The AirPods Pro from Apple have a tonne of features already built in. We describe how to use the best features in detail.
Apple’s AirPods Pro are an upgraded version of the company’s standard AirPods that have a number of special features, such as active noise cancellation for a better listening experience and replaceable silicone tips for a better fit. The AirPods Pro are currently Apple’s best in-ear wireless headphones, despite rumours that the company will update them later this year.
Even though you may already adore your AirPods Pro, there is still plenty you can learn about them in order to realise their full potential. We’ll cover all you need to know about the AirPods Pro in this guide, including how to pair them with your phone properly and how to use spatial audio for a more immersive listening experience.
The AirPods Pro pair in only a few seconds
Open the charging case for your AirPods Pro once you’ve taken the package off your iPhone or iPad. A prompt requesting you to pair the earbuds will display a few seconds later.
After tapping Connect to start the pairing, you’re done. The AirPods Pro will pair with all of your Apple devices that are connected to your iCloud account in addition to your iPhone.
Use the stems of the AirPods Pro as buttons rather than pressing one of the earbuds. There isn’t a button there; rather, it’s a pressure-sensitive area that can mimic how a button would be used. It is comparable to the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro trackpads, which do not physically move when clicked.
Squeeze each AirPod’s flat indentation with two fingers. Each time you press, you’ll hear a click in your ear. Each button click results in the following:
Press once to pause and play
Double-press to move forward
triple-press: move backward
Long-press: Alternate between transparency and noise cancelling mode
How to keep track of battery life
The battery life of the AirPods Pro is one of its outstanding qualities. You may go for hours without needing to charge thanks to the case’s battery and those in each of the earbuds. The battery life of each AirPod Pro and the case can be checked in a number of ways by Apple.
Unlock your iPhone or iPad whenever you want to check the battery life of your AirPods Pro and charging case. Then, open the case with the AirPods within it and place it next to your device. The charge status of each AirPod and the case will be displayed through an animation.
The battery widget can also be added to your iPhone’s home screen. The widget will display the amount of battery life left in both the case and each AirPod when they are actively attached to your phone.
Active noise cancellation techniques
The ANC on the AirPods Pro is its standout feature. When activated, noise cancellation almost eliminates all ambient noise that you would otherwise hear using standard headphones or the basic AirPods. It can assist in blocking out talk and distractions whether you work in a noisy office, for instance, or a home office shared with a partner and children who are participating in remote learning.
One of the AirPods’ buttons can be long-pressed to turn off noise cancelling, or you can utilise the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad. Swipe down from your device’s top right corner, and when the Control Center shows up, long-press the volume slider. There are three settings for noise cancelling, Off, and transparency at the bottom of the screen. Select the setting by tapping it.
Transparency mode allows you to hear some of the sounds around you while also listening to the audio coming from your AirPods Pro. This mode is useful for a variety of situations, such as when you need to hear gate changes in an airport or when you need to walk along busy streets to hear the traffic.
With a long press on the AirPods’ buttons or by using the toggle in Control Center, you can engage Transparency mode.
The experience of spatial audio is excellent
An immersive surround sound experience is delivered via spatial audio, which delivers a 360-degree soundscape that adapts to your movement. It only takes a few clicks in your settings to enable the feature, which is already accessible on the AirPods Pro (along with the recently added Dolby Atmos for Apple Music).
By heading to Settings > Bluetooth > tapping the I next to your AirPods Pro, you may enable spatial audio by swiping the switch next to it to the On position. By clicking See & Hear How It Works, you can then hear a demo to see how the feature operates.
Now, if you view a movie on an app like Apple TV while wearing your AirPods Pro, the audio should surround you and move with the action on the screen or as you move your head does.
If Spatial Audio isn’t working for you, you might also need to upgrade the firmware on your AirPods Pro, although your iPhone can take care of that on its own. My recommendation? Put your headphones in the charging case, but leave it open, and put it next to your iPhone if you can’t find the spatial audio feature in the settings. Prior to my AirPods Pro updating, I had to perform this exact action for nearly an hour.
Control your AirPods Pro with your Apple Watch
When using your AirPods Pro, you can toggle between the transparency and noise cancellation modes by tapping on the AirPlay icon in the Now Playing app on your Apple Watch.
AirPods Pro can be controlled by your Mac
You don’t need to press your AirPods Pro to switch between transparency and noise cancellation while using them with a Mac. When your earphones are securely linked to your computer, an AirPods icon will appear on your Mac. To change the mode, click it.
Change tips to find the optimum fit
Two more sizes of ear tips are included in the box with your AirPods Pro, with the medium size already attached. Try them on first, and if they don’t fit right, you can exchange them for a different size. There is no secret to removing the tip from each AirPod; all you have to do is pull and push to attach another pair. Even though you might feel like ripping it, the few exchanges I’ve made show that they ultimately come off.
To determine the optimal fit, do the Ear Tip Fit Test.
You may perform the Ear Tip Fit Test by navigating to the AirPods Pro settings (try saying that out loud a few times). The test will use the microphones on your AirPods to play some noises and then let you know whether the ear tips you have in place are the proper size for your ears.
Open the Settings app on your iPhone, tap Bluetooth, then hit the I next to the name of your AirPods Pro to start the test. Choose Ear Tip Fit Test, then adhere to the instructions.
Both the medium and small ear tips that I used for the test passed. There can be another size that works and feels more comfortable, so don’t feel trapped into the first ear tips you test.
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When wirelessly charging the case, view the charge status.
The same wireless charging pads that are compatible with the iPhone may be used to wirelessly charge the AirPods Pro case. It is compatible with MagSafe chargers as well, but unlike an iPhone 12 or 13, it won’t be magnetically attracted to the charger. To begin charging the case, place it on the pad with the little light pointing up. When the case is first placed on the pad, its light will turn on to indicate that it is charging. But eventually, it will time out and become dark. To check the case’s charge status (green indicates that it is completely charged), tap on it.
There are several additional features to the AirPods Pro; these additional hints and techniques are universal to all AirPods and should assist you in fully mastering your new wireless headphones. Check out these settings if you have a new iPhone. Then find out how iOS 15 affects how you utilise headphones.