Category: AirPods

How to Check If Your AirPods Pro's Noise Cancellation Is Broken

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Noise-canceling headphones can bring you peaceful, private listening in crowded places like buses or help you focus on work while posted up in a coffee shop or noisy office. They’re great when they work, but some AirPods Pro users are finding that a recent firmware update affected the performance of their earbuds’…

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How to Answer Phone Calls on AirPods

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Handling phone calls with AirPods and AirPods Pro is a wonderfully convenient feature to use.

If you’re wearing AirPods and receive a phone call, you might wish to answer a phone call while wearing the AirPods earbuds.

And of course you can also hang up phone calls with AirPods too, so you’re not going to be stuck on a phone call that you answered and now want to get off of.

Naturally you must have setup AirPods with iPhone or AirPods Pro to be able to use this feature, as a lack of cellular capability will not allow for phone calls to arrive to the iPhone…

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How to Set Up Your Brand-New AirPods Pro

I am weak. I splurged on a brand-new pair of AirPods Pro and I’ve been fiddling around with them all day. Setting up these third-generation wireless earbuds isn’t that difficult, but there are a few settings you’re definitely going to want to play with if you preordered a pair yourself (or plan to pick some up later).

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How to Set Up Wireless Audio Sharing in iOS 13

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 come with a new feature that makes it much easier to share audio with your friends. Sure, you can go the “two of you use one half of a pair of earbuds” route, but that isn’t the best way to experience music or watch videos—both listeners miss out on one channel of audio, after all. And while you could always get a 3.5mm splitter, we doubt you’re rocking out with your friends that much.

The new iOS (and iPadOS) audio-sharing feature uses Bluetooth to split audio between two different devices. Specific requirements change depending on which sharing method you use (more on that in a bit), but both users will need a pair of AirPods or Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones, as well as one of the following devices (running iOS or iPadOS 13):

  • iOS 13: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, or XS Mini; or an iPod Touch (seventh-generation).
  • iPadOS 13: iPad Pro 11-inch; iPad Pro 12.9-inch (second-generation or later); iPad Air (third-generation); iPad mini (fifth-generation).

There will technically be two ways to share audio in iOS/iPad OS 13 when the final versions release for the public later this year. The first isn’t yet supported in the betas, but here’s how it will work:

Option 1: Audio sharing by proximity

  1. Put the two iOS/iPadOS devices near each other while one is playing media from an app like Apple Music or YouTube.
  2. Both devices will get a pop-up; Tap “Share Audio”
  3. You can now share media between the two iPhones or iPads. Both users have separate volume controls on their respective devices.

The second method, though clunkier, works in the current iOS 13 beta:

Option 2: Multi-device Bluetooth pairing

The final iOS/iPadOS 13 release will also allow users to share audio by syncing up two sets of Bluetooth headphones to a single handset.

  1. Put both pairs of Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode (this varies by model—check your user manual or do a quick internet search if you don’t know how to do this).
  2. On the iOS/iPadOS 13 device you wish to use for playback, go to Settings > Bluetooth
  3. Tap the names of each unpaired device to connect both headphones.
  4. Both headphones will now play the same audio simultaneously, but volume and playback can only be controlled on the iPhone/iPad.

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How to Customize Your AirPods’ Double-Tap Controls

Here’s a hidden little secret that you might not have known about—or have long since forgotten. The side of each Apple AirPod has a double-tap control that can toggle one of several actions, including calling up Siri on your iPhone, pausing or resuming audio, and skipping to and from tracks.

Better still, you can assign each AirPod a specific double-tap action, so you can have one ear skip tracks while another handles playing and pausing music, so long as you don’t mind looking a little silly as you tap both sides of your head over and over on your morning walk to work.

To get started customizing your AirPods’ double-tap controls:

  1. Open your iPhone’s Settings app, and then tap “Bluetooth”
  2. Find your AirPods listed under “Connected devices,” and tap the “i” icon next to them to open their device settings.
  3. Scroll down to “Double-Tap on AirPod” then tap either the Left or Right AirPod option on-screen to edit the double-tap action for that specific AirPod.
  4. Select your prefered double-tap action from the list: Open Siri, play/pause, skip track, and previous track.
  5. After selecting your desired double-tap action, you can tap the “AirPod” name in the upper left to return to the previous menu screen.

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How to Recycle Apple AirPods

Among a slew of announcements about a new credit card, a subscription service, and something to do with Oprah, Apple has finally launched the second coming of the AirPods.

Design-wise, AirPods 2 are identical to the familiar air buds we all know and love—but when you look under the hood, the new AirPods are a much-needed upgrade: They have longer battery life and they’ll pair even quicker between devices. But if you’re moving onto a better version of our AirPods, what should you do with your old pair?

Well, as it turns out, recycling AirPods is a nightmare. You generally can’t throw them in any recycling bin because you’d have to remove the lithium battery (its only recyclable part) from the rest of the AirPod, which is nearly impossible. Ordinarily, a pair of headphones could be melted down at a facility that specializes in electronic waste. In the case of AirPods, the unremovable battery makes them a fire hazard if melted or shredded.

Throwing away lithium batteries, too, is a huge waste of resources, as the Atlantic noted this week. Lithium batteries contain cobalt, a finite resource often mined in harrowing conditions.

And while it’s easy to think they’re a tiny pollutant, we create some 20 million tons of electronic waste each year (Americans are responsible for 3.4 millions tons of it) and 60 percent of it ends up in our landfills. Some 900,000 pairs were sold in the first 7 months of the original AirPod’s release in the U.S. alone, which has likely grown immensely since then, meaning millions of us are bound to throw away our AirPods at some point in the future.

So what should you do once your original AirPods finally meet their end? Well, it looks like the one and only solution to guaranteeing your AirPods will be recycled is by mailing them back to Apple.

The process is fairly simple and part of their existing device trade-back program. First, go to Apple’s trade-in website, select “Other devices” followed by “Headphones and speakers,” enter your address, and you’ll receive a free prepaid shipping label for your old AirPods. And if you’re wondering—no, you won’t get a discount off your next pair, sadly. But at least the process is free and relatively painless and you’re also helping curb the problem of electronic waste.

In a phone conversation, an Apple spokesperson confirmed that these AirPods are then distributed to recyclers who specialize in electronic waste along with instructions on how to break apart the components. Which begs another important question: Why not share this information with other facilities (or just on the AirPod box) if it’s that easy? We may not ever know the answer, but for now, sending them back to Apple is your best and only bet to ensuring your old AirPods won’t help destroy the environment.


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