I see people ask all the time in my Peloton Facebook groups – can I use Apple AirPods with the Peloton?
The answer is yes, you totally can use the AirPods with the Peloton bike or Tread.
While it might not seem as intuitive as using them with your iPhone, they are a bluetooth device and Peloton does have bluetooth built in.
I love my Peloton, if you look around my site a bit you will see my obsession.
The built in speaker on the Peloton tablet is okay, but for me the music just wasn’t loud enough. One of the best parts of riding a stationary bike for me is the music and instructor. I like it loud.
I tried using various bluetooth speakers including an Amazon Echo and other brands, and the Echo works great as a speaker for the Peloton, but there are times (most of the time) I don’t want my kids hearing the ride.
Plus it still was not as loud as having ear buds in your ear. I also tried using my husband’s insane sound system but it had a bluetooth lag due to being across the room.
I tried other headphones including the ones that Peloton sells themselves. But they were wired and wires can be constraining on the bike. I tried my husband’s bluetooth headphones and they were okay too but I didn’t like sharing.
Finally, I received AirPods for my birthday a couple of years ago and it was a game changer. They work with the Peloton and they are loud.
The best part for me is that the minimal design means no wires, nothing around my neck, none of the issues I found annoying with other ear buds and headphones.
How do you connect AirPods to the Peloton?
First open your AirPods and press the pairing button on the back of them.
Next open bluetooth on the Peloton bike. It’s under settings which is the top right corner of the bike screen.
Look for your AirPods in the list of devices available for pairing and tap connect.
After this you should be all set!
Once you pair them the first time they should just show up as an available device in the Peloton bluetooth settings.
But I will admit, technology doesn’t always work so smoothly and once in awhile I have had issues with them connecting easily.
This is not unique to the AirPods, I have had issues with the Peloton heart rate monitor, and I have also had the same issues with my other bluetooth speakers.
This definitely seems to be more of a bike thing than an issue with the AirPods but I will share some of my troubleshooting tips.
Using these tips I am always able to get back going quickly.
Troubleshooting when AirPods won’t connect to the Peloton
The first step I always try is refreshing the bluetooth on the Peloton.
If this does nothing I try turning the bluetooth on and off.
Still nothing? Sometimes I have to reboot the bike. Especially if there has recently been an update.
If there is somebody nearby with AirPods and they open their previously paired AirPods it can kick yours off.
Sometimes I make the bike forget my husband’s AirPods if I am having too much trouble connecting (sorry husband!). He can always pair them again later.
You can also try forgetting your AirPods on the bike and pairing them again from scratch. This is an option if you see them there but they just won’t connect.
Another option is to make sure the bluetooth is not defaulting and connecting to another speaker. Make sure to hit disconnect on that device name in the Peloton bluetooth settings.
Sometimes I also have found that disconnecting my AirPods from my phone helps. Especially if I have my phone right there next to the bike.
Another issue I have run into with my AirPods is sometimes they connect but the volume is low. I have no idea why this happens, it is strange for sure.
Usually the troubleshooting tips above will solve the volume issue as well.
Note that the AirPods volume during a ride is controlled by the Peloton’s volume control on the side of the Peloton bike touch screen.
You can definitely use AirPods with the Peloton cycle, and for me it is my favorite way to ride.
I love the loud volume and the fact that the bike sound is not bothering anyone else. Especially handy while my kids are playing nearby and the rides can be explicit.
While there can be some little issues connecting with bluetooth on the bike, these issues are not unique to AirPods and are easy to solve with the troubleshooting tips above.
I also find the AirPods hold up fine, are not obtrusive during a ride, and sweat doesn’t seem to affect them at all.
Please let me know if you have any questions about using Apple AirPods with the Peloton.
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