The AirPods and AirPods Pro don’t just provide excellent quality music, they also have a lot of audio controls built in – it’s just not obvious from a distance where they are or how you can use them. Here’s how to play, pause, or browse music.

It’s not like they come with a pause button. AirPods and AirPods Pro bring great music, but until their battery runs out, there’s no apparent way to stop audio playback. There are, however, plenty of ways to pause, forward, rewind, and otherwise control everything on your AirPods – all without resorting to your iPhone.

Without a doubt, the easiest way to pause music on AirPods or AirPods Pro is to remove them from your ears.

You can only remove one AirPod, and in theory the music will stop until you put it back on. This means that if someone does talk to you, you can just pull out an AirPod, talk to them, and start listening again afterward.

In practice this works, but after a little while you might find that the AirPod remaining in your ear restarts the music. To make sure you take a break and then don’t play unexpectedly, remove both AirPods.

If you want to be absolutely sure that you won’t hear the AirPods at all, put them back in their charging case.

  • How to Hang AirPods on Your iPhone
  • Set up AirPods
  • How to tap AirPods to pause music
  • How to pause audio with Siri

How to Hang AirPods on Your iPhone

To be fair, if you have your iPhone in hand, this can be the next fastest way to pause or change the audio on AirPods.

If you are into music you can use the controls in this app to do whatever you need and the AirPods respond.

  • Swipe down from the top right corner
  • tap the Pause icon in the Music section at the top right

This Pause icon changes to Play one, so you also know how to restart music. In the same section, you can also completely disconnect AirPods.

While you take out your iPhone open the Settings app and choose Bluetooth.

Set up AirPods

In order to be able to pause audio by physically pressing the original or second-gen AirPods, you need to set them up.

In the Bluetooth section, tap the i icon to the left of your AirPods name. If they appear as Not Connected, open the AirPods case and tap when you see the list change to Connected.

In the section that appears, do the following.

  • Scroll down to the Double-tap AirPods section
  • Choose Left or Right and press it
  • Tap Play pause

If instead of double-tap AirPods, you see Press and Hold AirPods It doesn’t have the same Play Pause, as it has been replaced with a built-in feature.

How to tap AirPods to pause music

When you’ve set your right or left AirPods to act as a Play / Pause button, all you need to do is tap it. This is a toggle, so if music is playing, press pause. If the music is not playing, this tap will start it.

If you wear AirPods Pro, you can do the same. Rather than banging on an AirPods, squeeze the stem. There is a force sensor that will pause the music when you squeeze, or resume playing when you squeeze again.

How to pause audio with Siri

With AirPods Pro, you can use Siri. Just say out loud the words “Hey, Siri, take a break” and – again, in theory – that’s exactly what will happen.

In practice, although AirPods Pro are generally very good at hearing the magical invocation, you get the most reliable results by pausing slightly after saying “Hey, Siri.” Say that, take the briefest of moments to clear your throat, then tell her to “Pause.”

This is really a strong feature of the AirPods Pro and second-gen AirPods over the originals, but you can do something similar with even this first edition.

If you’ve set the left or right AirPod to Play Pause, you can set the other to activate Siri but this time choose Siri.

  • Scroll down to the Double-tap AirPods section
  • Choose Left or Right and press it
  • Tap Siri

Now you can press this AirPod, and when you hear the Siri beep, say “Pause” or “Play” as you need. Considering that it requires a tap, and you might as well have set up an AirPod to play or pause with a single tap, that doesn’t seem to be of much use.

However, Siri isn’t just useful for playing games or taking a break. With this setup, you can also easily tell Siri to skip to the next track or go back to the next one.

AirPods Pro let you do the same thing just by asking Siri, and they also contain additional commands like the ability to say “Hey, Siri, turn on noise cancellation.”

How to switch to other music with AirPods

With Apple AirPods, you can set a wide variety of shortcut gestures, like going to the next music for example. Here’s the guide you need to know how to adjust your AirPods settings. It’s really easy to set them up with any device your headphones are connected to via bluetooth.

How to adjust the gesture settings of my AirPods?

You can access your AirPods settings through the device they’re connected to.

1. Open the charging case of your AirPods. This action will allow your AirPods to communicate with the device, which they have already established a link. They will then be able to connect.

2. On your device, go to “Settings”> “Bluetooth”.

3. Find your AirPods in the device list, then tap on the “i” icon that is next to your Apple headphones.

4. The “Double tap on AirPods” indicates how you can control the functions of your AirPods. Press the “Left” or “Right” options to assign them a new double-tap gesture.

  • Siri : You can activate Siri with a quick double tap gesture, so you can use your voice commands to find new music, adjust the volume, or use any of Siri’s other functions.
  • Following : You can set up a single double tap to skip to the next music track.
  • Previous: You can also set up a single double touch to go back to the beginning of the playlist or go back to the previous piece of music.
  • Play, Pause or Stop: Finally, you can also add any of these functions to your AirPods if you want.

Tip: If you like to use your AirPods at work or some other place where you will need to frequently stop and restart music playback, then we recommend that you add the “Pause” function to one of your two AirPods. If you use them often for a long time without interruption – for example when you are working outside – then you can add a gesture for “Next”.

How to change music with AirPods?

To change music with AirPods, you must first set up your AirPods via your iPhone or iPad.

To set up your AirPods so that you can switch music with AirPods, follow these steps:

  • Open your AirPods case.
  • Go to Settings then Bluetooth on your iPhone.
  • Press theicône i next to your AirPods.
  • Affiliate the actions with the so-called double pressure gesture.

Note : You can set the left and right AirPods and assign different function for the double tap gesture. It is thus possible to configure one or the other of the AirPods to change music, pause, rewind, go to the previous or next track, etc.

How to configure the “buttons” of AirPods Pro

No more tapping on the headphones! AirPods Pro have buttons. Finally … they have pressure sensors, which are delusional, since the headphones emit a “click” when you press them. By default, one press adjusts noise reduction. But this function is not etched in silicon, and the left sensor can even be configured independently of the right sensor.

Put your AirPods Pro in your ears, then:

  • on iPhone or iPad, open the Settings application, then go to the Bluetooth section, and tap the (i) button near the name of your headphones;
  • on Mac, open System Preferences, then go to the Bluetooth section, and click the Options button next to the name of your headphones.

In the Keep Finger on AirPods section, choose the function assigned to the left earbud sensor, and then choose the function assigned to the right earbud sensor. At the moment, the very limited functions:

  • Siri: pressing triggers Siri;
  • Noise control: one press switches from one selected mode to the other (two modes are selected by default, and the button thus acts as a switch, but you can select all three, and the button will activate them successively).

You can call Siri with a left press, and activate Transparency mode with a right press.

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