Apple first launched free engraving with the 2nd-gen AirPods in 2019 and expanded the options to include emoji in early 2020. But did you know you can put your own face on AirPods with free Memoji engraving? Here’s where and how to access the option.
If you head to Apple’s website to order a new pair of AirPods or AirPods Pro, you’ll see the option to personalize them with engraving. That includes being able to use over 40 emoji, the alphabet, or numbers.
However, along with AirPods Pro 2, Apple added the ability to engrave AirPods with Memoji exclusively through the Apple Store app.
Interestingly, Apple just highlighted the app’s exclusive Memoji engraving feature in the release notes of version 5.18 today. But it quietly made a mention of the option launching in the AirPods Pro 2 press release back in September.
You can change how AirPods respond when you double-tap on them while they’re in your ears. For example, if you want to be able to double-tap on the left AirPod to summon Siri, and double-tap on the right AirPod to play or pause audio, you can configure that easily.
There are a variety of double-tap customizations available for AirPods, including Siri, play/pause/stop audio, skip track, and go back a track, and you can set those double-tap controls separately for both the Left and Right AirPod.
To adjust settings on the AirPods, you must use the iPhone or iPad that the AirPods are setup and paired with.
How to Change AirPods Double-Tap Controls
Here’s how you can easily change AirPods double-tap controls:
Open the AirPod case
Open the Settings app on the iPhone or iPad that is paired with AirPods
Go to “Bluetooth” and then tap on the (i) button next to the AirPods name
Scroll down to find the “Double-Tap on AirPod” section and then tap on the Left or Right AirPod choice to select the desired action
Choose the double-tap action for that AirPod; summon Siri, play, pause, or stop audio, skip to the next track, go back to the previous track
Tap back and then optionally choose the other AirPod to customize the double-tap action for, again selecting from: Siri, play/pause/stop audio, skip, go back
Exit out of Settings as usual when finished
The AirPods control changes will take effect immediately, and you can try them out right away by putting your AirPods in and double-tapping the left or right AirPods to confirm the settings change has taken effect.
For many users they’ll want one AirPod to be used for Siri and the other to be used for skipping a track, but if you listen to a bunch of music or podcasts then having each AirPod function as an audio control mechanism may be a better choice, and it’s pretty useful tone able to tap on one AirPod to skip a song or podcast and the other to reverse or pause and play a song or audio track.
Experiment with what works best for your specific AirPods use and flow.
While you’re in the AirPods settings you might also want to change the AirPods name or make other adjustments too. There aren’t a million different choices so the settings are easy to browse through to check out the options available to your AirPods.
Apple’s AirPods Pro are the first AirPods that fit into your ear canal, rather than just sitting in the outside of your ear. That means that they can create a much better seal, resulting in better sound quality, and a better overall experience. But for all that to work properly you need to make sure the AirPods Pro fit correctly.
Thankfully Apple knows that and created a handy tool that will check for you. Using the internal microphones built into each AirPods Pro earbud, Apple is able to check that the sound you’re hearing is as great as it can be. And if it isn’t you can switch to one of the other sized ear tips that come in the box. Sometimes Apple really does think of everything, right?
How to Check AirPods Pro Ear Fit
We’re assuming you already have AirPods Pro setup and paired with iPhone or iPad and that you’re ready to go with the ear fitting. Don’t worry, this won’t take long. You’ll want to place your AirPods Pro into your ears, too.
Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad that is paired with AirPods Pro
Locate your AirPods Pro and then tap the “i” icon beside it.
Look down and tap “Ear Tip Fit Test.”
The next screen will explain how the test works and what it is looking for. Tap “Continue” when you’re ready.
You’ll then hear some music. Don’t touch anything while it plays.
Once the test is complete you’ll be told whether the fit is correct or not. If it is, you’re all set. If not, try different ear tips or reseating the earbuds and then run the test again.
Once you’ve gone through this process, you’re all done!
Your AirPods Pro should be nice and snug and fit better than ever, improving the sound quality, acoustic performance, comfort, and overall experience of using AirPods Pro.
Why Does a Good Fit Matter for AirPods Pro?
Making sure your AirPods Pro fit in your ears correctly has a few benefits.
You’ll enjoy better sound quality. Bass will be improved because no audio can leak out and woofers always like an enclosed space in which to work. You won’t hear the outside world as much, either.
The AirPods Pro active noise cancellation (ANC) technology and transparency features works best when you have a better seal, helping keep the outside noise where it belongs – outside.
