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Apple Airpods Max review: If you can’t Beats ’em.

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The Airpods Max have excellent audio quality, easy-to-use controls, and good battery life, but their size isn’t a good fit for everyone.

  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Stylish design
  • Impressive audio quality
  • Good battery life
  • Way too expensive
  • Smart Case is pointless
  • No power button
  • Uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time
  • Earcup size is an issue for some
  • No water resistance rating
  • No headphone jack
  • Mic quality needs improvement

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I’ve lost track of the amount of times people predicted Apple would finally announce its long-rumored Airpods Max at one of its many 2020 events. And when it didn’t happen, I figured we’d all continue to speculate about their release for another couple of years.

But even though the company dropped the announcement without much fanfare via press release, Apple’s first pair of non-Beats-branded over-ear headphones have made a loud entrance.

Their super unique design alone is enough to make you do a double take, with bulbous ear cups, eye-catching colors, and a weird Smart Case accessory. Tack on that exorbitant 550 price tag, and you’re right to question whether these are actually a real Apple product or an elaborate fan joke.

Yes, the internet was quick to criticize Apple for both the obnoxious look and extremely high price of its Airpods Max shortly after their unveiling. But for that amount of money, it’s only fair that people would expect the highest quality all around, especially with steep competition like the Sony WH-1000XM4 or Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Despite the internet’s penchant for shared outrage, however, it appears those fears were mostly unfounded.

The Airpods Max were inevitable if you consider Apple’s headphones trajectory. After all, the company acquired Beats by Dre back in 2014, inheriting a plethora of data in the process, encompassing everything from design to features.

In 2016, Apple built upon its success with Beats by launching its very own wireless earbuds, the original Airpods, followed by a second-generation version just a few years later. To further add to the lineup, it then also released the higher-end Airpods Pro in 2019, which feature noise cancellation, a more comfortable fit, and better sound quality.

The new Airpods Max essentially represent a culmination of all the technology and features that have made Apple’s line of earbuds so successful. These over-ear headphones come equipped with noise cancellation, a transparency mode, and spatial audio.

Based on the immediate social media response (or rather, outcry) on launch day, however, it’s clear that Apple’s brand name alone can’t carry the Airpods Max to success. Just because the company has proven its ability to produce some damn good earbuds, that doesn’t automatically mean it can do the same for headphones — even if they were sold out in just one day.

So, are the Airpods Max really worth 550? The answer is yes, but only if you have a big head and don’t wear glasses.

One size (does not) fit all

Even after scrolling through all the memes and mean tweets about Apple’s new headphones, I was still unwavering in my enthusiasm. All I could think about was rockin’ these bad boys on the subway to and from work (in a non-pandemic world, anyway). I felt like the Airpods Max were the statement piece I was missing for my collection of cute outfits.

That all changed once I had them in my possession.

Aesthetically, the Airpods Max are mesmerizing. Between the unique knit mesh canopy headband and the smooth aluminum ear cups — which come in green, sky blue, pink, silver, and space gray — it’s clear Apple didn’t play it safe with these, especially compared to the very simplistic Airpods and Airpods Pro.

Deep down, however, I knew these headphones probably wouldn’t work for my small head and, sadly, I was right. The minute I unboxed the Airpods Max, put them on, and looked in the mirror, I started laughing. The ear cups swallow my entire head whole and also feel so heavy that it’s almost like I’m giving my skull a workout. Wearing these with glasses felt super painful too, causing me slight headaches and throbbing in my ears throughout the day.

I wish I had nice professional photos of myself wearing the headphones, but we’re in a pandemic and it’s winter, so socially distanced outdoor photoshoots are no longer as easy as they used to be. Still I want to show you how ridiculous they look on my small head (and potentially yours), so here’s an impromptu video I took of myself instead:

Having cycled through many pairs of over-ear headphones throughout the years, I’m used to all these issues. But since Apple emphasized that these headphones were designed for comfort —even for those with glasses — I was upset to have experienced the opposite.

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Beauty is pain

The Airpods Max feature a knit mesh canopy that’s meant to distribute the weight of the headphones and reduce pressure on your head. Attached to that is a silicone-coated stainless steel headband with telescoping arms that you can pull in and out to adjust for the right fit. Then there are the aluminum ear cups with memory foam cushions — both of which are removable, so you can replace them for an extra 69 if they wear out over time.

Over the right ear cup are the controls (which I’ll get to in detail later) including a digital crown and a noise-control button. The bottom right is home to a lightning port to charge the headphones. Ironically, there’s no headphone jack to be found on the Airpods Max. So, yes, you have no choice but to use these wirelessly and keep them charged.

The headphones also feature a total of eight microphones: Both ear cups have three mics on the outside and one on the inside. If you’re the type who is constantly on calls throughout the day, you should know the mic’s sound quality isn’t great — it makes my voice sound echoey and flat.

