How to Pair AirPods with Samsung Galaxy S21

Even though AirPods are designed for Apple devices, that, however, never stopped Android users from using AirPods with their Android devices. This is because AirPods are based on Bluetooth technology, which is also available for Android users.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of pairing your AirPods with your Samsung Galaxy S21 series device.

Steps to Pair AirPods with Samsung Galaxy S21

1. Turn on Pairing Mode for AirPods

The first step to make your AirPods work with your Galaxy S21 phone is to activate the pairing mode of AirPods. How do you do that? Here are the steps:

  • Step 1: Ensure that your AirPods and the charging/storage case for the earbuds are charged. It is not necessary to have a full charge. A partial charge is good enough.
  • Step 2: Once you have enough charge, bring your AirPods close to your Galaxy phone. Ensure that the AirPods are inside the case and the lid of the case is open.
  • Step 3: Turn the case on the back and locate the white button (circular) on the back of the case. Press and hold the button for 3 seconds.
  • Step 4: When you press and hold the button, the LED light on the front of the case or inside the case (located on the partition between the earbuds) will start blinking white. This will indicate that the pairing mode for the AirPods is on.

2. Turn on the Bluetooth on your phone

Now is the time for turning on the Bluetooth on your Galaxy S21 phone. Follow the steps below to turn on the Bluetooth:

  • Step 1: Go to the Settings app
  • Step 2: Tap on Connections
  • Step 3: Tap Bluetooth and toggle it On


  • Step 4: Once you turn on the Bluetooth, tap on the option which says ‘Scan.’
  • Step 5: Once you do that, you will notice that your phone is searching for new nearby devices.
  • Step 6: Wait until the search is over and AirPods are listed on your phone’s screen. Once you see AirPods listed, tap on it. A new popup will open, asking you to pair AirPods with your phone. Tap on the ‘OK’ button.
  • Step 7: You will notice that the light on the AirPods case will change to green or amber (depending on the amount of charge left) and then the light will turn off. Now your AirPods are connected to your Galaxy S21.
  • Step 8: Once your AirPods are connected to your phone, you can then take out the earbuds and keep the charging case aside. Wear earbuds and you are good to go!

With AirPods connected to your Galaxy S21, S21+ or S21 Ultra, you can listen to music or watch videos or even take calls. However, you need to understand that since AirPods are designed for Apple phones, you will not get various special features that only iPhone users enjoy. For instance, you can’t get the features of noise cancellation or use the Ear Tip Fit Test.