In theory, the new feature would be able to identify in real time which Apple device you want to use your AirPods with. For example, if you are streaming music on yourand you start to play a video on you , the AirPods should switch to your iPad. But in reality, the job is somewhat fussy. I know I have had issues with my iPhone taking over my AirPods connection when I unlock it while listening to music on my iPad.
Fortunately, there is a way to turn the feature off. Make sure to follow the steps below on any Apple device that you use your AirPods with, or at least the ones that you don’t want your AirPods to automatically switch between.
Turn off auto power off on iPhone, iPad
Follow these steps with your AirPods connected to your iPhone or iPad:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Crane Bluetooth.
3. Tap the “i” icon next to the name of your AirPods.
4.Scroll through the options until you find the option labeled Connect to this iPhone / iPad; tap it.
5.Select When last connected to this iPhone / iPad then back from the Settings app.
Turn off automatic shutdown on a Mac
Connect your AirPods to your Mac and follow these steps:
1. Open System preferences.
2. Select Bluetooth.
3. Click Options next to the name of your AirPods.
4.Click the drop-down box labeled Connect to this Mac.
5. Select When last connected to this Mac then click Done and close System preferences.
If auto-switching is turned off on all your Apple devices, your AirPods will connect to the last device they were connected to when you turned them on, just like before iOS 14. If you then want to start using them with another device from your Apple devices, you can switch to them by selecting them in the AirPlay section of the Control Center.
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