On paper, Apple’s Airpods Max design gives the impression of comfort, but it’s the complete opposite in practice. I couldn’t wear the headphones for more than two to three hours at a time before my ears would start to throb from the pressure. I also had to constantly readjust the canopy and put it back in place because it had a tendency to inch backwards little by little.

The pressure that comes with wearing over-ear headphones is usually caused by the headband. But with the Airpods Max, it’s actually the ear cups — they’re too big for my ears.

The only solution that slightly worked was to wear my hair down, which acted as somewhat of a buffer between my ears and the ear cups. It’s an easy fix (if you’ve got the locks), but for a pair of headphones that cost almost 600, I shouldn’t have to go out of my way to find a workaround for a comfortable fit.

If anything, Apple should’ve offered these in multiple sizes. Similar to the way the Airpods Pro come with a variety of silicone tips for the right fit, perhaps Apple could’ve offered the option to choose between different-sized ear cups to fit heads big and small.

I have one question about the Smart Case: Why?

This deserves its own section particularly because it has to be said: The Smart Case is possibly the dumbest thing Apple has ever designed.

Since the Airpods Max aren’t collapsible (another disappointing factor), you have no other choice than to store them as is in the Smart Case. It has a built-in magnet within each ear-cup’s (over-the-shoulder boulder) holder that detects when the headphones are placed inside, automatically switching them into ultra-low power mode to save battery.

Now, you might be asking: Why can’t you turn them off? Well, reader, that’s because the Airpods Max don’t have a power button. Nope. The headphones are always on even when you’re not wearing them.

They mimic the same behavior as the standard Airpods: Much like how you place Apple’s Airpods into the case whenever you’re done using them, the Airpods Max are supposed to be placed in their Smart Case. And that’d make sense if the case also doubled as a charger. but it doesn’t.

At 550, the Airpods Max are the most expensive handbag I’ve ever owned.

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It’s exhausting to take them in and out of the case numerous times a day, and it also looks and feels ridiculous. The case is not compact enough to fit into my crossbody bag either, and carrying them like a purse outside is annoying. It’s also really anxiety-inducing to carry these in public out of fear that someone is going to easily swipe them from my hands.

As for battery life, Apple claims the Airpods Max get up to 20 hours on a single charge across the board. So that means talk time, listening time with active noise cancellation or transparency mode turned on, and movie playback with spatial audio. There’s also an LED status indicator that glows green when battery life is above 15 percent and then switches to amber if it’s below that.

It’s not a charging case, but at least you can charge the headphones while they’re in the case? Credit: zlata ivleva / mashable

While I can’t say I’ve worn these for 20 hours straight, I have yet to reach low battery. On a busier day of use, I had the Airpods Max on intermittently (putting them down on my desk every once in a while) and was at about 80 percent after three hours. So I can easily say you’ll get a full day’s use out of these headphones, especially if you commit to placing them in the Smart case.

Seamless connectivity and intuitive controls

If there’s one thing I’ve always appreciated about Apple, it’s the no-hassle connectivity to its ecosystem of devices. The minute I unboxed the Airpods Max, a pop-up appeared on my iPhone 12 mini notifying me the headphones were automatically connected. From there, they would swap back and forth between my MacBook and iPhone, depending on which one I was using for audio.

As for the physical controls on the headphones, there aren’t much to them.

With the Digital Crown you can:

  • Rotate to raise or lower the volume
  • Press once to play, pause, or answer a call
  • Press twice to skip playback forward on audio and three times to skip back
  • Press and hold for Siri (additionally, you can also trigger the voice assistant by saying Hey, Siri out loud)

Then, there’s the noise control button which allows you to toggle between noise cancellation and transparency mode with a single press. And rather than having to manually pause your music, you can simply lift up an ear cup or take the headphones off, and the Airpods will recognize the movement and stop the audio.

You can customize both the crown and the noise control button via Settings. Credit: screenshot / Apple

Since I’m constantly connected to all of my devices in quarantine, I barely used the physical controls. Instead, I opted for the control center on my MacBook or haptic touch on my iPhone to adjust volume or swap between noise modes. If I were commuting or traveling a lot more — with my iPhone usually tucked away in my bag or — I’d certainly rely on the on-device controls a lot more.

Audio quality receives a seal of approval

I’m no audiophile, but I was still impressed with the Airpods Max, especially coming from the second-generation Airpods. Both music and podcasts sound a lot fuller and richer than they do with the earbuds. If the Airpods Max weren’t so uncomfortable to wear for longer periods of time, I’d prefer them to the standard Airpods. And that’s a lot coming from me because I love Apple‘s precious buds.

Noise cancellation worked super well for me, too. It did a good job of drowning out the very loud radiator in my room and the traffic outside my window. At one point, my roommate tried to talk to me from the entryway of my room and thought I was ignoring her because I couldn’t hear a thing.

