Short Answer – can I use Apple AirPods with Android phones?
YES, you can indeed use Apple AirPods with any Android phone. AirPods work on bluetooth and almost all Android phones have bluetooth connectivity. Read on to find out more about using Apple AirPods with your Android phone. You might not get some Apple only features on your AirPods on Android, but they are still a great accessory.
Bluetooth – the technology behind Apple AirPods
The technology enabling your phone audio on wireless earphones is Bluetooth. Developed in 1994, Bluetooth operates on the same frequency as cordless phones and WiFi. Bluetooth also utilizes very low power. A consequence of this is that it does not have a very large range. You must thus be at a reasonable distance from your phone when using Apple AirPods.
How to setup Apple AirPods with your Android phone
Like all other Apple technology, AirPods too work like magic. They are one of the easiest bluetooth headphones to setup. All you have to do is hold down the white button on the back of the AirPods case. A light on the inside of the case will start blinking which indicates that your AirPods are in pairing mode. This usually happens in a few seconds. Apple have also written a guide on connecting AirPods to other devices
Once you are in pairing mode, head over to the bluetooth section within your phone settings. Here if you search for a new device you should see the AirPods available. Just tap and you should be good to go.
Field report from using Apple AirPods with Android phone
The AirPods are very well constructed by Apple. They work smooth on all Android devices. The pairing is reliable and the connection is strong at even longish distances. If you are walking about your home doing chores, expect the connection to stay on when you are in different rooms.
While the AirPods take a little time to get used to in your ears, they are reliable and comfortable. The magic of handsfree truly comes alive with them. There are also gesture controls available for AirPods. A double tap on the side of either airbud works as a play/pause button. On Apple, this works to activate Siri. This gesture is reliable and pausing your music is a breeze
To enhance your AirPods experience, you can consider installing an app called AirBattery. This app provides you with information on how much battery is available. Battery status of rechargeable case as well as the AirPods themselves is available. The pro version comes with more cool features. You will get a persistent notification with the current battery levels. Also, if you use Spotify, taking any one of the earbuds out of your ear will pause the current song.
Battery life and charging Apple AirPods with Android phone
Apple AirPods come in a case which acts as a power bank for the AirPods. If you run out of power on the AirPods, you can quickly pop them into the case. Even 10 minutes of charging can give you up to a couple hours of juice. The AirPods themselves can last upto 5 hours of non stop playtime. Both the case and the AirPods charge with Lightning cables. There is one cable included with the AirPods.
Audio quality of Apple AirPods with Android Phone
Apple’s AirPods provide around similar audio as its wired counterpart, the EarPods. You might remember them as ill-fitting and just about average sound quality headphones. Same is the case with Apple AirPods as well. The sound quality is better at high volumes and has a bit more bass. But is nothing to write home about if you are an audiophile.
Conclusion – Are Apple AirPods worth it with an Android phone?
Hardcore Android users will most likely balk at Apple’s AirPods. You will have to pay the Apple premium price for them. But, they are a very good piece of equipment. The reliability is stunning and extra backup power from the rechargeable case is a bonus. The sound quality is acceptable if not amazing. With all these attributes, it is difficult to not recommend them to a user who listens to music and makes a fair amount of phone calls from their phone.