Want to use Siri to control your AirPods and AirPods Pro with your voice alone? Thanks to the Siri voice assistant, you can perform various tasks such as adjusting the volume, checking the battery percentage, finding directions and more, without having to take your iPhone out of your pocket.
AirPods are arguably the most popular wireless headphones available today. One of the main reasons for the success of AirPods with Apple users is the fact that they work seamlessly on Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Like almost every other Apple product available today * i, AirPods and AirPods Pro come with built-in Siri.
If you want to take advantage of the wide range of Siri voice commands, read on for how to use Siri voice commands with AirPods and AirPods Pro. You will obviously need to have AirPods or AirPods Pro paired with an iPhone or iPad to have this functionality.
How to use “Hey Siri” with AirPods and AirPods Pro
If you have 2nd generation AirPods or AirPods Pro, you will be able to summon Siri with your voice alone. This is possible thanks to Apple’s custom H1 chip that powers these headphones. However, this feature must first be enabled on your iOS device before it can be used on your AirPods. So you just need to follow the steps below.
That’s all there is to say.
From now on, just say “Hey Siri” and add questions like “How’s the battery on my AirPods? Or “How do I get home?
You can also control your AirPods by saying “Turn down the volume” or “Go to the next song”.
How to manually use Siri on AirPods
If you’re using the first generation of AirPods or just don’t want to use “Hey Siri” and avoid that awkward moment in public, then this walkthrough is for you. It varies depending on the AirPods you have, so just follow the steps below.
How to use announcement messages with Siri on AirPods
If you are using the second generation AirPods or the AirPods Pro which is powered by the H1 chip, Siri can read the text messages you receive, which is convenient when you are driving. This is a relatively new feature that was introduced along with iOS 13.2 and later. So make sure your iOS device is updated and just follow the steps below to activate it.
If you’ve made it this far, it’s safe to say that you’ve learned how to use Siri on your AirPods and AirPods Pro.
Despite the criticism it receives, Siri is still a very powerful voice assistant that is an integral part of the Apple ecosystem. It’s available on almost every Apple device available today * i, in one way or another.
Are you using a Mac? If so, you might also be interested in learning how to use Siri voice commands with your macOS device. Unfortunately, if you’re using AirPods with an Android device or Windows PC, you definitely won’t be able to take advantage of voice commands at all, since Siri is limited to Apple devices.
Have you learned how to use Siri with your AirPods and AirPods Pro? What voice command do you seem to use the most? Do you use Siri to read your texts while driving? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below.
how to improve detection of “Hey Siri” on AirPods
The “Hey Siri” function, without having to tap one of the earphones, is one of the few new features of the new AirPods. However, the assistant does not always start immediately: we call him and nothing comes. This feeling of speaking in a vacuum is reinforced by the absence of any sound feedback from Siri, as we have on his iPhone. If you are, these few tips or tweaks might help.
The main advice is in fact a reflex to take: you have to call Siri and immediately follow up with your question. No need to pause, otherwise the only reaction to your wait will be “hmm”, meaning the assistant has been listening for a while. This chaining is not a silver bullet – our experiences on the team are quite different – but the interaction with Siri has improved significantly in some cases.
When the ambient noise level is high, in a busy street for example, the little trick of placing your hand against one of the ears to isolate the microphone from noise does not eaten bread.
Which leads to the AirPods settings. A priori there is not much to touch to improve “Hey Siri”, since there is almost no dedicated setting (impossible to deactivate this automatic recognition of “Hey Siri” on AirPods as we can do it on the Apple Watch).
However, check to see if each earpiece’s microphone is active, and not just the right or the left. To do this, when your AirPods are connected, go to Settings on your iPhone, then “Bluetooth” and touch the “i” in front of the name of your AirPods. At the bottom touch “Micro” and prefer “Automatic change”.
It’s stupid to say, but we can be dizzy, make sure that Hey Siri is activated on your iPhone, it is this option which controls that of the AirPods (Settings then “Siri and Search” and “Detect“ Hey Siri ” ”).
By the way, to prevent your iPhone from catching the “Hey Siri” request when you’re wearing your AirPods, flip the phone over with the screen against the table (or fold your iPad cover over its screen).
Another “tip”, you may have noticed that Siri’s voice was quite low and again there wasn’t a single setting to play with. You can improve this sound level by unchecking “Volume limit for EU” in “Maximum volume”. This can be found in the “Music” options located in Settings. The voice sounds (a little) louder but you shouldn’t have to touch this option to achieve it.
Finally, when the automatic “Hey Siri” really doesn’t work for you, the previous method of assigning this action to a tapping on one of the two headphones is still there …
If you have the new AirPods, feel free to tell in the reactions how this “Hey Siri” works in your case, especially when there is noise. Experiences in this area seem quite varied.
AirPods Pro settings: button, noise reduction and Siri
The new AirPods Pro come with a few more tweaks. If you had seen it in our test the day they were released, a booster shot won’t hurt anyone.
Whether it is noise reduction, “buttons” or even the possibilities of Siri, AirPods Pro are customizable. Let’s see how to do this with a complete tutorial that follows the one on cleaning.
The buttons on AirPods Pro
As you may have noticed, Apple’s new headphones have buttons. Finally, it is a button as found on the iPhone 7 or iPhone 8. A tactile zone that emits a click when you press thanks to a haptic feedback.
By default, AirPods Pro allow you to switch listening modes with a long press on each rod. But you can also configure a side to have Siri (if you don’t like saying “Hey Siri”). Likewise, it is possible not only to juggle between noise reduction and transparency mode, but also to have the “none” option.
To do this, you just need to have a paired pair and wear them. Then go to:
- Bluetooth “i” button next to the name of your AirPods
- Then in “Keep your finger on AirPods”, set the action to the right or left earbud.
For the rest, the headphones allow you to control the music with one click (play / pause / pick up), two clicks (next song / refuse the call) or three clicks (previous song).
The noise reduction modes on AirPods Pro
You also know that one of the great novelties of Apple headphones in the “Pro” version concerns noise reduction. To benefit from it, you therefore have the possibility of changing the mode with the headphones, but also in the settings (Bluetooth -> “i” -> Noise control) or via the control center. To do this, open the center then do a long press on the sound volume with your AirPods Pro on the way. Magic, you have access to this setting quickly.
Message announcements with Siri (and confirmation deletion.
Last interesting option: the announcement of messages by Siri. Available from AirPods 2, this feature reads you incoming messages if you have AirPods in your ears. Practice in car, sport or other. In addition, if you want to reply or read again, just say so at the end of the reading, without any particular prior action.
To activate it, go to:
- Siri and search
- Announcement of messages
From there, you can even decide to have messages read from your contacts only, your favorites or a specific group.
Likewise, you can suppress pre-send replay when dictating a message to Siri. A sort of confirmation which is annoying in the long run.
Accessibility: pressure management
Another option available, but this time in Settings> Accessibility, the duration of the press. You can thus modify the sensitivity of a double or triple click, as well as the time required for a long press. You can even choose to enable noise canceling for a single AirPod.