Transparency mode was useful for when I was walking outside and wanted to make sure I could hear cars passing by, and also for those times at home when I was waiting on the buzzer to ring for food deliveries or packages.

The Airpods Max also come with a spatial audio feature that tracks which way you move your head to deliver a more immersive theater-like sound. It’s not all that revolutionary compared to simply listening to the audio on standard mode, but it’s certainly a nice touch for those who consume a lot of Netflix on a daily basis.

For an expert opinion on these headphones, however, I handed them over to Mashable’s resident audio reviewer, Alex Perry, to test out. His thoughts are below:

Though I only had a limited time to test the Airpods Max, I came away pretty happy with the audio output. The best over-ear headphones make you feel like you’re immersed within whatever you’re listening to — almost as if you’re in the recording studio with the musicians. And that’s what you get here. Subtle instruments at the back of the audio mix don’t get flattened out even at high volume, the bass is appropriately thumpy, and the noise cancellation does its job. If price wasn’t an issue, I would gladly use them over the excellent Bose NC700s that I wear every day.

To cap off his thoughts, Perry said: They get my not-a-real-audiophile-but-still-appreciates-good-audio seal of approval. And as someone who falls under that exact category, I’d say we’re both on the same page about how these sound.

If the headphones fit. wear ’em

When it comes down to it, the Airpods Max check off almost all the boxes for what makes an excellent pair of headphones: great sound quality, ideal battery life, easy controls, and a stylish design (sans Smart Case).

The only boxes left unchecked are the ones dealing with comfort because, again, these headphones are way too big — for me at least. I can’t help but think that had Apple simply offered a smaller size, it could’ve delivered a home run for those of us with small heads and eyeglasses.

And there’s also the ridiculous price.

At 550, the Airpods Max are the most expensive handbag I’ve ever owned. As I sit here and think about all the things I could purchase with that much money, it almost pains me to recommend these — no matter how good they are.

But if you’ve been holding out for a pair of over-ear headphones from Apple specifically for the seamless connectivity to the rest of your devices, and they fit you comfortably, then you can’t go wrong.

As for me, my tiny head will stick to the standard Airpods for that lightweight, pain-free listening experience. That is, until Apple decides to release some smaller ear cups.

How to connect Airpods Max to the Apple TV

You just got Apple‘s Airpods Max, but it may not be readily apparent how to connect them to Apple TV hardware. Here are three simple ways to connect them.

How to connect your AirPod’s Max to your Apple TV

The Airpods Max have an auto-switching feature when using iOS and iPadOS devices, but it doesn’t work with your Apple TV. This is due to outdated processors in use on the Apple TV, so users have to manually connect their Airpods Max via AirPlay when desired.

You’ll be able to hear any audio produced from the Apple TV, but special features like Spatial Audio will not work. For now, the best audio experience can be had on iPad and iPhone.

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Despite that, you’ll still want to connect your Airpods Max to the Apple TV from time to time, so here’s the three ways audio sources can be changed on Apple TV.

Control Center

AirPlay from Control Center

This is the universal way to connect to your Airpods Max. Control Center is accessible from anywhere in tvOS as long as you are using the Siri Remote, Remote app on iPhone, or other remote with a TV button.

  • Press and hold the TV button on the remote to open Control Center.
  • Scroll down to the bottom-middle icon and select it. This is the AirPlay icon.
  • Wait a moment and the Airpods Max will appear at the top of the list below
  • Select the Airpods Max to connect them
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Playing media

AirPlay from playing media

When watching content in the Apple TV app you can swipe down on the Siri Remote to see a small menu. This menu shows subtitle and audio options.

Not all media playing apps have this menu built in, so when in apps like YouTube you’ll want to use Control Center to switch to Airpods Max.

  • Swipe down while viewing media
  • scroll to the Auido menu
  • In the right-most list you’ll see AirPlay options
  • Select Airpods Max to switch

Apps with AirPlay buttons

AirPlay from the Music app

Some apps like Apple Music have AirPlay buttons built into the interface. If you spot the concentric circles with a triangle pointing up in any app, you can switch audio sources from there.

  • Open the music app
  • Select Now Playing from the top menu
  • The AirPlay icon is in the top left corner, select it
  • Select Airpods Max from the menu

How to Connect Airpods to Your Nintendo Switch

After what seems like an entire age, Nintendo has finally added Bluetooth audio to its Nintendo Switch video games consoles. This applies to all models, including the launch Switch, the “Mariko” hardware revision, the OLED Switch, and the Switch Lite.

If you own Apple Airpods, you can easily use them with your Switch to get the full effect of your game’s soundtrack and effects. Let’s look at how to connect your shiny Airpods to your Switch.

First, Update Your Switch

Since Nintendo added Bluetooth audio device support as a feature years after the Switch console was released, you won’t be able to use the feature at all unless you update your firmware.

