AirPods are not only a great way to listen to audio on your iPhone, but they are also a great way to activate Siri and control your music using simple gestures. If the default actions do not match what you are looking for, you can easily change them, and each AirPod can perform different actions.
All Apple AirPods models allow you to use touch or press gestures to launch Siri, play and pause music, and skip forward or backward tracks. On regular AirPods models, you can adjust which one works, but not on AirPods Pro. However, on the Pro model, you can adjust the gesture-based noise control mode.
Step 1: Open your AirPod Settings
To start adjusting the movements of your AirPods actions, open the Settings application and select “Bluetooth.” You can also tell Siri to “open Bluetooth settings,” open from Search on the home screen, or use a shortcut from the Control center on iOS 13 or newer.
Now, make sure your AirPod is connected, because that is the only way to adjust its settings. They should say “Connected” next to their name. If not, take it out of the case and connect it to them. You can also leave it in the case and just open the case cover, which should work. When connected, tap the (i) button for your AirPods to enter the settings.
Step 2 : Adjust your AirPods Movement
In the AirPods settings, you can change their names, as well as enable Automatic Ear Detection, but we are interested in other preferences. AirPods (first generation), AirPods (second generation), and AirPods Pro all have movements that you can use to take action. With AirPods, you double-tap on the Pod, and with AirPods Pro, you press the Pod bar. Each has a slightly different adjustment option.
Option 1 : AirPods (Generations 1 & 2)
Each AirPod can have different actions assigned to it – but only one. Under the Double Tap section of AirPod, select “Left” or “Right” to change the shortcut to one of the following options.
- Siri: Activate your voice assistant.
- Play / Pause: Play, pause and resume media.
- Next Track: Jumps one track in a playlist, album, etc.
- Previous Track: Returns to the previous track in the playlist, album, etc.
- Off: Disables double-tapping so it doesn’t work on AirPod.
If you have an AirPods model (2nd generation), you can activate Siri by saying “Hi Siri,” so you might not want to throw one of the double-tap gestures on the voice assistant. After you make your selection, you can exit Settings.
Option 2 : AirPods Pro
The AirPods Pro model has other options besides its smaller siblings, but the additional option is the only gesture that can be adjusted. Before we get to that point, first, the media playback controls are arranged in stone and use compressive motion, not double tapping, on the force sensors built into the rods of each AirPod.
- Play / Pause: Play, pause and resume media. Press once on the stem or press once on the power sensor.
- Next Track: Jumps one track in a playlist, album, etc. Double tap on the bar or double tap the power sensor.
- Previous Track: Returns to the previous track in a playlist, album, etc. Press three times on the bar or press the power sensor three times.
Now, there is a press and hold motion for the force sensor on each AirPod bar that can do one of two things. And each AirPod can have different actions assigned to it – but only one. Under the Press and Hold AirPod section, select “Left” or “Right” to change the shortcut to one of the following options.
- Siri: Activate your voice assistant.
- Noise Control: Activates a noise control mode or cycle between the two. “Noise Canceling” blocks external sounds, while “Transparency” allows external sounds. You can choose one or both. If both, one long press will allow noisy cancellation, and the other will choose transparency. “Off” deactivates the press-and-hold motion to work on AirPod.
Customizing gestures is one way you can change your AirPod to personalize it. From the application settings, you can also rename your AirPod, and enable Automatic Ear Detection and deactivate one AirPod microphone.
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