You’re less likely to lose your AirPods Pro! Some people have had AirPods fall out of their ears because of a poor fit. That’s less likely to happen with AirPods Pro. Assuming they fit your ears properly, of course.
Remember, the AirPods Pro ear fit test and different ear pieces are unique to AirPods Pro, as the regular AirPods do not have adjustable ear pieces. Thus if you’ve ever tried to use regular AirPods but didn’t find them to be a good fit, you may consider trying out AirPods Pro with the various different ear piece attachments, as one of them might be perfect for you.
We have a ton more AirPods guides so be sure to learn everything you need to know before embarking on your new wireless audio adventure.
If you have AirPods and an Android device, you might be interested in knowing that you can use AirPods with Android phones and tablets too. Connecting AirPods to an Android device is pretty straight forward (thought not as seamlessly simple as the iOS setup) and once the two are connected and paired you’ll be able to use them as the wonderfully convenient wireless headphones that they are.
Requirements before beginning: be sure that the AirPods and AirPods charging case are sufficiently charged, that AirPods are inserted into the AirPods Case, and also be sure that Bluetooth is turned on and active on the Android device.
How to Connect AirPods to Android
Close the AirPods in the AirPods Case if you haven’t done so already
Now on Android, go to the “Settings” menu on the Android device
Go to “Bluetooth”
Now open the AirPods charging case lid
Press and hold on the button on the back of the AirPods Case until you see the light flash white
Back on Android, wait a moment for AirPods to appear on the list of devices in Android Bluetooth settings and then choose to “Pair”
Exit Settings on Android, AirPods will now be synced and connected to the Android
You can confirm everything is working by playing music, podcasts, or any audio from Android, and the sound will come through the AirPods headphones as expected.
As long as AirPods are connected and paired with the Android phone or tablet, the AirPods will be the wireless headphones used by the Android for audio output.
From the AirPods side of things, getting them working with Android is basically the same way as you would connect AirPods to a Windows PC (and yes they work with Windows too!) or connect AirPods to a Mac (of course they work on a Mac, setup is even easier on Mac if they’re already configured on an iPhone with the same Apple ID too), meaning you open the devices Bluetooth settings and pair them manually. Simple, straightforward, and largely like any other Bluetooth accessory or speaker.
Note that if you use AirPods with an iPhone, iPad, Mac, AND and Android, you will probably need to disconnect the AirPods from the Android or iOS device (but not remove) before the other OS platform will see the AirPods. If you accidentally removed them from any of the Apple hardware Bluetooth settings, you can setup AirPods with iOS again, and same with the Mac.
Troubleshooting AirPods & Android
If you’re having difficulty pairing AirPods and Android, you might need to reset the AirPods.
You can also try rebooting the Android device.
Ensuring that Bluetooth is enabled on Android and that AirPods and AirPods Case are sufficiently charged is also recommended as troubleshooting steps.
Some AirPods features don’t work with Android
If you plan on using AirPods with Android, you’ll want to know that not all AirPods features will be available on Android.
For example, no Siri feature will work with AirPods and Android, because Android does not have Siri. Additionally, features like AirPods auto-pausing will not work.
That doesn’t mean the two don’t work well together though, and so even if you’re missing out on Siri assistance it’s still a great experience.
Apple has released an updated version of their AirPods wireless headphones today.
The new AirPods include performance improvements for faster connect times and longer talk time. Additionally, the new AirPods support “Hey Siri” for hands-free voice initiated interaction with Siri.
The new AirPods also are available with an optional wireless charging case, which allow for using a Qi-based charger to charge their battery.
The AirPods with Wireless Charging Case cost $199, while the standard wired charging AirPods cost $159. The Wireless Charging Case can also be purchased separately for $79.
Orders for the new AirPods start today on apple.com and will deliver towards the end of the month.
Setting up AirPods is incredibly easy with an iPhone or iPad, and they work seamlessly with the Mac, Apple Watch, and because they’re Bluetooth they even work with Android or Windows hardware too.
The quiet release of new AirPods comes during the same week that Apple has also quietly released updated iPad Air 10.5″ and iPad mini 7.9″ and updated iMac hardware too. It’s possible that Apple will release yet another new product or updated hardware on the remaining days of the week, with various rumors circulating about the eventual release of the much anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat (which presumably would go well with the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case), a possible update to iPod touch, and updates to the 12″ MacBook.
