Here's how to connect AirPods to an iPhone

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Apple acquired Beats Music and Beats Electronics in 2014 for $3 billion. Two years later, the company created its own pair of wireless earbuds. Apple first introduced AirPods in November 2016, retailing at $159. Then, Apple released AirPods Pro in October 2019. While wired EarPods were a staple many Apple users were familiar with, in 2020 things shifted. EarPods and chargers weren’t included in the iPhone box anymore, and Apple fans had many options for new earbuds to choose from. The latest generation of AirPods have spatial audio and are water resistant.

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How to connect AirPods to an iPhone

Follow these steps as suggested by Apple:

  1. Go to your iPhone’s Home Screen.

  2. Make sure your AirPods are in the charging case. Hold the charging case open next to your phone.

  3. Tap “Connect” on the animation that appears on the screen.

  4. Tap Done.

  5. If you have AirPods Pro or the 3rd generation of AirPods, follow the directions on the screen.

  6. If you don’t have “Hey Siri” activated and are using 2nd or 3rd generation of AirPods or AirPods Pro, then follow the directions on the screen.

    • If you have the 2nd or 3rd generation of AirPods or AirPods Pro and have “Hey Siri” connected, follow the directions for the setup.

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How to reset AirPods

If you are having a hard time connecting your AirPods to a device, resetting them might solve the problem. Follow these steps from Apple:

  1. Put your AirPods in their charging case and make sure to close the lid.

  2. Wait for 30 seconds.

  3. Open the “Settings” app on your iPhone.

  4. Tap “Bluetooth,” then the “More info” button next to your AirPods. If the AirPods don't show up tap “Forget This Device” and tap again to confirm this choice.

  5. Open the case lid and hold the reset button on the back for approximately 15 seconds, until the light flashes amber and then white.

  6. Reconnect your AirPods.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Connect AirPods to an iPhone: Here's how to do it in 6 steps