How To Connect Airpods To Peloton In 10 Easy Steps

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When you are working out while other people in your home are sleeping or trying to get work done, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to know how to connect AirPods to Peloton Bike or Tread.

Connecting AirPods to Peloton allows you to catch every important instructor callout and every beat of motivating music right in your ears.

In this article, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to connect AirPods to Peloton Bikes and Peloton Tread, and how to troubleshoot common reasons why your AirPods won’t connect to Peloton equipment.

We’ll be covering

  • Can You Connect AirPods to Peloton?
  • How To Connect AirPods To Peloton Bike (Or Tread) In 10 Steps
  • What About Connecting Other Brands of Bluetooth Headphones to Peloton?
  • Will Siri Controls On AirPods Work With Peloton?
  • What To Do If Your AirPods Won’t Connect to Peloton

Let’s get started!

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Can You Connect AirPods to Peloton?

Linking your AirPods to Peloton exercise equipment is not quite as instantaneous as pairing your AirPods to a Bluetooth-ready iOS device, like your iPhone or iPad.

However, even if you are not particularly technologically inclined, the good news is that connecting your AirPods to the Peloton Bike or Peloton Tread is a fairly straightforward process.

How To Connect AirPods To Peloton Bike (Or Tread) In 10 Steps

Here’s how to connect AirPods to a Peloton machine:

Step 1:

Make sure your AirPods are not currently connected to any other Bluetooth devices.

The process of connecting your AirPods to a Peloton bike or thread involves resetting the AirPods so that they can be connected to a non-Apple device.

Step 2:

Place your AirPods into the charging case, but keep the lid of the case open. 

A cyclist prepares to connect their AirPods to their Peloton bike.

Step 3:

To initiate the resetting process, locate the Setup button on the back of the AirPods case.

Press and hold this button for 3 to 5 seconds until the amber-colored light begins blinking on the front of the case. This light indicates that the AirPods are being reset.

Step 4:

Once the lights have stopped flashing, press and Setup button again until the status light on the front of the case begins blinking white.

The flashing white light indicates that AirPods are in Bluetooth-pairing mode, allowing you to pair them to Peloton machines or other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Step 5:

Shut the lid to your AirPods case. 

Step 6:

Now, turn your attention toward your Peloton machine.

On the touchscreen, tap on the three-dot icon at the top to find the Device Settings and then Bluetooth. Once you are on the Bluetooth page, look for the sub-menu option called Available Devices.

This will populate a list of all the available Bluetooth devices that your Peloton Bike or Tread can currently connect to.

A cyclist adjusts his AirPods.

Step 7:

You should now see your AirPods should be listed in this queue.

If you have not made a custom name for your AirPods, they should appear as “AirPod,” or you should see whatever name you gave them during the initial setup such as “Tom’s AirPods.“

Step 8:

Select the AirPods to initiate the pairing process.

Bringing the case as close as possible to your Peloton device and opening the lid will help expedite the pairing process. It should say the “connected“ pairing process is complete.

Step 9:

Tap on the Peloton logo at the bottom of the touchscreen on your Peloton to return to the home page.

Step 10:

Now, you should be good to go!

Pop the AirPods in your ears and select a workout you want to try. If you have successfully connected your AirPods to your Peloton Bike or Tread, you should now be hearing the audio coming through your AirPods rather than through the built-in speakers on the machine.

An unbranded pair of headphones ready to connect to Peloton.

What About Connecting Other Brands of Bluetooth Headphones to Peloton?

Keep in mind that a similar process can be used for any type of Bluetooth headphones or earbuds.

If you do not own AirPods or want to use a different set of headphones or earbuds for your Peloton workouts, all you need to do is navigate to the Bluetooth settings on your Peloton device.

To do this, tap on the three-dots icon on the touch screen of your Peloton and choose Settings > Bluetooth. Then tap Available Devices. Choose the headphones that you want to pair from the populated list and wait until they are connected.

