Can AirPods connect to multiple devices?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

AirPods have the ability to connect to multiple devices simultaneously. This is made possible by the Automatic Device Switching feature introduced with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur.

With this feature, your AirPods can seamlessly switch between your Apple devices without requiring any manual intervention. This means that you can use your AirPods with your iPhone to listen to music and then switch to your MacBook to watch a movie, all without having to manually disconnect and reconnect your AirPods.

This feature is particularly useful in scenarios where you frequently switch between devices or receive incoming calls. For example, if you’re watching a movie on your MacBook using your AirPods and a call comes in on your iPhone, the AirPods will automatically switch to your iPhone so you can answer the call.

To take advantage of this feature, ensure that your AirPods are connected to all the devices you want to use them with. This can be done by simply pairing your AirPods with each device individually through the Bluetooth settings. Once paired, your AirPods will automatically connect to the device you are actively using.

It’s important to note that not all Apple devices support this feature. Automatic Device Switching is available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac models introduced in 2020 or later, running the latest software versions. So, if you have an older Apple device, you may not be able to enjoy this functionality.

In my personal experience, this feature has been incredibly convenient. I often switch between my iPhone and MacBook throughout the day, and the Automatic Device Switching makes the transition seamless. Whether I’m listening to music, watching videos, or taking calls, my AirPods effortlessly switch between devices, allowing me to stay connected without any interruptions.

AirPods can indeed connect to multiple devices simultaneously through the Automatic Device Switching feature. This feature enhances the overall user experience by eliminating the need for manual device switching and ensuring a seamless transition between devices. So, if you own AirPods and have multiple Apple devices, be sure to take advantage of this convenient feature.