AirPods Pro have great features like noise cancellation and a Transparency mode with an in-ear design. And to switch between those and other features, Force Sensors in the AirPods Pro (and AirPods 3) stems offer easy control. Read on for how to change AirPods controls including press speed, press duration, and what your left and right Force Sensors do, and more.
AirPods gen 1 and 2 use double-taps on the earbuds for controls. But AirPods Pro and AirPods 3 use a squeeze of the Force Sensor that is built into the stem of each earbud. A long squeeze (Apple calls it a long press, but you really need two fingers) switches between noise cancellation and Transparency mode, while single, double, and triple squeezes control audio playback.
We’ll look at three ways to switch between noise cancellation, Transparency, and off, how to customize your Force Sensors including press speed and press duration, and how to enable noise cancellation when using just one AirPod Pro.
How to change AirPods controls
Changing left and right AirPods Pro/AirPods 3 Force Sensors:
- On your iPhone, head to Settings > Bluetooth
- Tap the “i” next to your AirPods (make sure they’re connected)
- Under “Press and Hold AirPods” choose Left or Right
- Customize if your AirPod Force Sensor activates Noise Control or Siri
- You can also choose to include “Off” in the Noise Control controls
Another option at the bottom of this screen is to customize how the microphones in your AirPods Pro work.
How to change AirPods controls – press speed and duration:
- Open Settings then head to Accessibility
- Swipe down and tap AirPods
- Adjust your Press Speed and Press and Hold Duration by choosing something other than default
- You can also enable Noise Cancellation with One AirPod by toggling it on at the bottom of this settings screen
If you’re not already familiar, here are all of the controls possible with AirPods Pro:
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