How to connect AirPods to the Galaxy Note 10+

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in General Discussion edited September 2
It doesn't seem like it should work, but it does. Here's how to connect your AirPods to your brand new Galaxy Note 10.

White on white: Galaxy Note 10+ and AirPods 2
White on white: Galaxy Note 10+ and AirPods 2


AirPods have become the king of true wireless earbuds, taking over the iOS world. Fortunately, you don't have to have an iPhone or iPad to use the AirPods.

While you lose out on a couple features, here's how to pair your AirPods with your brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.




How to connect AirPods to the Galaxy Note 10

  • Place the individual AirPods into the charging case.
  • While the case is open, press and hold the small pairing button located on the back, until you see the light turn white.
  • Open the Bluetooth settings menu on your Galaxy Note 10+ by swiping down on the notification tray
  • Press and hold down the Bluetooth icon, and this will take you to the phone's Bluetooth settings
Once you're on that menu, you should see your AirPods among the list of available devices and here is where you can confirm the pairing.

And that's it! Super easy and straightforward. You can now listen to your music, movies, podcasts or whatever else through your AirPods just like any other Bluetooth earbuds.

How to pair your Apple AirPods with Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+
How to pair your Apple AirPods with Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+

The trade-offs

Android devices lack the integration with AirPods that iPhones have, so there are a few things that don't work as they do on iOS. As outlined above, the simple and elegant pairing process is a no-go. You are stuck pairing the old fashioned way, versus the simplicity of opening up your AirPods case, and hitting connect on the card that pops up on your iPhone.

The controls on the sides of the AirPods are also different. A double-tap on either earbud will act as a play/pause button. On iOS, this can be configured to suit your preferences.

You also don't get to take advantage of the iCloud sharing that seamlessly syncs the AirPods to all your devices, as it does on Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

Taking out one of the earbuds to pause your music also doesn't work with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ -- or Android in general -- which is our favorite feature from Apple's AirPods.

Connected: AirPods 2 connected to Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+
Connected: AirPods 2 connected to Samsung's Galaxy Note 10+


Otherwise, battery life is still great, and range is fantastic.

Where to buy

Apple AirPods are currently on sale with deals on both 2019 AirPods with Charging Case and 2019 AirPods with Wireless Charging Case.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ next to Apple's AIrPods 2
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ next to Apple's AirPods 2


Those looking to pick up a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ to pair with the AirPods can do so at Amazon with instant rebates available from third-party sellers.

For deals on other Apple products, be sure to check out our Apple Price Guide.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    tl;dr  Connect like regular BT headphones.
    svanstrom
  • Reply 2 of 10
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,000member
    Step one: Trade your Samsung phone in for an iPhone.....
    sdw2001watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 10
    bigtdsbigtds Posts: 150member
    Just buy Samsung ear pods.
    microbe
  • Reply 4 of 10
    Slow news, much? Why would anyone here be interested (sorry to sound arrogant) in this?
    muthuk_vanalingamsdw2001watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 10
    krawall said:
    Slow news, much? Why would anyone here be interested (sorry to sound arrogant) in this?
    Some of us are not ecosystem exclusive.  Some of us are fans of tech for the sake of tech.  
    bigtdsgatorguy
  • Reply 6 of 10
    In Korea the airpods are a fashion trend. it does not matter what kind of phone you have, but it apparently matters if you have airpods or not. before airpods on public transportation i would see many samsung users with apple earpods. this is very funny to me.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 10
    Why does this article begin, “It doesn't seem like it should work”?

    Airpods have always been pairable to any Bluetooth phone.
    CloudTalkin
  • Reply 8 of 10
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 21,255member
    macxpress said:
    Step one: Trade your Samsung phone in for an iPhone.....
    Quite surprisingly one of my very best friends, a long time Mac user and a more recent iPhone one (maybe two-three years?) did just the opposite this weekend, switching from the X to a Samsung Note 10. Haven't had the chance to ask her why. 
  • Reply 9 of 10
    Why does this article begin, “It doesn't seem like it should work”?

    Airpods have always been pairable to any Bluetooth phone.
    I know right.  AirPods are BT headphones so it shouldn't be surprising they work with a BT capable phone... any BT capable phone.  To be fair though, I get where AI is coming from with this article.  Apple has a history of being proprietary so it's not that great of a stretch to think the AirPods could have been restricted to Apple devices.  That being said, this article would have been more appropriate maybe a year or so ago.  We're on the 2nd iteration of AirPods and have known they were cross compatible for almost as long as the AirPods have been around.  The phrase day late and a dollar short comes to mind.

    Tangent: The AW is an example of that proprietary predilection.   They could have gone with standard Qi charging but went with a fork.  Hindsight being 20/20, I bet they wish they would have chosen standard Qi charging like with the iPhone - we might have gotten AirPower imo had they done so.
  • Reply 10 of 10
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,078member
    "Hey, we're an Apple enthusiast site that is over 20 years old, and we're telling you how to use your AirPods with you 'brand new' Samsung 10+." 

    "....also, Donald Trump is President of the United States and there are 57 different genders."  


      :|


    watto_cobra
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