How to Pair & UnPair AirPods with Apple Watch

Last Updated: June 29, 2019
Pair AirPods Apple Watch

Is it possible to connect your AirPods direct? Do you need your iPhone with you if you want to listen to music on AirPods with Apple Watch? You don’t need the iPhone to connect AirPods to Apple watch. If you have an iPhone, the process is pretty easy.

You connect your AirPods to iPhone, and the AirPods will connect “automagically” with the Apple Watch that associated with the same iCloud account. What do you do if you want to connect AirPods direct to Appel watch?

Connect AirPods Direct to Apple Watch

Here we are bypassing iPhone and trying to connect AirPods direct to Apple Watch. You don’t need the iPhone in any of these steps to connect AirPods. Let’ see how to connect AirPods direct to Apple Watch:

  1. Open Apple Watch Settings.
  2. Scroll down to see Bluetooth.
  3. Wait for Apple Watch Search for Bluetooth Device.
  4. Bring AirPods close to Apple Watch and open the AirPods lid.Reset Apple AirPods - Press and Hold the Button
  5. Press and Hold the AirPods button.
  6. The Watch will display AirPods Name under Devices
  7. The status will change to Connected.

Now you have Apple Watch speaker and AirPods for AirPlay listing. When you receive a call, you can switch between Apple Watch’s inbuilt speaker or AirPods. You can play music on Apple watch and listen to direct on AirPods.

Related: How to Check AirPods Battery Status on Apple Watch

Select AirPods on Apple Watch for Calls

You can select the default AirPlay device on Apple Watch to play music and calls. The connected devices will be available under the Apple Watch AirPlay window. Let’s see how to select  AirPods in Apple AirPlay setting.

  1. Swipe up on Apple Watch Face to get Control Panel
  2. Scroll down for AirPlay icon.
  3. Tap on AirPlay on Apple Watch.
  4. Select the default device for AirPlay

You can select AirPods as the default AirPlay device on Apple Watch. The default device will be marked with a grey background. All the calls and music will automatically play on the default device selected here.

Related: What Does AirPods Status Lights & Sound Alerts Mean?

Unpair AirPods from Apple Watch

You don’t want to use the AirPods with Apple watch? Well, you can remove AirPods from Apple Watch anytime.

  1. Open Apple Watch Settings.
  2. Scroll down to see Bluetooth.
  3. Find the AirPods in Bluetooth list.
  4. Tap on “i” next to AirPods.
  5. Now tap on Forget Device
  6. Tap again on the next screen to confirm Forget Device

Now your AirPods disconnected from Apple Watch, The AirPlay device setting will be automatically switched back to Apple Watch speaker. All call and music will play on Apple watch’s built-in speaker.

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