How do I customize my AirPod settings?.
AirPods work great out of the box, but you can set up wireless earbuds or Apple headphones to work the way you want them to. Whether you’re changing the name of your AirPods, modifying the left or right force sensor, or switching between noise-canceling modes, you can quickly set up your AirPods using your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
This guide shows you what you need to do to set up the basic AirPods (1st, 2nd and 3rd generation), AirPods Pro, and the iconic AirPods Max. Before you get started, it’s always a good idea to update your AirPods firmware. This ensures that you can access all the customization options for your AirPods model.
Related: Using Android? Here’s how to set up and set up AirPods on your Android smartphone.
Accessing the Customization Settings for Your AirPods
You can set up your AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max right after accessing the AirPods settings on your iPhone. To get to them, take your AirPods out of the charging case or smart case, open the Settings app on your iOS device, select Bluetooth, and tap the Info icon next to your AirPods. The same applies to the iPad.
You can also set up your AirPods using your Mac. To access your AirPods settings, open the System Preferences app and select Bluetooth. Then Control-click AirPods in the list of Bluetooth devices and select Options.
Change the Name of Your AirPods
By default, your iPhone, iPad, or Mac uses AirPods [Your Name] as the default name for your Apple AirPods. However, you can change this to whatever you want. Just click “Name” and change the default name to something else.
On a Mac, Control-click AirPods in the list of Bluetooth devices and select Rename. Then paste in the new name and select “Rename” again.
Change What Happens When You Double-Tap an AirPod
On 1st and 2nd generation AirPods, you can double-tap the left and right AirPods to skip to the next track in the playlist. However, you can bind different actions to each AirPods using the Left and Right settings in the AirPods Double Tap section.
Available actions include the ability to call and use Siri, play/pause audio, and play the previous track. If you don’t want to bind anything, just select Off.
Keep the Music Playing While Taking Out an AirPod
By default, your iPhone, iPad, or Mac will pause audio whenever you take your AirPod out. Just turn off the toggle next to Automatic Ear Detection if that annoys you.
Note. Deactivating automatic ear detection can also solve problems with AirPods that don’t make sound.
Stop Your AirPods From Connecting to Devices Automatically
All AirPods (except the base 1st generation model) have the ability to switch between Apple devices on their own. For example, if your AirPods are connected to your iPhone, but you start playing a song, video, or podcast on your Mac, your AirPods will automatically connect to the latest device.
However, if you prefer manual control, click “Connect to this iPhone/iPad/Mac” and select “When a girl is connected to this iPhone/iPad/Mac”. Unlike other AirPods setup options, you’ll have to repeat this on each of your Apple devices.
Always Use the Left or the Right AirPod as Your Microphone
By default, your iPhone, iPad, or Mac dynamically switches between the microphone on the left or right AirPods depending on the quality of the audio input. However, you can tap the Microphone option and change it to Always Left AirPod or Always Right AirPods.
Note. If setting the fixed side results in problems with the microphone, you can switch back to the “Automatic” setting.
Switch Between Noise Control Modes for AirPods Pro & Max
Your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max have three noise control modes – Noise Cancellation, Transparency, and Off. The noise canceling function cuts out all external sounds, the transparency allows ambient noise to pass through (even when wearing tight-fitting earplugs), and the off function provides a typical listening experience. You can switch between modes by dragging the slider in the Noise Control section.
Alternatively, you can use the Volume or Sound slider in the iOS/macOS Control Center as a shortcut to switch between the available noise reduction modes. You can also pair them with the force sensors on your AirPods Pro (more on that later), or just use the noise control button on your AirPods Max.
Change What Happens When Your Squeeze an AirPod
On 3rd generation AirPods and AirPods Pro, pinching the left and right AirPods will activate certain features (similar to double-tapping 1st and 2nd generation AirPods). Tap the Left and Right options under Press and Hold AirPods to replace the defaults with other actions. On AirPods Pro, you can also link and activate Noise Control.
Choose the Noise Control Order for the AirPods Max
Your AirPods Max have a dedicated noise control button that lets you switch between noise reduction, off, and transparency modes. Use the Button Cycles Between option to enable or disable the mode.
Determine How the Digital Crown on the AirPods Max Work:
The Digital Crown lets you control the media playback volume on your AirPods Max. You can change how this works by tapping the Digital Crown option and selecting Back to Front and Front to Back. In the first case, the volume increases when you turn the Digital Crown clockwise, and in the second case, in the opposite direction.
Keep the Music Playing While Taking Off Your AirPods Max
Similar to the AirPods Ear Detection option on basic AirPods and AirPods Pro, your AirPods Max will pause audio whenever you take them off. Again, if you don’t like it, just turn off the toggle next to auto head detection.
Enable or Disable Spatial Audio
AirPods 3rd Generation, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max support spatial audio (which simulates 3D audio with dynamic head tracking for a richer listening experience). Tap Spatial Audio to customize it. You can then activate and deactivate it by pressing and holding the volume slider in the Control Center.
Participate in the Find My Network
Are you afraid of losing your AirPods? If you’re using 3rd generation Airpods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max, you can increase your chances of getting them by turning on the toggle next to Find My Network. This allows your AirPods to broadcast location via any nearby iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch.
Let Siri Announce Incoming Notifications Over Your AirPods
Did you know that Siri can announce incoming notifications on your iPhone or iPad via AirPods? You won’t find this option in AirPods settings. Instead, scroll down the Settings menu and tap Siri & Search > Announce Notifications. Then turn on the switches next to Announce notifications and Headphones.
Alternatively, you can set up your iPhone to alert you to phone calls through your AirPods. Learn more about setting up and setting up Siri on iPhone.
Customize and Use AirPods the Way You Want
AirPods are amazing. But to get the best experience, it’s important to take the time to set them up. You can always quickly reset your AirPods, so don’t be afraid if you mess something up. Plus, check out these tips and tricks to get even more out of your AirPods.
How do I customize my AirPod settings?
How do I customize my AirPod settings?