The original update with this feature was released in September of 2021, but any update after that will have it. It’s best to make sure you have the latest firmware update one way or another since the Bluetooth audio feature was a little buggy at first. Nintendo has also tweaked the connection process in later firmware versions to make wireless audio perform better.

There are two ways to update your Switch firmware. The easiest is to do it over the internet. With your Switch connected to the internet, from the HOME Menu. go to System Settings (the gear icon) System System Update.

Your Switch will check for a new update, and if one is available, give you the option to update.

The other way to update your Switch firmware is to insert a game that was released long enough after the Bluetooth audio update to include the feature. However, there’s no guarantee that any of your recent games have the appropriate update, so it’s best to go with the internet update method if possible.

Limitations of Switch Bluetooth Audio

While it’s awesome to finally have Bluetooth audio support on Switch, it’s not a free upgrade. While you’re using the feature, you have to sacrifice a few things. First, and perhaps most obvious, you can only connect one set of headphones at a time. Second, you are limited to just two wireless controllers while using Bluetooth audio.

That means two Pro controllers, or a single pair of Joy-Cons, since these count as two controllers for wireless purposes.

Unlike Microsoft’s Xbox and the Sony Playstation, there’s still no native support for headset microphones on Switch, which extends to Bluetooth microphones. If you want voice chat in multiplayer games, you’ll have to use Nintendo’s smartphone app, and you have to be a Nintendo Switch Online subscriber.

Local communication, which the Switch uses to find and connect to other local Switches for multiplayer, is also disabled while Bluetooth Audio is active. So if you want to play with friends in the same room with you, you’ll need to find another solution.

How to Put (Any) Airpods into Pairing Mode

There are three different models of AirPod:

By the time you read this, there may be more generations or more models of Airpods, but we don’t expect the basic process to pair devices to change much.

With either Airpods or Airpods Pro:

  • With the Airpods in the charging case, open the case.
  • Press and hold the pairing button on the back of the Airpods case until you see the status light flash white.

With the Airpods Max press and hold the noise control button (the oblong button on the front of the right earcup) until you see the status button pulse white. If you’re having trouble with this, put the Airpods Max back into its case, and then remove it again. We’ve found this usually resolves pairing issues.

Now that your Airpods are ready to pair to your Switch, we’ll go over how to connect devices next.

Connect Airpods with Your Switch

The first-time pairing process is quite simple. Once you’ve put your Airpods into pairing mode, do the following on your Switch:

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Now all of your Switch audio will play through your Airpods.

Disconnecting, Reconnecting, and Forgetting Your Airpods

If you want to disconnect your Airpods from your Switch, simply put them into the charging case. For Airpods Max, removing the headphones is usually enough. Although in some cases, you may have to put them into the protective sleeve.

You can also go back to the Bluetooth Audio menu where you first paired your Airpods, select them, and then choose Disconnect From This Device.

You can also choose Remove Device. if you want to unpair your Airpods. Sometimes, unpairing and then pairing your Airpods from scratch can fix various issues.

If you want to connect to previously paired Airpods, put them on and then select them from the Bluetooth Audio menu. Then, select Connect to This Device.

Adjusting Bluetooth Audio Volume

In the initial firmware release with Bluetooth audio support, the only way to change the volume of your headphones was to use the volume rocker on the Switch, or to use the Switch’s virtual volume slider. Using the volume controls on your headphones does nothing.

With later updates, you can now use the volume controls on your Airpods to adjust the system volume, but to access the volume slider shortcut, simply press and hold the HOME button on your controller to bring up the shortcut menu while in-game.

This is useful in docked mode when your Switch is way over there.

Using a Third-Party Bluetooth Adapter

Using the native Bluetooth Switch feature may not be as great an experience as we’d hoped. With Airpods Max, everything works well and the small amount of audio delay is acceptable. But with Airpods Pro things were less rosy in our testing. We didn’t have regular Airpods to hand, but we can’t imagine they’d fare better than Airpods Pro.

Either way, if you’re not completely satisfied with how your Airpods work with the Switch, you have the option to use a third-party Bluetooth audio adapter. You see, the Switch supports USB audio devices, so these adapters present themselves to the Switch as such, and then handle the Bluetooth part of the process completely on the dongle itself. If you buy the right adapter, this also gives you access to the various low-latency Bluetooth protocols, but Airpods don’t support these.

Nonetheless, going this route will provide better latency and remove the controller restrictions at the same time.

One excellent option is this Genki adapter we found on Amazon, which works in handheld mode and can broadcast to two sets of headphones at the same time. There’s a USB adapter included to use the dongle in docked mode as well.

Using a Cable With Airpods Max

If you’re lucky enough to be rocking a pair of Airpods Max headphones, you also have the option of simply using a wired connection from the headphones to your Switch. This is great for handheld mode and will offer the best sound quality and latency.

