Play audio on AirPods Pro (all generations)
When you’re wearing your AirPods Pro (all generations), you can press the stem to play, pause, or skip audio playing on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, or Apple TV. Using the Touch control on AirPods Pro (2nd generation), you can also adjust the volume.
Play and pause audio
Wear one or both AirPods, and make sure they’re connected to your device.
Open an audio app, then play something. For example, you can play a song in Apple Music, or listen to an audiobook in the Books app .
To pause audio while listening with both AirPods, remove one. When you return it to your ear, playback resumes automatically.
Note: You can also press the stem to pause audio. Press it again to resume playback.
Stop the audio
Remove both AirPods Pro from your ears, or if you’re wearing just one, remove it.
You can double-press the stem on either of your AirPods Pro to skip to another track in many audio apps, such as the next song in Apple Music, or the previous episode in the Podcasts app .
To skip to the previous song, triple-press the stem.
Adjust the volume on AirPods Pro (2nd generation)
With Touch control, you can lightly swipe up or down on the stem to adjust the volume.
If you don’t want to control the volume by swiping on the stem, you can turn that setting off. See Change force sensor, Touch control, or button settings for AirPods.
Protect your hearing
You can monitor and limit the volume of your AirPods using your iPhone or iPad. See Check your headphone levels in the iPhone User Guide.