20 Best Tips And Tricks For Getting The Most Out Of Your Apple AirPods

Your AirPods can do more than just play music.

Earlier this year,

Apple unveiled its second-generation AirPods,

with Hey Siri support and the optional

wireless charging case and longer battery life. No matter the version you have —

the

AirPods first generation

or

AirPods second generation

you’ll want to ensure you’re getting the most of your wireless earbuds, and that goes beyond just listening to music.

The pairing process for the AirPods is usually very quick.

— Basically. Open the charging case, wait for the prompt to appear on your phone, tap Connect and you’re done. You don’t have to worry about repeating this process

on the rest of your Apple devices as long as you use the same iCloud account. Yes, that means after you pair your AirPods to your iPhone, your AirPods are automatically paired

to your iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, or Apple TV. It’s very nice. In case you own AirPods Pro, you may want to check

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Below are some cool tips you’ll want to know about managing your AirPods’ battery life, using Siri, as well as custom controls.

1. Yes, you can pair AirPods with non-Apple devices.

Look on the back of your AirPods case. See a small, flush button on the back of the charging case? That’s what you’ll use to pair AirPods to an Android device or any other device that doesn’t

work with Apple’s special chip the W1 or H1.

To start pairing to a new device, place the AirPods in their case, then open the lid up and press and hold the circular button on the back of the charging case

Until a little LED light come on and starts blinking white. They should then show up in any Bluetooth-pairing settings on an Android phone, or computer, or TV. Full

Guide can be

found here.

Keep in mind that when you’re paired with a non-Apple product, they lose some of their functionality. Taking off an AirPod out of your ear won’t automatically pause music, and playback

controls won’t function as well.

Going back to using AirPods with your

iPhone

2. Apple AirPods battery tips and tricks.

The

first generation AirPods

will offer around two hours of talk time, while the

second generation AirPods

offer around three hours of talk time and five hours

of listening time. I’ve never run out of AirPod juice in a single day, however, if you’re a power user placing lots of phone calls, you might find the battery draining down. A single AirPod can work independently as a

Bluetooth headset.

Place the other in the case to charge, and then swap if the need arise. The other bud takes over seamlessly.

3. Listen to stereo streaming with one bud

If you want to listen to a livestream while doing other staff casually, put on a single bud while the other is in the case. It’ll drive a stereo signal

into one bud. Or else, with both AirPods out, it’ll only produce one ear’s worth of stereo.

4. Checking Airpods battery using your iPhone.

Checking the battery of your AirPods is very simple on iPhone. You have a number of options when it comes to checking the battery status of your AirPods and the charging case.

Place your iPhone next to your AirPods case and open the case.

The battery percentage of both your AirPods and the AirPods case will be displayed on the bottom of your iPhone display. Alternatively, you can ask Siri what

your AirPods battery level is. You can also add the battery widget to Notification Center’s Today panel.

Note, the Battery widget will only display the battery status of AirPods if you are actively using them.

5. Checking AirPods battery status on an Apple Watch.

If you own an

Apple Watch,

here’s an awesome trick: Place your open AirPods case next to your watch, then navigate to

Control Center

and tap the battery option. In addition to displaying battery stats for your watch, you will find stats for your AirPods and the case as well. 

6. How to rename AirPods.

There’s no dedicated app for altering settings and customizing your AirPods. Instead, you’ll need to do it through your Bluetooth settings.

With your AirPods connected to your iPhone or iPad, open the Bluetooth Settings on your iPhone. Then tap on the “i” symbol next to your AirPods’ name. Next, tap on the Name

field and enter your desired name. Tap Done and The new name will sync across your iCloud-linked devices. 

7. Customize double-tap controls.

By default, double-tapping the side of each AirPod will initiate Siri on your iPhone or iPad for the first generation AirPods. The second generation of AirPods

have next track as the default for double tap.

Once again, with your AirPods connected to your iPhone

or iPad, open Bluetooth settings. Then tab on the “i” symbol on the AirPods next to your AirPods’ name. Tap on Left or Right to choose the feature you want of each AirPod,

or disable any double-tap interaction altogether.

8. How to use AirPods as a hearing aid.

With iOS 12, Apple added a feature, called Live Listen, that basically turns your AirPods into on-demand hearing aids. There’s a bit of configuration you’ll need to make , but once it’s setup , you can place your phone next to the person you’re talking to and it will direct audio to your AirPods. 

On your iPhone, launch Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and tap on the green “+” symbol located next to the Hearing option. Then, when you need to

use the feature put in your AirPods and launch Control Center on your iPhone and select the Hearing icon followed by Live Listen. To turn urn off the feature,

repeat those last steps in Control Center.

