Zoom lets people stay in touch with coworkers and classmates so they can do work from afar, whether they are having a meeting, taking online classes, or running a workshop.

Zoom is pretty easy to use, but many people have trouble getting their AirPods to work with the video conferencing service. This can be a very big problem, especially if you use Zoom for work.

We can help if you have trouble hearing Zoom through your Airpods. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to connect AirPods to Zoom on a Windows or Mac computer.

How to Get AirPods to Work with Zoom

You have to set up your Apple AirPods in Zoom’s speaker and microphone settings before you can use them with Zoom. Zoom has different settings for the mic and the speaker. Check out our guide to learn how to connect AirPods to a laptop. You can hear the call through your Speaker, and you can talk to other people in the meeting through your Microphone.

Here’s how to get AirPods to work with Zoom:

  • Open the app Zoom.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Click Audio in the menu on the left.
  • There will be a few different options for your AirPods under Speaker.
  • Choose Headset from the drop-down menu. (If you choose “Headphones” instead of “Headset,” your AirPods’ microphone won’t work right.)
  • If you want to use your AirPods as a mic, choose Headset under Microphone.

Your AirPods should now let you hear Zoom calls. Click Test Speaker and Test Mic before joining a meeting to make sure your wireless earbuds work well.

How to Hook Up a USB Microphone to Zoom

You can make your voice sound much better on Zoom calls if you use an external USB microphone instead of the microphone built into the AirPods. Check out our guide to learn how to connect a USB mic to a DSLR camera. Zoom lets users set up two different audio devices, so you can still use your AirPods to listen and a separate microphone to talk.

  • Open the drop-down menu for Speaker.
  • Choose “Headphones.”
  • Open the drop-down menu for the mic.
  • Choose the name of the USB mic you want to use.
  • Click “Test Mic” to make sure that your voice can be heard.

How to Connect AirPods to Zoom on Mac

On a Mac, it’s just as easy to connect your AirPods to your Zoom meetings as it is on a PC. Before you start, unplug your AirPods from any other devices they are connected to. If your headphones are connected to more than one device, you might have trouble getting them to connect.

  • You can link your AirPods to your Macbook.
  • Open the menu for Apple.
  • Go to Preferences > System.
  • Make sure your AirPods are on the list of connected devices by clicking the Bluetooth icon.
  • Open the app Zoom.
  • Choose the audio.
  • Under Speaker and Microphone, choose your AirPods.

To let Zoom use your microphone, you must first make sure that your Mac is set up with the right permissions. Now, the macOS will ask you if you want Zoom to be able to use your microphone. Without these permissions, Zoom won’t be able to use your mic. To do this, go to the permissions section of your OS and give Zoom permission to use your microphone.

  • Choose “Apple” from the menu.
  • Choose System Preferences from the menu that drops down.
  • Then, click on Security and Privacy.
  • Go to the tab called “Privacy.”
  • Click the lock icon to unlock the setting changes.
  • Go with the Microphone.
  • Check the Zoom box to let the software use your microphone.

How to check if your AirPods will work for a Zoom call

Zoom gives callers the option to test their audio devices before joining a call to make sure everything is working right. A pop-up will appear when you click the link to join a Zoom call.

  • Click on the button that says Join with Computer Audio.
  • To make sure your AirPods work with Zoom, click Test speaker and microphone at the bottom.
  • Zoom will play a tone through the speaker to see if it works.
  • If the ringtone plays, you know your AirPods are working right.
  • If you don’t hear the tone, click “No,” and Zoom will try a different device.
  • Keep pressing “No” until the tone comes out of your AirPods.

If this takes too long, you might find it quicker to open the drop-down menu and choose your AirPods instead of cycling through the other devices.

  • Once you’ve tested your speaker, Zoom will ask you to speak into your mic.
  • Wait until what you just said is played back.
  • If you don’t hear the playback, press “No” and try again.
  • Keep listening until you hear it again.


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