The AirPods have quickly become one of the most popular and sought-after types of earphones. There’s no denying it, they’re powerful, they have a beautiful minimalistic design, and they also have a ton of features.
The price tag associated with them and the AirPods Pro might seem excessive, but once you’ve used them, there is no turning back. But how do AirPods work with iOS 13? And how to make sure that they get access to the latest update?
iOS 13 Update
To make sure your AirPods get all the benefits of iOS 13, you need to update all your other iOS devices. Your iPhone and iPad need to have the iOS 13 update installed. That’s a pretty straightforward process. You can do this wirelessly, or through your computer. When you get the notification that there is a new software update available, all you need to do is select “Install Now” and then:
- Make sure your battery isn’t low and that your device is connected to Wi-Fi.
- Go to Settings and then General and select “Software Update.”
- Select “Download and Install.” Your iPhone might ask you to delete a few apps in case there is no storage space to proceed with the update.
- In case you want to install the update immediately, select “Install.” You can also choose “Later” or “Install Tonight,” or “Remind me Later.”
- You might also need to type in your passcode.
People who have devices that run on iOS 12 and above have the option to receive the update automatically. Just go to Settings>General>Software Update and opt for “Automatic Updates.” This way, your AirPods will have the iOS 13 as soon as it’s available.
You can also update your device using your computer. The only important thing here is to use a safe computer and connect to the home network. Then follow these steps:
- On your computer, open iTunes.
- Use the cable to connect your device.
- Find your device on the computer.
- Go to Settings and check for updates.
- Select Download and Update.
- In case you’re prompted, type in your passcode.
You might also receive the notification that the update needs more space. In that case, delete some files or apps from your phone manually.
How Does iOS 13 Make Your AirPods Better
The new AirPods are better with iOS 13 in several ways. For example, the volume slider now shows up minimized, and on the side. That way, it doesn’t cover that much of the screen. You can also share audio between two sets of AirPods. But two new features are particularly attractive.
Apple is taking the hearing health of AirPods users pretty seriously. Headphones and earphones, in general, aren’t the best for your hearing health. But it’s easy to disregard how loud the music is blasting when you get used to it.
It might not bother you, but it doesn’t mean that the loud noise from your earbuds is healthy. You can now check the Health app, and under Hearing, you can see the audio level. You can see what the decibels are and track the changes over time.
Messages with Siri
People who like hands-free features of the iOS devices will love the “Announce Messages with Siri” feature. If you find yourself wearing the AirPods throughout the day and not wanting to check your phone every few minutes, Siri will let you know when you receive a message. What’s more, it can read it to you.
Not only that, but you can also dictate the reply after Siri reads the message. That is very convenient and gives you more freedom for multitasking. Here is how you enable this feature:
- Go to Settings.
- Select “Siri & Search.”
- Select “Announce Messages.”
Your AirPods with All the Features
Apple is quite insistent when it comes to software updates. iPhone users don’t get much say in it. You can delay a process for a while, but ultimately your device will get the latest iOS version. Sometimes people get initially resistant towards that change, but if your device benefits tremendously (like the AirPods), it’s a welcomed change.
Did you get the iOS 13? Let us know in the comments section below.