Adjust the settings of your AirPods

Learn how to change the name of your AirPods and change what happens when you double tap an AirPod or press and hold on AirPods Pro.

Open the AirPods Case, then go to Settings > Bluetooth on your iOS or iPadOS device. Tap the information button  next to your AirPods in the list of devices. Here's what you can do:


Name your AirPods

Tap the current name. Then enter a new name for your AirPods and tap Done.

Change the press-and-hold action on AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro have three noise control modes: Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode, and Off. By default, when you press and hold the force sensor on the stem of your left or right AirPod, your AirPods Pro switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode.* You can change which noise control modes the press-and-hold action uses:

  1. Go to the settings screen for your AirPods Pro.
  2. Under Press and Hold AirPods, tap Left or Right, then make sure that Noise Control is selected.
  3. Select the two or three noise control modes that you want to use with press and hold. If both AirPods are set to change noise control modes, a change to the press-and-hold action settings on one AirPod applies to both.

You can also set the press-and-hold action to allow you to use Siri. In the AirPods Pro settings screen, tap Left or Right, then select Siri. You can have one AirPod set for Siri and the other set to change noise control modes.

* You can switch among all three noise control modes in Control Center or Settings.

Change the double-tap action on AirPods

With AirPods (1st and 2nd generation), select the left or right AirPod in the AirPod settings screen and then choose what you want to happen when you double-tap the AirPod:

  • Use Siri to control your audio content, change the volume, or do anything else Siri can do
  • Play, pause, or stop your audio content
  • Skip to the next track
  • Go back to the previous track

Turn Automatic Ear Detection on or off

By default, AirPods sense when they're in your ear and receive the audio from your device. AirPods also pause and resume playback when you remove one of your AirPods, or stop playback—and won't resume—when you remove both. When you have Automatic Ear Detection on and you're not wearing your AirPods, audio plays through your device's speakers.

When you turn off Automatic Ear Detection, these features are off and all audio plays to your AirPods whether or not you're wearing them.

Set Microphone to left, right, or automatic

There's a microphone in each AirPod, so you can make phone calls and use Siri. By default, Microphone is set to Automatic, so that either of your AirPods can act as the microphone. If you're using only one AirPod, that AirPod will be the microphone.

You can also set Microphone to Always Left or Always Right. These set the microphone to either the left or right AirPod. That AirPod will be the microphone even if you remove it from your ear or put it in the case.

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