19 Best AirPods Tips and Tricks for Apple Users

Apple AirPods are more than just your regular headphones. They are more than that. They are packed with features that make joining calls and listening to music much more convenient.

To get the most out of your AirPods, you need to learn some Airpods tips and tricks. These tips will teach you how to use certain functions on your AirPods and even help you uncover hidden features.

How do you know which AirPods you have?

If you want to verify the generation of your AirPods, you can do that by finding the model number listed on your AirPods and matching it with Apple’s list of model numbers.

  1. Take both of your AirPods out of the box and look for the model number underneath the cases.
Apple AirPods
  1. If it A2084 and A2083Then you have AirPods Pro.
  2. If your model number is A2032 and A2031you have AirPods (2nd generation).
  3. If the model number is A1523 and A1722you have AirPods 1st generation.

Finding the charging case you have is also easy.

  1. If your charging case has a model number A2190it’s a AirPods Pro charging case with wireless charging.
AirPods Pro charging case
  1. If your case has a model number A1938It is a wireless charging case for first and second generation AirPods.
wireless charging case for first or second generation Airpods
  1. Charging box with model number A1602 to be lightning charging box for both first and second generation AirPods.
Lightning Charging Case

The meaning of the different lights on the AirPods

Your AirPods charging case shows various lights. Each light has a meaning and tells you something about your AirPods.

Lights in the AirPods charging case
  • White light: This means your AirPods are ready to pair with a device.
  • Light amber while AirPods are in the box: Your AirPods are being charged.
  • Light amber without AirPods in the box: Your case is less than one fee.
  • Flashing amber light: There is a problem with the pairing.
  • Green light when AirPods are in the box: Your AirPods are charged.
  • Green light when AirPods are not in the box: Your case is charged.

How to connect AirPods to iPhone

Pairing your AirPods with your iPhone is just the touch of a button.

  1. Open the lid of your case while the AirPods are still in it.
  2. Bring the case near your iPhone.
  3. You’ll see a prompt on your iPhone. Clap Link to pair your AirPods with your iPhone.
Connect button on the AirPod screen

How to connect AirPods with other devices

Your AirPods work with most existing Bluetooth enabled devices. But the pairing process is different with iPhone. Here, we show you how to connect your AirPods to an Android device. You can use the same steps to connect your AirPods to other Bluetooth enabled devices.

  1. Open the lid of your case, but do not remove the AirPods.
  2. Press and hold the button on the back of the case until the light inside the box flashes white.
  3. On your Android phone, go to Settings > Device Connections and Bluetooth > Pair New Devices and click yours AirPods to connect with them.
AirPod in Pair new device screen

Some AirPods functions you use on your iPhone won’t work on Android and your other devices. However, there are a number of AirPods controller apps that you can use to access Apple-exclusive features on non-Apple devices.

How to change AirPods controls

AirPods come with double-tap gestures that let you perform actions like changing tracks and pausing music without using your iPhone. These gestures are customizable and you can change them if you want.

  1. Make sure your AirPods are paired with your iPhone.
  2. Open Setting app on your iPhone and press Bluetooth.
Bluetooth in the Settings menu
  1. Touch I next to your AirPods.
i icon next to AirPods in Bluetooth settings
  1. Clap Left side inside Double-tap AirPods to change the double tap left gesture.
List on the left
  1. Choose one of the actions from the list on your screen.
Remaining actions: Siri, Play/Pause, Next Track, Previous Track, Off
  1. Clap Right and choose an action for the appropriate AirPod.

How to change the name of AirPods

The same way you can change the AirDrop name on iPhone and Mac, you can also change the AirPods name.

  1. Pair your AirPods with your iPhone.
  2. Go Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone and press I next to your AirPods.
i icon next to AirPods in Bluetooth
  1. Touch Name field.
Name field
  1. Enter a new name for your AirPods.
Enter a new name

How to adjust the volume of AirPods

Apple AirPods don’t come with a volume rocker, so you’ll need to use the volume controls on your device to control the volume of your AirPods.

How to find your AirPods

Just like how Apple lets you find your lost iPhone, you can also find your lost AirPods.

