Apple Airpods Tips And Tricks (All models explained)

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The unconventional design of Apple’s original iPods evokes two primary responses, extreme love or extreme hate. Most people do love them, even though they appear a little strange.

I want to help you make the most of these headphones regardless of the one you possess, whether it is the first generation or the second, coming along with AirPods Max, AirPod Pros, wireless charging, and the Hey Siri assistant.

In this article, I will give you some of the hot tips which you may adhere to so that you can master the Apple wireless phones promptly:

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#1: Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max pairing tips and tricks

How to pair AirPods to your iPhone or iPad

All Apple Airphones contain special chips designated H1 or the W1 used to pair and share signals between two iPads or iPhones.

To pair any two first-generation gadgets:

  1. Open the lid of the case 
  2. Press the small button at the back and hold it for some time
  3. Place the case next to your iPad or iPhone
  4. The AirPod appears at the bottom of the iPad or iPhone screen
  5. Unlock the iPad or iPhone
  6. Press the ‘connect’ button

PS: In the case of the AirPods Pro, you have to carry out a further ‘Ear Tip Fit Test.’ This test lasts around 5 minutes and aims at determining if you have a great fit.

You might have to attempt other small, medium, or large silicone tips that accompany the gadgets if you do not.

These steps will help:

  1. Take the AirPods Max out of their intelligent cases
  2. Hold them next to the iPad or iPod for around 60 seconds
  3. Wait for the setup animation to appear
  4. Do the same manually via the Bluetooth settings
  5. Press the noise control button and hold it on your headphones until the white flashlight appears

How to pair your Apple watch

All Airphones automatically pair with any iOS devices that are registered with your Apple ID. This is on the condition that you connect the same to your iPhone.

Immediately after you get the AirPod or Max from the smart case, it shall indicate “Connected” in the Bluetooth settings of the Apple Watch.

How to pair MacBook with your AirPods

Any Airphones that are connected will automatically show up in the Bluetooth menu of the MacBook. To pair:

  1. Open the Bluetooth settings
  2. Locate your AirPods in the list
  3. Press ‘Connect’

How to pair Android devices with AirPods 

  1. Open the ‘Bluetooth settings in your Android device
  2. Choose ‘Pair a New Device’
  3. Open the AirPods smart case to activate the pairing
  4. Alternatively, remove the AirPods Max from its casing
  5. Confirm the pairing process

If you can’t see the Apple device in the list, hold the button on the back of the case until the LED light flashes. This flash is what places the two gadgets in a paring mode.

If you are working with the AirPods Max, you may have to press the noise control button and hold the same firm.

Follow this by selecting the gadget and then confirming the pairing to conclude the exercise.

How to connect a PC to an AirPod

  1. Open the “Bluetooth settings” on your personal computer
  2. Please press the button at the back of your AirPods case and hold it firmly
  3. Alternatively, press and hold the noise control button on the AirPods Max
  4. Hit the AirPods as soon as they appear as “available device”
  5. Tap “Connect” to complete the pairing

How to pair an iPhone with two AirPods

You can pair an iPhone with two sets of AirPods. This demands that you follow the same procedures for the second pair above.

After pairing two sets of headphones, a ‘1’ will appear beside the name of the first pair. On the other hand, the second pair will see a ‘2’ added to it and so on.

However, both of them will appear on any other device that has iOS and is linked to your Apple ID.

#2: Apple AirPods and the AirPods Pro Battery – Tips and tricks

How you can check the battery level on your AirPods

  1. Place your iPhone next to the charging case
  2. Open the case
  3. Press the noise control button and hold it firmly
  4. The battery level shall appear at the bottom of the iPhone display unit
  5. If in doubt, ask Siri what your battery status and type could be

How to charge AirPods 

  1. Place the AirPods back into their case
  2. They will automatically charge if the case has some power left

NB: The charging case delivers 2 hours of talk time for the case of the second-generation AirPods Pro or AirPods. This is accompanied by 3 hours of listening and a further 15 minutes of charge. The AirPods Max requires the lightning-to-USB cable to charge.

