5 AirPod Tips to Get You Through the Week

5 AirPod Tips to Get You Through the Week

September 25, 2020

We want to help you get the most out of your Apple AirPods, whether you have the first generation, the second generation with Hey Siri support and the optional wireless charging case or the latest AirPod Pros.

While the list of AirPod history and features is lengthy (check out their Wiki Page), here are our 5 top tips and tricks to ensure you master your Apple wireless earphones in no time. (We OBVIOUSLY want to put Earhoox and the Earhoox Topless Charger at #1, but you already know that!)

1) Use one AirPod and switch to increase talk time

The first generation AirPods will offer around two hours of talk time. The second generation offer around three hours of talk time and five hours of listening time. The AirPods Pro offer around three-and-a-half hours of talk time and between four and five hours of listening time, depending on the mode you are in.

As you can wear one AirPod or two AirPods at any time, we recommend wearing just one AirPod if you have lots of phone calls, and then switching to the other AirPod when you get the five-minute warning for low battery on the one you are wearing. It's easy to charge one while you're talking on the other!

2) Find out who is calling without looking at your iPhone

You can set up your AirPods to announce who is calling you without having to get your iPhone out of your pocket or handbag by enabling the "Announce Calls" feature on iPhone.

Go to Settings > Phone > Announce calls > Select Headphones Only or Headphones & Car.

3) Find lost AirPods

If you lose your AirPods, you can use the Find My app to locate them, no matter where you lost them.

If you lost your AirPods around the house, simply open the Find My app on an iOS device or iCloud.com > Devices > Find your AirPods > Play Sound. (If only one AirPod is missing, you can mute the sound from the AirPod you haven't lost.)

If you have no idea where you lost your AirPod(s): Open Find My app on an iOS device or iCloud.com > Devices > Find your AirPods. The last place they were connected to an iPhone over Bluetooth will be displayed. You can then tap Directions to get directions to the last known location.

4) Change the double-tap default for AirPods 1 & 2

By default, double-tapping the side of each AirPod will launch Siri on your iPhone or iPad for the first generation AirPods. The second generation of AirPods have next track as the default for double tap. (Earhoox features precise sensor cut outs.) 

You can change the default on both though, turn the feature off entirely and even have one feature for the right AirPod and a different one for the left. Simply open bluetooth settings on your iPhone > Make sure your AirPods are connected > Click on the "i" symbol on the AirPods tab > Choose the feature you want for the left AirPod > Choose the feature you want for the right AirPod.

5) Clean AirPods safely

There is surprising a lot of debate around the best way to clean AirPods, but we find Blu-tak works brilliantly to get any dirt off the AirPods case. 

We like baby wipes too, but dirt sticks to Blu-tak, pulling it off the lip where you open and close the AirPods case and around the pairing button on the rear of the case.

The "official" way to clean them, according to Apple, is with a soft, lint-free cloth or a soft-bristled brush. The microphone and speaker meshes can be cleaned with a dry cotton swab and you can remove any debris from the meshes with a clean, dry, soft-bristled brush.

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