Apple is set for a media event on March 25 where the company will apparently unveil a TV show effort to compete with Netflix and other similar streaming video providers.
Want to change the name of your AirPods? You can quickly change AirPods name from the Settings app of the synced iPhone or iPad.
Note this is just a simple name change of AirPods, it does not require resetting AirPods nor does it require setting them up again. You simply open the pertinent iOS settings, rename the AirPods, and that’s about it.
How to Rename AirPods
Here is how you can easily rename AirPods, right from iOS:
Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad that AirPods are connected to
Go to “Bluetooth”
Find the AirPods in the Bluetooth device list then tap on the (i) button next to the AirPods
In AirPods settings, tap on “Name”
Enter the new name you’d like to change AirPods name to, then tap the back “<” button to confirm the AirPods name change
Exit out of Settings as usual
Now AirPods will have whatever name you chose, and that name will be visible anywhere that you can see or access AirPods, including in Bluetooth settings, when you check their battery level, and anywhere else you might see the AirPods from iOS.
You name AirPods whatever you want, whether that’s simply calling them “AirPods” or “Paul’s AirPods” or giving them some other customized name, the choice is yours. You can easily change their name again at any time by simply returning to the settings as covered above.
In a similar manner, you can also easily change the name of iPhone, iPad, or an iPod touchby going to the appropriate Settings in iOS.
This obviously covers iOS, but you can also change the name of AirPods from a Mac, assuming the AirPods are connected to that same Mac anyway, by going to Bluetooth settings in MacOS.
As always, if you have any particularly helpful advice, tips, tricks, suggestions, or general input about renaming AirPods, share with us in the comments below!
Resetting AirPods returns AirPods to factory default settings, this procedure can be helpful for troubleshooting various problems with AirPods, but it can also be necessary if you plan on giving used AirPods to someone else, or even to sync and connect the AirPods to another compatible device. Essentially this will be resetting AirPods to factory settings, as if they were brand new.
Some common reasons to reset AirPods for troubleshooting reasons are if the airPods are suddenly not showing up as available, if the AirPods case is not charging the AirPods out of the blue, if there are curious battery issues with the AirPods, amongst other issues that could be experienced. Usually a quick reset to factory settings fixes these type of AirPods issues quickly.
How to Reset AirPods
Make sure the AirPods and the charging case all have a battery charge available
Place both AirPods into the charging case if you haven’t done so already, close the lid for 15 seconds
Open the lid of the AirPods case, keeping the AirPods secured in place
Turn the AirPods Case around and look for the small button on the back, press and hold the case button until the light flashes orange a few times, and then flashes white – this indicates the AirPods have been reset
Now that the AirPods have been reset, if you open the AirPods case near an iPhone or iPad, the the setup for AirPods process will begin automatically again.
If you are still experiencing issues with the AirPods, the first thing you should do is charge the AirPods longer in their case, aim for at least 20 minutes or longer of charging. Then you can also try to select them from the iPhone or iPad Settings app and either forget the Bluetooth device or even disconnect the Bluetooth device from iOS and then start the AirPods reset process over again.
It can also be a good idea to check for and update AirPods firmware software if there are updates available.
Resetting devices to factory defaults can be a common troubleshooting approach to figuring out and resolving a variety of software issues, and not just for AirPods. You can also reset iPhone to factory settings, reset and erase iPad and iPad Pro, reset Mac to factory settings, and even reset Windows 10 to factory default settings too. For resetting AirPods to factory settings there is no concern for data loss, whereas for resetting other devices it is important to have a backup available before you reset the device, otherwise you may permanently lose data from an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC.
AirPods are the new wireless earphones from Apple, they allow for completely wireless listening to music, interacting with Siri, answering phone calls, and interacting with music or audio. AirPods are particularly popular with iPhone users, but they work with most other iOS devices and Macs as well.
If you got a new pair of AirPods you might be wondering how to set them up to work with your iPhone or iPad. It turns out to be quite simple to configure AirPods and connect them to an iPhone or iPad, as this tutorial will demonstrate. Most of the AirPod setup process is automated and works a bit like magic. And not to worry, if something doesn’t go exactly as planned when connecting to AirPods we’ll show you how to reset the process and start over again too.
Before beginning, make sure the AirPods are charged (they usually come out of the package with a battery charge), and that the device you are attempting to sync them with is compatible. You can see supported AirPod hardware below if you aren’t sure, but almost any modern Apple hardware running modern system software will work with AirPods.
