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iOS 11 Lets AirPods Users Change Tracks With a Double Tap

Owners of AirPods will soon be able to skip forwards and backwards between tracks with a simple double tap of either earpiece, thanks to an additional setting Apple is providing in iOS 11.

Currently, AirPods users can only change tracks from the buds by invoking Siri with a double tap and vocally commanding the virtual assistant to do so, an action some people find cumbersome or simply embarrassing to have to perform in public.

Unfortunately the only available alternative to iOS 10 users is to take out their iPhone and perform the track change manually by tapping the lock screen.


However, as demonstrated by YouTuber Appsolutely Tech, in iOS 11 it's possible to customize the Bluetooth settings on the AirPods so that a double tap on one earpiece skips to the next track, with the same action on the other earpiece returning to the previous track.

The Next/Previous track options join the existing settings found on the iOS Bluetooth 'info' screen that let users double tap to activate Siri, play/pause the track, or turn off the AirPods.

(Thanks, Jonathan!)

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18 months ago
Just discovered an interesting tidbit with this. Yesterday I tried out the new AirPods behaviour, setting the right to next track and the left to Siri. When I used my AirPods with my primary device running iOS 10 today, they had retained this behaviour! There was no option for separate left and right controls in the AirPods settings on my iOS 10 device but they still retained their iOS 11 behaviour. That's one iOS 11 feature that we can enjoy now I suppose (providing that you're running the beta on another device...).
Rating: 14 Votes
18 months ago
Great. And with iOS 12 we shall expect to control the volume.
Rating: 7 Votes
18 months ago

This isn't a game changer....Bragi has been doing this for some time now......smh....you apple fanboys are lost....

This is macrumours so maybe you are lost too?
Rating: 5 Votes
18 months ago
That is good news, a much requested feature.
Rating: 5 Votes
18 months ago
Also:

LONG TAP: lowers volume
DOUBLE TAP+HOLD: raises volume
Rating: 3 Votes
18 months ago
I guess they're waiting until iOS 12 for triple-tap.

Just think of the possibilities!
Rating: 3 Votes
18 months ago
Still... why do they limit this to double taps?

Why not use the config as it is and add triple tap for SIRI??
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Great. And with iOS 12 we shall expect to control the volume.

I imagine by then Airpods 2 will have touch sensitivity so you will swipe up and down on them for volume adjustment :-D
Rating: 2 Votes
18 months ago

Just discovered an interesting tidbit with this. Yesterday I tried out the new AirPods behaviour, setting the right to next track and the left to Siri. When I used my AirPods with my primary device running iOS 10 today, they had retained this behaviour! There was no option for separate left and right controls in the AirPods settings on my iOS 10 device but they still retained their iOS 11 behaviour. That's one iOS 11 feature that we can enjoy now I suppose (providing that you're running the beta on another device...).


I just checked that too! I'm going to test if it retains this setting when doing a run with my apple watch (without my iphone)
Rating: 2 Votes
18 months ago

I read this as stating this is an existing functionality on iOS 10. Is that true? I looked in Settings>Bluetooth and saw a list of my bluetooth connectable devices, but I cannot find a way to change the double tap functionality of my AirPods. Am I missing something? When clicking the info button, all it gave me the option to do was "Forget This Device".

Are your AirPods connected to your device when you're doing this?
Rating: 1 Votes
18 months ago

Also:

LONG TAP: lowers volume
DOUBLE TAP+HOLD: raises volume

Is this true?
Rating: 1 Votes

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