Listen with AirPods on iPhone
Use AirPods to listen to audio from your iPhone.
Hear what’s playing on your iPhone
Put one or both AirPods in your ears.
Tip: You can share what you’re listening to with a friend wearing AirPods or compatible Beats headphones or earphones. See Share audio with AirPods and Beats headphones from iPhone.
Stop the audio
Remove both AirPods from your ears, or if you’re wearing just one AirPod, remove it.
If you return an AirPod to your ear within 15 seconds, play resumes automatically.
Pause the audio
All models: While listening with two AirPods, remove one. When you return the AirPod to your ear, playback resumes automatically.
AirPods Pro: While listening with one or two AirPods, press the Force Sensor on the stem of an AirPod. To resume playback, press again.
Note: If you press the Force Sensor for too long, a chime sounds, and the noise control mode changes. Press and hold the Force Sensor to return to the mode you want, then try to pause or resume the playback again.
AirPods: (2nd generation) Double-tap either of your AirPods. To resume play, double-tap it again.
AirPods: (1st generation) You can set either of your AirPods to pause when you double-tap it, then resume play when you double-tap it again. See Adjust AirPods settings with iPhone.
AirPods Pro: To skip forward, double-press the Force Sensor on the stem of an AirPod. To skip back, triple-press the sensor.
AirPods: (2nd generation) To skip forward, double-tap an AirPod. You can set either of your AirPods to skip back when you double-tap it. See Adjust AirPods settings with iPhone.
AirPods: (1st generation) You can set either of your AirPods to skip forward or back when you double-tap it. See Adjust AirPods settings with iPhone.
Change noise control modes (AirPods Pro)
Open Control Center, press and hold the volume control, then choose one of these settings at the bottom of the screen:
Noise Cancellation: Blocks out external sounds.
Transparency: Lets you hear the environment around you.
Off: Turns off both noise cancellation and transparency.
Tip: To quickly change modes, press and hold the Force Sensor on the stem of an AirPod until you hear a chime. (You can set which modes are available from this shortcut. See Adjust AirPods settings with iPhone.)
Change the volume
Summon Siri, then say something like “Turn down the volume.” Or drag the volume slider on the playback destination screen, on the Lock screen, or in Control Center.
You can use Health on iPhone to monitor the audio levels from your AirPods. It can be helpful to understand how long and often you’re exposed to loud volume as it can affect your hearing. See Monitor audio levels on iPhone.
For more information about AirPods, including how to clean them and how to use them with Macs and other Bluetooth devices, see the AirPods support website.