How to charge the AirPods case

  1. You can find the plug for the lightning connector at the bottom of the case
  2. If using the wireless charger, place it on the Qi-compatible wireless charging mat
  3. Alternatively, you may also use the Apple Watch charger on the condition that you get the placement right
  4. Plug the lightning into the USB-C connector at the bottom of the right ear cup to charge the AirPod Max

Use one AirPod first and switch to the other to increase the talk time

The first generation AirPods provide roughly 2 hours of talk times while the second generation offers 3 hours of the same and 5 hours of listening times.

As for the AirPods Pro, prepare to reap 3.5 hours of talk time and 4-5 hours of listening, depending on the exact modes you may be in.

#3: Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro and Airpods Max – Usage tips and trickss

How to rename the AirPods

As a general rule, the Apple device automatically collects your first name, followed by ‘AirPods’ as soon as you pair it with your iPhone.

In case you want to alter this name:

  1. Open the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone
  2. Connect your AirPods
  3. Click the ‘i’ symbol on the AirPods tab
  4. Click on ‘Name’
  5. Alter the name
  6. Hit ‘Done’

How to alter the double-tap default for the 1st and 2nd generation AirPods

Double-tapping the sides of each AirPods will activate the Siri on the iPad or the iPhone for the 1st generation gadgets. The second-generation counterparts have ‘next track’ as the defaults for the double-tap.

Change the defaults on both as need be or turn off the features completely or change for one side but leave the other side intact. Do this by following the steps below:

  1. Open the Bluetooth settings on the iPhone
  2. Connect your device
  3. Click the ‘i’ symbol on your AirPods tab
  4. Select the precise feature you desire for your left earplug
  5. Select the features you want for your right

How you can play and pause on the AirPods Pro

  1. Move the controls of the ‘Force Touch Sensor’ far from the tap and squeeze
  2. Squeeze the stem on your AirPods Pro to play or pause the audio

How you can play and pause on the AirPods Max

  1. Hit the ‘Digital Crown’ one time to play or pause

How you can skip a track on the AirPods Pro 

  • Squeeze the ‘Force Touch Sensor’ that exists on the stem of the AirPods two times

How you can skip a track on the AirPods Max

  • Press the ‘Digital Crown’ that exists at the top of the right earcup twice

How to revert to a previous track on the AirPods Pro

  • Squeeze the ‘Force Touch Sensor’ that is found on the stem of your AirPods thrice

How to revert to a previous track on the AirPods Max 

  • Press the ‘Digital Crown’ found at the top right corner of the ear cup thrice.

How to shuffle between the ‘Transparency Modes’ and the ‘Active Noise Cancellation’ on the AirPods Pro

  1. Push and press the ‘Force Touch Sensor’ button that is found on the stem of your AirPods
  2. Alternatively, you may swipe the screen down from the top right or swipe up the home button from the Control Center
  3. Connect the AirPods Pro and touch the volume bar in a 3D or haptic way
  4. This will give you a choice to shuffle between the two modes, respectively

How to shuffle between the “Transparency” and “Active Noise Cancellation” modes on the AirPods Max

To make this switch:

  1. Push the ‘noise control button’ that exists at the top right side of the ear cup
  2. Alternatively, swipe downwards from the right side of a Face ID iPhone or swipe upwards from the bottom of the touch ID iPhone to get to the Control Center
  3. Press the volume bar down when the gadget is connected
  4. This will let you switch between the modes

How to turn the Spatial Audio on for the AirPods Max

The AirPods Max emits Spatial Audio that is basically three-dimensional and garners some support from the videos. These videos utilize the gyroscope and the accelerometer in your iPhone to keep track of your videos. To turn it on:

  1. Open the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone
  2. Tap the ‘i’ button that is next to the AirPods Max
  3. Scroll down and toggle the ‘Spatial Audio’

READ MORE: Are Apple Airpods Max Comfortable? (Solved!) Full review!

How to set up the Siri on AirPods 

To do so on a 1st generation gadget:

  1. Double-tap the left or the right earphone
  2. Siri shall launch on the iPad or the iPhone

To do so on a second-generation gadget:

  1. Just shout ‘Hey Siri’

To do so on the AirPods Max

  1. Press the ‘Digital Crown’ and hold it firmly
  2. Then, shout ‘Hey Siri’

What can you ask Siri to do?

