The AirPods are the world’s most popular wireless earbuds. You can often see it on social media, and many celebrities and influential people wear them, too. The wireless earbuds, like all Apple products, are user-friendly. Their design is plain and minimalistic, and you won’t have a hard time linking them to your Apple device.
However, there are many tricks that you might not be aware of, whether they are featured in the instruction manual or not. With this in mind, here’s a list of cool AirPods tips and tricks for maximum satisfactory user experience.
Although the design of AirPods is minimalistic and overall simplistic, they do come with tiny LEDs. As you may have noticed, they don’t always flash with the same color. They can be solid green, solid orange, but also flash white and flash orange. If your AirPods are solid green, that means that the battery has plenty of juice. If they are solid orange, then you have less than one charge on them.
If the light is flashing white, that means that the device is ready to set up. On the other hand, if it blinks orange, it means that you have to set up your AirPods again. Not to worry, the setup process is a piece of cake.
It’s much like setting up the AirPods for the first time. Go to the Home screen on your iPhone and open the lid on the case while the AirPods are inside. Keep in mind that you should place the AirPods case next to your phone. A notification should pop up immediately. Tap Connect.
If you haven’t set up “Hey Siri” on your iPhone, the device will guide you through the process. This is true for gen-2 AirPods and AirPods Pro.
Changing the Name
Yes, like most Apple devices, your AirPods have their name. By default, their name is [your name]’s AirPods. That’s awesome if you are in a group of people who also happen to have AirPods. You don’t want to link to someone else’s AirPods awkwardly.
For aesthetic reasons, but also if you have a common name, you can personalize your AirPods’ name. To do this, go to your Bluetooth settings. Take your iPhone or iPad, open Settings, and go to Bluetooth. Now, take a look at the list of available devices. Under My Devices and next to your AirPods, tap the blue “i” icon. Now, tap Name to change it.
Pair with Non-iOS Devices
You may not have the money for the latest iPhone or iPad, or you might not be able to afford an earlier version. The Android market is teeming with much more affordable devices that are just as powerful and sometimes even better specs than the latest iOS models.
Well, you may want to use AirPods with your Android device. As an Android user, you know how tight-knit the Apple community is, and that not many Apple devices function with non-Apple devices. The good news, however, is that you can pair AirPods with Android phones and tablets.
To pair with a non-Apple device for the first time, place the AirPods back in the case and close the lid. Then, flip the case open and hold down the button on the case’s bottom. The LED light will start blinking white. Now, go to the Bluetooth devices list on your Android device, and you should see the AirPods as an entry. Connect and use them.
Keep in mind that AirPods connected to a non-Apple device don’t automatically disconnect when you take the earbuds out. They also won’t support double-tapping.
Set the Mic
AirPods enable hands-free phone conversations, in addition to playing music. By default, both AirPods are set as microphones. In other words, they’ll automatically switch to either side to act as the microphone. If you use only one AirPod, with the automatic setting, the AirPod that you’re using will be the microphone.
However, you can also select the Always Left Airpod or the Always Right AirPod setting to choose an AirPod that will always be the microphone. Yes, even when you remove it from your ear and put it into the case.
To set the microphone preferences for AirPods, go to Settings and then navigate to Bluetooth. Then, in the My Devices list, find your AirPods and tap the “i” next to them. Then, you’ll see the Microphone option. Tap it and choose which microphone setting you want to use.
Save Battery by Using a Single AirPod
AirPods get substantial listening time on a single charge, up to 5 hours. However, when you put them in the case, they will recharge quickly. If you don’t mind it or if you are doing something that requires a free ear, you can use a single AirPod and extend the battery life. While you’re using the single AirPod, the other one will be charging, so you’ll have a constant AirPod availability.
The cool thing about this is that the AirPods reconnect automatically. That means that you don’t have to worry about accessing the Bluetooth settings and reconnecting manually. Another cool thing about the AirPods is that they play in stereo mode even if you decide to use only one earbud.
Find Your AirPods
One of the biggest fears that people have about the AirPods is them falling out and getting lost. After all, it’s not like they’re cheap generic earbuds. Well, fortunately, almost every new Apple device comes with a technology that will help you locate it, even if it runs out of battery or turned off.
As you can see, these devices can do a whole lot, which isn’t apparent from their appearance. Although their price is somewhat steep, this is not without reason. They are much more than just your everyday wireless earbuds.
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