Apple released two new AirPods this year, thefollowed by . Both new models feature permanent Hey Siri detection, a 5-hour battery life, and a charging case that works with the same wireless charging cushions as iPhones.
AirPods Pro has a new design, noise reduction and a cool new transparency feature so you can listen to music and still hear what's going on around you. There is abut there are also many overlaps between the regular AirPods and the Pro version.
AirPods can do more than just stream music to your ears Be sure to read the following tips to learn how to take full advantage of your completely wireless earphones.
Pairing is child's play
The pairing process for the AirPods takes– in the truest sense of the word. Open the charging case, wait for the prompt on your phone, tap Connect and you're done. You do not have to worry about repeating these steps on the rest of Apple devices as long as you use the same iCloud account. Yes, that means after pairing your AirPods with your iPhone, your AirPods will automatically pair with your Apple Watch, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. It's pretty cool. Seriously, pairing your AirPods is too easy.
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Yes, you can pair them with products from other manufacturers than Apple.
Notice the small rinsing button on the back of the bag? That's what you use to pair AirPods with an Android device or something else that does not work with Apple's proprietary chips.
To start pairing with something new, put the AirPods in their case, flip up the lid and press and hold the small button on the back of the charger until the small LED starts to flash white. They should then appear in the Bluetooth pairing settings of an Android phone, computer, or TV. Full instructions.
Please note that using a non-Apple product may result in some of the magic being lost. If you take an AirPod out of your ear, the music will not stop, and the playback controls will not work either. Android users canto check the charge level of the AirPods battery.
To use AirPods again with yourjust re-select "AirPods" in your iPhone's Bluetooth settings. ll re-pair.
To extend the battery life, always have a battery ready and replace the buds.
The battery life of the AirPod is exhausted in a single day. However, if you make a lot of calls, you may find them running low. An AirPod can be used as a stand-alone Bluetooth headset. Store the other for charging and replace if necessary. The other bud takes over seamlessly.
Listen to stereo buds with a bud.
If you want to hear a livestream while casually completing other things, insert one bud while the other one is in the case. It pumps a stereo signal into a bud. If both AirPods are not connected, the stereo is only suitable for one ear.
Check the battery with your iPhone.
There are several ways to check the battery status of your AirPods and Charger.
You can either open the charging case next to your iPhone (it works also with iPad and iPod touch), which should prompt your phone to show a battery status pop-up. You can also add the battery widget to the Today section of Notification Center by following the instructions in. Note that the battery widget only contains AirPods when you actively use it.
Checking Battery Status on an Apple Watch
If you own athis is a cool trick: Place your open AirPods case next to your watch, open the Control Center, and tap On the battery option. In addition to the battery statistics for your watch, you'll also find statistics for your AirPods and the case.
The second-generation AirPods and AirPods Pro recognize the Hey Siri Wake command. So if you have the AirPods and your iPhone in another room, you can say "Hey, Siri" and control the volume or music playback, request a message or one of the other commands you can give to Siri. If you use your AirPods with an Apple Watch, Hey Siri will continue to work as long as your watch has a data connection.
After you say "Hey Siri", the volume of everything you hear is lowered and Siri shows up Listen and get ready for your command.
Let Siri Read Your Messages
With iOS 13.2 on your iPhone or iPadyou have to do something. You can then respond to the message with a short voice command. It's pretty cool.
Change the name of your AirPod.
There is no special app for changing settings and customizing your AirPods. You will need to do this through your Bluetooth settings instead.
If your AirPods are connected to your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Bluetooth . Then tap the "i" icon next to the name of your AirPod. Then tap the Name field and enter your preferred name. The new name syncs with the rest of the devices connected to iCloud.
Customizing the controls
While viewing your AirPod's settings, you can also change the double-tapping or hold-down feature for both earphones. Revert to Settings > Bluetooth with your AirPods connected to your iPhone or iPad. Then tap the "i" icon next to the name of your AirPod. Tap Left or Right to change the functions of each AirPod or disable interactions.
Using AirPods as a hearing aid
With iOS 12 Apple has added a feature called "Live Listening" that turns your AirPods into on-demand hearing aids. You'll need to set up a little, but once that's done, you can put your phone on a table closer to the person you're talking to, and audio will be sent to your AirPods.
On your iPhone on the way to Settings > Control Center > Adjust controls and click on the green "+" symbol next to option tap. Then, if you need to use the feature included in your AirPods and need to open the Control Center on your iPhone, select the listening icon followed by Live Lists . Disable the feature by repeating the last few steps in the Control Center.
Using AirPods on a Mac
If you want to use AirPods to play all audio from your Mac, you must select it as the audio output device. To do this, click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and select your AirPods > Connect.
Alternatively, you can use the AirPlay icon in the Music app, select AirPods to stream music from your Mac to your ears. However, my experience connecting to AirPods via AirPlay in Music is a success or failure. Mostly missing.
Customizing controls on a Mac
I'm not sure why I've never tried adjusting the AirPod settings on the Mac. I suppose that's because my primary device for using them is my iPhone. However, in a post on 9to5Mac, the process for adjusting the AirPods settings for controlling playback and using Siri is described.
If your AirPods are connected to your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth . , Click Options next to your AirPods and adjust the settings using the drop-down menu to your liking.
What happens if someone else tries to use your AirPods? A message will appear informing you that the AirPods are not yours. Of course, he or she can pair the AirPods with their iPhone by tapping Connect but it's nice to know that they can not sneak up on their AirPods in a while without you knowing it ,
Sharing music but no calls
Sharing AirPods between two people is like sharing headphones, minus the cable. Unfortunately AirPods only activate one microphone at a time. This means that two people can not hop on a call. But you can both listen in while only one person speaks.
You can select a specific AirPod in the Bluetooth Settings section under Settings > Bluetooth > Touch "i" Next to your AirPods then Microphone and select the AirPod you want to use as an all-time microphone.