Thelook and work differently from Apple’s standard although there are some similarities. From quick pairing and checking the battery level to active noise cancellation and spatial audio, there’s a lot to learn about these true wireless earbuds.
Below we’ll show you how to master your AirPods Pro.
Pairing only takes a few seconds
Unlock your iPhone or iPad after unpacking your AirPods Pro ($ 299 at Apple)and open the charging case for your earbuds. A few seconds later, a prompt will appear on your device asking if you want to pair the earbuds.
Crane Connecting to start pairing, and you are done. The AirPods Pro not only works with your iPhone, but they also link to all Apple devices that you are signed into your iCloud account with.
Don’t tap your AirPods Pro, just press it
Instead of tapping one of the AirPods, use the AirPods Pro’s stems as buttons. There isn’t actually a button there, it’s a pressure sensitive area that can replicate how you would use a button. You might find it weird and confusing, and yet you’d expect Apple to do it.
Pinch the flat indentation on each AirPod with two fingers. You will hear a click in your ear with each press. Here’s what every button press does:
- Some pressure: Pause / play
- Double click on: Jump forward
- Press three times: Jump backward
- Long press: Switch between noise canceling and transparency mode.
Check the battery life
When you want to check the charge level of your AirPods Pro and the charging case, unlock your iPhone or iPad and open the case next to your device with the AirPods inside. An animation will appear showing the charge level of each AirPod and the case.
Use active noise cancellation
Perhaps the AirPods Pro’s most important function is active noise cancellation. When enabled, noise cancellation blocks out almost all background noise that you would normally hear with regular earbuds or the standard AirPods. For example, if you work in a noisy office or, say, a home office that is shared with a partner and children who are learning remotely, this should help block the chatter and distractions.
You can turn off noise canceling by long pressing any of the AirPods buttons, or you can use the control center on your iPhone or iPad. Swipe down from the top right corner of your device screen; Then long press the volume slider when the control center appears. At the bottom of the screen, you have three options: Noise Reduction, Off and Transparency. Tap the setting you want to use.
Using transparency mode on the AirPods Pro
When you switch to Transparency mode, you can hear some of the sounds in your environment, as well as the audio played in your AirPods Pro.
Transparency mode is something you would use when walking through busy streets so you can hear traffic, or in an airport when you need to listen for port changes, for example.
You can switch to transparency mode by long pressing the AirPods buttons or by using the switch in the Control Center.
Spatial Audio is a crazy experience
To use this relatively new feature, make sure your iPhone is. If your iPhone is running iOS 14, your AirPods Pro should automatically update to the latest firmware, which is also necessary for the feature to work. (Learn how to force an update in under a minute.)
Enable Spatial Audio by going to Settings > Bluetooth > tap the “i” next to your AirPods Pro, then slide the switch next to Spatial audio in the On position. You can then listen to a demo to see how the feature works by selecting See and hear how it works.
Now when you watch a video in an app like Apple TV and use your AirPods Pro, you should hear the audio in surround sound, moving around you while things are happening on the screen or moving your head.
If you’re not lucky with Spatial Audio, you may also need to update the firmware on your AirPods Pro, but that’s something your iPhone handles on its own. My advice? If you don’t see the spatial audio function in the settings, put your earbuds in the charging case, but leave it open and place it next to your iPhone. I had to do this for exactly about an hour before my AirPods Pro got updated.
Use your Apple Watch to switch modes
If you have an Apple Watch, you can tap the AirPlay icon in the Now Playing app to switch between noise cancellation and transparency modes when your AirPods Pro is in use.
Change modes on your Mac
When using your AirPods Pro with your Mac, you can switch between noise cancellation and transparency without squeezing one of your AirPods Pro. If you have already updated to, you’ll see an AirPods icon when your earbuds are connected to your Mac. Click on it and change the mode. If you haven’t quite taken the leap to Big Sur yet, you can click the speaker icon in the menu bar at the top of your screen, hover your mouse over your AirPods Pro and select the mode you want to switch to. .
Find the right fit by swapping tips
Included in the box with your AirPods Pro are two additional sizes of earbuds – the medium one is already installed. Try those out first, and if they feel uncomfortable, you can swap them for a different size. There is no trick to taking the tip off each AirPod, just pull it off to slide it off and push it to place another pair. It might feel like you’re going to rip it, but from the few swaps I’ve done, they eventually come off.
Take the eartip fit test
If you dive into the AirPods Pro settings, you can do the Ear Tip Fit Test (try saying that out loud a few times). The test will play some sounds using the AirPods’ microphones and then tell you if the earbuds you installed are the right size for your ears.
To run the test, open the Settings app on your iPhone, select Bluetooth and tap the “i” next to the name of your AirPods Pro. Select Oortip Fit Test and follow the instructions.
I ran the test with both medium and small earbuds, and both passed. So don’t feel trapped in the first earplugs you test with; there may be another size that works and feels more comfortable.
Check the charging status while charging the case wirelessly
The case that comes with the AirPods Pro charges wirelessly on the same wireless charging pads that work with the iPhone. Place the case on the pad with the small light facing up to charge it. The light on the case will illuminate when it is first placed on the pad, letting you know that it is charging. However, it will eventually time out and turn off. Tap the case to check the case’s charging status (green means it is fully charged).
There is much more to the AirPods Pro; this other one, and should help you fully master your new wireless earbuds. If you have a new iPhone, . Thereafter .