How to Configure and Customize Apple AirPods on iPhone or iPad

What has impressed me about AirPods is that you can personalize the earphones based on your need. It's something that sets the wireless headphones apart.

I’m really glad to see “Apple AirPods” clearing the final hurdle. Gifted with fantastic features like “Automatic Ear Detection” technology, the wireless earphones have indeed set out for a long musical journey.

It’s quite straightforward to pair AirPods with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac. Most importantly, you can pair the headphones even with your Apple TV, as well as Windows or Android devices. What I really like about the headphones is that you have the option to customize them as per your convenience. Let’s get along with me to personalize your earphones smartly!

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How to Customize and Configure Apple AirPods on iPhone or iPad

How to Customize/Configure AirPods on iPhone and iPad

There are some interesting ways through which you can customize AirPods based on your preference. As for example, you can rename the headphones, set the double tap shortcut and more.

How to Set the double tap shortcut on your AirPods

When you double tap on AirPods, they trigger commands like Siri, Play/Pause etc. You have the option to set the double tap shortcut as per your liking.

Step #1. Open SettingsBluetooth.

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Step #2. Next, you need to tap on the shortcut you wish to set: Siri, Play/Pause, or Off.

How to Rename AirPods on iPhone and iPad

When you pair your AirPods first time with your iPhone, Apple assigns a default name, which can be changed.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPhone.

Step #2. Tap on Bluetooth.

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Then, you need to tap on the current name of your AirPods under My Devices.

Step #3. Tap on Name. Now, edit the Name. Once done, tap on Back button (<) to exit.

How to Choose which Microphone is used by AirPods

As each AirPod has a microphone, both the AirPods work as microphones. By default, they have been set to Automatic to allow both the microphones to work.

But, you have the option to set microphone to Always Left or Always Right— in order to allow only one AirPod to work as microphone.

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Step #1. Open SettingsBluetooth.

Step #2. Tap on Microphone.

Step #3. Now, you have to select the setting as per your need. As for instance, you have the options like Automatically Switch AirPods, Always Left AirPod, Always Right AirPod.

Step #4. Tap on Back button to exit.

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How to Turn off Automatic Ear Detection on your AirPods

AirPods are equipped with automatic ear detection. But if you don’t like this advanced feature, you can turn it off.

Step #1. Open Settings app on your iPhone → Bluetooth.

Step #2. Turn off the switch next to Automatic Ear Detection.

That’s done!

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

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