You’ll need a 3.5mm audio to Lightning cable, but not just any will work. Since the cable needs its own DAC (Digital To Analog Converter), only cables that explicitly say they’re designed to work with Airpods Max should be on your list. Plug the Lightning end into your Airpods Mac, and the other end into the Switch’s headphone jack.

Using Bluetooth Headphones Other Than Airpods

The information and instructions above apply to any Bluetooth headphones, not just Airpods. While each model of headphones will have their own specific method of entering pairing mode, everything else is identical.

However, we have tried several brands of headphones with our Switch, Switch Lite, and Switch OLED consoles since the update was released, and results are highly inconsistent compared to Airpods. For example, a pair of Sennheisser Bluetooth headphones worked well (albeit with a little too much latency), but using Samsung Buds Plus wireless earbuds was completely unplayable.

So even if you have a decent experience with your Airpods, we’d still strongly recommend using a third-party Bluetooth dongle over Switch’s native implementation of this feature.

Troubleshooting Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Audio

In general, connecting your Airpods to a Switch system is fairly painless. However, there are always a few things that can go wrong. Most of them fall under the umbrella of general Bluetooth troubleshooting, but you may experience a few of these:

  • Constant disconnection: This can be caused by a low headset battery, radio interference, or you may need new firmware on your headset or Switch.
  • Wireless Headphones Not Visible: If you’re trying to pair your headset but it’s now showing up as available, try turning the headset off and on again, or do the same with your Switch.
  • Headset Buttons Don’t Work: On some headsets, volume controls or other buttons may not work as expected. In some cases it’s because the Switch doesn’t support a given function, but if your volume controls don’t work, the workaround is use the shortcut mentioned above to adjust your audio output.
  • Laggy or Choppy Audio: Try a different headset, or use a third-party dongle.

Gamers who are lucky enough to have a headset that works well with their Switch can enjoy wireless audio wherever they go, and don’t forget that it still works in docked mode. So now you can enjoy your games without disturbing anyone around you.

How to Pair Airpods Max With Your Computer, Playstation, TV, and Other Devices (Full Explanation)

Apple has deviated from its exclusive mentality and opened up its technology to other brands in the market. That’s why pairing your Airpods Max with non-Apple gadgets only requires you a solid Bluetooth connection. If your gizmo doesn’t have any Bluetooth functions available, you can buy a dongle to wirelessly connect your Max headphones.

You’re capable of pairing your Airpods Max with any device, be it a PC, laptop, Playstation, or modern Smart TV. If you’re in no mood for Bluetooth linking, you can also use Apple’s Lightning to Audio cable. There are many ways to establish a connection; just choose one that serves your purpose the best.

How to Put Airpods Max in Pairing Mode

Another way is to connect your headphones manually. This alternative also works well with other non-Apple devices such as Android phones.

You can do this by going to the ‘Settings’ tab then navigate to ‘Bluetooth’. Manually choose your Airpods Model and watch out for the light indicator. If there are no flashes, press and hold the Noise Control button on your headphones for seven seconds.

This will prompt a connection between your devices, so choose ‘Connect’. Then follow the instructions indicated on the gadget.

How Do I Switch Between Devices on Airpods Max?

Your premium headphones aren’t just premium because of their name. It has elite Smart features, including automatic device switching. If you’re listening using your iPad and a call comes through your phone, expect your Airpods Max to prioritize the call.

That’s right — it is advanced enough to redirect on different devices. This is part of Apple’s charm, making their devices user-friendly. However, here are some conditions for this automatic switch feature to work:

  • Your Apple device, be it an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or TV, should have the latest version of OS installed.
  • Your devices should be signed in with the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication.

Sadly, this genius auto-switch works only on Apple devices. Android users have yet to avail this perk, but you can’t say for sure in the future.

How Do I Stop Airpods Max Auto-Switching?

Auto-switch is a convenient feature that maximizes the connection between different Apple devices. However, it can be annoying when you’re in the middle of intense gameplay or a cliffhanger episode. Luckily, Apple gives you a choice to stop this automatic switching:

For iPhones, iPads, and iPods Touch

  • Once your Airpods Max is connected to your device, navigate to Settings. Then go to the Bluetooth tab.
  • Select the Info (i) button next to your headphones model.
  • Tap ‘Connect to this iPhone’ or depending on your connected device.
  • Select ‘When Last Connected to this iPhone’ (iPad or iPods Touch).
  • While your Airpods Max is connected to your Mac, go to Apple Menu.
  • Find ‘System Preferences’ and choose Bluetooth.
  • Tap on the Options button right next to your Airpods model.
  • Check out the ‘Connect to this Mac’ menu.
  • Choose ‘When Last Connected to this Mac’.
  • With your Airpods Max connected to the Apple TV, go to Settings.
  • Navigate to the ‘Remotes and Devices’ and select Bluetooth.
  • Turn off the ‘Suggest Nearby Airpods’ option.

