One of the main advantages of choosing AirPods over other wireless headphones when using mainly Apple devices is undoubtedly the extreme simplicity of their configuration and use. You will have to do almost nothing since, after unpacking them, all you have to do is open the case of the headphones and slip each of the AirPods into your ears to start enjoying listening in complete freedom. In the Apple ecosystem, the Bluetooth pairing procedure is simplified to the extreme when it is still often necessary to carry out the operation manually with the competition.
But behind this apparent simplicity, the AirPods Pro contain many secrets. The headsets of the Cupertino company indeed offer a multitude of options often ignored and which, when mastered, allow you to take full advantage of all the potential offered by Apple. In the following lines, you will discover hidden tips and functions that we hope will allow you to exploit the full potential of your AirPods Pro.
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1. Customize the name of your AirPods
By default, when you first pair your brand-new AirPods with your iPhone, iOS automatically names them “AirPods Pro by” followed by your first name. However, you can customize the name of your AirPods very easily.
To do this, open the Settings of iOS, go to the menu Bluetooth and press the “I“. Then press name and customize the name of your AirPods.
2. Choose the right bits
Apple ships its AirPods Pro with three different pairs of tips, in three different sizes: S (small/small), M (medium/medium) and L (large/large). By default, the size M tips are already in place on the headphones. If you’re not sure which earmold size fits your ear canal, you can take Apple’s Earmold Fit Test.
To find it, insert your AirPods into your ears, open the Settings of iOS, then in Bluetoothtap the button “I” associated with your AirPods Pro. Then choose the Eartip Fit Test.
Press on Continuethen press the button Reading displayed at the bottom of the Eartip Fit Test window. Stop touching your AirPods Pro and listen to the short music playing. You will then know immediately if the tips used on the AirPods fit correctly in your ears or if you need to change them for the smaller or larger models.
3. Control the music from the earbuds
As small as they are, Apple headphones embed a physical control system on the branches of each headset. You can indeed control the music by pinching the branch of one or the other of the earpieces, at the level of the flat part.
One press lets you play or pause, two presses skips to the next track, and three presses skips back to the previous track.
4. Customize AirPods Stem Action
The stem of the AirPods Pro can also be used to manage the noise reduction control or to activate Siri, by performing a long press. You can customize the action of a long press on the branch of each earphone to, for example, activate Siri with the left earphone, and manage noise control with the right earphone.
To customize these settings, go to the Settings of iOS, then in the menu Bluetoothenter your AirPods details by tapping the “I“.
In the section Pinch the stem of the AirPodsenter in turn in the menus Left and Right to set the actions you want to assign to each earbud.
5. Manage your AirPods options from Control Center
When you listen to music from your iPhone, you can easily manage the activation of noise reduction or choose to listen to your content by activating spatial audio directly from the Control center. This requires a long press on the volume bar to access the detailed settings.
You can then activate or deactivate the noise reductionuse the mode Transparency or select the mode spatial audio of your choice.
6. Adjust the sound rendering
If you don’t use Apple Music, and therefore don’t have access to the equalizer, you can still adjust the sound of your AirPods. To do this, open the Settings from iOS, enter the menu Accessibilitythen in the part Physical and motor skillsenter the menu dedicated to AirPods.
Then go to the menu Audio accessibility settings and enter Earphone adaptation to activate the option. You can then optimize the tones, range or brilliance to revitalize the different frequency ranges concerned.
It is also possible to customize some audio settings. Press on Custom Audio Setup to run the test Customizing audio settings earphones.
Press on Continuechoose to Do not use the audiogram (unless you have one in your possession), then follow the various instructions displayed on the screen to set the audio parameters that you like the most.
7. Use AirPods as a hearing aid
If you sometimes have trouble hearing what is being said around you, know that you can use your AirPods as a hearing aid.
If it is not already done, it is necessary to add the option Hearing in the iOS Control Center. To do this, open the Settingsthen enter the menu Control center. Look for the option Hearing and press the button + green to add it to Control center and then close iOS Settings.
Now deploy the Control center of iOS by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen, and press the button Hearing. Then touch the option Listen in real time. You should then hear what’s going on around you more clearly thanks to the sound picked up by the AirPods’ built-in microphones.
8. Easily check the load
To check the battery charge of your AirPods and their case, you can simply open the latter with the earbuds in near your iPhone to see the dedicated pop-up appear. By removing an AirPod from the case, the pop-up displays the charge of each of the earphones separately.
But you can keep an eye on the charge of your headphones very simply using a Widget. Tap and hold on the iPhone home screen to enter edit mode and press the button + at the top left of the screen.
Scroll through the list of widgets and select the widget Batteries. Choose one of the three widgets offered and press Add widget. Then validate by pressing the button okay.
Now you can keep an eye on your headphones’ charge right from your iPhone’s home screen without having to put them back in and out of their case.
9. Locate your misplaced AirPods
If you’re the airheaded type, chances are you’ve misplaced your AirPods before. Never mind, Apple has integrated an option to them that allows you to easily locate them and even ring them remotely.
Just open the app Locate on your iPhone and select your AirPods in the list of Apple devices linked to your iCloud account. You can locate their position on the map, but also ring them remotely by pressing the option Make a sound. However, this will require the earphones to be removed from the case.
10. Control your AirPods from your Apple Watch
If you’re lucky enough to own an Apple Watch, you can take control of your AirPods from it.
While playing content from iPhone, raise your wrist to activate your Apple Watch and tap the icon AirPlay displayed at the bottom left of your watch screen.
You should thus access a menu from which you can manage the activation of noise reduction or transparency mode.
Alternatively, if your iPhone is snug in your pocket, you can easily increase the volume in your headphones by acting directly on the digital crown of your Watch.