Congrats! You’re officially down with APP.
These headphones aren’t like all those other headphones, and once you experience all the features, you’ll start to see why.
As a proud new owner of AirPod Pros (my previous pair was the first gen AirPods), these newfangled things have taken some time to get used to. The medium-sized ear tips were giving me a headache until I finally decided to swap them out for the smallest size. I felt like I was hearing faraway sounds, like, IN my eardrum in noise cancellation mode. But honestly, now that I’ve had them for a couple of weeks, nothing beats the immersive feeling of listening to music while wearing them, and the battery life is a huge quality of life gamechanger over my old pair. Just try vacuuming while listening to a podcast with the noise cancellation on — all of your $200 regrets will quickly wash away.
Before we get started, a few of these tips work with other versions of AirPods as well, so you might still get something out of this post even if you own a different model.
If the tips feel uncomfortable in your ears or you’re feeling somewhat in between sizes, get some memory foam replacements that are squishier and ensure a snug fit.
You can customize your audio preferences by going to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual and turning on Headphone Accommodations.
Use a clean, dry electric toothbrush to clean out the mesh grills on each AirPod.
There’s a whole custom AirPods Pro menu that you can access from Settings > Bluetooth > AirPods Pro.
This menu is also where you can turn on “Spatial Audio.”
Want to know if “Spatial Audio” is on while you’re watching something? Go to your control panel, long press on the volume, and it’ll tell you.
You can share your audio with anyone near you who is also wearing a set of AirPods, AirPod Pros, or Beats.
Use a feature called “Live Listening,” which allows you to pick up sounds near your phone while wearing your AirPods.
Once you’ve made it accessible, you can access Live Listening via the Control Panel. It’s this little icon with the ear on it.
Use icloud.com/find to locate a lost pair of AirPods.
Be safe and remember to put them on transparency mode (or turn noise cancellation completely off) while walking or jogging in public.
Transparency mode is the sort of “in between” mode that uses some noise cancellation but still lets some outside sound in. You can adjust the level of transparency by going to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Headphone Accommodations > Transparency Mode (all the way at the bottom of the menu).
You can quickly switch between noise cancellation mode, transparency mode, and off by long pressing on your right AirPod stem.
Turn on “Announce Messages” so that Siri will read you your text messages while your phone is locked but your AirPods are in.
Wanna use your AirPods seamlessly with your Apple TV? Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth and choose your AirPods from your Apple TV.
AirPod Pros are available for $199 from Amazon.
Here are some other fun AirPod tips and tricks that work with all of the generations of AirPods, not just the Pros.