Airpods tips

Understanding the LED

Have you noticed a small LED status light on the bottom of the right cup and wondered its significance? This LED light helps the user understand the battery status of your device. Here’s how it works.

  • If your headphones are plugged in and charging, press the noise control button, and you will see a green light if the battery is above 95 percent and amber when it is below 95 percent.
  • If they are not plugged in, green light signifies more than 15 percent of battery, whereas amber signifies less than 15.

Change the direction of the Digital Crown

The best part of AirPods Max are their customizations to almost everything. To change the orientation of the digital crown, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Tap the encircled ‘i’.
  • Tap Digital Crown.
  • Set it according to your preference: back to front or front to back.

Disable automatic head detection

Automatic head detection is a very tricky feature to have; it can be annoying to an extent for some people. Automatic head detection pauses the audio whenever you move the headphones from your head or pull back an ear. To disable this,

  • Open Settings on your iPhone.
  • Tap Bluetooth.
  • Tap the encircled ‘i’.
  • Toggle Automatic Head Detection off. With automatic head detection off, your audio/music will not pause unless you want it to.

Connect to Non-Apple devices or a Mac

Did you know that AirPods Max are Bluetooth headphones? Yes, this means you can connect them with other Bluetooth devices, Android phones, and Windows PC, and not just Mac. A few extra steps to fulfill this, but it is undoubtedly worth the efforts. Let us understand how;

  • Hold the noise control button to get the headphones in pairing mode.
  • Hold it till the indicator button (LED light on the right cup) starts blinking white.
  • Tap Settings on the device you wish to pair.
  • Open Bluetooth.
  • Select AirPods Max from the available devices.
  • Follow the prompt. Now you can enjoy AirPods Max with your Mac or Non-Apple devices too.

Use AirPods With Your Mac

Once you’ve connected your AirPods to your iPhone, they’ll be synced across all your devices on iCloud. So there’s no need to pair them individually. To use AirPods with your Mac, just flick open the case near your Mac and go to the Bluetooth section. You’ll see your AirPods on the list. Click on Connect to connect them. While this process is supposed to be seamless, it rarely is. Most of the time, the Mac fails to automatically connect to AirPods. This is where the third party AirBuddy app comes in handy. When you flick open the AirPods case, you’ll see a dropdown similar to that of iPhone on your Mac. You can just click on Connect to connect them. Download: AirBuddy ($5)

Use AirPods With Your Apple TV

AirPods don’t automatically show up as AirPlay devices on Apple TV. You’ll have to pair them manually. Go to Settings -> Remotes and Devices -> Bluetooth and hold the button on AirPods to start the pairing process. Once the AirPods are connected, you can quickly switch to them as the output by pressing and holding the Play/Pause button to bring up the AirPlay screen.

Announce Calls

If you don’t have an Apple Watch, it can be difficult to tell who’s calling without looking at the phone. If you don’t want the hassle of reaching for your iPhone every time, you can enable the Announce Calls feature that will first tell you who’s calling (From the Caller ID feature). From Settings, go to Phone -> Announce Calls and select Headphones only.

Use One AirPod At a Time

Did you know that it’s possible to use just one AirPod at a time. All functions like calling and Siri are available. If the battery on AirPod is running low, you can use just one AirPod while the other is charging.

Make AirPods Fit Better

AirPods fit well for most people. But if you find them uncomfortable or if they easily fall out of your ears, consider buying an AirPods ear cover. They’re small anti-slip silicone covers that go over the AirPods, giving you more grip. DamonLight’s covers even fit in the case. If you want more protection during running, you can choose to buy EarBuddyz ear hooks as well, but they won’t fit in the case. DamonLight AirPods Covers (2 pair) – $10.95 [Amazon] EarBuddyz Ear Hooks for AirPods (3 pair) – ($11.95) [Amazon]

Get a Case For Your AirPods

The AirPods case is quite sturdy. But if you’re the kind who drops things constantly, it’s best to get a case to protect the AirPods. You can get a simple colorful skin from PodSkinz. This will protect your AirPods without adding too much bulk to it. If you want to go all-in, get Catalyst’s AirPods case. It’s waterproof, shockproof and comes with a carabiner which make AirPods easy to carry around. And it comes in multiple colors as well. PodSkinz AirPods Case – $8.95 [Amazon] Catalyst Waterproof AirPods Case – $24.99 [Amazon]

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