9. How to connect AirPods on a Mac.

If you want to use AirPods to listen to all audio coming from your Mac, you will need to select it as an audio output device.

To connect, click on the

Bluetooth icon in the menu bar and select your AirPods and press Connect.

10. How to connect AirPods to a PC.

To connect Airpods to your PC, open the Bluetooth settings on your PC > Press and hold the circular button on the back of your AirPods case > Tap on the AirPods when they become available for pairing.. Note, they may appear under headphones, rather than AirPods.

Upon hitting connect, the AirPods will be connected to your PC for audio.

Read

How To Pair AirPods With An Android Phone

11. Sharing, with limitations

What goes on when someone else tries using your AirPods? A message to notify them the AirPods aren’t theirs shows up. Actually, they can pair

the AirPods to their iPhone by tapping Connect, but it’s good to know they can’t sneak in some listening time on your AirPods without your knowledge.

12. Using AirPods to share music, but not phone calls.

Splitting AirPods between two people is like sharing headphones, without a wire. But, alas, AirPods only make one mic active at a time. That means two

people can’t engage on one phone call. However, you both could listen in while only one person speaks.

You can specify microphone function to a given AirPod in the Bluetooth settings section under Settings > Bluetooth > tap “i” next to your AirPods then Microphone

and select your preference. 

13. How to check if your AirPod’s firmware’s been updated.

Apple has Silently been releasing new firmware to AirPods to enhance their performance. You can’t update the firmware manually, however, it’s possible to check to ensure you

Have an up to date version.

In Settings, navigate to General. Tab on About on your iPhone when your AirPods are in your ears. At the bottom of the page, an AirPods tab will display the model

and serial number alongside the firmware version. 

14. How to launch Siri On AirPods.

To activate

Siri

on the first generation AirPods, you can double tap either the right or the left AirPod, unless you have changed the default settings.Siri will then

launch on your iPhone or iPad.

The second-gen AirPods will recognize the Hey Siri wake command. To launch Siri on the second generation AirPods, simply say “Hey Siri”. So if you’ve got the AirPods in and your iPhone in a different room, you can simply say “Hey, Siri”

and control volume or music playback, ask for a message to be sent or any of the other commands you can issue to Siri. If you’re using your AirPods with

an Apple Watch, Hey, Siri still works as far as your watch is connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi.

Upon saying “Hey, Siri,” the volume of whatever you’re listening to will go down, indicating Siri is listening and ready to take command. 

15. Share audio with friends.

Beginning with iOS 13, if you’re listening to a new album or streaming a show and a friend or family member who also has AirPods wants to listen, you can simply use the

new

Audio Sharing feature.

To do this, Have your friend hold their iPhone near the top of yours, then follow the prompts. 

16. Wireless charging is optional.

Apple released a new AirPods case that works with Qi-based wireless charging pads Alongside the second-gen AirPods.You don’t have to purchase the AirPods

with the wireless charging case — indeed, it saves you a bit of cash if you skip it.

You could still purchase a pair of

Second Generation AirPods for $159,

and they’ll still have a better battery life and Hey Siri. For $199 you get the new wireless charging case as well.

17. First-gen case upgrade.

If you don’t really mind to upgrade your AirPods, but you like the idea of wirelessly charging your AirPods you can purchase the latest case separately. 

It’ll cost you $79.

18. How to connect two AirPods to an iPhone.

You can connect two sets of AirPods to an iPhone. This means, you could have both first and second generation paired, for instance. To do this, follow the same pairing

Steps for the second pair as you did with the first.

When you connect another pair of AirPods, the name of the first pair will see a “1” added to it whereas the second pair you connect will have a “2” after its

name. Both will appear across all your devices linked to your Apple ID.

19. How to enable or disable Automatic Ear Detection.

Automatic Ear Detection automatically transfers the audio from connected devices to the AirPods when you pop one or both in your ears. To turn on/off

Automatic Ear Detection:

Functionality, navigate to Bluetooth settings on your iPhone > ensure your AirPods are connected > Click on the “i” symbol on the AirPods tab > Scroll down to Automatic Ear

Detection > switch to on or off.

20. How to find out who is calling without looking at your iPhone.

You can set up your AirPods to announce who is calling you without having to reach for your iPhone on pocket or purse by enabling the “Announce Calls”

feature on iPhone.

Open Settings > Phone > Announce calls > Select Headphones Only or Headphones & Car. Finally, you may want to check

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