After you have set up the second-generation AirPods Pro or AirPods, you may ask Siri several questions, such as:

“Play my favorite song”

“Send me a message”

“Raise the volume”

“How do I navigate my way here?”

“Jump to the next song”

“Stop the music for a moment”

“What is the level of the battery in the phone?”

How to activate or deactivate the Automatic Ear Detection

The automatic ear detection automatically transfers the audio from the paired devices to the AirPods and AirPods Pro whenever you place either in your ears. To turn them off automatically:

  1. Open the Bluetooth settings on your phone
  2. Connect your headphones
  3. Click the ‘i’ symbol on the AirPods tab
  4. Scroll down to the ‘Automatic Ear Detection’
  5. Toggle the button either on or off

How to activate or deactivate the Automatic Head Detection

As stated above, the automatic head detection transfers the audio contents automatically from any paired device to the AirPods Max whenever you place the same on your head. To activate or deactivate it:

  1. Open the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone
  2. Pair your AirPods Max
  3. Click the ‘i’ symbol that exists on the AirPods tab
  4. Scroll down to the ‘Automatic Head Detection’
  5. Toggle the button on or off

How to alter the Active AirPod microphone

Automatically, the active microphone shuffles between the left and the right earphone. You may nonetheless alter these to just one side. To do this:

  1. Open the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone
  2. Pair your headphones
  3. Click the ‘i’ symbol that exists on the AirPods tab
  4. Scroll down to the microphone
  5. Choose your preferences

How to up the volume on your AirPods 

The AirPods do lack volume controls, except for the AirPods Max. To increase the volume, you will have to use the gadget that your earplugs are paired to.

For instance, if you are using earphones with the iPhone, adjust the volume the same way as you would if you were listening to music on your iPhone. This involves engaging the volume buttons that sit on the left-hand side of the device.

To adjust the volume:

  1. Open the Bluetooth settings of your iPhone
  2. Tap the ‘i’ symbol that is right next to the AirPods Max
  3. Turn on the ‘Digital Crown’ at the top right side of the ear cup
  4. Select your unique preferences
  5. Rotate the crown up or down to seal the deal

How to discover the person calling without necessarily peeking into the iPhone

Enable the ‘Announce Calls’ feature on the iPhone. To do this:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Proceed to phone
  3. Then to ‘announce calls’
  4. Choose ‘Headphones only’ or ‘Headphones and cars’

How to have Siri read your messages without necessarily unlocking your iPhone 

If you are operating the iOS version 13.2 or later, you may switch on the ‘Announce Messages.’ These options only work with the second-generation AirPods, Pro and Max.

When activated, the option prompts Siri to read out any incoming messages. To activate it:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Then to ‘Notifications’
  3. Proceed to ‘Announce Messages from Section’
  4. Turn the toggle on

You may also have to tap on the message in the ‘Announce Message from’ section and then turn the toggle on to announce the messages with Siri.

How to reply to a call using the AirPods 

It is indeed possible for you to answer a call directly from your AirPods. Nonetheless, I recommend turning on the ‘Announce Calls’ features to know whomever you are talking with. To respond to a call:

  1. Double-tap the headphones whenever you hear the ringing tone
  2. For AirPods, press the ‘Force Touch sensor’ button hard
  3. On the Max, squeeze the ‘Digital Crown’ at the top right side of the ear cup once

How to terminate a call using the AirPods

To end a call:

  1. Double-tap the headphones
  2. Squeeze the ‘Force Touch sensor’ in the case of the AirPods Pro
  3. Push the ‘Digital Crown’ in the case of Max

How to shuffle your AirPods from Mac to iPhone and vice versa 

If you have set up the volume shortcut in your Mac’s menu bar, choose your AirPods from the drop-down menu that shows up whenever you click the ‘volume icon.’

