Back in 2016, Apple announced its new wireless Bluetooth earbuds called AirPods. The release of AirPods marked Apple’s removal of its traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple’s move was met with a lot of controversies out there, but the new AirPods Bluetooth earbuds received mostly positive reviews at launch.
Basically, the AirPods feature the same design as Apple’s traditional earbuds, but Apple introduced a new user interaction. With the new AirPods, you can quickly enjoy your music or radio stations. All you need to do is to put them in your ears and they will start connecting to your device.
In the section below, we have created a list of the best tips and tricks for Apple’s AirPods, so you can get the most out of it. Before we begin, Apple’s AirPods require a modern version of your iOS device (iOS 10.2 or later), so make sure you update your device.
Support for non-Apple devices
Apple has an extensive ecosystem, allowing you to access your personal data across all devices. Apple is opening its OS to third-party developers to give users more tools to interact with apps and services. Starting with iOS 10, Apple finally allowed developers to integrate their services with Apple’s stock apps.
If you now own Apple’s new AirPods, then you can pair your wireless earbuds with non-Apple devices. This eliminates the need for a nearby iPhone or iPad. To do this, you first need to put your AirPods in their case and then flip it up. After that, press and hold the button on the bottom back of your charging case until you see the LED light and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup.
Keep in mind that your AirPods will lack some of the important features when connected to a non-Apple device. Specifically, you cannot pause music or control your music playback every time you take your AirPods out of your ear.
Save battery life
Apple’s AirPods are a great pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds. However, they are not reliable when it comes to battery life. If you frequently make phone calls using your AirPods, then there is a good chance that your battery drains very quickly.
Fortunately, there is a handy tip for saving battery life. One of the best things when it comes to Apple’s AirPods is that you can use one AirPod only to make it your primary headset, and keep the other in the charging case. Now just simply swap between them if one AirPod runs low on battery.
Besides, you can use a single AirPod to listen to a live stream, while keeping the other in the case to charge. This comes in handy as it helps extend the use of your earbuds.
Quickly check the battery on your iPhone
With Apple’s new AirPods, you can quickly check their battery status on your iPhone. All you need to do is to open your charging case next to your iPhone and you should get a pop-up menu that shows how much battery your AirPods have left.
Alternatively, you can add the battery widget to Notification Center’s today to get a glimpse of your battery’s status. To add the widget to Notification Center, you first need to swipe down from the top of your iPhone, select the Today panel and hit the Edit button. Now just simply locate the Battery listing and hit the + button.
Besides, you can check the battery status of your AirPods on your Apple Watch. To do this, open Control Center on your wearable and hit the battery icon.
Change the name of your AirPods
You can change the name of your AirPods to your liking. To do this, you simply need to open Settings app on your iPhone, then select Bluetooth. Once you are in, you will see a list of all connected devices. Tap on the “i” icon next to your AirPods’ name and then tap Name. Now just enter the new name.
AirPods on a Mac
Apple’s AirPods can work with a wide range of Apple devices, one of which includes a Mac. In reality, you can use your wireless earbuds to listen to music and audio on your Mac. To do this, click on the Bluetooth icon from the menu bar, then select your AirPods and hit Connect. Once you are done, you can play your music tracks or audio on your Mac and use your earbuds as an output device.
These are 5 tips and tricks for your Apple’s AirPods. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.