It might seem counterintuitive, but AirPods pair with basically any Bluetooth device.
There are perfect pairings in this world. Peanut butter and jelly. Beyoncé and Jay-Z. AirPods and Androids.
No, really, hear us out. Apple AirPods are not iOS-exclusive devices. If you’ve been eyeing those white, wireless earbuds, but don’t want to give up your Google Pixel 2, we’ve got good news. AirPods pair with basically any Bluetooth device.
You won’t get all the features that you would with an Apple device. The battery indicator for the AirPods won’t display on your phone, and Siri won’t be available to answer any of your requests. But you can download the AirpodsForGA app, which will let you double-tap on either AirPod to launch the Google Assistant.
If this still sounds like a good idea to you, here’s what to do.
On your Android device, go to Settings > Connected Devices > Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is on. Then open the AirPods case, tap the white button on the back and hold the case near the Android device. Your AirPods should pop up on the onscreen list of connected devices. Tap the AirPods name on the screen and you should be good to go.
Now the only thing left to do is to conspicuously take out your Android while your AirPods are firmly in your ears. Even though you might not be able to hear those around you, you’ll be able to see their puzzled expressions. You are the bridge between Apple fanboys and rabid Android enthusiasts.