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How To Connect My AirPods Max To iPhone In 2 Ways

Last Updated Jun 26, 2022
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The Apple AirPods Max are Apple’s answer to the full-size headphone market. I’m sure if you’ve been outside in the past ten years or have ever set foot in a gym; you can see that Beats by Dre tend to make up the majority of the headphones donned by patrons of that bastion of physical fitness. Although Apple owns Beats, they may still want their AirPod headphones to be on top.

In the United States, the various Apple iPhones make up the top spots of the top phones sold. The iPhone is the most popular phone in America, so it stands to reason that Apple wants their flagship, top-of-the-line AirPods Max headphones to be easy to use with their flagship phones. 

Connecting Your AirPods Max to Your iPhone

Connecting your AirPods Max to your iPhone is a very simple task. So simple, almost nothing needs to be done with one method! Here’s how you can pair them:

There are two ways to connect your iPhone to the AirPods Max, automatically and manually. Automatic is done by holding your headphones close to your iOS device and following the on-screen setup. Manual setup puts the headphones in pair mode and adds them to your Bluetooth devices in settings.

Keep reading to learn how to automatically and manually pair your AirPods Max to your iPhone.

Connecting Your iPhone To Your AirPods Max

First things first, as with most Apple products, it is best to have your Apple iOS device fully up to date. Apple loves their updates, and for their equipment (and most equipment really) to work its best, you should always check for updates frequently.

To get the most functionality out of your Apple AirPods Max, you will need to be able to update your device to the following editions or later:

Device:OS Version:
iPhone or iPod TouchiOS 14.3 or later
iPadiPadOS 14.3 or later
Apple WatchwatchOS 7.2 or later
Apple TVtvOS 14.3 or later
MacmacOS 11.1 or later

Connecting your AirPods Max to your iPhone is essential to your listening experience. They also follow different methods to skip songs and change the volume compared to other AirPods.

Connecting Your AirPods Max to Your iPhone Automatically

One of the great features of Apple’s iOS is its user-friendliness. Apple prides itself on being as user-friendly as possible. This philosophy extends even to their headphones. It is possible to have your AirPods Max connect to your iOS device without ensuring your Bluetooth is on and in pairing mode and the headphones are in pair mode.

Gone are the days of annoying, blinking lights and tones, at least in the case of the AirPods Max. To connect Your AirPods Max to Your iPhone Automatically:

  1. Go to your iPhone’s Home Screen
  2. Take your AirPods Max out of their Smart Case
  3. Hold the AirPods Max close to the device you want to connect them to
  4. Within 60 seconds, a setup animation should pop up on your iPhone’s screen.
  5. Click the Connect button to set up your AirPods Max headphones and connect them to your device
  6. You can now set up Hey, Siri if you want to use Apple’s voice-activated digital personal assistant; you can also set up Spatial Audio, which is Apple’s digital surround sound.

If the setup animation doesn’t pop up, try double-checking that you are updated to one of the operating system versions in the above table or later. The AirPods Max won’t be able to connect automatically on older Apple iOS operating systems

If you are having trouble at this step, the next section will explain how to connect your headphones manually.

You can also set up your headphones by signing into your iCloud, which will automatically sync the headphones with any of your supported, up-to-date devices that are signed in to iCloud using the same Apple ID.

Connect Your AirPods Max To Your iPhone Manually

If you have an older iPhone and are unable to update your phone to one of the required iOS operating system versions or if you had any trouble with getting your AirPods Max to connect automatically, then it is still possible to connect your AirPods Max headphones manually and achieve the same results.

There are a couple of buttons on the right speaker cup of the AirPods Max. There is the Digital Crown knob that users of the Apple Watch will be familiar with; there is also a Noise Control Button. The Noise Control button acts as the button to put the AirPods Max into pair mode manually. There is a status light at the bottom of the right speaker cup where the cable plugs in. 

To Connect Your AirPods Max to Your iPhone Manually:

  1. Open the Settings App on your iOS device
  2. Go to your Bluetooth menu
  3. Press and hold the Noise Control button located on the top of the right speaker cup
  4. The status light located at the bottom of the right speaker cup should now be blinking white
  5. With the status light on the AirPods Max headphones blinking white, click the AirPods Max in the Bluetooth Menu of the device you are trying to connect to.
  6. Click the Connect button to set up your AirPods Max headphones and connect them to your device

At this point, you can now set up Hey, Siri if you want to use Apple’s voice-activated digital personal assistant; you can also set up Spatial Audio, which is Apple’s digital surround sound.

Conclusion

Apple is truly trying to pack as many features as possible into these headphones to try and take a swing at the crown of full-size headphones. It’s easy to see with so many options available, so many features, and the ease with which they can be connected, even by today’s easy, user-friendly UI standards, that Apple is truly trying to swing for the fences.

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