adjust the volume of your buds. If your headphones or earphones are not AirPods, you can still follow this same process to pair them so long as they have Bluetooth.