6 Ways to Fix AirPods Connected But No Sound on Windows 11

Fix AirPods connected but no sound on Windows 11
Fix AirPods connected but no sound on Windows 11

The versatility of the Apple AirPods is one of the key reasons that there are millions of users using them. Not just iPhone or iPad users but Android and Windows users like me are also using one. But there are some AirPods users who are facing the issue where the AirPods are connected but there is no sound on their Windows 11 PC.

This is a pretty common issue and here in this fixing guide, I am going to show you how you can fix this.

How to fix if AirPods are connected but there is no sound on your Windows 11 PC

1. Check for Windows Update

Windows 11 is a new OS and it will take some to get stable and in that practice, Microsoft continuously releases new updates and security patches to keep the system bug-free and properly working.

If you are getting having issues with your Bluetooth AirPods working properly with your Windows 11 PC, there are chances that Microsoft has already delivered an update to solve it.

With that being said, you should first check if there is any pending update on your Windows 11 PC. If there is any, consider downloading and installing it properly. To check for updates on your Windows 11 PC:

1. Search and open Settings on your PC.

2. Select the Windows Update section from the left.

3. Click on the Check for updates button to start Windows to look for any pending updates.

4. If there is any pending update, download and install it.

5. Finally, restart the PC.

Once done, connect your AirPods and see if the issue is fixed.

2. Set the sound output to AirPods

There is a high chance that even after the AirPods or any other Bluetooth audio device is connected, it is needed to be set as the default audio device in order to receive audio output from them.

Otherwise, the built-in speaker of the PC will be used but there will be no sound in them either. Hence it is advised to set the default sound output to AirPods. To do so:

1. Open Control Panel.

2. Switch the View by category to Large icons.

3. Now, go to Sound.

4. On the Sound window, switch to the Playback tab.

5. Select your AirPods from the list and click on Set Default.

3. Restart Bluetooth Support Service

The Bluetooth support services are required to run in the background in order to make the Bluetooth up and running.

But the Bluetooth services may experience some glitch or bug and can cause the scenario of AirPods not delivering the sound output even after a successful Bluetooth connection.

To solve this, it is advised to restart the Bluetooth Support Service. To do so:

1. Search and open Services on the PC.

2. Scroll down to the Bluetooth Support Service and double-click on it.

3. On the Bluetooth Support Service Properties (Local Computer) window, make sure the Startup type to Automatic and click OK.

4. Also, click on the Stop button to stop the service and then click on Start to restart the stopped service.

5. Finally, click on Apply.

4. Update Bluetooth drivers

There can a possibility that your Bluetooth drivers are outdated, causing some incompatibility issues with your AirPods. You can solve this simply by performing an update of your Bluetooth Drivers.

Now, you can either update the drivers automatically from the Device Manager or can do the same manually by going to your PC manufacturer’s website and searching for the Bluetooth drivers for you. specific model.

The manual process of updating the drivers will be different for different PC so, so it is not possible to provide a step-by-step guide for that. But in order to update the drivers automatically, follow these steps:

1. Search and open the Device Manager window.

2. Expand the Network Adapter category.

3. From the list of Network Adapters, right-click on the Bluetooth Adapter and click on Update driver.

4. On the Update Drivers window, click on the Search automatically for drivers option and let the PC automatically find the updated drivers.

5. If there are updates available, install them by following the on-screen instructions.

6. Once done, restart your PC and then see if the AirPods are delivering sound on your Windows 11 PC or not.

5. Reset your AirPods

Maybe your PC is not where the problem lies and instead, your AirPods are suffering from some connectivity issues or bugs in the firmware.

In such a case, it is a good choice to go for a reset of your AirPods. Resetting the AirPods is simple and here’s how to do this:

1. On your Windows 11 PC, open Settings and go to Bluetooth & devices.

2. Click on three dots on your listed AirPods Pro and select Remove device.

3. Click on Yes to confirm the removal.

4. Now come to your AirPods, put them in your case, and close the lid.

5. Press and hold the reset button for 15 seconds, located at the back of the AirPods case. The LED light of the case will start blinking orange and which will then turn to white.

6. Once, the light of the case turns white, bring the AirPods close to your Windows 11 PC and Pair them as usual.

By following this procedure you will be able to reset and connect your AirPods to your Windows 11 PC.

6. Update AirPods firmware

Though it is very unlikely that your AirPods’ firmware being outdated is causing this issue still, for the sake of an extra measure of surety it is not going to cost anything to update the AirPods’ software.

If you are one of those who use its AirPods only with non-Apple devices like Windows PC or Android smartphone, there is a high chance that your AirPods’ firmware is not updated since you purchased them.

In that case, it becomes highly important to equip your AirPods with the latest update. In order to update the firmware of your AirPods you’ll have to have an iPhone or iPad.

There is actually no specific way to update the firmware of your AirPods. the AirPods get automatically updated once you connect them to an iPhone or iPad with an active internet connection.

You can check the firmware version of your AirPods by going to Settings > General > About > AirPods on your connected iOS device. There you can see the Firmware Version.

So, here comes the end of this fixing guide and I am genuinely hoping that it was a helpful one for you. If it was, then please consider sharing it with the needy ones in your circle.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this fixing guide or if you have some more ways to fix this issue then please use the comment section below to communicate with me and the iExplainers’ audience.

The issue of AirPods conned but no sound on your Windows is most likely due to the default audio device being set to something else. This can be easily fixed by switching the default audio device to your AirPods.

However, other issues like outdated drivers or pending Windows or AirPods updates can also cause this issue. Based on these possible causes, this fixing guide has provided various ways to fix the issue.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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