AirPods Pro Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode

AirPods Pro have three noise-control modes: Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode, and Off. You can switch between them, depending on how much of your surroundings you want to hear.

What are Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode?

With Active Noise Cancellation, an outward-facing microphone detects external sounds, which your AirPods Pro then counter with anti-noise, canceling the external sounds before you hear them. An inward-facing microphone listens inside your ear for unwanted internal sounds, which your AirPods Pro also counter with anti-noise.

Transparency mode lets outside sound in, so you can hear what's going on around you. Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode work best when your AirPods Pro fit well.

Switch between noise-control modes

You can switch between noise-control modes right from your AirPods Pro, or you can use your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac.

When using iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, or macOS to switch between noise-control modes, you’ll see Active Noise Cancellation available as Noise Cancellation.

AirPods Pro

Press and hold the force sensor on the stem of an AirPod until you hear a chime.

When you're wearing both AirPods, press and hold the force sensor on either AirPod to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode. You can customize which modes to switch between (Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode, and Off) in Settings.

When you're wearing a single AirPod, press and hold the force sensor to switch between Transparency mode and Off.

iOS or iPadOS device

     

  1. Open Control Center.
  2. While wearing both AirPods, touch and hold the volume slider until you see the additional controls.
  3. Tap Noise Cancellation, Transparency, or Off.

You can also switch between noise-control modes in Settings:

  1. On your iOS or iPadOS device, go to Settings > Bluetooth. 
  2. Tap the Info button  next to your AirPods in the list of devices.
  3. Tap Noise Cancellation, Transparency, or Off.

Watch

  1. While listening to audio through your watch, tap the AirPlay icon .
  2. Tap Noise Cancellation, Transparency, or Off.

Mac

  1. With your AirPods Pro connected to your Mac, click the volume control  in the menu bar on your Mac.*
  2. Choose your AirPods Pro, then choose Noise Cancellation, Transparency, or Off.

 

* If you don't see the volume control in the menu bar, learn how to add it.

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