It’s effortless to connect AirPods to Apple gadgets…
But pairing them to your Acer laptop can be a bit tricky.
After all, the 2 brands use entirely different interfaces.
I’m here to help you do this process in less than 5 minutes.
Continue reading to find out:
- How to reinstall your Acer laptop’s Bluetooth driver
- 7 quick steps to connect your AirPods to your Acer laptop.
- 5 reasons why your AirPods won’t pair with your Acer laptop.
- And this is just the beginning…
How to connect AirPods to Acer Laptop – 7 steps
#1: Go to your Acer laptop’s Settings
At the bottom-left corner of your Acer laptop…
Click see the Start/Windows icon.
From the pop-up that appears, tap the gear symbol to open up Settings.
Note: If your laptop is running on Windows 11, you’ll see the icon in the middle of the taskbar.
#2: Select Devices
This option has an icon composed of a speaker and a keyboard.
#3: Turn ON Bluetooth
You’ll see a little toggle in the window on your screen with the title, “Bluetooth.”
Now, ensure that it’s ON, then…
#4: Click the + button
This icon will have the text “Add Bluetooth or other device” beside it.
And you’ll see this near the top of the window.
#5: Tap Bluetooth
You’ll find this at the very top.
After selecting this option, you’ll notice little dots moving across your screen.
At this point, your Acer laptop is trying to detect nearby Bluetooth devices.
So, you should…
#6: Put your AirPods in pairing mode
Flip your audio device case’s lid open.
Then, with both AirPods inside…
Press and hold the pairing button at the back of the case. And let go when the LED light starts blinking white.
Note: You’ll find the LED inside your AirPods’ casing if you have a wired model. But for wireless and MagSafe ones, you’ll see this outside the case.
Now, keep the case open so your audio device will remain in pairing mode as you…
#7: Select your AirPods
Focus on your Acer laptop again. Then, wait for your AirPods’ name to appear on your screen.
Once you see your audio device, click it.
Then, wait for this text to appear under its name: “Connected voice, music.”
Once you see this on your screen, you’ve successfully paired your devices.
So, try testing if your AirPods are now playing your laptop’s audio.
“I can’t hear anything from my audio device.”
Then, your laptop is currently using a different audio output.
So, you should…
Bonus: Set your AirPods as your Acer laptop’s default audio out
Step 1: Open your device’s Settings
Press Windows + I on your keyboard simultaneously.
If you don’t see the main Windows Settings…
Click the back button at the upper-left corner of the window.
Then, once you see the different types of Settings on your laptop…
Click System or the option with the laptop icon. After doing so…
Step 2: Select Sound
You’ll find this on the left bar of the window.
And it’ll be the second choice from the top.
Step 3: Choose your AirPods
Click the drop-down menu you see.
And from the list that appears, select your AirPods.
You should now be able to hear your laptop’s sounds through your Apple audio device.
Recommended reading: 11 Reasons AirPods Keep Cutting Out + How To Fix It
Why won’t my AirPods connect to my Acer laptop? 5 causes & fixes
#1: Your Bluetooth devices have low-battery
As long as your gadgets are within 10 meters of each other…
Bluetooth connections are usually stable.
But there’s 1 factor that affects the connectivity of wireless devices.
And that’s how much power your Bluetooth gadgets have.
See, if 1 or both of your devices have a low battery…
They’ll have a harder time pairing.
So now, charge both your AirPods and your Acer laptop.
And once both of these devices have at least 80% of battery…
Try reconnecting them.
You might also be interested: AirPods Battery Replacement: 3 Options & Costs
#2: Laptop is connected to other audio devices
Your Acer device may reject your AirPods if it’s already linked to a Bluetooth speaker or headphones.
That said, it’s time to…
Make your laptop forget other wireless audio device
Step 1: Open your laptop’s Bluetooth Settings
Simultaneously press Windows + A on your keyboard.
At the bottom of the sidebar that shows up, you’ll see several icons.
From here, right-click the Bluetooth tile.
And from the small pop-up that appears, click Go to Settings.
Step 2: Remove other audio devices from your laptop
Find the Audio heading on the window that appears.
And remove the devices listed under this section by following these steps:
- Click the audio device’s name.
- Select Remove device.
You should also do this process on your AirPods.
