Since the very first time Apple launched their AirPods, they have been taking the world in a storm. People of all ages and aspects went with the flow and got themselves a pair of these magic buds. But has it ever happened that you too wanted to get a pair of AirPods but decided not to because you don’t own an IOS device? And buying an iPhone just for the sake of enjoying the AirPods honestly seems a bit outrageous as well. Now, what if I tell you that it’s not true. You can use these AirPods on your android device as well and still enjoy several amazing features. There may be some confusion about how to use them to skip songs and everything, but that’s why we are here to help you!
Do AirPods work with android
While most Apple accessories like the Apple watch, are originally designed to be used and paired with iPhones, it’s not unusual to wonder whether that’s the case with AirPods as well. However, Apple took a different route with their AirPods and designed them to be compatible with both iPhones and androids.
Apple has always been advertising its AirPods as something otherworldly with all the amazing features and everything. But, in all honesty, they are basically Bluetooth earbuds. So, naturally, you can connect them with anything that has a BlueTooth connection, and that includes androids too.
Now, as a matter of fact, pairing AirPods to androids is not as convenient as with iPhones. At the same time, it’s not something that you’d say is challenging. For further assistance, we have tried to explain the whole pairing process here so you won’t have a hard time doing it.
How to Connect Airpods with Androids?
- Go to the settings and turn on the BlueTooth option.
- Select the option “pair new device”
- Open the case with the AirPods inside to enable the pairing process.
- See if the AirPods are listed under the available device list. If yes, tap on them and they will be paired.
- If you can’t find the AirPods on the list, that means they are turned off. In this case, there’s a circular button at the back of the AirPods case. Hold it down for one or two seconds until the LED light in between the AirPods starts flickering.
- Now that the AirPods are in pairing mode, repeat step 4 and enjoy!
How to Skip Song with Airpods on Android?
The default setting embedded into AirPods to skip songs is the double-tap for forward-skip and the triple tap for skipping back. However, this is the case when you are using them with any ios device. In order to set them up to skip songs on androids, first, you will need to get your hands on any IOS device such as an iPhone, AirPods, or MacBook. This is a bit of a peculiar condition as the first reason someone would want to use AirPods with an android is that they don’t have an IOS device. But what can we do anyway? Now let’s see a step by step process,
- After you get an IOS device connect them with the AirPods normally.
- Now, go to the BlueTooth setting and tap on the AirPods from the listed devices. Then, tap on the options from there and you’ll see options to customize the individual double taps.
- Configure them however you like to skip songs and it will be embedded into the AirPods. So, when you connect them again with your android phone it won’t change and will fully function accordingly on the android.
How to Skip Songs with AirPods 3 on Android?
Airpods 3rd generation or Airpods pro is the latest version of AirPods. As Apple says, they have tried to push all limits while working on this one. So, by far they are the best pair of AirPods one can get. Airpods 3 comes with all the previous features and some more. The skip songs function is also the same as any other AirPods which is a double-tap on the force sensor to skip forward and triple tap on the sensor to skip backward.
Airpod Features Than Do Not Work On Android
The reason Apple AirPods are so in high demand since their release is their amazing user-friendly features. However, there are some things worth putting light on about this fact if you are planning to use them with your android phone. Because AirPods are practically designed for iPhones, many of the impressive features that make them superior, do not work with androids. So, very naturally you will be missing out on a lot of these features. Here’s a shortlist of the features and their functions so you have an exact idea of what you’ll be missing out on if you were to use them with androids.
Siri is the virtual voice-controlled assistant of Apple products. So, naturally you cant use them with androids.
Customizing Double Tap
Customizing double-tap is used to set up the AirPods with some basic commands according to your personal preference.
The simple one-step setup helps pair the AirPods with your apple device with the utmost ease. If you only just open the case within the required range of the device, it automatically connects with the device. However, with androids, you’ll need to pair them manually every time.
Single Airpod Listening
Single AirPods listening allows you to turn off any one of the AirPods separately. This function really comes in handy when you are trying to save battery. However, you can’t enjoy this feature with androids.
Automatic Ear Detection
It’s sad that the coolest feature of AirPods, which is the automatic ear detection, doesn’t work with androids. This feature automatically connects your AirPods when they are in your ear and turns themselves off when taken off. It’s almost tragic that we have to give up on this amazing feature with androids.
You can keep an eye on the battery life constantly with AirPods on Apple devices. However, on androids, they just notify you when the batteries are on the verge of dying and need charging immediately.
Another precious feature to give up on with androids is the automatic switching function. It allows you to switch devices effortlessly in case you have a call or anything.
However, Some of these special features like double-tap, simple setup, etc may still work with androids but that requires some modification and the help of additional apps sometimes.
Now that we know that AirPods work almost next to perfectly with androids as well, you don’t have to buy an iPhone just for the sake of it. In the same way, you already have a pair of AirPods on hand, there’s no need to waste money on new earbuds. With just a few modifications you can enjoy them well even on your android. And, if you ever have any problem with skipping songs on them, go through this article once more. We are happy to help!