Do AirPods Work With iPad?

It was in December 2016 that Apple launched its groundbreaking AirPods.

People who are skeptics and are concerned about losing an earbud are, on the other hand, eager to learn if AirPods will work with their iPad.

How do AirPods work with iPads?

Apple AirPods are compatible with iPads. You will need the most up-to-date software, ideally iPad 15.1. Also, the type of AirPods you have determines how compatible they are with your iPad. It is easy to connect your AirPods and iPad, though the method you choose will depend on the model.

My goal is to help you figure out which iOS software your AirPods require, according to their type, and explain the two methods of connecting them.

If you continue to experience problems, make sure you read until the end since I have some troubleshooting tips for you.

How do AirPods work with iPads?

Airpods are compatible with iPads as long as your iPad has the appropriate iOS version.

Your iPad’s operating system may range from iOS 10 to iPadOS 15.1.

The following iPad models can run this software:

  • Mini 4 and iPad Air
  • 2/Mini 4
  • are the fifth-generation iPads

The type of AirPods you own will also determine their compatibility.

Take a closer look at each of these models, beginning with the oldest:

  • AirPods 1st Generation: You’ll need an iPad running iOS 10 or later.
  • AirPods 2nd Generation: You’ll need an iPad running iOS 12.2.
  • AirPods Pro: You’ll need an iPad with iOS 13.2 or later.
  • AirPods 3rd Generation: You’ll need an iPad running iPad 15.1.

How to Set Up AirPods on an iPad

You will need to determine whether your AirPods are compatible with the type of iPad you have before you can connect them.

Your AirPods are equipped with a W1 chip, making them easier to connect with your devices than standard Bluetooth methods (although you will still require Bluetooth for this).

You can configure your AirPods to work with your iPad by following the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Turn on Bluetooth

Tap the settings button after logging into your iPad.

The Bluetooth icon is a blue one with a white squiggly line.

Ensure that the toggle bar is turned on.

Step 2: Return to Home Screen

You should exit the settings section of your iPad. There is no need to return to it.

Assuming you will frequently use AirPods with your iPad, it makes sense to leave Bluetooth on.

Step 3: Connect Your AirPods

Apple has released two types of AirPods—the Max and the Pro (first and second generation).

Follow the instructions below to connect them to your iPad once you have determined which ones you possess.

AirPods Max: Tap the right headphone to activate the noise control feature. Keep it hovered over your iPad while you do so.

AirPods Pro: Put your AirPods in their case with the lid open. Place the case next to your iPad and wait for it to connect.

Step 4: Confirm the Connection

Your iPad will display a box asking whether or not you would like to connect your AirPods.

Please respond accordingly and click “Done” to complete the process.

It should now be possible to use your AirPods in sync with your device.

Please refer to the troubleshooting section below if you are still experiencing difficulties.

Understanding Your AirPods’ Connectivity

Apple-designed the AirPods so that they will connect with any iCloud account that you have registered.

Consequently, not only will your AirPods connect to your iPad, but they will also link to any of the following devices that you may own with the same iCloud account:

  • IPad
  • IOS device iTV
  • MacBook
  • Wear Watch

Even non-Apple Bluetooth devices can be connected to your AirPods.

If you set your iPad to use AirPods whenever it is on, you will be able to use your AirPods whenever the device is on.

Troubleshooting AirPods with iPad

Is your iPad unable to recognize your AirPods? The frustration of not being able to use your AirPods is familiar to me.

The following are some reasons you may be experiencing difficulty and some quick solutions to these issues.

Update Your iPad

Are you noticing a red box with a number over the settings icon on your iPad? If so, click on settings and see if there is an update available.

Updates can be found by going to Settings – General – Software Update.

It is unlikely that your AirPods will connect to your iPad if it does not have the latest software.

Make sure to update your iPad at a time when you won’t need it for a while it may take a while for the new software to be downloaded.

Furthermore, ensure that your iPad remains connected for the duration of the update.

More Than One iCloud Account

Your AirPods are designed to automatically connect to other devices using the same iCloud account.

Make sure you have your iPad logged into a different iCloud account from the one you used to set up your AirPods if you have more than one iCloud account.

You should be able to connect your iPad and AirPods immediately after changing your iCloud account.

Battery Issue

Your AirPods require a sufficient amount of charge to connect to your iPad.

Therefore, before connecting your iPad with your Airpods, make sure that the battery is fully charged.

Furthermore, the AirPods Pro must be charged in their case to communicate with your iPad.

Bluetooth Is Off

Make sure your Bluetooth is turned on even if you believe it is.

Even after the initial setup, AirPods rely on Bluetooth to connect to your iPad, but Bluetooth may shut off by itself if left idle for too long to conserve energy.

Your Default Audio Device Isn’t AirPods

AirPods may not be your default audio device if you have used other audio devices in the past.

Therefore, navigate to the control center and select the media tab.

You will find a list of audio and video receivers there.

If AirPods are not appearing as your primary audio device, please check that box and test them again.


Your iPadHow-To and AirPods can be easily connected by Apple.

Your iPad should work with your AirPods if you are logged into your Apple account and have the correct operating software installed.

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