Whether you have just unpacked AirPods or they have been in your ears for some time: these eight tips will ensure that you get the most out of the earplugs.
AirPods tips: 8 useful facts in a row
You can easily connect Apple’s wireless earbuds to your iPhone, iPad and other devices. In addition, Apple has introduced many other useful functions that should make it as accessible as possible for you to use AirPods. Check our tip if you still have trouble pairing your AirPods.
1. This means the four colors of the LED light
- Green: Fully charged
- Orange: Not fully charged
- Amber: Case battery very low
- White: AirPods are ready to be paired
2. This is how you check how full your AirPods and case are:
There are two ways to do this quickly with your iPhone. One option is to hold the case close to your iPhone and open the lid. At that moment, the Control Panel will appear, where you can read the battery levels of both the case and the AirPods.
The battery widget is another way to do this: put the widget on your widget screen or home screen to see how full your iPhone, AirPods, the case and other paired devices are.
3. View your AirPods battery level on your Apple Watch
If you have an Apple Watch, it is even easier to check the battery level of your AirPods. Simply swipe up on your watch face, tap the battery percentage and both the left and right AirPod will show you how full the battery is. Handy for the times when you can’t take your iPhone out of your pocket, and still want to see how long you can still listen to music.
4. Use Siri with the AirPods
Since the AirPods do not have physical buttons, Siri is the primary way in which you can control other functions of the AirPods. You activate Siri by tapping the top of an AirPod twice in quick succession, or by squeezing the stem of the AirPods Pro. You can then give a command with your voice, so that you can, for example, change the volume, choose a different number or call someone.
If you have the AirPods 2, it is also possible to activate Siri via the earbuds by saying ‘Hey Siri’. You can then give a command in the same way, without having to tap your AirPods.
5. This way you can quickly pause your podcast or music
Every AirPod has a sensor that knows when you take the cap out of your ear or put it in your ear. The audio will be automatically paused at this point, which also makes it a handy way to quickly pause your audio manually. Simply remove an AirPod from your ear quickly to pause everything and put it back in to pick up where you left off. That also works when you are watching a video, on your iPhone, iPad and MacBook.
6. Record phone call with AirPods
When you receive a call, you will hear your iPhone ring through the AirPods. At that point, you can tap the top of the AirPod twice to answer the call. By tapping it twice again, you put the handset back on the hook.
7. This is how you adjust AirPods settings
Apple has given the AirPods a simple settings menu, which is hidden in your Bluetooth overview. Open your Bluetooth settings, choose the AirPods and you will see a screen where you can adjust various settings. For example, here you give AirPods a name and you can choose what happens when you tap an AirPod twice. Here you can also turn off the automatic ear detection.
8. Share AirPods
Do you want to listen to music together or watch a movie with a set of AirPods? Normally, the AirPods provide stereo sound, so the left earbud produces a different sound than the right one. You can easily adjust this so that you both hear everything. To change this, open Settings. Here, tap on ‘General’ and then on the ‘Accessibility’ menu. Set the switch behind ‘Mono sound’ to green here.
Do you want to know more about the AirPods? Also, check out our tips on how to best clean AirPods. In our AirPods comparator, you will find the best prices for the AirPods and AirPods 2. Do you have AirPods Pro? Be sure to check out our article with special AirPods Pro tips and watch our video below.