Apple’s AirPods: How-to

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Apple’s AirPods are a relatively new addition to the Apple market.
They are sleek and wireless, making them a fancy accessory for those who hate being attached to their phones and other devices via cables.

For those lucky enough to have a pair, or those who have only just received them, here’s a quick guide on how to connect, charge and customise settings.

Connect AirPods to iPhone

1 – Press the Home button to unlock your iPhone screen.

2 – Open the AirPods case — with your AirPods inside — and hold it next to your iPhone.

3 – A setup animation appears on your iPhone.

4 – Tap Connect, then tap Done.

Note: If you ever need to pair them with a different device, put the pods back in the case, open the lid, and then hold the setup button on the back of the case until you see the status light flash white.

Listening with AirPods

These should play audio from your Apple Watch or iPhone automatically. However, if you need to change your audio output manually, do this:

On your iOS device:

1 – Open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom edge of the screen.

2 – Swipe from right to left to control audio.

3 – Tap the button that looks like a triangle with three circles, then choose the device you want from the list.

Charging your AirPods

To recharge, all you have to do is put them back in the charging case. The case comes with a built-in battery, giving you up to 24 hours of total listening time. To charge the case, simply connect it to the Lightning cable that came with it and plug that into a USB port.
Note: Charging for approx. 15 minutes in the case gets you about three hours of music time.

Personalising AirPods features

From this screen, you can choose to turn off Automatic Ear Detection. There’s also an option to change the mic pickup from the left to right side or have it adjust automatically.

Along with Siri support, the new AirPods have a bunch of little features that can be turned off in the AirPods app on your iPhone. You can change the double-tap setting so it either activates Siri or pauses/plays music.

To customise your AirPods settings follow these steps:

1 – Open the AirPods case.

2 – Go to Settings >> Bluetooth on your iOS device.

3 – Tap the “i” button next to the AirPods in the list of devices.