This article describes how to change the name of the AirPods and choose what happens when you double-tap the AirPods or press and hold AirPods Pro.
Open the case for AirPods and go to the Settings menu Bluetooth on your iOS or iPadOS device. Click the details button next to AirPods in the device list. The following actions and settings are available.
Click the current name. Enter a new name for AirPods and click Finish.
Press and hold AirPods Pro
The AirPods Pro earphones have three noise control modes: Active Noise Reduction, Transparent Mode, and Off. By default, if you press and hold the touch sensor on the body of the left or right AirPods Pro earphone, you switch between Active Noise Reduction and Transparent Mode. You can choose between which modes will switch when pressed and held.
- Go to the AirPods Pro settings screen.
- In the “Press and Hold AirPods” section, click “Left” or “Right” and make sure that “Noise Control” is selected.
- Select two or three noise control modes that will be activated by pressing and holding. If switching between noise control modes is configured for two AirPods, changing the settings for pressing while holding on one earbud will be applied to both.
Holding down also allows you to use Siri. On the AirPods Pro settings screen, tap Left or Right and select Siri. One AirPods can be used for Siri, and the second to switch between noise control modes.
Using Double Tap on AirPods
On AirPods (1st or 2nd generation), select the left or right earphone on the settings screen, and then specify what should happen when you double-touch the earphone:
- Using Siri to control audio content, change volume, or perform another action available to Siri
- play, pause, or stop playing audio content;
- Skip to the next track
- return to the previous track.
Enable or disable the Auto Ear Detect feature
By default, AirPods will detect when in your ears and receive audio from the device. In addition, AirPods headphones pause and resume playback when one of the AirPods is removed, or stop playback without resuming it when both headphones are removed. If Auto Ear Detection is turned on but AirPods are not in use, audio is played back through the speakers of the device.
If the Auto Ear Detection function is turned off, such features are not available and all audio recordings are played in AirPods, regardless of whether you wear them or not.
Microphone setup on the left, right or automatically
Each AirPod earphone has a microphone that allows you to make phone calls and use Siri. By default, “Automatic” is selected for the microphone, so any AirPods can be used as a microphone. If only one AirPod is used, it will be a microphone.
You can also set the microphone to Always Left or Always Right. The preset parameter uses the microphone in the left or right AirPod. Such an AirPod earphone will be used as a microphone, even if you take it out of your ear or put it in a case.