Step 3: Repeat the pairing process from the start
Follow the 7 steps above to connect your AirPods to your Acer laptop once more.
#3: Your AirPods are trying to connect with another gadget
Airpods usually automatically pair with the last device they connected with.
And this makes linking your AirPods to new gadgets harder.
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to fix this problem.
Just follow these steps to…
Reset your AirPods
Step 1: Ensure both of your AirPods are in their case.
Step 2: Close the casing’s lid.
Step 3: Wait for 30 seconds.
Step 4: Open the charging case.
Step 5: Launch an iOS device you’ve paired with your AirPods.
Step 6: Forget your AirPods.
On your iPhone or iPad, just follow these steps:
- Head to Settings.
- Click Bluetooth.
- Find the Information icon beside your AirPods’ name.
- Select Forget This Device twice.
Step 7: Ensure that your AirPods case’s lid is open.
Step 8: Press and hold the pairing button at the back for 15 seconds.
Step 9: Wait for the status light to blink amber, then white.
If you want a visual guide for this process, watch this video:
After resetting your AirPods…
Your audio device will forget every gadget it has previously paired with.
So, you can start reconnecting your AirPods to your Acer laptop.
#4: Your laptop’s Bluetooth connection is glitching
Wireless connections inside your laptop can also glitch.
So to stop this problem, all you have to do is…
Restart the Bluetooth connection of your laptop
Step 1: Open your laptop’s services.MSC
Simultaneously press Windows + R on your keyboard.
And on the panel that shows up, type “services.MSC”
Then, click OK from the options at the bottom of the window.
Step 2: Right-click Bluetooth Support Service
You’ll see a long list sorted in alphabetical order on your screen.
That said, just locate the Bluetooth Support Service option. Then double-click it.
Step 3: Change the startup type to Automatic
Click the drop-down menu on your screen titled “Startup type.”
And from the list, select Automatic. After doing so…
Step 4: Tap Stop
You’ll see this under the drop-down menu you clicked.
Step 5: Select yes
And a new window will show up.
Now, just let it load completely, and once it disappears…
Step 6: Click Start
You’ll see this on the left side of the Stop option you tapped earlier.
After that, click the Apply button at the window’s bottom-right corner, then…
Step 7: Restart your Bluetooth connection
The Services window should still be on your screen now.
But if it isn’t, just follow these steps to relaunch:
- Press Windows + R on your laptop’s keyboard.
- Type in “services.MSC.”
- Click OK.
Afterwards, right-click the Bluetooth Support Service from the list.
Then, select Restart from the choices.
Restart your laptop as well after this process. Then, pair your devices once more.
#5: Faulty Bluetooth driver
Your laptop will also stop pairing with wireless audio devices if it has a faulty Bluetooth driver.
So for this fix, you should…
Reinstall your Acer laptop’s Bluetooth driver
Step 1: Open your laptops Device manager
Just click the search bar at the bottom-left part of your screen (for Windows 10 and earlier).
Then, type “Device Manager.”
When the software shows up in the results, click it, then…
Step 2: Show all devices
Click the View option on top of the Device Manager.
Then, from the window that appears, select Show hidden devices.
Step 3: Expand Bluetooth
You’ll see a Bluetooth icon on your screen.
And on its left side, you’ll see an arrowhead pointing right.
Now, simply click this arrow to expand the Bluetooth devices you see.
Then, proceed to…
Step 4: Uninstall your Bluetooth drivers
Several drivers and devices will be under the main Bluetooth selection you expanded. So, just…
- Right-click 1 of them.
- Select Uninstall device.
- Confirm by clicking Uninstall again.
Note: Do these for all the devices you see under the Bluetooth heading.
Step 5: Reinstall the drivers
Click the Action heading on top of the window.
Then, select Scan for hardware changes.
After doing so, restart your Acer laptop.
And try pairing your AirPods to it again.
Bonus: Faulty device
If the fixes above didn’t solve this problem…
1 of your devices is likely faulty.
That said, let’s do a simple test to figure out which of them is causing this issue.
All you have to do is connect your AirPods with another gadget.
If the pairing is successful, it means your Acer laptop was the source of the problem.
So, try to contact the brand’s support team by calling 1-866-695-2237. Or by visiting its customer service page.
However, if your AirPods also refuse to connect with other gadgets…
You should reach out to Apple by calling 800-275-2273.