How to Connect Your AirPods to Someone Else's iPhone or iPad (iOS 15 & iPadOS 15 Update)

You can pair your AirPods to a friend's device with their permission. Here's how.

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Did you know that you can connect your AirPods to more than one iPhone or iPad, even an iPhone or iPad that doesn't belong to you? It's simple to pair your AirPods to someone else's iPhone or iPad, or connect your iPhone to someone else's AirPods. It's 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 use your AirPods with multiple iPhones and iPads.

Related: Apple AirPods & AirPods 2 Guide: Charging, Pairing, Setting Up, Using, More

How To Connect Your AirPods to Someone Else's Device

We've written lots of tutorials about AirPods, including how to pair two sets of AirPods to one iPhone or iPad and how to customize your AirPods' features. For more great articles about how to make the most of your Apple devices, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's go over how to pair your AirPods to someone else's iPhone or iPad.

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 the 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.