Aside from the super comfy ergonomic design, what headlines for AirPods Pro ($249) is the Active Noise Cancellation with Transparency Mode. With the snug-fit profile, the wireless earphones provide excellent shield so that you can continue to listen to your favorite tracks or indulge with hands-free calling even in a crowdy environment.
And, if you ever feel the need to interact with the world around you without having to completely put an end to your music listening spree, you can use the Transparency Mode on your AirPods Pro to let some environment sound come in. Thus, you can comfortably hear what your instructor tells you in the gym, pay attention to the flight announcement, or hear the traffic while being out for a long walk – without having to take off your earbuds.
How Does Transparency Mode Work on AirPods Pro
Well, what drives Transparency Mode on Apple’s latest wireless earbuds is the innovative Force Sensor. It takes advantage of the pressure-equalizing vent system and advanced software to keep the right amount of noise cancellation active so that you can interact with people around you conveniently.
How to Turn ON or OFF AirPods Pro Transparency Mode
Probably the best part about Transparency Mode is that you can activate it directly on AirPods Pro thanks to Force Sensor on the stem.
To turn it on or off, all you need to do is just press and hold the stem of the AirPods for a few seconds. Upon pressing the stem, a chime will confirm that the Transparency mode is enabled or disabled on your AirPods Pro.
Side note: You can use Force Sensor to play, pause or skip tracks, and answer or hang up phone calls as well.
Turn ON Transparency Mode on iPhone and iPad
It’s also pretty easy to switch between ANC and Transparency Modes of the AirPods Pro from the Control Center of iOS and iPadOS devices. Just be sure your devices are running 13.2 or later.
Step #1. Simply bring up the Control Center.
On the modern iPhones and iPads without Home button: Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to access Control Center.
On the classic iPhones and iPads with Home button: Swipe up from the bottom to access Control Center.
Step #2. Now, long-press the Volume slider. Next, select Transparency Mode in the menu.
Sticky note: You can also use these same steps to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode from the Control Center of your device.
Fine-Tune Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode from the Bluetooth Settings on iOS Device
It’s worth reiterating that you will be able to access these options from the Settings app, as well.
Step #1. Open Settings → Bluetooth → tap on next to AirPods Pro.
Step #2. Now, choose Noise Control to tweak options. Below Noise Control, have the option to change if both AirPods Pro earbuds control noise cancellation/transparency or if one can invoke Siri. There is also an option to choose “off” to completely turn them off.
Tip: There is a slightly hidden setting through which you will be able to use noise cancellation when using only one AirPod Pro. To get it done, launch Settings → Accessibility → AirPods. Now, turn on the switch next to Noise Cancellation with One AirPod. Besides, you also have the option to fine-tune the press speed and hold duration required to activate the Force Sensors.
Control ANC and Transparency Mode Settings from Apple Watch
That’s pretty much it!
So, that’s how you can simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around you. I like this unique feature of Apple’s latest wireless earphones. Though the earbuds warrant a premium price tag, they have got enough to justify the price.
While the full verdict about whether or not they have lived up to the billing may take some time to come, I believe earphones are poised to enrich the reputation of AirPods family.
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