  1. Open a browser and go to the iCloud website. Sign in to your iCloud account.
  2. Click Find iPhone on the following screen.
Find iPhone apps
  1. Click All of equipment at the top and choose yours AirPods.
AirPods in the All Devices menu
  1. iCloud will show the location of your AirPods on a map. Click Make sound to remotely play audio on your AirPods to locate them.
Play Sound Button

How to check the battery level of AirPods

You can check the battery level of your AirPods on both iOS and Android devices.

  1. Open the lid while one of your AirPods is still in it.
  2. Bring the case near your iPhone and you’ll see the current battery level.
Current battery level on iPhone screen
  1. If you are using Android, perform the steps above after installing the AirBattery app on your phone.
AirBattery App

How to charge your AirPods

Charging your AirPods is easy, and you don’t have to plug them into anything with a cable.

  1. Place your AirPods in the charging case.
  2. Your case will start charging your AirPods.

How to charge the AirPods case

The charging case holds a decent amount of battery, but you’ll need to charge it every two or three days, depending on your usage.

  1. If yours is a wireless charging case, put it on a Qi certified wireless charger and it will start charging.
  2. If yours is a Lightning charging case, plug one end of the cable into the case and the other end into the charger or USB port on your computer.

How to check the firmware version of your AirPods

Your AirPods run a certain firmware version that you can check from your iPhone.

  1. Towards Settings > General > About on your iPhone and press AirPods.
AirPods in the About window
  1. Your AirPods firmware version will be listed next to Software version.
Firmware version in AirPods

Use automatic ear detection

Your AirPods come with a feature that routes audio from your iPhone to your pods as soon as you put the pods in your ears. You need to enable this feature before using it.

  1. Go Settings > Bluetooth and click I next to your AirPods.
i icon next to AirPods in Bluetooth menu
  1. Turn on Automatic ear detection right to buy.
Auto ear detection is on

How to change the active microphone for your AirPods

Both your AirPods come with a microphone, and you can manually select the AirPod’s microphone which you want to use.

  1. Launch Settingclap Bluetoothand click I next to your AirPods.
i icon in Bluetooth menu
  1. Clap The checkered microphone at the bottom.
Microphone menu
  1. Select one of the options available on your screen.
Microphone options

How to accept incoming calls with your AirPods

If you receive a call while using your AirPods, you can accept the call by simply tapping your AirPods.

  1. If you have AirPods Pro, tap the force sensor to accept an incoming call.
  2. If you have first or second-generation AirPods, double-tap either of your AirPods.
  3. You can use the same gestures to end calls.

Get your AirPods to announce the caller’s name

Your AirPods can tell you who’s calling if you’ve turned on caller notifications on your iPhone.

  1. Launch Setting app on your iPhone and press Phone.
Phone menu
  1. Clap Call notification on the following screen.
Call menu notification
  1. Choose Always right to buy.
Always Selected in Call Notifications

Use your AirPods to listen to the sounds around you

You can listen to live sound around your iPhone with your AirPods.

  1. Go Setting on your iPhone and press Control Center.
Control Center menu
  1. Choose Customize controls right to buy.
Customize Controls preferences in Control Center
  1. Touch + (plus sign) for Hearing.
Hearing in the Customize menu
  1. Drag up from the bottom of your iPhone to open Control Center.
  2. Tap the hearing icon.
Hearing icon in Control Center
  1. Touch Listen live right to buy.
Live listen button

Use One Pod to Extend AirPods Battery Life

You don’t have to use both of your groups at the same time. You just need to use one of the AirPods while the other is charging. This way, when you run out of battery on one, you can use the other while the first one is being charged.

How to unpair Apple AirPods with your iPhone

If you no longer want to use your AirPods with your iPhone, you can unpair and remove them from your phone.

  1. Open Setting app and press Bluetooth.
Bluetooth menu in Settings
  1. Touch I next to your AirPods.
i icon in Bluetooth settings
  1. Clap Forget this device to unpair your AirPods.
Forget This Device Button

Do you know any Apple AirPods tips and tricks that we missed on this list? If you do, let us know about those tips in the comments section below.

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