The digital world is divided into two camps: iOS and Android. Apple has its own ecosystem of closely guarded devices while for Google’s Android the world is its oyster due to the long list of OEMs releasing devices powered by its mobile operating system. Usually, these two camps do not collide. This means that you can either have all Apple devices perfectly synchronized with each other or use Android devices from a particular company or perhaps from various companies. And there is no world in which Apple devices are used in conjunction with Android devices. Except there are.

For example, you can use a pair of Apple’s TWS headphones, i.e. AirPods, with an Android OS powered smartphone. Yes, you read that right, you can use AirPods with your Android phone. But there are a few downsides to doing so. AirPods are designed to work with Apple devices. Since they use basic Bluetooth technology, they can also be paired with Android phones. But there’s a price you have to pay and that price matches the features AirPods offer.

Here are the features that won’t work when using AirPods with an Android phone

– Hey Siri functionality or pressing the AirPods to activate Siri.

– Ability to customize what a single tap does. Options include play next/previous track, access Siri, and play/pause a track.

— Switch between connected devices. For reference, Apple users can switch between using their AirPods with their iPhones, MacBooks, and iPads without signing them in to each device separately using their Apple IDs.

– Listening to a single AirPod and spatial audio.

– Ability to check AirPods battery on your smartphone.

If you can look beyond those features, here’s how to use AirPods with your Android phone.

How to connect Apple AirPods to your Android phone

Step 1: Activate Bluetooth on your Android smartphone.

2nd step: Now open the lid of your Apple AirPods case and press the white button on the back.

Step 3: Now open the Settings app on your Android phone, then follow this thread: Connections > Bluetooth.

Step 4: Now tap on the Apple AirPods option from the list of available devices.

Step 5: Press the “Pair” button and you’re done!

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