Voice control is great, but it’s got some downsides, too. Some users have been complaining about calling people by accident when the pods are not in their ears. They had no idea they were making those calls. It’s all fun and games until you accidentally call your ex.
As voice control and Siri are not the same, you can use either one or the other on your iOS device. If you prefer Siri or you don’t want any voice control when using your AirPods, here’s what you can do.
Turning Off Voice Control
If you’re not using Siri, but you’re still experiencing issues with unwanted actions on your phone and AirPods, you should check if your voice control is on. Disabling this feature is rather simple, and you do it from your iOS device.
- Launch the Settings app on your phone.
- Tap General and then Accessibility.
- Find the Home Button and tap to open.
- Voice Control is under Press and Hold to Speak.
- You’ll see you can choose between Siri, Voice Control, and Off.
- Choose the option that suits your needs at the moment.
Note that Siri needs an Internet connection to work correctly, while Voice Control allows you to control your AirPods even when you don’t have access to a network.
Disable Siri on Your AirPods
Maybe you’re just having trouble with the double-tap on your AirPods? Would you like them to play and pause music instead of summoning Siri? Here’s what to do.
- Take the AirPods out of their case and connect them to your phone.
- Open the Settings app.
- Open Bluetooth.
- Scroll through the My Devices section and find the AirPods.
- Tap the blue “i” icon on the right to open AirPods settings.
- Scroll down to find the Double-tap AirPod section and tap to open.
- Tap one of the pods to see the options: Siri, Play/Pause, Next Track, Previous Track, Off.
- Choose an option that’s not Siri.
Note that if you choose Off, you’ll need to use your phone to perform any of these actions. Also, the 1st generation of the AirPods doesn’t have the option of activating Siri by saying, “Hey Siri.” You can only summon her by double-tapping one of the pods. That is unless you’ve disabled that option.
The 2nd generation of AirPods and AirPods Pro, both released in 2019, have introduced updates when it comes to this voice assistant. You can activate Siri handsfree – it’s enough to say Hey Siri, and she’s there, ready to listen to your requests. You can do many things related to your AirPods. You can play a particular playlist, control the volume, skip a song, play the previous song, pause and resume a song, check what your AirPods battery life is, and more.
Other AirPods Settings
When you open AirPods settings, you may find something else you’d like to adjust about them.
You can rename the pods if you want them more personalized.
Automatic Ear Detection allows you to redirect any sound playing on your phone right to your AirPods the moment you put them in your ears. If you don’t want this to happen and direct it to your AirPods manually, move the toggle switch to Off.
You can also choose which AirPod you’re going to use as a microphone. The default setting is Automatically Switch AirPods. That means that the one pod that’s in your ear will act as a microphone. However, if you choose Always Left or Always Right, the selected earbud will serve as a microphone even if you place them back to their case.
Voice Control vs Siri
Both Siri and Voice Control have their advantages. Voice control is a basic app, and you can use it without an internet connection. That’s one of the reasons it’s limited. You also need to make sure to formulate your request clearly so the app can understand you.
Siri, however, is an intelligent assistant that can recognize a request even if you don’t say the exact words. But that’s why you need the internet to use it.
Do you prefer Siri or Voice control? Tell us in the comments section below.