How Do I Manually Switch Between Airpods Max Devices?

You can still navigate through devices even when you’ve turned off automatic switching. Apple prioritizes a user-friendly interface enabling you to switch manually between gadgets. Here’s how:

On iPhones, iPads, or iPod Touch

  • Depending on your gadget model, go to your device’s Control Center. You can do this by either swiping up or swiping down.
  • Tap and hold the audio card in the upper-right part of the Control Center.
  • Choose the blue button on the top right corner. Then select which device you want to connect, specifically, your Airpods Max.
  • Navigate on your menu bar and click on the Volume Control sound icon.
  • Choose Airpods under the ‘Output’ category.

The sound controls on your Mac are located in the Control Center if you’re using macOS Big Sur or later versions.

  • Sign in to your iCloud account using the Apple TV.
  • Navigate to the Settings menu and select ‘Remotes and Devices’.
  • Tap on Bluetooth and choose Airpods Max.
  • Select ‘Connect’ and check if your headphones are under the ‘My Devices’ category.

How Do I Use Airpods Max on a PC?

You can use your Airpods Max on a PC like any Bluetooth headset. Your headphones will provide crisp sound whether you’re editing or absorbed in gameplay.

Connecting it via Bluetooth will give you more freedom but may cause audio latency. This is normal and will easily be resolved if you use a wired Airpods Max to PC connection instead.

How to Pair Airpods Max With Windows

Apple started out as a brand that values exclusivity. However, they have improved and enabled non-MacOS users to partake in their technology.

As such, pairing your Airpods Max with Windows Max will be a walk in the park. This is as long as your Windows device has Bluetooth functions available:

  • Right-click the Windows icon on the bottom left corner of your computer. Select ‘Settings’ and then ‘Devices’. You can also search it directly on the start menu.
  • Select the ‘Add Bluetooth or other Device” and tap on ‘Bluetooth’.
  • If you have the Bluetooth icon pinned on your taskbar, click it. Then select ‘Add a Bluetooth Device’.
  • To prepare your Airpods Max for Windows pairing, hold the Noise Control button for about 7 seconds. Wait a bit and watch as your earphones appear on the list of available devices.
  • Select your Airpods Max and wait for the notification “Your device is ready to go!”

The catch with this Apple to non-Apple connection? You can’t utilize all the Airpods Max’s excellent features, such as Spatial Audio.

However, there are H1 processors on both sides of the earphones. With these, you’ll get the best of its noise cancellation and transparency mode perks.

How to Connect Airpods Max to PC With Cable

One alternative is connecting your Airpods Max via wires if your PC does not come with Bluetooth. However, you will need a Lightning to Audio Cable as an intermediary to do this.

If you’re looking for it in the box in which your headphones were delivered, you’ll be disappointed. Apple did not include it in the bundle, so you’ll need to purchase it separately. It’s available on their website for a whopping 35.

It’ll be easy to establish a solid connection when you get your Lightning to Audio Cable on hand. Simply attach the lightning end on your headphones — the hole is on the bottom of the right earpiece. Then attach the other audio end on your PC jack.

Apple only manufactures its Lightning to Audio Cable on a 3.5 mm size, so make sure your computer’s ports are compatible. It’s not bad to be careful, as the headphones themselves cost a lot already.

How Do I Use Airpods Max Mic on a PC?

When you connect your Airpods Max to your PC, it will function just like you would any headphones. This means you can utilize the functions of the nine microphones installed in your luxury headphones. Eight of these microphones are for Active Noise Cancellation – eliminating background sounds.

However, there are times these microphones don’t automatically sync with Windows. When this happens, don’t panic and instead get to the main root of the problem. Here are several ways to tackle it:

Set your Max headphones as the default communication device

  • Step 1: Look for the sound icon on your PC and right-click on it. Select the ‘Sounds’ option.
  • Step 2: Navigate to the ‘Playback’ tab and right-click on your Airpods Max headset. Tap ‘Set as Default Communication Device’.
  • Step 3: Go to the ‘Recording’ tab and right-click on your Airpods Model. Then click ‘Set as Default Communication Device’.

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Choose the ‘Airpods Hands-Free’ option as a playback device when you’re on any Windows application.

Update Windows Bluetooth Drivers

  • Step 1: Press Windows R simultaneously on your keyboard. This opens the Run box.
  • Step 2: Type’ devmgmt.msc’ and enter or click ‘OK’.
  • Step 3: Click on Bluetooth, this will expand the tab.
  • Step 4: Right-click on your Bluetooth adapter and select the ‘Update Driver’ option.
  • Step 5: Once you see a pop-up window, select the ‘Search automatically for drivers’.
  • Step 6: Follow your Windows on-screen instructions. Once done, restart your PC.
  • Step 7: Check your Airpods Max by connecting it the usual way via Bluetooth.

