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How to use the Beats Studio Buds with AirBuddy

The Beats Studio Buds earphones don’t have the W1 or H1 chip, therefore their behavior differs from that of AirPods and other Beats headsets. Mainly, they don’t offer the same synchronized pairing experience between Apple devices, so they behave more like third-party headsets.

How to pair Beats Studio Buds with the Mac using AirBuddy

Before proceeding, please make sure that you're running macOS 11.4 or later and AirBuddy 2.4.2 or later, which include improved support for Beats Studio Buds. You may click this link on your Mac to ask AirBuddy to check for updates.

In order to use Beats Studio Buds on your Mac, you first need to pair them with the Mac manually. This step has to be done only once.

  • Make sure that both buds are in the charging case
  • Hold the button in the charging case for a couple of seconds, until the light starts flashing white; stop holding the button once that happens
  • Go to AirBuddy’s settings under “Devices”, click the “+” button, select “AirPods or Beats device”
  • Wait for the Beats Studio Buds to show up, then click “pair”

How to quickly switch Beats Studio Buds between iPhone and Mac with AirBuddy’s favorite device feature

Because the Studio Buds is not equipped with a W1 or H1 chip, AirBuddy is unable to show information about them when not connected to your Mac. In order to make switching Beats Studio Buds between other devices (such as an iPhone), it is recommended that you set them as your favorite device in AirBuddy.

To set your Beats Studio Buds as your favorite headset:

  • Go to AirBuddy’s settings
  • Select the “Devices” tab
  • Find your Beats Studio Buds on the list
  • Check the checkbox under the “favorite” column

If the Beats Studio Buds are not showing up on the list, try quitting and re-launching AirBuddy.

To create a shortcut to quickly connect to your Beats Studio Buds:

  • Go to AirBuddy’s settings
  • Select the “Advanced” tab
  • Click the box next to “Connect to favorite device”
  • Press the key combination you’d like to use; personally, I use Control + Shift + F, but you can use whichever you prefer

Now, every time you want to connect your Beats Studio Buds to your Mac, all you have to do is press that key combination.

Beats Studio Buds limitations

There are some limitations when using the Beats Studio Buds with AirBuddy, since they don’t have the W1 or H1 chip:

  • AirBuddy is not able to display information about the device when it’s not connected to the Mac
  • Any configured battery alerts will only occur when Beats Studio Buds are connected to the Mac
  • Device stats are only collected while Beats Studio Buds are connected to the Mac
  • Automatically showing the status window when opening the charging case is not possible (you can still show the status window by using a keyboard shortcut configured in the app’s settings under “Advanced”