Track Individual AirPods
You can leverage the Find Myapp to locate your AirPods ifyou’ve enabled Find My for youriPhone or iPad and it’s withinBluetooth range of your earbuds.
The app can help you find yourleft or right AirPod by playing asound. But remember, these arejust earbuds, so they don’t playthe sound very loud. The tracking capability is not as robust aswith the GPS-enabled iPhoneeither. Find My only tells youwhere your AirPods were whenlast connected to your iPhone,but it’s a start.
Track Your AirPods
While Find Mytracks your earbuds, it doesn’tkeep track of theircarrying case.
Get around thisby attaching a Tiletracker to a Catalyst waterproofAirPods case (bothstarting at $24.99).Then you’ll be ableto track your caseand sound an alarmusing the Tile app.
Prolong Battery Life
Suppose you are on a longflight or conference call, andyou anticipate needing to listento audio or talk on your AirPodslonger than the rated battery life.
You can extend your AirPods’five hours of listening time byusing one earpiece at a timewhile the other is charging. Thiswill give you theoretically unlimited use as long as you keepyour AirPods case charged fromanother source. Sure, you will besacrificing stereo sound, but itmight be fine for some usecases such as listening to podcasts or making phone calls. Tomonitor battery life, you can always ask Siri how much batterylife you have left.
Tips for the AirPods Pro
Enable Noise Cancellation
The new AirPods Pro featuresactive noise cancellation (ANC),which quiets your surroundings soyou can enjoy your music withoutdistraction. You can enable ANCin your Control Center by holdingyour finger on the volume sliderand selecting between Noise Cancellation, Transparency (a safetyfeature that lets in outside noises),or neither. You can also enablethis feature using touch controls(see below). If you also have anApple Watch, on the Now Playingscreen, touch the icon in the lower left corner, select AirPods Pro,and choose your preference.
Customize Controls for AirPods
As with regular AirPods, you canuse Touch Controls to control playback, Siri, and Noise Control. Onlythis time, you’ll be pressing yourearbuds instead of tapping: onceto pause, twice to skip forward,and three times to skip backward.
A long press will activate Siri orchange Noise Control mode. Inyour Bluetooth settings, you cantoggle between Noise Cancellation, Off, or Transparency mode,and choose which AirPod to usefor Siri and which to use for NoiseControl. There is no option to customize your playback controls.
Find the Ear Tip That Fits
Before using your AirPods Pro,your first task is to assess whether the small, medium, or largeear tips included in the box fitbest. Performing this task is easy,thanks to a handy fit test nestedin your Bluetooth settings. Putthe Pros in your ears, go to yourBluetooth settings, tap the Pros,and you’ll be taken to a screenthat will help you determine thecorrect size.