How Tos, Guides, and Tips for New AirPods Owners

Since their launch in 2016, Apple's AirPods have become wildly popular and are an oft-gifted item. This year, Apple debuted both the AirPods 2 and the AirPods Pro, offering more choice for consumers this holiday season.

If you received AirPods as a gift, make sure to take a look through all of the how tos in this guide, because there are plenty of AirPods and AirPods Pro tips and tricks worth knowing.


Basic Features

Must-Know Tutorials

Connectivity With iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac

Tips and Tricks

Troubleshooting

Just for the AirPods Pro

AirPods Guides

Videos









More Info


Know a super useful ‌iPhone‌ tip that other MacRumors readers might not be aware of? Make sure to share it in the comments below.

For more info on Apple's latest iPhones, and the ‌iOS 13‌ operating system, make sure to check out our detailed roundups: AirPods 2 and AirPods Pro.

Related Roundups: AirPods 2, AirPods Pro

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4 weeks ago
Come on people, aren't things getting a bit out of hand when earphones have such complexity? Oh for the good old days when all you had to do to hear music was plug earphones into a jack.
Rating: 12 Votes
4 weeks ago


Come on people, aren't things getting a bit out of hand when earphones have such complexity? Oh for the good old days when all you had to do to hear music was plug earphones into a jack.

Well, this isn’t on Apple really. It’s just Macrumors making article bait as they expect a lot of new AirPod-owners because of the season. It is really not a hassle for most users (bar if you’re unlucky, get a dud and actually have to troubleshoot something). You open the package, the phone/pad offers to automatically pair them to your account, and you’re set.
Rating: 6 Votes
4 weeks ago


Come on people, aren't things getting a bit out of hand when earphones have such complexity? Oh for the good old days when all you had to do to hear music was plug earphones into a jack.

AirPods are literally easier to use than corded headphones because you don’t have to spend any time untangling wires and staying tethered to your device.

“The good old days” are never actually that good in comparison. It’s only people living in the past who say that.
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago


Call me old fashioned, but that one advantage does not outweigh all the complexity involved with using these devices. And wireless headphones have existed for a long time and don't involve all the complexity that EarPods have.

Seriously, what complexity?

How are EarPods complex? AirPods aren't complex either...the opposite actually.
Rating: 2 Votes
4 weeks ago
I’m just disappointed that airpods pro hiss when using the noise cancellation... https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/very-faint-%E2%80%98white-noise%E2%80%99-when-in-anc-mode.2214392/
Rating: 1 Votes
4 weeks ago


That's great to know, but if it was as simple as that, then why would there even been the need for the massive amount of guides at the top of this article?

I use some old wired ones with an old phone at work.
I plug them in the phone, press them in my ears and they work.
There are no articles needed.

There’s zero need for any of the guides in this article. There’s an intro to the AirPods as soon as you set them up and the intro isn’t very long. There is nothing complex about them.
Rating: 1 Votes
4 weeks ago


It seems I’m picky too, as I'm annoyed by the hiss on the AirPods Pro. Tell me, do you Sonys hiss at all when noise cancelling is turned on? I’m still toying with getting a refund on my APPs...

No I don’t notice that at all with the sonys.
Rating: 1 Votes
4 weeks ago
I have to agree it's a bit scary how complicated things like this have become.
And recalling Steve's view about how things should just work and be made so they don't need instructions as they just naturally work the way you'd expect it's a bit worrying.
This is where I do hope in X or XX years time AI Assistants will remove the need for the average consumer knowing all this.
You will just be able to talk to these devices, ask questions, or it could be pro-active if it thinks there is a problem coming up.
Everyone should not need to learn/remember all this stuff, esp for just earphones.
Let's hope those in the design labs who understand, live and breath this stuff every day, and to them it's normal and obvious. Actually stop and understand they should be making future items where things just work and don't need complex instructions or remembering things to fully enjoy a product
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4 weeks ago


Okay, I wrote EarPods instead of AirPods. You got me there.

If you're okay with dealing with recharging, updating firmware, learning force sensor gestures, troubleshooting issues etc. just to hear music or whatever, then go for it. It's also legitimate for some people to think that it's reached a point of absurdity.

I don’t actively update firmware, so that’s out...if it does update, it updates automatically. Not complicated.

Recharging? What is absurd or difficult about it? The fact it’s another step?

Learning gestures? I mean, I have no words if that is complex or too much to handle. There are no gestures on EarPods, so is that a positive? You don’t have to use them on AirPods. It’s another option. If you don’t want to learn simple gestures, control your music from the device like you do with wired headphones.

No wires, noise cancellation, complete portability, on device controls, etc are all new benefits that more than outweigh the dumb headphones that just play music.

Literally the only drawback is you have to recharge them, but the case holds so much charge it’s like a once per week task, if that.

Complexity isn’t the argument. This isn‘t complex or absurd. You get several tangible benefits in a simple to use package And is why wearables are growing like crazy. It’s better.
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4 weeks ago


Er, no it’s not. That would make no sense, read the link above. I’ll not post it again or my post won’t appear for a while.

Will do. Thanks!
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