How to Use AirPods Like a Pro [Complete Guide]

In order to help you make the best use of your AirPods, we have made this complete guide. Let's try out these tips to use AirPods perfectly!

Apple AirPods excel in delivering immersive sound. Endowed with superior design and technology, the earphones are truly impressive from all aspects.

Have you bought AirPods? I know you have just got them and are looking for ways to maximize their potential. These are the best tips to let you make the most of the wireless earphones. Let’s dive ahead to discover them all!

How to Use AirPods Like a Pro

Tips to Use AirPods Like a Pro

You Need to Know:

  • When you pair AirPods with your iPhone or Mac, it will be automatically set up with your other iOS 10, macOS Sierra and watchOS 3 devices if they are signed into same iCloud.
    tvOS is not compatible with iCloud-based AirPods pairing.
  • Advanced AirPods features don’t work on iPhone, iPad and iPod running iOS 10.2 or later, Apple Watch running watchOS 3.0 or later and Mac running macOS Sierra 10.12.0 or later.
    On non-Apple devices, AirPods work like any other Bluetooth headphones.
  • iCloud-based pairing doesn’t work on Apple TV, older Mac models, and non-Apple devices.
  • iPhone 5 or later, iPod 6th generation, iPad Mini 2, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, Mac models with Handoff support, Apple Watch Series 1 or later are compatible with AirPods.

How to Pair AirPods with iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Simply press the Home button of your iPhone to unlock it. Now, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center. Then, tap on the Bluetooth button to enable it.

Step #2. Next, you need to open the case with AirPods inside. Now, hold it near your iPhone (about two inches away)

You should see a setup animation on your iPhone. Tap Connect. You will be confirmed that your iPhone is connecting to AirPods.

Step #3. Tap on Done to complete the setting up process.

When you pair your iPhone with AirPods, pairing information is sent to other iDevices which are signed into the same iCloud account.

Then, you need to select AirPods in Control Center on iPad and Apple Watch, or from the Volume menu bar item on your Mac.

Note: If you want to pair your AirPods with another iPhone, simply put them in the charging case. Next, open the lid of the case. You should see the AirPods card on the iPhone. Tap on Connect. Finally, you have to press and hold the button on the back of the case to connect AirPods to the iPhone.

How to Pair AirPods with Mac

Step #1. First off, you need to put AirPods in the charging case. Then, open the lid.

Step #2. Now, press and hold the circular setup button located on the back of the charging case until the status light starts blinking white.

Step #3. On your Mac, head over System Preferences → Bluetooth.

Once the macOS detects your AirPods, click Pair next to their name in the Devices list.

How to Pair AirPods with Apple Watch

Step #1. First of all, put AirPods in the charging case. Then, open the lid.

Step #2. Next, press and hold the circular setup button until the status light starts flashing white.

Step #3. Open Settings app on your Watch, tap Bluetooth and choose AirPods.

Pair AirPods with Apple TV, Older Macs, Windows and Android devices

You need to manually pair AirPods with these devices like Apple TV, older Macs with legacy Bluetooth chips that lack Handoff support, Windows PCs, Android devices, other non-Apple hardware.

How to Pair AirPods with Apple TV

You need to manually pair AirPods with your Apple TV as it doesn’t support pairing via iCloud.

Step #1. Put your AirPods in the charging case. Then, open the lid.

Step #2. Press and hold the circular setup button on the back of the charging case until the status light starts flashing white.

Step #3. Now, head over Settings → Remotes and Devices → Bluetooth on your fourth-generation Apple TV.

Step #4. Click on AirPods under the Other Devices.

Then, click Connect Device.

How to Pair AirPods with non-Apple devices

Step #1. Put your AirPods in the charging case. Then, open the lid.

Step #2. Press and hold the circular setup button on the back of the charging case until the status light starts blinking white.

On the non-Apple device, go through the usual Bluetooth pairing process.

How to Pair AirPods with older Macs

On older Mac models, you need to pair AirPods manually like other Bluetooth devices.

Step #1. Put AirPods in the charging case. Then, open the lid.

Step #2. Press and hold the circular setup button on the back of the charging case until the status light starts flashing white.

On your Mac, go to System Preferences → Bluetooth, choose your AirPods in the Devices list.

Step #3. Now, click on the Pair button.

How to Unpair AirPods from iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Launch Settings → Bluetooth on your iPhone.

Step #2. Tap on “i” next to AirPods,

Step #3. Tap on Forget This Device.

You will see a warning message saying that removing AirPods from this device will automatically remove them from all your other iCloud-signed devices. Tap on Forget Device to confirm.

How to Unpair AirPods from Mac

Step #1. Head over to System Preferences → Bluetooth.

Now, click on X to the right of the AirPods name. Or, right-click AirPods in the Devices list, then select Remove from the popup menu.

Step #2. Click on Remove to remove.