How to Setup AirPods & Connect to iPhone or iPad
With new model iPhone devices, setting up AirPods is remarkably easy. You’ll need your iOS device handy, and the AirPods case with AirPods still enclosed in them. The rest is a piece of cake:
Unlock the iPhone you want to pair AirPods to and go to the Home Screen (where all your app icons are visible)
Open the AirPods case, keeping the AirPods inside, and hold it near the iPhone to pair with
Wait a moment for iPhone to find and detect AirPods, then tap on “Connect” when AirPods are found
Tap on “Done” after the AirPods show up on screen
That’s it, you’re AirPods will now be setup and ready to use.
Also noteworthy is that if you use the same Apple ID and iCloud account on multiple devices, the AirPods should be automatically configured to work with those devices too, assuming compatibility anyway.
AirPods Compatibility & Supported Devices
AirPods will work with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, assuming they are fairly modern and running compatible system software. You must have Bluetooth as well, since that is how they connect to the device they are paired with. AirPods are compatible with the following devices and software versions:
iPhone, iPad, iPod touch running iOS 10.0 or later
Mac running macOS Sierra 10.12.3 or later
Apple Watch running watchOS 3 or later
Apple TV running tvOS 11 or later
Essentially, AirPods are compatible with all modern versions of Apple system software. If the device is brand new, it will work with AirPods, but even many older devices will work with AirPods assuming they are running a compatible modern system software release shown above.
You can also connect AirPods to an Android phone, tablet, or Windows computer, but the setup process is more like a typical Bluetooth device configuration and does not have the super easy iOS based AirPods setup like offered from Apple.
AirPods didn’t connect to iOS or setup properly? Try this
If for some reason AirPods don’t pair and sync with the iPhone after the above setup process, you may need to hold the setup button on AirPods and then try again. This is also what you’d need to do if you’re setting AirPods up with a different iPhone than what was originally configured with:
Put the AirPods back into the charging case if you have not done so already
Click and hold the Setup button on the back of the AirPods charging case for 18 seconds, or until you see the charging status light flicker orange and then white
Repeat the initial setup process again detailed above
That’s it, your AirPods should now be setup and ready to use with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or other Apple device.
Using AirPods once they’re connected to a device is easy and fun too, you just double-tap the side of either AirPod to trigger Siri, answer a phone call, adjust music, or more.
You can also adjust how each AirPod will respond to a double-tap by adjusting the settings of AirPods through the iPhone or iPad, by opening Settings app > Bluetooth > AirPods, and adjusting the “Left” and “Right” options under ‘Double-Tap on AirPod’ settings section.
AirPods are the wireless earbud headphones from Apple which are enjoyed by many iPhone users. Much like iOS devices have firmware updates, so do AirPods, and you may be wondering how you can update AirPods firmware, and how to check and see if your AirPods are up to date.
Managing firmware updates on AirPods is simple, but it’s a bit different from other Apple products as there is no traditional software update menu. Read on to better understand how to update AirPods and how to check the current firmware version of AirPods.
Updating AirPods Firmware
AirPods Firmware will update automatically if they AirPods are stored within their case, near the synced iPhone, and the iPhone is connected to the internet. It just happens automatically when Apple pushes out an update, you don’t actively update the AirPods yourself.
The AirPod firmware update happens seamlessly and quietly in the background, and unlike updating iOS system software or an Apple Watch there is no direct “update now” button to manually trigger the AirPods software update.
If your AirPods haven’t updated to the latest version, be sure the iPhone or iPad is connected online (preferably to wi-fi), put the AirPods in the AirPod charging case for a moment, then pop open the lid. When the menu pops up on the iPhone just swipe it away as usual. Now close the lid on the case and wait a few minutes, if an update is available it should happen automatically sometime within 30 minutes or so.
How to Check AirPods Firmware Version
Assuming the AirPods are actively synced to your iPhone or iPad, you can access an AirPods menu in the Settings app of iOS:
AirPods are the wireless earbud headphones from Apple which are enjoyed by many iPhone users. Much like iOS devices have firmware updates, so do AirPods, and you may be wondering how you can update AirPods firmware, and how to check and see if your
Open the Settings app and go to “General” and then to “About”
Choose ‘AirPods’ to see the AirPods firmware version
If you do not see the AirPods option in the About section then you likely don’t have the AirPods actively synced or paired to the iOS device.