DIY AirPods: Turning EarPods into AirPods

The same steps provided here also enables you to DIY AirPods Pro

What makes an Apple AirPods look so appealing? Cmon, be honest – even to your who are using Android phones.

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Apple AirPods looks sexy and cool. Image courtesy of Apple.com

That because AirPods looks cool. produce a good sound and wireless. No more tangling cable!

However the US$199 price tag of lowest model AirPods isn’t for everyone. With the same amount of money you may get something more worthy than just a pair of AirPods, such as a low-to-mid range Android phone or a second hand iPhone.

That’s why I’m writing this article to share with you how you can DIY AirPods yourself.


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DIY AirPods – For a Good Sound and Wireless

Difficulty: Easy

Do this if you want something easy and you already have a good wired headset/earpiece. You may not get the cool factor here but you can still get the good sound and wireless headphone/earpiece.

What you will get:

  • A good sound wireless headset/earpiece

What you won’t get:

  • AirPods looks

What you need:

  • Apple EarPods or other good wired headset/earpiece
  • Bluetooth Audio Adapter
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Bluetooth Audio Adapter that magically turn any wired headset/earpiece into a wireless one

In case you can’t see Amazon link above, you can check it out here: Bluetooth Audio Adapter.

Here’s how to DIY the AirPods

1) Plug the Apple EarPods to the Bluetooth Audio Adapter.

2) Turn on Bluetooth Audio Adapter.

3) Pair with your iPhone/Android.

4) Start listening.

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Now my EarPods feels like an AirPods with the extra cable!

Now you have a wired-turned-to-wireless headset with a good quality sound – just like AirPods.

DIY AirPods – For a Good Sound, Wireless and AirPods-Looking

Difficulty: Moderate, requires soldering

Do this if you want not only good sound and wireless but also a good look, like an actual AirPods.

What you will get:

  • AirPods looks
  • A good sound wireless headset/earpiece

What you won’t get:

  • The actual AirPods 🙂

What you need:

  • Apple EarPods or other good wired headset/earpiece
  • Fake Apple AirPods / Chinese Apple AirPods or if you want AirPods Pro, use the Fake AirPods Pro
  • Tweezer
  • Spudger

In case you can’t see Amazon link above, you can check it out here: Fake AirPods.

Here’s how to DIY the AirPods

1) Carefully break open the fake Apple AirPods, disconnect the speaker module from the board – use the help of spudger and tweezer if needed.

2) Carefully break open the Apple EarPods, disconnect the speaker module from the board – use the help of spudger and tweezer if needed.

3) Now put the speaker module from Apple EarPods to the fake AirPods and solder the connectors correctly.

4) Once soldered, turn on the fake AirPods to test the audio to see if you can hear something. If nothing can be heard, turn off the fake AirPods and redo step 3.

5) Now merge back the speaker portion with the fake AirPods body.

6) If you haven’t done this, pair with your iPhone/Android.

7) Start listening.

Don’t worry, unlike tearing down the actual AirPods (link here) – which proven to be nightmare according to iFixit folks who gave AirPods repairability score 0 out of 10 (10 is easier to repair), breaking open the fake Apple AirPods is much easier – I did it myself.

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Cracking open a fake AirPods turned out to be easy – I did it without the help of spudger and tweezer

YouTuber congTech made a video guide in case the steps given above isn’t good enough for you. Video is in Deutsch, but there’s English subtitle.

Now you have a pretty close to an actual AirPods!

What are you waiting for? It’s DIY time!

Now it’s time to put some creativity of yours!

While the DIY AirPods may never be the same like the actual AirPods, but it will be close enough and satisfy your cravings for AirPods.

Let me know in the comment section down below if you are making one. Cheers!


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