Bluetooth headphones have been around for years, but Apple changed the game when they introduced the AirPods. The AirPods look great and are built to be the most comfortable option for the average person, but their true power of the AirPods comes through in their functionality and versatility.
AirPods are activated (or deactivated) by double tapping the device once its in your ear. This is perfect for answering an income phone call or activating Siri while on the road. You get used to the feeling of the device in your ear. The default functionality is already expansive, but you can do even more with a few changes.
How to Rename Your AirPods
If you want to give your AirPods a unique name aside from “MyName’s AirPods”—which is kind of cliche, don’t you think?—there’s an easy way to do so. Just open your AirPod case, then go to Settings > Bluetooth and tap the Information (the “i” in a bubble) icon next to the listing for your AirPods.
Tap the current name of the device at the top of the screen and choose a new one. It’s as simple as that.
Change the Function of the Double Tap
By default, double-tapping your AirPod activates Siri (or answers an incoming call.) However, you can change the function to fit your needs—better yet, you can change the function of each individual AirPod.
For example, you can double tap the left AirPod to skip to the next song and double tap the right AirPod to jump back to the previous song. You can set the feature to pause or play your music. You can even double tap to change the volume.
To set up these functions, just go into the Settings > Bluetooth menu and look under the heading “Double-Tap on Airpod“. Choose either the left or right AirPod and select what function you want it to carry out.
One final function is the ability to turn off Automatic Ear Detection. This is on by default, and it means that your AirPods will automatically pause any audio content when you remove them from your ears. If you deactivate this feature, audio will play to your AirPods by default whether you are wearing them or not.
AirPods last for about two and a half hours on a single charge, but will quickly recharge in their case. If you’re looking for a functional set of Bluetooth earbuds, I wholeheartedly recommend them. AirPods have proven themselves to be well worth the admittedly-hefty price tag.