How To Connect AirPods To a Linux Laptop 2022 (EASY METHOD)

Connecting your AirPods to your Ubuntu laptop can be a bit tricky, but it’s very simple. Most Ubuntu devices come with Bluetooth capability, if you do not have it then you might want to consider getting a dongle.

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How To Connect AirPods To a Linux Laptop

You can watch the video above for a visual example of how to connect your earbuds to your Ubuntu laptop.

Keep in mind that if you wait too long between activating the pairing button and searching for a Bluetooth device then your earbuds may not show up in the list.

Step 1: Open Settings

  • Click on the wifi icon or the menu bar.
  • Click on the settings tab or the Bluetooth tab from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Enable Bluetooth

  • Make sure you are on the bluetooth tab in the settings.
  • Toggle on Bluetooth at the top of the screen
  • Open your AirPods while the earbuds are in the case and charged.
  • Hold down the button on the back of the AirPods to pair

Step 3: Select Your Device From The List

  • Wait for your device to show up in the list by keeping your AirPod lid open
  • Click on your device to connect them.
  • When the green light turns on the top of your AirPods case then you know it’s connected.

You should now see a Bluetooth icon in top right menu bar. If you click on this it should show ‘1 Connected.’

If you close your case then it will disconnect.

AirPods Connected But No Sound

If you can’t hear anything from your AirPods even though they are connected to your laptop then you may need to turn up the volume.

Another reason is that you have other devices already connected to your earbuds which is why they are not working.

Disable any Bluetooth connection on your phones, tablets and other computers to fix this.

AirPods Still Not Connecting To Linux Laptop

Not everyone connects their AirPods to their laptop easily the first time. If you are having trouble then here are some reasons why you may be having this issue.

Your Laptop Does Not Have Bluetooth

Most if not all Linux laptops come with Bluetooth so this should be a non issue, but here is how you can check: Click on the top menu bar and select settings. Then select Bluetooth and enable the toggle.

If you can’t enable the toggle then you most likely do not have Bluetooth capability.

If the Bluetooth toggle is greyed out and set to ‘OFF’ it means that you don’t have the capability.

There Is A Glitch With Your Connection

I have had this issue many times and it was caused by a glitch in the connection. This happened because I kept on pairing and unpairing my headphones because they were not producing audio.

After doing this a couple times then the connection was cached improperly and said my device would not show up in the list anymore.

This is what I did to fix the issue:

  • Turn off your computer
  • Turn off your computer power point at the wall
  • Unplug your power cable
  • Reconnect everything and start your computer.

Your AirPods Are Not Charged

Your device must be charged in order for your laptop to discover it. Charge your AirPods in the case and have the lid open when you begin pairing.

How To Disconnect AirPods From Linux Laptop

To disconnect your earbuds from your laptop do the following:

  • Click on the top right menu and open settings
  • Select Bluetooth
  • Select your device from the list and toggle the connection off.


Connecting your AirPods to a Linux laptop is quite simple if you follow the right steps. You may have issues if you are on older Linux models that do not come with Bluetooth and will require a dongle.


Are AirPods compatible with Linux?

Yes. All AirPods are compatible with Linux laptops and computers that have Bluetooth capability.

Why can’t I connect my AirPods to Linux?

You may be struggling to connect your device to Linux via Bluetooth because your Linux laptop does not have Bluetooth functionality.

How do I fix AirPods not working in Ubuntu?

Check if your device has Bluetooth functionality by going to Settings > Bluetooth and pressing the toggle.

How do I enable Bluetooth on Ubuntu?

  • Click on the top right menu and open settings
  • Select Bluetooth
  • Select your device from the list and toggle the connection on.
Grayson is a laptop specialist who writes informational articles and reviews about all kinds of laptops.