Apple AirPods: The best tips and tricks for your new wireless headphones – CNET

Apple AirPods: The best tips and tricks for your new wireless headphones – CNET


Apple AirPods with a wireless charging case.

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Apple released two new models of the AirPods in this year, the second-generation AirPods followed her debut in March AirPods Per in October. Both of the new models have always on Hey, Siri, voice recognition, 5-hour battery life, and charge the case to do that works with the same wireless charging pads, iPhones.

The AirPods Pro have a new design, noise reduction, and a cool new transparency feature so that you can listen to music and still hear what’s going on around you. There is a handful of tips specifically for AirPods Per, but there are also a lot of overlap between the regular AirPods and the Pro version.

AirPods can do more than just stream music in your ears, so make sure to read the tips below to learn how to use the benefits of your all-wireless earphones.

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pairing is a children’s game

The pairing process for the AirPods will take three seconds — literally. Open the charging case, wait for the prompt on your phone, tap on Close and you’re done. You don’t have to worry, repeat these steps for the rest of the Apple devices, as long as you use the same iCloud account. Yes, that is, after you have a few of their AirPods to your iPhone, your AirPods are automatically linked to your Apple Watch, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. It’s pretty cool.

Seriously, pairing your AirPods too easy.

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Yes, you can pair with non-Apple products

Note that a small, flush button on the back of the charging case? This is what you use to pair AirPods device to an Android, or anything else that does not work with Apple’s proprietary chips. < p>pair is nothing new, put the AirPods in your case, then you rotate the lid, and press and hold the small button on the back of the charging housing, until the small LED light begins to pulse white. You should then in the Bluetooth pairing settings on an Android phone, or computer, or TV. Full instructions can<found here./p>

Keep in mind that, when coupled with a non-Apple product, you lose a little of their magic. Under a AirPod from the ear not the music stop, and playback controls will not work. Android users can install this app for the review of AirPods state of charge of the battery.

back to back with AirPods with your iPhone, just select again “AirPods” from your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and you will be re-pair.

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in order To save battery, keep you in and keep, swap buds

I have never from the AirPod battery life in a single day, but if you are a power user, make a lot of calls, you can find it running low. An AirPod can headset on its own as a Bluetooth. You hold to calculate the other in the trap, and then replace as necessary. The other Bud takes over seamlessly.

to Hear stereo streaming with a Bud

If you want to listen to a live stream while doing other things on the side, pop a single Bud, while the other is the case. It pump is a stereo-signal in a Bud. Otherwise, with the two AirPods from, get it only with one ear in the value of stereo.

The various screens of the battery life of the AirPods on the iPhone.

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Check the battery with your iPhone

you have a few options to consider when it comes to the battery, the status of your AirPods and the survey.

you can either open the load pocket next to your iPhone (it works on the iPad and iPod touch, as well), the prompt your phone to display a pop-up with battery status. Or you can add the battery widget to the Notification Center is the Today control panel using the instructions in this post. Remember, the battery widget is only AirPods, if you are actively using them.

“view” AirPods ” the life battery on an Apple watch. 

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Check the battery status on an Apple watch

If a Apple Watch, here is a cool trick: Place your open AirPods case, next to the clock, then open control centre and tap the battery option. In addition to the battery statistics for your watch, you can also find statistics for your AirPods and the case.

Hey, Siri!

The second-gen AirPods and AirPods Pro will recognize the Hey Siri wake command. So, if you have the AirPods and your iPhone is in another room, you can use to say, “Hey, Siri”, and adjust the volume, or playing music, ask for a message to be sent, or any other commands you give to Siri can. If you work your AirPods with a Apple Watch, Hey Siri as long as your watch is equipped with a data connection.

After you said “Hey, Siri”, the volume of whatever you are hearing is low that indicates Siri is listening and ready for your command.

to Have Siri read your messages

With iOS 13.2 installed on your iPhone or iPad,  Siri can do is read the incoming messages directly to them, by your AirPods without giving you anything. You can then reply to the message, with a quick voice command. It’s pretty cool.


Name your AirPods on iOS.

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Change your AirPods’ name

There is no dedicated app for changing settings and customizing your AirPods. Instead, you will need to it through your Bluetooth settings.