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Install your Windows Updates

  • Step 1: Press Windows logo I on your keyboard simultaneously to open settings. Navigate to ‘Update and Security’.
  • Step 2: Go to the Windows Update category and tap ‘Check for Updates’. This will invoke Windows to download the patches automatically.
  • Step 3: Confirm the update by looking for the “You’re up to date” notification.
  • Step 4: Restart your PC and check for your Airpods Max on the list of connected devices.

You can try one of these steps or all of them to eliminate any problems with your microphones fully. You’d inevitably need updated drivers and software for the Airpods Max to function well. This is to increase compatibility between different OS.

How Do I Connect My Airpods Max to My Laptop?

There’s virtually no difference between whether you plan to connect your Airpods Max to a PC or a laptop. You’ll need to update all your drivers and software to assure no future complications will occur. Also, as long as the Bluetooth is functioning well, you can link your headphones easy-peasy.

However, if the Bluetooth features are non-functional, you’ll need a Bluetooth dongle. This accessory allows you to connect your luxury headphones wirelessly to your laptop.

How to Connect Airpods Max to Mac

Your Airpods Max connects automatically to recognized devices within the vicinity. You can make this automatic connection if you set up your headphones with the same Apple ID as your Mac. Take note that you’ll need to have the macOS Big Sur 11.1 or later updates installed.

There are times your Mac won’t automatically connect with your Airpods Max. Here’s what you should do when this happens:

  • Wear your Max headphones properly to activate them. Your Airpods Max has optical sensors that detect whether they’re worn over the head or the neck.
  • Navigate your Mac to the Menu bar. Select the ‘Bluetooth’ option, or tap on the Volume Control.
  • Choose Airpods Max from the options. You can now enjoy your Airpods Max to Mac wireless connection.

How to Connect Airpods Max to MacBook

On the off chance that you didn’t see your Airpods Max in the Bluetooth or Volume Control tab, you’ll need to do additional steps. You can approach it this way:

  • Find the System Preferences category on your Mac. This is located on the Apple menu.
  • Click on Bluetooth and make sure that it is on and functioning.
  • Get hold of your headphones and long-press the Noise Control button for a few seconds. You’ll know when to stop when the light flashes white.
  • Wait a few seconds and select your Airpods Max in the list of devices.
  • Click ‘Connect’ and watch as your headphones pair with your MacBook.

Sometimes, you’ll still hear the sounds coming from speakers instead of your headphones. To remedy this, just navigate on the Bluetooth or Volume Control menu. Then check whether your Airpods Max is chosen as the output device.

How Do I Connect My Airpods Max to My Playstation?

Gone are the days where you’ll need to stick to one brand for all your tech needs. If you’re an avid Playstation fan but only have an Airpods Max stashed, then you can definitely use them together.

To do so, there is one crucial thing to be aware of. Sony’s Playstation can’t connect to other Bluetooth-enabled headphones other than its own brand. This is because some headsets, like your Airpods Max, have a higher level of latency.

The higher the latency, the greater the delay in sound during your gaming experience. If you’re still eager to pair your Max headphones with Playstation wirelessly, you’ll need a Bluetooth dongle. Check out how to do it:

  • Plug your Bluetooth dongle into your Playstation console, monitor output, or the controller. This will depend on the type of dongle you’ve bought.
  • Make sure your Bluetooth dongle is active by observing the flashing lights. Then pair the dongle with your Max by pressing the Noise Control button for seven seconds.
  • If they’re synced successfully, you’ll see the flashing light indications on both accessories.
  • Navigate to ‘Settings’ and then ‘Devices’ as soon as both your devices are paired.
  • Select the ‘Audio Devices’ tab and go to ‘Input Devices’. Then go to the ‘Headset Connect to Controller’ and set Output Device to ‘USB Headphones’.
  • Set the output to ‘Headphones’ and tap on ‘All Audio’.

Some prefer an all-in audio connection without mic functions. To do this, you’ll only need to remove step 5 from the instructions.

How Do I Use Airpods Max on PS5?

You can use Airpods Max on PS5 just like you would any other regular Bluetooth headphones. As long as you got your dongle, it’s sure to work perfectly fine. Granted, there will be a few sound lapses here and there due to latency, but it’ll do.

However, it’s a different case if you don’t have a dongle and have no plans on getting one. In this scenario, you’ll only have one choice if you want to pair your Max headphones with your PS5. This is through the Lightning to Audio Cable made by Apple for this scenario.

The cable costs quite a lot, but it will help you link your headphones to the console. You’ll be a little restricted because the line is only 1.2 meters long (3.9 feet). It’s quite worth it, though, because wired connections give you a more immersive sound experience.

