How to customise all of your AirPods' features using an iPhone or iPad

Hollis Johnson/Business InsiderYou can use your iPhone or iPad to customise the way your AirPods work.
  • You can easily customise your AirPods through an iOS Settings app – whether you’re looking to change the name of your earbuds, or adjust its double-tap and ear-detection features.
  • If you’ve just bought a pair of AirPods and are looking to change its default functions, follow the steps below.
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Apple’s increasingly popular AirPods offer more than just wireless listening.

Customising your AirPods will help you control what happens when you double tap each earbud, whether or not you’d like automatic ear detection on or off, and the ability to give them a unique name.

How to customise your AirPods using your iPhone or iPad

Here’s how you can adjust each of those settings through your iOS device, like an iPhone or iPad.

Change what happens when you double tap your AirPods

1. In the “Settings” menu, find “Bluetooth” and tap it. Make sure bluetooth is turned on and your AirPods are connected and in range.

Customising AirPods (2)Meira Gebel/Business InsiderMake sure your AirPods are connected to your iPhone.

2. Once you locate your AirPods in the list of connected devices, click the “i” icon on the far right. This will open a menu where you will find all the customisable options for your AirPods.

AirPods(3)Meira Gebel/Business InsiderFind the section named ‘Double-tap on AirPod’ — typically the default double-tap feature will enable Siri.

3. Under the “Double-Tap on AirPod” section, choose which AirPod you’d like to customise, whether left or right.

AirPods(4)Meira Gebel/Business InsiderYou can customise either AirPod individually.

4. Options include launching Siri, playing and pausing the audio, skipping to the next track, rewinding to the previous track. AirPods also have the ability to do nothing – this is useful if you’re one to accidentally tap your Pods and want the ability to turn the feature off.

Enable or disable automatic ear detection on AirPods

The automatic ear detection for AirPods is when the pods play or pause audio depending on if in your ear or not. This can sometimes be annoying if you are one to frequently take out your AirPods while talking on the phone or listening to music.

AirPods(5)Meira Gebel/Business InsiderYou can find the option for automatic ear detection in the same menu where you change the double-tap functionality.

To turn it off, slide it. If automatic ear detection is on, the bar will be green.

Change the name of your AirPods

Find “AirPod Name” and click the arrow on the far right.

AirPods(6)Meira Gebel/Business InsiderChanging the name of your AirPods can make them easier to identify in a crowded Bluetooth menu.

Type in what you’d like your AirPods to be called, and press done.

For more information, check out our article, “How to change your AirPods’ name, and make them easier to find in Bluetooth menus.”

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