How to Change Your AirPod’s Ear Detection and Tap Controls

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By not including the buttons, Apple has made the interface for AirPod non-existent. But it's good because they are full of sensors, so they know when they are in your ears and when you double-click them. And you can configure all these things.

The sensors built into each pair of AirPods offer exceptional features. For example, by default, automatic ear detection means that the AirPods will start playing the audio when you place them in your ears. They go even further by pausing the audio when you remove them, and these two things can be great if you do not want to rummage with your iPhone, iPad or Mac to stop your audio.

Although practical at times, automatic auditory detection can be an obstacle. An example might be if you are listening to music but want to take an AirPod to listen to someone, or maybe listen to an ad on public transport. If automatic ear detection is enabled, your audio will pause. If you do not want this to happen, but the sound continues to play in your other ear, then you must completely disable the function.

The sensors on your AirPod also work for you. We mentioned earlier that they had no buttons, so how to do something as simple as skipping a track? You press your ear twice, that's how. This double support can be used for different things, like asking Siri for help or pausing your music. Apple sets some of these actions by default, but you can do it if you want to choose for yourself what a double-tap should do.

We will explain below how to do all this, but let's start with ear detection.

How to disable automatic ear detection

To get started, make sure your AirPods are active on your iPhone or iPad and then open the Settings app. Then press "Bluetooth".

Open the settings. Tap Bluetooth

Look for the input of your AirPods and press the "i" icon next to it.

Tap the I icon next to your AIrPods.

Finally, switch the auto ear detection switch to the "Off" position.

Disable automatic ear detection

That's all we can say about it. If you change your mind and want to re-enable automatic hearing detection, return this function to "On".

How to change double-strike actions

Each of your AirPods contains sensors. They know not only when they are in your ears, but also when you double-click them. This means that you can assign a different double-tap action to your left or left ear. These actions include invoking Siri, skipping tracks, and so on.

To get started, and with your active AirPods on your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app.

Then press "Bluetooth".

Open the settings. Tap Bluetooth

Look for the input of your AirPods and press the "i" icon next to it.

Tap the I icon next to your AIrPods.

Press "Left" or "Right" depending on the AirPod for which you want to change the double-tap action.

Tap left or right

Finally, tap the action you want to apply.

Tap the chosen action

If you prefer that no action be applied during a double strike, press "Off".

You can test your newly applied actions by tapping an AirPod twice when it is in your ear.

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