How To Connect AirPods To A Linux Laptop? (Easy Steps!)

Are you an AirPods user who also uses a Linux laptop?

If so you may be wondering how to connect your AirPods to your laptop.

In this post we will show you how easy it is to connect your AirPods to a Linux laptop using Bluetooth.

We will also provide some tips on how to improve your AirPods connection.

So whether you are a newbie or an experienced Linux user read on for all the info you need!

Connecting AirPods To A Linux Laptop

Before we begin it is worth noting that you will need to have the Bluetooth service installed on your Linux laptop.

This service allows your Linux computer to connect wirelessly with other devices such as speakers keyboards and so on.

Once your Bluetooth stack has been installed and activated follow these steps below to connect your AirPods:

1) Turn On Bluetooth:

The first thing you will need to do is activate Bluetooth on your Linux laptop.

 In order to do this use the following command:

Once Bluetooth is activated you will see a blue light appear on your AirPods charging case as shown below:

2) Turn On Your AirPods:

Next turn on your AirPods by pressing the button at the back of the charging case until you see a blue light flashing.


Your Airpods should now be discoverable by other devices.

Note that if there isn’t a blue flash/light then they are likely already in pairing mode and therefore not discoverable anymore.

In this case try restarting them by holding down the button for 15 seconds or until you see a red flash.

This indicates that they have been reset to factory settings which means it’s time to start over with step 1).

3) Search For AirPods On Your Linux Laptop:

Now it’s time to have your laptop search for your Airpods.


To do this click the Bluetooth icon in the top right corner of your desktop.

As shown below move down until you see “Other Devices.” From here click on “My Device.”

4) Pair With Your AirPods:

You should now see a name for your device.

Double click on it and wait for the pairing screen to appear.

Once you are prompted to enter a PIN enter 0000 (four zeros).

And that’s it! You are now paired with your AirPod headphones! Yay!!!

How To Connect AirPods Pro Linux?

Connecting AirPods Pro to a Linux laptop is possible and relatively straightforward.

The first step is to turn on Bluetooth on the Linux laptop.

Then, open the AirPods Pro case and press the pairing button.

The AirPods should then appear in the list of available Bluetooth devices on the laptop.

Select them and follow any additional instructions that may appear.

Once connected, you can use your AirPods Pro with your Linux laptop.

How To Connect AirPods Pro 2 To Linux?

To connect AirPods Pro 2 to a Linux laptop, you will need to activate Bluetooth on the laptop and turn on your AirPods.

Then, search for the AirPods in the Bluetooth control panel or using the bluetoothctl command.

If you are using Ubuntu 20.04, you may need to update the ControllerMode to bredr from the default value of dual.

Once your AirPods have been found, select them and follow any additional instructions that appear on your screen.

How To Connect AirPods To Ubuntu?

To connect AirPods to Ubuntu, users must first update the ControllerMode to bredr from the default value of dual by editing the file /etc/bluetooth/main.conf.

Then, they must restart the Bluetooth service using sudo /etc/init.

After that, they can pair their AirPods either through the Bluetooth control panel or bluetoothctl.

To do this, users should open the case with their AirPods inside and press the pairing button.

Depending on their Ubuntu version, users may only be able to pair AirPods as headphones and not as headsets.

Troubleshooting Tips To Improve Your Connection

The connection process may vary depending on your version of Linux but the basic idea is usually pretty similar.


We have listed some general tips below that should help with any issues you are experiencing.

1) Try Pairing With The Case:

Sometimes pairing your Airpods with your laptop can be finicky.

When this happens you may want to try pairing them first with the actual case they come in before trying out steps 1-4 above.


To do this simply press and hold the button on the back of the charging case until it turns blue (about 5-6 seconds).

Once it’s connected to the case open Bluetooth settings once again and follow steps 1-4 above.

2) Turn Off Bluetooth And Other Wireless Interference:

If you are still having connection issues the problem might be that your Airpods or Linux computer is trying to connect with other wireless devices such as a Bluetooth speaker or internet router.


Ensure that all wireless devices in the area are turned off and unplugged so they do not interfere with the pairing process.

3) Reset Your AirPods:

Sometimes it may also help to rest your AirPods and case by holding down the button on your charging case for about 15 seconds until you see a red light coming from the inside of your charging case (the white light will go away).

 If this doesn’t work try restarting both the AirPods and your laptop by turning both devices off waiting 10 seconds or more then turning them back on.


You can also try pairing the case first again with steps 1-4 above before pairing with your AirPods.

If you are still having trouble connecting to Linux after trying out all of these tips consider contacting Apple Support for more suggestions specific to your problems if it persists.