10 AirPod Pro Tricks You Might Not Know About

Apple makes it very easy to pair and start using your AirPod Pro earphones, and usually they do a great job straight out of the box. So you would be forgiven for not delving a little deeper into exactly what you can do with your new earbuds.

1 – Share Music to Two Pairs of AirPods Pro

If your iPhone is running iOS 13.1 or later, you can share music or other audio to two sets of AirPods Pro at once. Great for sharing music or videos with a friend when you don’t want to disturb others.

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With your AirPods on and connected, start playing the audio or video on your iPhone or iPad. Open Control Center and look for a circle and triangle icon in the audio playback controls. Tap this and then bring the second set of AirPods (in their case, with the lid open) close to your iPhone/iPad. You should then see the screen on your iPhone/iPad change to give you the Share Audio option.

2 – Test How Well Your AirPods Fit

One of the most common problems with using bud-style earphones is getting them to fit securely. Like many other brands, Apple AirPod Pro earphones seek to solve this by giving you three different ear tip sizes. An added feature not often found with bud earphones is the ability to test how well the ear tips fit.

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To do this, fit he ear tips you want to test, and place both AirPods in your ears. On your iPhone, open Settings > Bluetooth and tap the info icon next to your AirPods in the device list. Then tap Ear Tip test. Tap the play button and a short audio clip will play. If your iPhone/AirPods detect a good fit, you will see “Good Seal” displayed next to each AirPod Pro. If the fit isn’t good, you will be prompted to try a different ear tip size and run the test again.

3 – Remove AirPods from the Case Easily

Do you sometimes struggle to get a grip on your AirPod Pro earphones when they are in the charging case? If so, you are probably doing it wrong… The case and AirPods are designed in such a way that simply pushing on the back of each AirPod will cause it to swivel up and out of the case, making it easy to grab between finger and thumb.

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4 – Customise Audio Quality in iOS 14

If your iPhone is running iOS 14, you can customise the audio output to your AirPods Pro (or 2nd generation AirPods) to boost softer sounds and certain frequencies. On your iPhone, open Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Headphone Accommodations. Tap the switch to enable it, and then listen to the audio sample to see if the audio has improved for you. You can boost softer sounds slightly, moderately or strongly. Give the settings a try when listening to different types of audio to see what works for you.

Another way to tweak the audio output is to use the Headphone Audio Customisation option. At the headphone audio screen, tap the option for Custom Audio. Follow the instructions to find the custom audio settings that suit you best.

5 – Use Your iPhone and AirPods Pro as a Remote Mic

Your AirPods Pro support Apple’s Live Listen feature. This uses the mic on your phone to relay sound to your AirPods. You can even place the iPhone in another room and listen in using your AirPods.

On your iPhone, open Settings > Control Center > Customise Controls. Tap the + button next to Hearing in the More Controls list. Now you can open the Control Center by swiping, and then tap the hearing icon and turn on Live Listen.

This feature is also useful if you struggling to hear a conversation (perhaps in a busy bar). Enable the feature and place your iPhone closer to whoever you want to hear better. The iPhone mic and AirPod will amplify the conversation.

6 – Control Your AirPods Pro from Your Mac

If you are using your AirPods Pro to listen to music and audio on your Mac or MacBook, you can control various AirPod settings without having to lift your hands to your ears.

If you using macOS Big Sur, when AirPods are connected an icon will appear in the Dock. You can click on this icon to control volume, and even switch to Transparency or ANC modes.

If you have yet to update to Big Sur, you can still control your AirPods, but you will need to click on the speaker icon in the menu bar, hover the cursor over your AirPods Pro and then select the mode you want to switch to.

7 – Customise What Pressing the Stem Does

You know by now (we hope) that you control ANC and Transparency modes on your AirPods Pro by squeezing the stem of either earbud. But did you know that you can customise what squeezing the stem does, for both earbuds?

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On your iPhone, open Settings > Bluetooth and tap the info icon next to your AirPods in the device list. In the section for Press and Hold AirPods, tap the left or right option. You can then add the Off option to the controls, or remove one or both of the other controls.

Go back and enter the opposite side option (left or right) and you can do the same. Alternatively, you could set this earbud to activate Siri when squeezed instead.

8 – Use Find My to Locate Lost AirPods Pro

You may not have realised it, but the Find My app, so useful for locating a lost iPhone or iPad, can also be used to find a set of AirPods that you have misplaced. Open the Find My app on your iOS device or the Find My service on icloud.com. In the devices tab, you will see your AirPods pro listed. Select the AirPods and you can tap Play Sound to help locate them.

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If you think you have left your AirPods in another location, you can check the map to see where they were detected. You can then get directions to that location.

9 – Using AirPods With Apple TV

By default, your AirPods Pro won’t automatically appear as AirPlay devices on your Apple TV. You will need to pair them manually. Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth and hold the button on AirPods to start the pairing process.

With the AirPods connected to your Apple TV, you can switch to using them for the audio output by pressing and holding the Play/Pause button to bring up the AirPlay screen.

10 – Resetting Your AirPods Pro

Put your AirPods in their case, close the lid and wait 30 seconds. Now open the lid. On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the info icon next to your AirPods. Choose “Forget this device” and tap again to confirm. If you don’t see your AirPods listed, you can ignore this step.

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With the lid of the charging case open, press and hold the small setup button on the back of the charging case for about 15 seconds, until the light flashes amber.

With the lid still open, place your AirPods close to your iDevice and then follow the on-screen instructions to set up your reset AirPods.

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Russ Ware

Russ has been testing, reviewing and writing guides for tech since the heady days of Windows 95 and the Sega Saturn. A self-confessed (and proud) geek about all things tech, if it has LED's, a screen, beeps or has source code, Russ will want to master it (and very likely take it apart to see how it works...)

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