Your cart is empty
By Ivan_Shenets / Shutterstock.com
Whether you just got your very first pair of AirPods or you’ve been a veteran user for years, there are tons of settings under the hood of the Apple AirPods Pro that you probably don’t know about. After you get an Apple AirPods case to protect your investment, the next thing you should do is sit down and try out these essential tips and tricks:
Like pretty much all earbuds, Apple AirPods Pros are a one-size-fits-all design, but they do come with three sizes of ear tips to help you get a better fit. Choosing the proper size ear tip is essential for comfortable long-term wear and for getting a good seal for better audio quality and noise cancellation. To test the fit of your earbuds, take them out of your AirPods Pro case and put them in your ears. Then, grab your iPhone and go to Settings > Bluetooth > Your AirPods’ Name and select “Ear Tip Fit Test.” Your iPhone will play some music through your headphones and determine if you are getting a good fit or need to try another ear tip size.
By default, your AirPods will be give the first name of your Apple ID followed by AirPods Pro, i.e. “John’s AirPods Pro.” While this is perfectly fine, you can jazz things up by going to Settings > Bluetooth > Your AirPods’ Name and selecting the “Name” bar at the very top of the screen. Give your AirPods a new name and save it.
Your earbud stems feature some basic controls so you don’t have to reach for your phone or laptop every time you need to pause your music. Give either stem one quick press to pause or play the music, two quick presses to skip forward to the next song and three quick presses to skip backward to the beginning of the track or the previous track.
By Ivan_Shenets // Shutterstock.com
If you’ve got background noise, there are two settings that the AirPods Pros offer to manage it. The first is Noise Cancellation, which blocks basically all background noise. Then, there’s the Transparency mode, which muffles the background noise but still lets you hear it, which is ideal for running outside or any other situation where you need to be able to hear your surroundings. You can also turn both of these settings off. To do this on your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth > Your AirPods’ Name and choose your desired setting in the second panel down.
By default, a long press on either earbud stem will switch between the Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes, but things don’t have to stay that way. You can set either the left or the right earbud to activate Siri on a long press. You can also set either earbud to switch between “off” and either Noise Cancellation or Transparency or all three modes in sequence. Find these settings on your iPhone by going to Settings > Bluetooth > Your AirPods’ Name and selecting “left” or “right” in the third panel down. You’ll be able to make these changes on the following screen.
Not all of the AirPods Pro settings are found underneath Bluetooth. To make even more tweaks to your Airpods, go to Settings > Accessibility > AirPods. On this screen, you’ll be able to alter your press speed and your press and hold duration. You can also activate noise cancellation with one earbud (very helpful if you tend to talk on the phone with only one earbud in). For even more settings, such as enabling mono audio and masking background sounds, hit the “Audio Accessibility Settings” button towards the bottom of the screen.
Spatial audio is only available on AirPods Pro running iOS 14, so you should definitely take advantage of it. Spatial audio adds head tracking and surround sound capabilities to videos from Apple TV+, Disney+, iTunes and HBO Max. To activate spatial audio, go to Settings > Bluetooth > Your AirPods’ Name and tap the Spatial Audio bar. On the next screen, you can toggle between stereo sound and spatial audio to hear the difference and choose your preference.