How to customize your AirPods on iOS

AirPods have quickly become my favorite new Apple product in years. I absolutely love them! One of the great things about the AirPods is that they have several options and features built in that make them work almost like a wired set of EarPods. iOS gives you some options to customize these features.

First, go to Settings → Bluetooth and tap the i next to your AirPods to view the options. The first thing you can do is change your name, which defaults to Your Name‘s AirPods.

AirPods settings

The next thing thing you can is change what happens when you double-tap the top section of the AirPods. The default setting activates Siri, but I have a few friends who changed this over to Play/Pause. This allows you to pause your music without having to take one of the AirPods out.

The Automatic Ear Detection setting allows you to have your AirPods automatically take over the audio whenever you put them in your ears. For example, this would override the external speaker or a bluetooth speaker that you have connected to your iPhone.

The final section deals with the Microphone. This allows you to dedicate the left or right AirPod as the mic. I just kept this on automatic.

One final tip is that you can use Control Center or the Today view widget to check the battery life of your AirPods. If you swipe up, you’ll see Now Playing on ‘s AirPods. Tap that, and you’ll see your AirPods listed along with the remaining battery life. If you pull down to see the Today view widget, you’ll also see the remaining battery life for your AirPods in the Batteries widget. If you don’t see the Batteries widget, just tap Edit at the bottom of the Today view to add it.

AirPods battery check in Control Center and Today view


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