Note: you can also hold down the Option (⌥) key when clicking the Bluetooth icon in your Mac’s menu bar. Choose AirPods and select Remove in the end.

Unpairing AirPods from Mac only disconnects the earphones only from Mac.

How to Unpair AirPods from Apple Watch

Step #1. Open Settings app on your Apple Watch. Then, tap on Bluetooth.

Step #2. Tap “i” next to AirPods.

Step #3. Tap on Forget Device.

How to Unpairing AirPods from Apple TV

Step #1. On fourth-gen Apple TV, head over to Settings → Remotes and Devices → Bluetooth on your Apple TV. On older Apple TV models, go to Settings → General → Bluetooth.

Step #2. Click on AirPods in the list, then select Forget Device.

How to Charge AirPods

The status light which is located between the spaces for AirPods at the top of the charging case. The LED status light shows the charge status of AirPods when the earphones are in the case. If the earphones are not in the case, LED indicates the charge status of your charging case.

  • Green: Completely charged.
  • Orange: Yet to be charged fully.
  • Amber: Less than full charge is remaining.
  • Flashing white: AirPods are all geared up to be paired up with your devices.

How to check AirPods charge levels

Check the status of juice in AirPods and their charging case in four ways:

  • Charging case: The case’s status light roughly indicates AirPods charge level.
  • Batteries widget: Quick overview of Bluetooth accessories charge levels.
  • Volume menu bar item: See AirPods and charging case power levels via Mac.
  • Siri: Siri can tell you the status of AirPods battery charge.
  • Apple Watch: Get the current AirPods charge levels via your wrist.

How to Check AirPods charge with Batteries widget

You can use the stock Batteries widget to see the current level of battery of your AirPods.

Step #1. Pull down from top of the screen to bring Notification Center. Now, you need to swipe right to get to the widgets screen.

Step #2. Next, you need to scroll all the way to the bottom. Tap on Edit.

Step #3. Now, tap on the plus icon next to Batteries under the More Widgets section.

Step #4. Tap on Done confirm.

Now, just swipe right on Lock screen or inside Notification Center, or get to your widgets by swiping to Home screen to check out the battery of your AirPods.

How to Check AirPods charge with Mac’s volume control

Step #1. First off, you need to open the lid of the charging case or just take your AirPods out of the case.

Step #2. Now, you have to click on the Volume icon in your Mac’s menu bar.

Step #3. Under My Devices, check out your AirPods and charging case.

How to Check AirPods charge with Siri

Siri can let you check the battery of your AirPods. To do so, just ask Siri “How’s the battery on my AirPods?”

How to Check AirPods charge via Apple Watch

On Apple Watch wearer, you need to simply swipe up from your watch face and tap the battery percentage indicator in Control Center to check the current AirPods power levels.

How to Use Siri with AirPods

Simply double-tap on either AirPod to activate Siri on iOS or macOS. You can ask the virtual assistant to carry out following actions like;

  • “Lower/raise volume x percent”
  • “Play” or “Pause music”
  • “Play SONG NAME” or “Play PODCAST NAME”
  • “Skip back/forward x seconds/minutes/hours”
  • “Play my Favorites playlist”
  • “Skip back”, “skip forward” or “skip to the next song”

How to Customize AirPods

You can adjust or customize AirPods to your best liking.

Step #1. Open Settings app → Bluetooth.

Step #2. Tap on AirPods.

Step #3. Tap on “i” button.

Now, you can Rename your AirPods.

(If you want to rename AirPods on Mac, head over to System Preferences → Bluetooth. Then, right-click on your AirPods in the Bluetooth devices list and select Rename from the popup menu, type a new name and click Rename.)

Change Double – Tap Shortcuts

You can change double-tap shortcuts as per your liking.

  • Siri: By default it’s selected.
  • Play/Pause: When you double-tap either AirPod, it will play or pause audio.
  • Off-Disables double: tap shortcut.

On non-Apple devices, when you double-tap either AirPod, it will Play/Pause audio.

Disable automatic ear detection

Thanks to the magic of optical sensors found inside each AirPods and W1 chip when you put earphones in the ear they automatically enabled and stopped when you take them out of your ear.

If want to turn AirPods on and off manually, you have the option to disable Automatic Ear Detection.

Choose Which AirPods Microphone is Used

You can select which AirPods microphone is used as per your convenience.

  • Automatically Switch AirPods: Earphones will automatically switch to the microphone which is receiving best audio.
  • Always Left AirPod: Microphone in your left AirPod will be used.
  • Always Right AirPod: Microphone in your right AirPod will be used.

That’s all there is to it!

Now, make the best use of these tips to use your wireless earphones perfectly. Just in case, the AirPods charging case is draining too much battery, try out these tips to fix the issue. You may also want to check out these best AirPods carrying cases and straps to offer more protection to your earphones.

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