You will then be capable of playing the music on your headphones while listening to it on your Mac. To activate this volume shortcut on your Mac:

  1. Go to ‘Systems Preferences’
  2. Head to ‘Sound’
  3. Check the ‘Show Volume’ option in the menu bar

How to enable the AirPods to shuffle back and forth automatically between your Apple gadgets 

Suppose yours is an iOS 14 or later version. In that case, the AirPods automatically switch the connections between all the Apple gadgets you have.

You may choose when you want your AirPods to pair with your iPhone and transfer the audio signals through. Follow these steps to do that:

  1. Open the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone
  2. Pair your headphones
  3. Click the ‘i’ symbol on the AirPods tab
  4. Scroll to the ‘Connect to this iPhone’
  5. Choose between ‘Last Connected to this iPhone’ or ‘Automatic’

How to use the AirPods 

After the AirPods are paired with your phones, you have to insert one or either in your ears. Alternatively, you may place the AirPod Max on your head. This shall make them play the audio.

If you unplug the AirPod from your ears or get the Max off your head, the audio automatically pauses. The opposite is also true.

The phone call audio automatically reverts to your iPhone if you remove the AirPod from your ears or head.

How to trace lost AirPods

a.) If you misplace your AirPods, you may use the ‘Find My App’ to trace them. To use this app:

  1. Open ‘Find My App’ on iCloud.com or any iOS device
  2. Hit the ‘Devices’ tab at its bottom
  3. Identify your AirPods on the list
  4. Tap ‘Play Sound’

NB: Just if it is only one AirPods that is missing, you may mute the sound from the one you still have (not lost).

b.) In case you are unaware of where you lost your AirPods:

  1. Open ‘Find My App’ on iCloud.com or any iOS device
  2. Click the ‘Devices tab’ at the bottom of the device
  3. Identify your device from the list given
  4. Also, this list shall display the last place you connected these AirPods to the iPhone.

If you so wish, you may also tap ‘Directions’ to obtain directions to the last known location.

#4: Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro and Airpods Max – General Tips and Tricks

How to clean the AirPods 

Blu-tack eliminates all the dirt from the AirPods case with exceptional reliability. Other than that, the baby wipes also work wonders.

I actually like the Blu-tack better since the dirt tends to stick to it. You can pull it off the lip around where you open and close the AirPod case and around the pairing button.

By far, the most recommended way to clean the AirPods is to use a soft, lint-free cloth or a brush that has soft bristles. Clean the speaker and the microphone meshes using a dry cotton swab. This eliminates any debris from the meshes using a soft-bristled brush that is clean and dry.

Is AirPods waterproof?

NO! The first and the second generations of the AirPods, and Max, are not waterproof. It would be best if you do not put them on when swimming or showering.

The AirPods Pro, on the other hand, is waterproof by bearing the IPX4 Water-resistant rating. They are hence able to endure a splash but not submerge.

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1st and 2nd generation variants are also not sweatproof. They are nonetheless capable of enduring common and everyday applications. Lastly, the AirPods Pro is resistant to sweat.

Do the AirPods contain ‘noise-canceling features?

1st and 2nd generation AirPods do provide a noise-canceling feature. In addition, the Max and the Pro also have Active Noise-cancellation as part of their models.

Which gadgets are compatible with the AirPods?

AirPods, Pro, and Max are all compatible with Macs, iPads, Apple Watch, and iPhones.

You will have to own an iPhone 5 or later version to work with the 1st and the 2nd generation variants and further an iPhone 6S or later variant to work with the Pro version.

As for the AirPods Max, you need iPhone 8 or a later version.

The AirPods 2, on the other hand, requires a combination of WatchOS 5 and iOS 12.2 to exude all their features. In contrast, the AirPods Pro requires iOS 13.2.

Lastly, the AirPods Max requires iOS 14.3 or later version to provide access to all the features it potentially has to offer.

AirPods also have the added advantage of being able to work well with PCs and Android gadgets. These include Samsung and Huawei models.

What colors are AirPods available in?

The Apple AirPods Pro and AirPods are primarily available in white colors. AirPods Max, on the other hand, is available in pink, sky blue, green, silver, and space grey.

#5: How much do AirPods cost?

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