The best Apple AirPods Pro tips and tricks

Apple’s AirPods Pro are a significant upgrade over classic AirPods. The base model lets you listen to your favorite music and podcasts, talk to Siri, trigger features with a tap, check battery charge, and find them if they’re missing. But with the Pro, you can get a better fit, fully improve audio quality, optimize battery charging, and enjoy other great features. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your AirPods Pro.


Apple AirPods (3rd generation)


1. Ear tip fit test

ear tip fit test

One downside to classic AirPods is that they use a one-size-fits-all approach with an in-ear design that doesn’t necessarily fit well in all ears. If the fit is not snug, the AirPods can easily and quickly slip out of your ears. The AirPods Pro address this flaw by switching to an in-canal design with three sets of replaceable tips for small, medium, and large ear canal sizes.

By default, AirPods Pro come packaged with medium tips, but you can easily change the size. To deactivate the current tips, pull firmly on them until they detach from the base. Position the new end caps so that the center white circle meets the center black circle on the base. Then push until they click into place.

To help you determine which of the three eartip sizes will provide the best seal and sound, perform an ear tip fit test. To do this, attach a pair of ear tips to the base of both AirPods Pro. Then insert both AirPods into your ears. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth > [Your AirPods info icon] > Ear tip fit test.

On the screen to test the fit of your ear tips, tap Continuethen touch the Player button. A short music video plays. Then the app will tell you if your current tips are right for you. If not, it will tell you to either adjust your ear tips or try a different size. Cycle through the three sizes until the app tells you that both AirPods have the correct seal of approval.


2. Change the name

change name

The name of your AirPods Pro appears in different places, but you’re not stuck with it. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth. Tap the information icon for your AirPods Pro, then tap the current name. You can then revise the existing name or delete it and create an entirely new name. When you are done, press Do.


3. Control music with one press

airpods pro stem

Control the music stream by pressing the stem on your left or right AirPods Pro. To do this, you will have to press the rod with your thumb and index finger until you hear a slight click. Tap once to pause/play, tap twice to skip to the next track, and tap three times to skip back to the beginning of the current track or the previous track.


4. Customize presses

press and hold options

By default, tapping the stem on either AirPod Pro toggles between noise cancellation and transparency, but you can change that to either or both. With the AirPods Pro in your ears, go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the information icon next to your AirPods. Under the Press and hold AirPods section, press enter to To the left Where To the right.

Here you can keep Noise Control as an activated action when you long press, but add the Off setting to the mix by pressing its input. Alternatively, you can change the action from Noise Control to Siri by tapping the top entry for Siri. As a suggestion, you can keep noise control on for one bud but switch to Siri for the other.


5. Noise suppression

noise cancellation

AirPods Pro offer two different listening modes that can help reduce background noise. The noise cancellation feature blocks out virtually all background sounds, so this feature can be useful in a noisy environment where you want to be able to hear your audio clearly.

Transparency mode attenuates background noise so you can still hear it without it interfering with your audio. It would be a good option for public places where you still need to hear announcements or stay aware of your surroundings.

You can switch between Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode by long-pressing the stem of either bud until you hear a chime. If you prefer to go through your iPhone, you have two options.

Open Control Center, then tap the audio control. Touch the icon to noise controlSo choose Noise cancellation Where Transparencyor just press Disabled to completely disable noise control. You can also go to Settings > Bluetooth > [Your AirPods info icon]then touch Noise cancellation, DisabledWhere Transparency in the Noise Control section.


6. Adjust accessibility settings

accessibility settings

You can further control certain features of your AirPods Pro from Settings > Accessibility > AirPods. Here you can change the speed required to press the stems of your AirPods to pause, play, skip forward, or rewind. You can also adjust how long it takes to press the rods to change the noise cancellation mode.


7. Improve sound quality

headset accommodation

Introduced in iOS 14, a feature known as Headphone Accommodations improves the sound of your AirPods by boosting softer sounds and certain frequencies. You’ll need AirPods Pro or second-generation or newer AirPods for this to work.

Go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Headphone Accommodation and turn on the switch. Faucet Play sample to hear a sample, then adjust the audio for balanced tone over a frequency range, vocal range for mid frequencies, or brightness for higher frequencies. You can also slightly, moderately or strongly boost softer sounds.

customize the sound

You might want to try playing music, podcasts, audiobooks, or other audio files from your own library to find out which settings best suit your tastes. Alternatively, the audio output can be customized if you press Custom Audio Setup and answer a few questions. Your audio settings will change based on your answers.


8. Enable Spatial Audio

spatialized audio

A new feature with iOS 14 and unique to AirPods Pro is Spatial Audio, which brings head tracking and surround sound effects to supported videos. To enable this, you must be running iOS 14 or higher and have updated your AirPods Pro firmware to version 3A283 or higher (Settings > Bluetooth > [Your AirPods info icon] > Release).

Go to Settings > Bluetooth > [Your AirPods info icon] and press Spatial audio. You can then switch between stereo audio and spatial audio to hear the difference. Now play a supported video to hear Spatial Audio in action.

Apple TV+, Disney+, iTunes, and HBO Max all support Spatial Audio, so play a movie or TV show from one of those services. If you chose compatible video, you should now hear the audio change in surround sound when you move your head, body, or iPhone.


9. Share with other AirPods users

share the sound

If someone else has a set of AirPods Pro, regular AirPods, or even Beats headphones, you can share your audio with them. While you’re listening to something with your AirPods Pro, go to Control Center on your iPhone and tap the AirPlay icon for Now Playing Audio.

Faucet Share audio and choose the other set of AirPods or Beats headphones. You should then see entries for both headphones. Press the circle of the other together to connect it. You can now control the volume for both or for each separately.


10. Turn your AirPods into a hearing aid

auditory function

You can use your AirPods Pro as a hearing aid through a feature called Live Listen. First, you will need to add the feature to Control Center on your iPhone. Go to Settings > Control Centerthen tap the plus sign next to Hearing to add it to the control center.

Put the AirPods Pro in your ears. Open Control Center and tap Audition icon and tap Listen live to activate the function. Now place your phone next to the person or audio source you want to hear more clearly or louder, and the sound will be amplified. Disable Live Listen by tapping the entry in Control Center.


11. Check battery charge

Battery charging

You can use your iPhone to check the current charge of your AirPods Pro and its charging case. Keep both AirPods Pro in the case, then open the lid. A map appears on your iPhone screen showing the charge levels of the case and AirPods.

Take an AirPod out of the case and the map changes to show the charge level of each AirPod separately. Take them both out of the case and the map changes again to show the charge level only for the AirPods and not the case.

Finally, you can help extend the overall battery life of your AirPods Pro by telling your headphones to wait until they finish charging beyond 80% until you need to use them. . To try it out, go to Settings > Bluetooth > [Your AirPods info icon] and turn on the switch to Optimized battery charging.

If you decide you don’t want this setting, turn the switch off again. You will be asked if you want to turn it off until tomorrow or turn it off permanently.

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