Undoubtedly, AirPods are the best thing that ever happened to iOS users, don’t you agree?! While they work with other operating systems, their functionality with iOS is impeccable.

Talking of the operating system, have you got your hands on the Microsoft Surface Pro? We know it’s killer! But don’t you think using old-school wired-headphone is fair to that modern device? We don’t think so.

So what other options do we have? Let’s try your AirPods by connecting them to your surface pro. Yeah, surprisingly, AirPods work well with Surface Pro. If you wonder how to connect AirPods to Surface Pro, scroll down. Below we have unveiled different methods to connect AirPods to Surface pro in the easiest way possible.

How to Connect AirPods to Surface Pro – Windows 10 & 11

Since windows have different versions, the methods to connect AirPods to Surface Pro differ. That said, in the following, we have detailed how to connect AirPods to Surface Pro on different versions of windows.

Windows 11

If your Microsoft Surface runs Windows 11, follow these steps to connect your AirPods to the device

  • Turn on Surface Pro and click on the Windows icon beside the search bar.
  • Type Settings and click
  • Go to Bluetooth and Devices
  • Click the Bluetooth toggle to turn it on if it’s off.
  • Click ‘+ Add Device.’
  • Now grab your AirPods, open the case cover from the top
  • Turn them and press and hold the white-colored (almost invisible) button until the light flashes inside the case.
  • Now, wait for your device to search for nearby Bluetooth devices to connect. Once it starts showing AirPods ready to connect, click on them to pair.
  • Wait for the connection to establish and click ‘Done’

That’s all. You can now use your Surface Pro with your AirPods connected.

Windows 10

Those running the earlier version of windows can opt for this method to connect their AirPods to Surface Pro.

  • Turn on your Surface Pro and click on the Action Center at your screen’s bottom right corner.
  • Check if the Bluetooth icon is turned blue. If it is not, click on it to turn it on.
  • Once it’s on, right-click on the Bluetooth icon to come to the Bluetooth settings.
  • Click on the huge ‘+’ icon or Add Bluetooth or other devices option
  • Click on Bluetooth option
  • Now open your AirPods case and repeat the process until the light inside the case flashes. Doing so will make them discoverable on your Surface Pro to finally establish the connection.
  • Come back to the list of Bluetooth devices, select your AirPods and click.
  • Confirm the connection when a prompt appears.

That’s all you have to do. After clicking on ‘Done’ your job is finished. Now you are all ready to watch your fav show with the best sound quality.

How to Reconnect AirPods to Surface Pro?

How to reconnect AirPods to Surface Pro
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While connecting and reconnecting methods sound the same, they are not. There is a slight difference in the method of reconnecting the AirPods. Here is how you can do it

  • Head to the Bluetooth Settings on your Surface Pro
  • Turn on the Bluetooth option if it’s not already activated
  • Open your Airpod’s case and bring it near your device
  • Find AirPods in the discoverable device while keeping the case cover open
  • Select your AirPods and click to connect.

Why are you unable to Connect your AirPods to your Surface Pro?

1. Drivers Issue

It sometimes happens that your laptop or tablet fails to recognize your AirPods hence, refuses to build a connection with it. You can resolve this issue by simply installing the correct drivers.

Also, another question arises here, how would you know if it’s a driver issue? When the Bluetooth menu shows ‘Headphone’ instead of your Airpod’s name, you need to install the right drivers.

Follow these simple steps to install the drivers and connect your AirPods to the Surface Pro

  • Connect your AirPods to the Surface Pro with the help of a lightning cable
  • As you connect, a prompt will appear at the bottom right side of your screen, notifying you that a new device has been connected to your PC
  • You may receive another notification confirming that a driver is being installed to your device, wait for it (it won’t take more than a minute if you have a stable internet connection)
  • After the installation completion, another pop-up will appear to confirm that the driver has successfully been installed to your device.
  • At that point, your device is ready to connect to your AirPods
  • Now go to the Bluetooth settings and repeat the process as stated in method one to establish the connection.

2. Outdated Audio Drivers

In rare cases, your laptop fails to recognize your AirPods due to outdated audio drivers. However, if you regularly update your PC, you might be saved from this issue. Follow these steps to update your Microsoft device’s audio drivers.

  • Open your browser and head to Microsoft’s Surface Pro’s official driver page
  • After landing the page, provide your laptop’s model number ( it must be somewhere on the bottom side of your laptop)
  • Next, a pop-up will appear requesting you to run a driver scan
  • Follow the instructions and accept all the updates appear on your screen
  • Once done, restart your computer and again go to the Bluetooth settings and perform method 1.

Hopefully, this time your AirPods will connect to your device. That said, if you still face trouble establishing the connection, there must be something fishy with your Bluetooth transmitter. To be sure, we suggest pairing your laptop with other Bluetooth devices. Also, check your AirPods for any internal or external damage that may prevent you from pairing your device.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I connect my AirPods to my Surface Pro?

Since we have already answered this question at the beginning of this guide, we won’t go into all the details. Just scroll up and follow the first method.

2. Why do my AirPods not connect to my Surface Pro?

Sometimes, a minor glitch can prevent your AirPods from connecting to your device. To resolve this issue, simply reset your Airpod by pressing the white button on the back side of it. Press and hold the button until a white light flashes inside the case. Now add them to your discoverable devices and try to connect in the Bluetooth devices section.

3. Why are my AirPods not being detected?

This issue might happen when your AirPods are running low on battery. Put both AirPods back into the charging case and let them charge for like 10 minutes. Now go to the Bluetooth settings, connect your AirPods and ensure they are set as your audio device.

4. Why are my AirPods Flashing White but not Connecting?

When you press the reset button on the backside of your AirPods case, a white light flashes indicating that the AirPods are entering the pairing mode. However, it’s a confusing sign when the white light flashes and your AirPods still don’t connect. Forget all the devices your AirPods had been previously connected to and try to establish a fresh connection with your laptop. Hopefully, they will pair with it.

5. Why are my AirPods Flashing White and then Orange?

A blinking or continuous orange light on your AirPods’ case indicates two things; either they are running low on battery, or there is some error in performance or connectivity. Put your AirPods on charge and check if the orange light persists. If it does, that means there is a performance issue.

6. Will AirPods work with Surface Pro Laptops?

Of course! Whether it’s the first gen AirPods or AirPods Pro, you can connect them to your Surface Pro laptops conveniently. While the performance might differ due to the change in the operating system, you will get better performance than your regular headphones.


Fortunately, AirPods are compatible with almost every operating system. As long as a device has a Bluetooth transmitter, you are good to connect your AirPods. Follow the above-stated instructions to start using your AirPods on your Surface Pro.

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