Apple's AirPod are practical and wireless. But if you have found yourself with a couple and are still wondering how to make the most of them and how to avoid them, we have your back.
For over a year I live with these wireless Bluetooth earbuds. You're pretty easy to figure out if you just want the basic functions. But here are some additional tricks that you may not know.
The pairing process for the AirPods lasts three seconds – literally. Open the charging case, wait for the prompt on your phone, tap Connect and you're done. Do not worry about repeating these steps on the other Apple devices as long as you use the same iCloud account on a Mac or iPad.
. 1 Yes, you can combine them with non-Apple products
Note that a small, flush-button on the back of the charging case? That's what you're going to use to pair AirPods with an Android device or other device that does not work with Apple's W1 chip .
To start pairing with something new, put the AirPods in their case Open the lid and press and hold the small button on the underside of the charging case until the small LED light starts flashing white. They should then be displayed in all Bluetooth pairing settings on an Android phone or computer or TV. Full instructions can be found here .
Remember, when paired with a non-Apple product, they lose some of their magic. If you remove an AirPod from your ear, the music will not stop, and the playback controls will not work either. Android users can install this app to check the battery level of the AirPods.
To use AirPods with your iPhone again, simply select "AirPods" from your iPhone's Bluetooth settings and they will be paired again. 19659010] http://www.cnet.com/ "height =" 109 "width =" 194 “/>
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2. To save battery life, hold one and change the buds
I've never lost AirPod's battery life in a single day, but if you're a power user making many phone calls, you might see them running low. An AirPod can work independently as a Bluetooth headset. In this case, keep loading the other one, and then swap as needed. The other bud takes over seamlessly.
. 3 Listen to Stereo Streaming with a Bud
If you want to hear a livestream while casually doing other things, insert one bud while the other one is in the case. It pumps a stereo signal into a bud. Otherwise, if both AirPods are not connected, only one ear will receive stereo.
. 4 Check the battery on your iPhone
You have a number of options when it comes to checking the battery status of your AirPods and Charger.
You can open the charger near your iPhone, and your phone should display a pop-up with the battery status. Or you can add the battery widget to the Today message window using the instructions in of this post . Note that the battery widget only contains AirPods when you actively use them.
. 5 Check the battery status on an Apple Watch
If you own a Apple Watch here's a cool trick: If you're using AirPods, open Control Center on your Apple Watch and tap the battery icon. In addition to displaying battery statistics for your watch, you can also find statistics for your AirPods.
. 6 Change name of AirPods
There is no special app to change the settings and customize the AirPods. Instead, you must do this through your Bluetooth settings.
Just go to Settings > Bluetooth . Then tap the "i" icon next to the name of your AirPods.
. 7 Give Siri the boot
While viewing the AirPod settings, you can also change the dual-taps feature for both earphones. Once again, go to Settings > Bluetooth . Then tap the "i" icon next to the name of your AirPods. Tap Left or Right to change the functionality of each AirPod or disable any DoubleTip interaction.
. 8 Using AirPods on a Mac
If you want to use AirPods to hear all the audio from your Mac, you need to select it as the audio output device.
Click on the icon Bluetooth in Select your AirPods> Connect.
Alternatively, you can use the AirPlay icon in iTunes to select AirPods to stream music from your Mac to your ears. However, my experience connecting to AirPods via AirPlay in iTunes has been very successful. mostly i miss.
. 9 Customizing controls on a Mac
I'm not sure why I've never tried to customize AirPod settings on the Mac before. I assume it's because my primary device to use is my iPhone. Nonetheless, a review on 9to5Mac describes the process of adjusting the AirPods settings for controlling playback and using Siri.
If your AirPods are connected to your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth . Click on options next to your AirPods and use the drop-down menu to customize the settings to your liking.
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What happens if someone else tries to use your AirPods? A message that informs you about the AirPods will not be displayed. Of course, he or she can connect the AirPods to an iPhone by tapping Connect but it's good to know they can not listen to your AirPods without you knowing it.
. 11 Share music but no phone calls
Sharing AirPods between two people is like sharing headphones without the wire. But AirPods only ever make one microphone active. This means that two people can not answer a call. But you could both listen while only one person is speaking.
You can set a specific AirPod microphone tasks in the Bluetooth Settings section under Settings > Bluetooth > Touch "i" next to your AirPods> Microphone ,
12th Check if your firmware has been updated
Apple has quietly transferred new firmware to AirPods to improve performance. You can not manually update the firmware, but you can verify that you have the latest version.
Go to Settings on About on your iPhone if your AirPods are in your ears. At the bottom of the page, a AirPods tab displays the model and serial numbers as well as the firmware version. The most recent firmware is currently 3.7.2
Editor's Note: This was originally published on December 28, 2016 and has been updated with new advice and tips.
Updated on August 1, 2018 at 8:50 am PT: Adds a new headline and tip to customize controls on a Mac.