It has been almost two years since Apple launched their wireless Bluetooth earbuds along with the iPhone7. After receiving a mixed bag of reviews and a bit more than their fair share of criticism, the AirPods have eventually cemented their place and gained acceptance. Apple has once again proven its marketing and innovative genius to make the AirPods a hit!
Whether these AirPods are worth every penny or it’s just a hype created by the Apple loyalists, that’s a debate for some other day. However, if you already own them or planning to buy in the near future, this article would tell you how to get the most out of your AIRPODS!
AirPods Can Connect with Devices other than Apple
Use the small flash button on the back of the charging case to connect your airpods to any android device! Yes, Apple airpods can connect to other Android smartphones although they do lose many of their features that are only available with an iPhone.
To pair with anything new like your Android device, TV or computer, keep the AirPods in their charging case then flip the lid up and press and hold the small button on the bottom rear of the charging case until the little LED light starts pulsing white. They should then show up in any Bluetooth-pairing settings.
Status lights on the Charging Case
There is a status light that sits between the spaces for your AirPods. And if the AirPods are in your case, then the light will show the charge status of your AirPods. Otherwise, the light will show the status of the case.
Each color indicates a specific status. Green stands for charged and amber means that less than one full charge remains. If the light is flashing white, then your AirPods are ready to set up with a device. And if the light flashes amber, then you may have to set up your AirPods again.
Save Battery by using One AirPods
The AirPods get 5 hours of listening time on one charge, but it recharges in the case very quickly. If you need to save battery life, then you can use one AirPod for listening to music or making a phone call while the other one charges and switch between each one.
As you take the left and right AirPods in and out of your ear, it reconnects automatically. And Apple designed the AirPods so that you will hear the right and left sides of stereo audio even if you are using just one earbud.
Checking if your Firmware is Updated
Apple’s been pushed new firmware to AirPods to help with performance. You can’t update the firmware manually, but you can check to make sure you have the latest version.
In Settings, go to About on your iPhone when your AirPods are in your ears. At the bottom of the page, an AirPods tab will bring up the model and serial number plus firmware version.
Changing the Name of your AIRPODS
By default, the name of your AirPods will be “(Your Name’s) AirPods.” But you can change the name by going into your Bluetooth settings. From an iOS device, you simply have to open the Settings app > Bluetooth > blue “i” icon next to AirPods under “My Devices.” Then tap on the “Name” to change it.
Recover Lost iPhone
Airpods are not only compact but there are two of them, doubling the chance that one or the other, if not both, could slip out of your ear.
If you discover that they’re missing try the Find MY iPhone feature that may also help you recover a lost iPhone.
To access Find my iPhone, visit iCloud.com from a web browser or go through the Find my iPhone app on your phone.
The AirPods that have gone AWOL will hopefully be visible on a map, showing either their current location or their last known whereabouts, giving you at least a small chance of finding them back. Meantime, if they are closer by – perhaps hidden under the couch in the living room – you can play a sound for up to two minutes (that gradually gets louder) to help you find them.
Find out who’s Calling you without Looking at Your iPhone
Go to Settings > Phone on your iPhone, and enable the “Announce Calls” feature. If you change it to “Always,” your iPhone will tell you who’s calling even when you’re not wearing headphones.
If you change it to “Headphones & Car,” your iPhone will tell you who’s calling if you’re in the car or wearing headphones like your AirPods. If you change it to “Headphones Only,” your iPhone will tell you who’s calling only if you get a call when you’re wearing headphones.