Apple’s AirPods are handy because you can easily switch which Apple device is connected to your AirPods with just a few taps. However, if you are not using shortcuts to connect, then you are not using the fastest method possible.
For the uninitiated, Shortcuts is a powerful iPhone app that allows you to create a series of actions called Shortcuts to complete many tasks, large and small. You can use shortcuts to calculate a tip, automatically send birthday wishes, and even remove water from your iPhone’s speaker. We’ll create one for our AirPods shortcut very Simple workflow that tells your iPhone to connect to them.
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To give you a little glimpse of how much faster this shortcut is, here are some of the built-in ways you can connect your AirPods after you’ve connected them to another device:
It takes at least Two actions to pair your AirPods with one of these actions. However, using the shortcut is just one action no matter which method you choose:
- Say “Hey Siri, AirPods”
- Tap the shortcut on your home screen
- Double or triple tap the back of your iPhone (iOS 14 only).
Create your AirPods shortcut
Open the My Shortcuts tab from Shortcuts, tap the plus sign (+) in the upper right corner, find and select the Set Playback Destination action. Next, tap the default iPhone option and choose your AirPods from the list of devices. If you can’t see your AirPods, then you need to make sure they’re discoverable. So open your AirPods case or put it in your ears and they should appear in the list automatically.
Once your AirPods are selected, tap Next in the top right to name your shortcut. You can call it what you like e.g. B. “AirPods” or simply “Pods”. However, we’re using “FetchPods” based on the original inspiration for this shortcut. When you’ve chosen your name, just tap Done.
Option 1: use Siri to connect your AirPods
Now you can tap the shortcut you created, either on the My Shortcuts tab or in your shortcuts widget. However, these are the slowest options. And since it’s all about being fast, the first thing that comes to mind is Siri. So use “Hey Siri” or hold the Page or Home button if you’re using Siri with one, then say the name of your shortcut. In my case it is “FetchPods”.
Your iPhone tries to connect to your AirPods without going into Control Center or Bluetooth settings.
Option 2: Use a home screen shortcut to connect your AirPods
If you’d rather tap a single button on your home screen to activate the shortcut, you can. Under Shortcuts, go back to My Shortcuts, tap the ellipsis (•••) on your AirPods shortcut, then tap the ellipses (•••) again to bring up the workflow options. Then tap “Add to Home Screen” and then “Add” followed by “Done” twice. The shortcut icon will now appear on your home screen and you can simply tap it to connect your pods.
Option 3: Tap the back of your iPhone to connect your AirPods
Back Tap is a new feature in iOS 14. You can assign a function or command to a double or triple tap on the back of your iPhone. For example, you can choose to activate the app switcher with two taps and take a screenshot with three taps. Or you can connect your AirPods to one of these devices using your shortcut. Talk about convenience.
First, make sure you’re running iOS 14, then go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch. Scroll down and select “Tap Back”. Select either “Double Tap” or “Triple Tap” (whichever you want to use), scroll down and select your new shortcut below connections Section.
Now you’re ready to hit AirPods! Just double or triple tap the back of your iPhone and your AirPods should connect in no time. Just take a look at the following comparison between the Back Tap method (left) and my previous method of your choice, the AirPlay menu in the Control Center (right).
This may not be necessary
Now iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur could make your custom shortcut a thing of the past. The new updates are said to come with automatic pairing that automatically connects your AirPods when you switch between devices. If you watch YouTube with your AirPods on your Mac and then start a podcast on your iPhone, your AirPods will switch to your iPhone on their own.
We haven’t seen the new feature in action yet, so it may not be for everyone. Switching from a non-Apple device like a Windows laptop or Android phone might not help. The shortcut you just created might be your best option for a while.
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