Before you begin
You need at least one of these:
Use your iPhone to set up your AirPods
If you're setting up your AirPods for the first time,* follow these steps:
- Go to the Home screen.
- Open the case—with your AirPods inside—and hold it next to your iPhone.
- A setup animation appears on your iPhone.
- Tap Connect, then tap Done.
If you're signed in to iCloud, your AirPods are set up automatically with any of your supported devices that are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
*To set up your AirPods with another device, follow these steps.
Listen with your AirPods
When you take your AirPods out of the case, they're on and ready to use. When you put them in your ears, your AirPods automatically play the audio from your device. If you take an AirPod out, audio pauses. Take them both out and audio stops.
AirPods are connected to your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. Sound automatically switches between them.
Follow these steps to use your AirPods to play audio from a different device or to switch the audio to different headphones or speakers.
On your iOS device
- Open Control Center.
- Press deeply or touch and hold the audio card in the upper-right corner of Control Center to control audio.
- Tap , then choose the device you want from the list.*
On your Mac
Click in the menu bar and choose your AirPods* or other speakers under Output Device.
*AirPods appear only when they're nearby and ready to use.
Double-tap to control your device
While wearing either AirPod, two quick, sharp taps on the outside of that AirPod will answer a phone call or hang up the phone. Each AirPod can also do one of these:
- Activate Siri*
- Play and pause your audio content
- Skip to the next track
- Go back to the previous track
- Turn off your audio content
Learn how to choose what you want each AirPod to do when you double-tap it.
Here are more details about using Siri and answering phone calls with your AirPods:
You can ask Siri to make a phone call, give you directions, or find out if it's going to rain tonight.
Siri can also control your music and check on your AirPods. Here are some examples of Siri requests:
- "Play my Favorites playlist."
- "Turn up the volume."
- "How do I get home from here?"
- "Skip to the next song."
- "Pause music."
- "How is the battery on my AirPods?"
Use the phone
When a call comes in, Siri can announce it. Double-tap to answer. Later, you can double-tap to hang up or switch to another call.
*If double-tapping to use Siri doesn't work, go to Settings > Siri and make sure that Access When Locked is on.
Charge your AirPods and case
To charge your AirPods, put them in the case and close the lid. AirPods shut down and charge whenever they're in the case.
You can charge both your AirPods and the case by plugging the case in to an Apple Lightning to USB cable. Learn more about charging.
Set up your AirPods with other devices
The first time you set up your AirPods with an iPhone with iOS 10, follow the steps above.
To set up your AirPods with a non-Apple device or a device that isn't logged in to your iCloud account, follow these steps:
If you can't set up your AirPods
If you don't see the setup animation when you try to set up your AirPods with your iPhone, follow these steps. After each step, try to set up your AirPods again.
- Make sure that your AirPods are charged.
- Close the lid, wait 15 seconds, then open the lid. The status light should flash white.
- If the status light doesn't flash white, press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until you see the status light flash white.
- Still can't set up your AirPods? Press and hold the setup button for at least 15 seconds, until you see the status light flash amber a few times and then flash white.
If you lose your AirPods
Learn what to do if you can't find your AirPods.