With your AirPods with your iPhone or iPad, go to settings > Bluetooth. Then tap on the “i” icon next to your AirPods’ name. Next tap on the Name field and enter your preferred name. The new name of the rest of iCloud linked devices.


Assign tap interactions to each AirPod.

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Customize-control elements

During the display of your AirPods’ settings you can also change the double-tap or press-and-hold function, either for earphones. Once again, with your AirPods with your iPhone or iPad, go to settings > Bluetooth. Then tap on the “i” icon next to your AirPods’ name. You tap to change Links or Right, the functionality of each of the AirPod, or disable any interaction at all.


AirPods, such as a hearing aid with iOS 12.

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use AirPods, such as a hearing aid

iOS 12, Apple has a feature called Live, the hearing aid is essentially your AirPods transformed into on-demand. It is need to do a bit of setup, but once it is done, can you put your phone on a table, the person you talk to, and it sends the audio signal to your AirPods.

On your iPhone, go you zu Einstellungen > kontroll Zentrum > Anpassen-Steuer elemente and tap the green ” + ” symbol next to the hearing option. Then, when you need in order to function in your AirPods and open Control Center on your iPhone and select the Listen icon, followed by Listen Live. The feature is disable by repeating the last steps in the Control Center.


Select the AirPods from the Bluetooth menu on the Mac. 

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use AirPods on a Mac

If you want to use to listen to AirPods to all audio signals from your Mac, select it as the audio output device. To do this, click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu and select your AirPods > Connect.

Alternatively, you can use the AirPlay icon of the music app, select the AirPods to music Streaming from your Mac to your ears. Although, my experience with the connection to the AirPods using AirPlay music was hit or miss. Miss the most. 


AirPods “settings” on a Mac.

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Customize controls on a Mac

I’m not sure why I’ve never tried before to adjust AirPod settings on the Mac. I suppose it is, because it is my primary device for the use of my iPhone. However, a post on 9to5Mac details the process for the adjustment of their AirPods settings to control the reproduction and use of Siri.

have associated With your AirPods with your Mac, go to system settings > Bluetooth. Click Internet options next to your AirPods, and use the drop-down menu to customize settings to your liking.

Pairing prompt for AirPods, already paired with a different iCloud account.

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common use with constraints

What happens if someone else tries with their AirPods? A message to let you know, the AirPods show theirs. Of course, he or she can pair the AirPods to your iPhone by tapping Close, but it is nice to know that you sneak in some you hear the time on your AirPods without letting you know.

Share music, but no phone calls

division AirPods between two people is like the parts, headphones, minus the wire. But, alas, AirPods only one microphone active at the same time be. This means that two people can’t hop on a call. But, they could both hear, while a person speaks.

to a certain AirPod in the Bluetooth settings under settings > Bluetooth > tap “i” next to your AirPods then microphone and select the AirPod, you want to use, as the all-time-in microphone.


Two pairs of AirPods, an audio source? No problem, on iOS 13.

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Share audio with friends

Starting with iOS 13, if you are listening to a new album or streaming a show and a friend or family member who also wants to AirPods are listening to, use the new Audio-Sharing feature. You have your friend hold your iPhone near the top of them, then follow the instructions.

Check if your firmware has been updated

Apple is quietly pushing for a new firmware to help AirPods, with the performance. You can not update the firmware manually, but you can check to ensure that you have the latest version.

settings, go to GeneralFor on your iPhone, if you use your AirPods in your ears. At the bottom of the page, a AirPods tab, the model and serial number, plus firmware version.


– charging option, in addition to the second Generation of the AirPods, Apple a new AirPods published case that works with Qi-based wireless charging pads. You don’t have to the AirPods using the wireless charging case, buy-in fact, it saves you a little money if you skip it.

you can still see a couple of AirPods for $159 to buy, and you come up with a better battery life, and Hey Siri. For $199 you will receive the new wireless charging case as well. The AirPods Per $249 and come with a standard wireless charging case. 


If you don’t really upgrade your AirPods, but you like the idea of wirelessly charging your AirPods you can buy the latest case of self. It will take you back $79.

Apple and add features to the AirPods with iOS updates. The most recent, iOS 13, it’s what added the ability for “Siri”, your messages to read them with a dedicated dark mode, improved reminders app


Apple AirPods Per some new tricks.

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Released on Thu, 07 Nov 2019 12:00:05 +0000

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