How to Use Airpods Max With Xbox

True, your Airpods Max is a wireless headset, and the Xbox can’t cater to Bluetooth connections. The Xbox Series X does have Bluetooth, but its used to pair to a wireless controller.

With this in mind, it seems impossible to connect your Max headphones with your gaming console. However, one tiny thing will turn the tables around: Bluetooth dongles. Simply pair it up with your Airpods Max as you do with other wireless connections.

Once connected, you can now enjoy unparalleled sound quality as you bust through your games. This way, you’ll also maximize the use of your headphones, making it worth its price of over 500.

How Do I Connect My Airpods Max to My TV?

Setting up a connection between Airpods Max and Smart TV is possible through modern tech. With the help of a Bluetooth receiver, you can definitely pair it up with whichever brand you prefer.

Apple has come so far with the inclusivity mindset, so you won’t have to worry about staying loyal to one brand. It’s great if you prefer the HD quality of Android but want the sound quality the Airpods offer. You can get the best of both worlds by buying a few accessories.

How to Connect Airpods Max to LG TV

There are several ways to pair your Airpods Max to your LG TV. You can either use the TV or Headset pairing features. Streaming apps can also serve as an intermediary for TV to Max headphones connection.

Here’s how to connect Airpods to LG TV using different approaches. Just choose which one’s the most convenient for you:

  • Turn your LG TV on and navigate to the Settings tab.
  • Go to ‘Advanced Settings’ and look for the ‘Sound Menu’.
  • Tap on ‘Sound out’ and then navigate to the LG Sound Sync Bluetooth.
  • Select ‘Detect’ and wait for your Airpods Max to reflect. Once it’s listed on the screen, pair it with your LG TV.
  • If your Airpods Max is brand new, they’ll automatically connect to the TV.
  • If they don’t, long-press the call button. This will activate its Bluetooth function.
  • If the blue light is flashing through the LED in half-second intervals, the devices are pairing.
  • Download the Roku application on your mobile device.
  • Plugin the Roku into the HDMI port.
  • Connect your Airpods Max to your phone.
  • Open the Roku application and choose the ‘Headphones’ category.

Just a reminder that using Roku will only provide you with a streaming option. Hearing selected programs run on the Roku application is the best bet you can do with this.

  • Set your Airpods Max on pairing mode.
  • Navigate to the Fire TV menu and go to Settings.
  • Tap on ‘Controllers and Bluetooth Devices’ and click ‘Other Bluetooth Devices’.
  • A drop-down menu will show where you can locate your Airpods Max model. Connect and wait for a few seconds to pair.

Fire TV stick is Amazon’s very own streaming cube. It’s convenient but will only let you stream audio from connected programs. You can’t use your Max headphones’ Volume Control when you use this. It’ll cause you extra effort when you adjust with the Fire TV remote, but it’s nothing if you want to pair with LG badly.

How to Pair Airpods Max With Apple TV

Apple connects well with other Apple devices, as seen when setting up Airpods Max to Apple TV pairing. The company takes note of other brands, but nothing compares to connecting two Apple techs together.

If you are using the same Apple ID across devices, automatic pairing will happen, and you won’t break a sweat. However, on the rare chance that auto-linking does not occur, here’s one way to manually do so:

  • Press and hold the TV icon on your remote to navigate to the Control Center page.
  • Select the AirPlay icon on the middle bottom row. You can quickly locate it as it is the icon flashing blue.
  • Select your Airpods Max for pairing under the ‘Headphones’ category.

How to reboot and reset Airpods Max

If you’re having trouble with Airpods Max connecting to your iPhone and other devices or experiencing other issues, there are a couple of solutions to try. Follow along for how to reboot and reset Airpods Max.

Airpods Max don’t have a dedicated power button, so there’s no option to power cycle them like you would an iPhone, iPad, or more traditional device.

However, Apple’s made it easy to force reboot or reset Airpods Max if you’re having connectivity or other problems with the headphones.

How to reboot and reset Airpods Max

Force reboot

  • The least invasive step is to reboot your Airpods Max
  • Press and hold the Digital Crown and the Noise control button until you see the status light flashes amber (on the bottom of the same earcup)
  • Hold your Airpods Max upside down to easily keep an eye on the status light

Reset Airpods Max to factory settings

If rebooting didn’t solve your issue, here’s how to reset them:

  • Apple says before resetting Airpods Max to factory settings, charge them “for a few minutes”
  • Press and hold the Digital Crown and the Noise control button for 15 seconds
  • Hold your Airpods Max upside down to easily keep an eye on the status light
  • You should see the status light flash amber, then white (on the bottom of the same earcup)
  • After successfully resetting Airpods Max, you can repair them with your iPhone and other devices
  • Also, if you’re hoping the latest Airpods Max firmware update might help with battery life issues, check out more on that in our coverage here:

    Also, here are some further tips on getting the elusive firmware to install: