Listening to music or getting higher quality sound when streaming Netflix on your Chromebook is easily achievable through headphones. But if you don’t fancy getting tangled up in wires, Bluetooth headphones like Apple’s AirPods are a great option.
Here, we’ll show you the steps to connect AirPods — or other Bluetooth headphones — to your Chromebook.
Can I use any Bluetooth headset on a Chromebook?
Yes. If they use Bluetooth to establish a connection with a device, they will work perfectly with Chromebooks. However, some features may not work, especially if you have AirPods.
For example, controlling Siri won’t be possible because the Apple digital assistant resides on the iPhone and communicates with the AirPods, rather than being “in” the headphones themselves.
You will also miss the following:
- The ability to customize what a double-click does
- The ability to easily check the battery level
- Spatial audio
It’s possible to pair AirPods with multiple devices – thanks in part to iCloud – but they can only handle one active Bluetooth connection at a time. So make sure they are not connected to your iPhone (or Android phone) when trying to set them up on your Chromebook as this could cause issues.
The easiest way to test this is to turn off Bluetooth on your phone while following the steps below to connect them to your Chrome laptop.
How to Connect AirPods and Other Bluetooth Headphones to a Chromebook
Connecting your wireless headphones to a Chromebook is very simple. Here’s what you need to do:
Click on the time displayed in the lower right corner of your Chromebook.
In the menu that appears, click the Bluetooth icon to turn it on, then click the down arrow to open Bluetooth settings.
Open your AirPods case or press the pairing button.
You should see the headset appear in the list of Bluetooth devices detected by your Chromebook.
ChromeOS will then automatically connect the headphones and you will see a message letting you know that this has happened. (We didn’t have a set of AirPods handy for this guide, but the process is the same.)
To disconnect your AirPods from your Chromebook, go back to Bluetooth settings and click the “cog” setting icon in the upper right corner of the window.
You will be taken to the main settings page where you will see the Bluetooth headphones listed as connected. To the far right of its name, click the three dots and select Disconnect.