When they first hit the market, Apple’s AirPods took the world of wireless headphones by storm. Now in its second iteration, AirPods remain the most popular earphones for Apple users.
There are many different ways to customize your AirPods settings to your liking. This article focuses on renaming your AirPod, but we’ll also give you some tips and tricks to get the most out of your earphones. Let’s dive right in.
Customizing the Name
By default, the earphones display the name in the following format: (Your name) is AirPods. This is fine for most users, but if you want the headphones to stand out, the name change is a must.
There are two ways to rename AirPods: through your iPhone/iPad or through a Mac. The following sections provide a step-by-step guide for each method.
Rename AirPods using iPhone or iPad
Go to your iPad or iPhone settings and select Bluetooth. Turn on Bluetooth and connect AirPods with your device.
Find your AirPods in My Devices and tap the “i” icon on the far right. Tap on Name in the next menu and rename the AirPods to whatever you want. Hit Done and you are ready to go.
Rename AirPods using a Mac
Go to System Preferences and click on Bluetooth options. Turn on Bluetooth and pair AirPods with your Mac.
Navigate to your AirPods under Devices and right-click to see the popup. Choose Rename and feel free to get creative with the new name. Confirm by clicking Rename again.
Useful tips and tricks for AirPods
Apart from changing the name, there are some other hacks to adjust the AirPods settings to your preferences.
The AirPods Bluetooth menu allows you to adjust the double-tap options for each pod. Settings include:
- Move to the next or previous track
- Stop, pause, or play audio, whether it’s music, podcasts, or audiobooks.
- Double-tap to activate Siri and use it to control sound or use other Siri features
By default, the AirPod mic is set to Auto, so it doesn’t matter which pod you use. However, you can set it to Always Right/Always Left. In this way, only the selected earpiece acts as a microphone even when it is inside the case or away from the ear.
Automatic ear detection
AirPods know they’re in your ear. If you remove them, the playback pauses or pauses automatically (when both earphones are turned off)
Disabling Automatic Ear Detection means that the audio will continue to play even if you are not using the buttons. It is advisable to keep this feature as default because it helps you save some battery life.
Locate your AirPods
At first glance, AirPods may seem like an easy device to lose. But once you start wearing them, you realize that the chances of them falling off are slim to none, even if you’re going for a run.
However, you can use “Find My iPhone” to locate the earphones if you manage to dislodge them, or if the pods end up in the wrong hands. This works from iCloud.com or from the “Find My iPhone” app.
Better battery life
AirPods give you about five hours of battery life on a single charge and don’t take long to recharge. But if you want to squeeze a little more juice out of it, you can use just one button while the other recharges and switches when needed.
For this to work smoothly, you need to keep the auto mic and detection options turned on. And don’t worry, you’ll be able to listen to stereo sound with an AirPod.
How to charge the case status lights
The status light in the center of the AirPod charging case is color-coordinated. With the earbuds inside, the case shows the charging status of the AirPods.
If the box is empty, the light shows the status of the box. For example, amber shows that there is less than a full charge. Green, on the other hand, indicates a full charge. And a flashing light means the headphones are ready to connect.
Share phone calls and music
It’s super easy to share music and phone calls with AirPods. Just give one of the headphones to your friend or family member, and you’re done.
However, only one bud can function as a microphone at a time.
Compared to other wireless headphones, AirPods offer more customization options. Changing the name gives it a personal touch, but the double-tap options are probably the most useful. Either way, now you know all the tricks to get the best out of your AirPods.
Do you use AirPods to listen to music, make calls, or listen to podcasts? Share your preference with the rest of the community in the comments below.