Make sure that whatever type of Bluetooth headphones you are trying to connect to Peloton are in pairing mode when you do this process. Otherwise, the Peloton machine will not detect your headphones.

One thing to note is that once you connect your AirPods to your Peloton the first time, the Peloton will try to reconnect to the AirPods any time they are in the vicinity and not paired with another device.

This is certainly convenient when you want to use your AirPods with your Peloton equipment because it means that you do not have to go through all of the steps of pairing the AirPods to your Peloton Tread or Bike all over again.

However, it can also cut out the audio when someone else is using the Peloton Bike or Tread with their own Bluetooth-enabled headphones linked up through the Peloton.

If the Peloton device detects the AirPods it has connected to before, the machine will automatically switch to the connection through the AirPods even if the current rider or runner is not wearing them.

This means that the Bluetooth headphones the other person is using will cut out and they will be kicked off of the connection.

Typically, you can prevent this from happening by keeping your AirPods case closed when the AirPods are not in use but are in the vicinity of the Peloton.

A cyclist rests on a yoga mat with her AirPods in after a Peloton workout.

Will Siri Controls On AirPods Work With Peloton? 

You cannot use Siri while riding your Peloton Bike or running on your Peloton Tread.

Although the AirPods facilitate a number of helpful functions while in use, besides isolating your audio to your ears, most of these functions are not available while using your AirPods with Peloton equipment.

Siri voice controls is an iOS-specific function that is only possible when using the AirPods paired to an iOS device.

The only function of the AirPods that is possible when the AirPods are connected to Peloton devices is the audio playback.

You also will not be able to control the volume of the Peloton music, instructor cues, or audio in general directly from your AirPods when they are connected to your Peloton equipment.

In order to adjust the volume on the AirPods, you will have to use the volume control on the Peloton equipment itself.

Depending on whether you have a Peloton bike or tread, you can typically find the volume controls located under settings on the touchscreen.

A pair of white AirPods lie on a slate surface.

What To Do If Your AirPods Won’t Connect to Peloton

If you follow the above steps and the pairing does not work or your Peloton is not detecting your AirPods, repeat the steps all over again. If it still doesn’t work, power off and then back on your Peloton bike or tread and try again.

If this still doesn’t work, navigate to the Bluetooth settings on the touch screen of your Peloton. Turn off Bluetooth pairing for 15 to 30 seconds. Then, toggle it back on.

Try again to connect your AirPods to the Peloton equipment from step one.

A couple of other helpful troubleshooting tips if this still fails is to take your phone off Bluetooth and any other devices that normally try to connect to your AirPods. 

Shutting off the Bluetooth connection on these devices will prevent the AirPods from trying to preferentially connect to iOS devices.

Another thing you can try is to navigate to the Bluetooth settings on your Peloton and select “Forget” on all other Bluetooth devices that are stored as previously connected Bluetooth-enabled devices.

For example, if you had a pair of Samsung earbuds that you were previously using and you’ve now purchased AirPods, select the Samsung earbuds from the list of available devices under the Bluetooth settings on your Peloton, and tap to “Forget This Device.”

The fewer Bluetooth devices the Peloton is “looking for,“ the easier it will be to detect your AirPods in pairing mode.

Remember, Peloton bikes can also connect to other Bluetooth-enabled headphones if AirPods aren’t your favorite earbuds to use while working out. 

A cyclist adjusts the settings on her Peloton bike.

Now You Know How To Connect AirPods to Peloton…

Overall, learning how to connect AirPods to Peloton is a fairly straightforward process. 

However, although you will enjoy isolated audio through your AirPods rather than having to listen through the built-in speakers on your Peloton equipment, you will not have access to any of the additional functionality of the AirPods when paired with Peloton.

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With over a decade of experience as a certified personal trainer, two Masters degrees (Exercise Science and Prosthetics and Orthotics), and as a UESCA-certified endurance nutrition and triathlon coach, Amber is as well-qualified as they come when it comes to handling sports science topics for BikeTips. Amber's experience as a triathlon coach demonstrates her broad and deep knowledge of performance cycling.

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