Do you own Apple AirPods or you are considering getting one?
Apple is currently at its second generation of AirPods. It has a wireless charging option and always-on voice recognition for summoning Siri. Whether you have the latest one or the first-generation device, you want to be sure you are making the most of the wireless earbuds.
Here are some things you should know about wireless headphones. Hint: it does more than just listening to music.
1. Check the battery on your iPhone
Opening the charging case next to your iPhone would prompt your phone to display a popup with battery status. You can also add the battery widget to Notification Centre’s “Today” panel. Note that the battery widget will only include AirPods if you are actively using them.
2. Check the battery status on an Apple Watch
If you are an Apple buff and you use an Apple Watch too, here is something cool. Place your AirPods case next to your watch, then open Control Centre and tap the battery icon. It will display the battery stats for your watch and find stats for your AirPods and the case too.
3. Change name of AirPods
To do this, go to Bluetooth in your settings. Tap on the “i” icon next to your AirPods’ name. Then, tap on the Name field and enter your preferred name.
4. Pair them with non-Apple products
The small, flush button on the back of the charging case is what you use to pair AirPods to an Android device or anything else that is not an Apple product.
First, put the AirPods in their case. Then flip the lid up and press and hold the small button on the rear of the charging case until the little LED light starts to blink white. After this, they should show up in any Bluetooth-pairing settings on any other non-Apple device.
To go back to using it with your iPhone, just reselect “AirPods” from your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and it’ll re-pair.
5. Use your AirPods as a hearing aid
There is a Live Listen feature on the iOS 12. It pretty much turns the AirPod into an on-demand hearing aid. After setting up the feature, place your phone a table close to the person you’re talking to, and it will send audio to the AirPods.
To set this up on your iPhone, go to Settings, Control Center, Customise Controls and then tap on the green “+” symbol next to the Hearing option.