One of the main advantages of choosing AirPods over other wireless earphones when using mostly Apple devices is undoubtedly their extreme ease of setup and use. You won’t have to do much, as once you’ve unboxed them, all you have to do is open the case of the earphones and insert each of the AirPods into your ears to start enjoying your listening experience in complete freedom. In the Apple ecosystem, the Bluetooth pairing procedure is simplified to the limit, although it is often necessary to perform the operation manually with competitors.
But behind this apparent simplicity, the AirPods Pro hides a lot of secrets. The Cupertino company’s headsets do offer a lot of options that are often overlooked and that, when mastered, allow you to take full advantage of the full potential offered by Apple. In the following lines, you will find hidden tips and features that we hope will allow you to use the full potential of your AirPods Pro.
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1. Name your AirPods
By default, when you first pair your new AirPods with your iPhone, iOS automatically names them “AirPods Pro by” followed by your name. However, you can customize the name of your AirPods very easily.
To do this, open Settings iOS, go to menu Bluetooth and click “I“. Then press title and customize the name of your AirPods.
2. Choose the right bits
Apple ships its AirPods Pro with three different pairs of eartips in three different sizes: S (small/small), M (medium/medium), and L (large/large). By default, the earbuds come with size M eartips. If you’re not sure which eartip size fits your ear canal, you can take Apple’s eartip fit test.
To find it, put your AirPods in your ears, open Settings iOS, then Bluetoothclick “I” associated with your AirPods Pro. Then select Earplug fit test.
Press on Continuethen press the button Reading is displayed at the bottom of the earmould fit test window. Stop touching AirPods Pro and listen to short music. After that, you will immediately know if the earbuds used in AirPods fit your ears correctly, or if you need to replace them for smaller or larger models.
3. Control music from headphones
As small as they are, Apple’s headphones have built-in physical controls on the arms of each headset. You can really control the music by clamping the branch of one or another earphone at the level of the flat part.
One press to play or pause playback, two presses to skip to the next track, and three presses to return to the previous track.
4. Customize AirPods stem action
The AirPods Pro stick can also be used to control noise cancellation or to activate Siri with a long press. You can set the long-press action on the offshoot of each earbud to, for example, activate Siri with the left earbud and control noise cancellation with the right earbud.
To configure these settings, go to Settings iOS then menu Bluetoothenter your AirPods details by tapping “I“.
In chapter Squeeze the stem of your AirPodsenter in turn in the menu Left and Right to set the actions you want to assign to each earbud.
5. Manage your AirPods settings from the Control Center.
When you listen to music from your iPhone, you can easily control the activation of noise cancellation or choose to listen to your content by activating spatial audio directly from Control center. This requires a long press on the volume bar to access detailed settings.
Then you can activate or deactivate noise suppressionuse mode Transparency or choose a mode spatial audio of your choice.
6. Set up audio transmission
If you don’t use Apple Music and therefore don’t have access to the equalizer, you can still customize the sound of your AirPods. To do this, open Settings from iOS enter the menu Availabilitythen in part Physical and motor skillsenter the menu dedicated to AirPods.
Then go to the menu Audio Accessibility Settings and type Headphone adaptation to activate the option. You can then optimize tone, range, or brightness to bring different frequency ranges to life.
You can also adjust some sound settings. Press on Custom sound setting run test Adjusting sound settings headphones.
Press on Continueselect Don’t use an audiogram (if you don’t have one), then follow the various on-screen instructions to set the audio options you like best.
7. Use AirPods as a hearing aid
If you sometimes find it difficult to hear what is being said around you, know that you can use your AirPods as a hearing aid.
If it hasn’t already been done, you need to add the option hearing in the iOS Control Center. To do this, open Settingsthen enter the menu Control center. Look for an option hearing and press the button + green to add it to Control center and then close iOS settings.
Now expand Control center iOS by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen and tapping hearing. Then tap the option Listen in real time. You should then hear what’s happening around you more clearly thanks to the sound picked up by the AirPods’ built-in microphones.
8. Easy to check load
To check the battery life of your AirPods and their case, you can simply open the latter with the earbuds next to your iPhone to see a pop-up window. When you take your AirPod out of its case, a pop-up window displays the charge for each earbud separately.
But you can easily monitor the charge of your headphones with the help of a widget. Press and hold on the iPhone home screen to enter edit mode and press the button + in the upper left corner of the screen.
Scroll through the list of widgets and select a widget Batteries. Select one of the three proposed widgets and click Add Widget. Then confirm by pressing the button well.
Now you can monitor your earbuds right from your iPhone’s home screen without plugging them in and out of their case.
9. Find lost AirPods
If you’re the frivolous type, chances are you’ve misplaced your AirPods before. No matter, Apple has integrated an option into them that allows you to easily find them and even call them remotely.
Just open the app Find on your iPhone and select AirPods in the list of Apple devices associated with your iCloud account. You can determine their position on the map and also call them remotely by clicking on the option Make a sound. However, this will require you to remove the headphones from the case.
10. Control your AirPods with your Apple Watch
If you happen to own an Apple Watch, you can control your AirPods from it.
While playing content on your iPhone, lift your wrist to wake up your Apple Watch and tap Airplay displayed in the lower left corner of the watch screen.
So you should be able to access a menu from which you can control the activation of the noise reduction or transparency mode.
Alternatively, if your iPhone is comfortably in your pocket, you can easily turn up the volume on your headphones by working directly on your watch’s digital crown.