Wondering whether AirPods work with Huawei phones or not? The short and simple answer to this question is, YES!
AirPods are based on Bluetooth technology. This means that any Bluetooth-enabled phone can pair with AirPods without a problem.
The only glitch that you will face is the lack of all features. This happens because AirPods are designed for iPhones. iPhone users get to enjoy a lot of features when they pair their phones with AirPods.
The problem with Android-enabled phones is that most of those features will not even show up as they are specific to iOS.
That doesn’t, however, mean that AirPods cannot be used with Android. You can still enjoy a few things like listening to music and taking calls. Huawei is an Android-powered phone. This means that AirPods will work with Huawei phones but with limited features.
So, how do you make AirPods work with Huawei phones? Follow this step-by-step guide to learn the process.
Making AirPods Work with Huawei Phones
Step 1: Turn on the pairing mode for AirPods
Ensure that your AirPods have enough charge. Now, with the AirPods inside the charging case and the lid of the case open, turn the case and find the white button on the back.
Press and hold the button for 3 seconds. This will make the LED light on the front side of the charging case (or inside the case) flash in white color.
This flashing indicates that the AirPods are now in Pairing Mode.
Step 2: Turn on the Bluetooth on your Huawei Phone
Just like every other Android phone, you can activate the Bluetooth from the Settings app. Alternately, you can activate the same from the quick controls settings by pulling down the settings panel from the top of the screen and then tapping on the Bluetooth icon.
However, even if you turn on the Bluetooth through quick control settings panel, you will still need to go into the Bluetooth settings screen to eventually pair your AirPods with your phone. Thus, using the settings app makes more sense.
The steps that you need to follow to turn on Bluetooth using the settings app are:
- Step 1: Open the app drawer by tapping on the drawer button on the home screen. It is the central circular button with two rows of 3 dots placed horizontally.
- Step 2: Once the app drawer is open, scroll through the apps to find the settings app. It is the one with a cog icon.
- Step 3: Tap on the app and the settings screen will open. The third option that you see on that screen is the Bluetooth option.
- Step 4: Tap on the Bluetooth option to open the Bluetooth settings page. Now use the toggle button to turn on the Bluetooth. Doing so will automatically turn on the visibility option as well.
- Step 5: Once you turn on the Bluetooth option, you can see that the phone is searching for available Bluetooth-enabled devices. Since your AirPods are already in Pairing Mode, you can see AirPods listed once your phone completes the search and finds your AirPods.
- Step 6: Tap on AirPods and the option will grey out and show ‘Connecting.’ Once the connection is established, the status will change to ‘Connected.’
- Step 7: Once the connection is established, you can then take out the earbuds from the charging case, close the case and keep it aside, and then wear the earbuds.
You are done! Now you can play music on your phone and listen to it using your AirPods. You can even make calls using the AirPods.
A Few Things You Cannot Do
We said earlier that AirPods are specifically designed for iPhones. This means a few features will not be available on Android phones. Here are a few things you will miss:
- Android phones do not have Siri. They have Google Assistant that will not work with AirPods.
- You cannot use the noise cancellation feature of AirPods.
- You cannot use the Ear Tip Fit Test that is exclusively available only for iOS users.
- Automatic ear detection will not be available by default unless you install a separate app called AirBattery. Unfortunately, this separate app eats up a lot of battery life from AirPods and also, it doesn’t work with every app. It works only for Netflix and Spotify.
There will be limitations because, after all, AirPods were meant for iPhones and not Huawei or any other Android-powered device.