How to Connect Your AirPods to Someone Else's iPhone or iPad

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Did you know that you can pair your AirPods to multiple iPhones and iPads, even an iPhone or iPad that doesn't belong to you? Connecting your AirPods to someone else's iPhone or iPad (or connecting your iPhone to someone else's AirPods) is as simple as opening your AirPods case near the new device and following the on-screen prompts to pair your AirPods. Let's get started learning how to pair your AirPods to multiple iPhones and iPads.

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How to Pair Your AirPods with Your Own iPad

Make sure you're signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on both your iPhone and your iPad. (If you haven't taken this step, use the directions below for pairing your AirPods with someone else's device.)

  1. Open lid of the AirPods case and bring your AirPods close to your iPad.
  2. The AirPods and iPad will automatically pair. 

How to Pair Your AirPods with Someone Else's iPhone or iPad

Or How to Connect Someone Else's AirPods to Your iPhone

  1. Unlock the iPhone or iPad that you want to connect to.
  2. Open your AirPods case near the new device.
  3. A prompt labeled Not Your AirPods will appear on the screen. Tap Connect.
  4. Following the on-screen prompts, press and hold the Setup button on the back of the AirPods' case.


     
  5. Continue holding down the button while your AirPods connect.
  6. When your AirPods finish connecting, tap Done.

Now you can continue listening with your AirPods on multiple iPhones or iPads. 

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.