Since the introduction of iOS, 14 AirPods have offered the ability to switch automatically from iPhone to iPad. This possibility is not desirable in certain circumstances and can be disabled if desired.
IOS 14, paired with current AirPods firmware 3A283, makes it easy to switch between devices. This makes it possible to switch smoothly from iPhone to iPad – and in the future also to the Mac.
But if the feature were to cause problems or if it is just not desired, it can be easily disabled. This automatic change can be annoying, especially if you frequently switch from one iOS device to another.
iOS 14: How to turn off automatic switching
The deactivation should be done separately on each device when automatic connection of AirPods is not desired.
To turn off this function, you need to connect the AirPods to the desired device and then open the settings of the corresponding iPhone or iPad.
This new feature requires at least firmware 3A283. It is compatible with AirPods (2nd generation) and AirPods Pro. Currently, iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are supported. In the future, MacOS Big Sur will also benefit from this feature. All devices must be registered with the same Apple ID. According to Apple, Apple ID must be protected by two-factor authentication.
Auto switch is useful, for example, to watch a video on iPad and then take a call on iPhone. In this case, the AirPods will automatically connect to the iPhone to talk to the caller.
Auto switching AirPods in iOS 14 is annoying. Here’s how to turn it off
After updating to iOS 14 or MacOS 11 Big Sur you probably lived your AirPods random switching between your Apple devices. The new auto-switching feature is supposed to make your life easier, but for many – including yours really – it’s boring.
In theory, the new feature would be able to identify the Apple device you want to use your AirPods with in real time. For example, if you are streaming music to your iPhone and you start playing a video on your iPad, the AirPods should switch to your iPad. But in reality, the functionality is somewhat finicky. I know I’ve had issues with my iPhone supporting my AirPods connection when I unlock it while listening to music on my iPad.
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Fortunately, there is a way to turn off the feature. Just make sure you follow the steps below on each Apple device that you use your AirPods with, or at a minimum, on devices that you don’t want your AirPods to automatically switch on.
Disable auto-disable on iPhone, iPad
With your AirPods connected to your iPhone or iPad, do the following:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Tap Bluetooth.
3. Tap the “i” icon next to the name of your AirPods.
4.Scroll through the options until you find the option titled Connect to this iPhone / iPad; press it.
5.To select When last connected to this iPhone / iPad then exit the Settings app.
Turn off automatic deactivation on a Mac
Connect your AirPods to your Mac, then follow these steps:
1. Open System Preferences.
2. To select Bluetooth.
3. Click on Options next to the name of your AirPods.
4.Click on the drop-down menu labeled Connect to this Mac.
5. To select When last logged in to this Mac then click on Finished and close System Preferences.
With auto-switching disabled on all of your Apple devices, your AirPods will connect to the last device they were connected to when you turned them on, just like they did before iOS 14. Then if you want to start using them with another your Apple devices, you can access them by selecting them in the AirPlay section of Control Center.
For more AirPods tips, check out these general tips for AirPods and AirPods Pro. We also have some AirPods Pro specific tips. Regarding the AirPods Max, be sure to check out our full review.
AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max all work the same with automatic switching.
iOS 14: Prevent your AirPods from switching between 2 devices
The iOS 14 update now allows AirPods to automatically switch from iPad to iPhone and vice versa. However, this option may turn out to be inconvenient. Therefore, disabling this setting may be a solution for some users.
Thanks to the current AirPods firmware 3A283, it’s now easy to switch between two devices with iOS 14. For now, only iPhones and iPads are affected. However, the next device considered is the Macbook.
Before proceeding with the deactivation, remember that this feature can be very useful. For example, when you watch a video on your iPad using your AirPods and want to automatically answer a call made on your iPhone, the transmission goes smoothly through your AirPods.
AirPods: Disable Auto Switch on iOS 14
You must deactivate this option separately on the affected devices, as soon as the automatic connection is unwanted.
The deactivation is done in a few scrolls via the Bluetooth settings of the AirPods.
This option requires the previously mentioned 3A283 firmware. This is now possible with AirPods (2nd generation) and AirPods Pro. Apple only allows this feature for iPadOS 14 and iOS 14 at this time. MacOS Big Sur is the next desired device to benefit from this feature. Note that it is necessary to be registered with the same Apple ID with all of your devices.
AirPods / Pro / Max: How to turn off automatic switching between devices
With iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur, Cupertino allows AirPods Gen2, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max to automatically switch between your different devices.
It may sometimes be interesting to do without this feature (sometimes capricious and automatically activated) and dedicate a pair of headphones or headphones to a particular device.. To do this, simply go to Mac in the Bluetooth tab of the « System Preferences », then click on the button « Options » located in front of the AirPods / Pro / Max in question and choose « When last logged in to this Mac » in the tab « Connect to this Mac ». It will suffice to choose Automatically to find the original behavior.
On iOS 14, it will be necessary to go to “Settings”, then « Bluetooth », and touch the “i” icon in front of the AirPods / Pro / Max, then “Connect to this iPhone”, before choosing “When last connected to this iPhone”. Here too, it will be necessary to opt for the option « Automatically » to find the automatic switch.
How to prevent AirPods from automatically connecting to a Mac
For the most part, AirPods provide a pretty magical listening experience. But at the time of writing this article, the auto-connect feature is unreliable on the Mac. If you find your AirPods randomly connecting or disconnecting from your Mac, it’s best to turn this feature off.
Starting with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and macOS Big Sur, Apple rolled out the auto-connect feature for AirPods and AirPods Pro. As long as you use the same Apple account on all of your devices, the feature is on by default.
As for the iPhone and iPad, the feature works as advertised. But if you regularly use your iPhone and Mac together, this feature turns into a bit of a mess. Sometimes AirPods automatically switch to Mac when you use them on your iPad, or they refuse to switch back to iPhone even when you get a call.
For Mac users, it is better to turn off the automatic sign-in feature and use the manual approach to sign in to Mac.
On your Mac, click the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the menu bar, then choose the “System Preferences” option.
Here, choose the “Bluetooth” menu.
Now make sure your AirPods are paired and connected to your Mac. In the “Devices” section, choose your AirPods and click the “Options” button.
In the “Connect to this Mac” menu, choose the “Last logged in to this Mac” option from the drop-down list. Then click on the “Done” button to save the settings.
The auto-connect feature for AirPods will now be disabled on your Mac and you will return to the previous method.
There are many ways to manually connect your AirPods or AirPods Pro to your Mac. You can even use third-party tools like ToothFairy ($ 5.99) for a fast and reliable approach.
On macOS Big Sur and above, you can also use Control Center to quickly connect to your AirPods. In the menu bar, click on the Control Center button and choose the “Bluetooth” option.
Here, select your AirPods or AirPods Pro. Instantly, your AirPods will be connected to your Mac.
Once your AirPods are connected, you can switch between the different noise cancellation modes right from the Bluetooth menu.