How to use AirPods?

Updated: June 01, 2023
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How to use AirPods?
by Hanna Finley
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AirPods are an efficient device created by the Apple company. Wireless headphones are useful and comfortable, as they help people in many situations. AirPods are valuable when you are driving somewhere.

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Can you run with AirPods? Running, riding a bike or spending time in the gym and training are better all together with convenient AirPods. The developer has made several generations of AirPods with available pro versions in each of them. Despite the type of AirPods, the algorithm of usage of a headphone is the same in most cases. The main difference between various types of AirPods is in functions that impact usage.

Most people do not take into consideration the special instructions provided with the AirPods. However, it is important to be aware of the main functions and use AirPods for different pusposes. Using AirPods is not as easy as it can be thought at first sight.How to turn on Apple AirPods? How to make AirPods? When you are seeking answers to all of those questions, read this review. Below you will discover how to pick up the most valuable features of your device, how to run the AirPods better and benefit from different new functions.

Listening with AirPods: how do AirPods work?

Listening to audio is the main reason why people are struggling to use AirPods in their daily routines. Your hands are free of mobile phones and you can speak with someone or listen to music, podcasts, or whatever you want. This function is leading and the most primary one. How to turn on your AirPods? Just wear your headphones and you will hear the signal of turning on.

Not all users are aware of the possibility of Live Listen. This is the special function, using which your headphones perceive words and transform them into text on your phone. To activate this Live listening you have to follow several simple, but working steps:

  • Find the Settings app on your phone and open it. Then, tap Control Center.
  • Find Hearing and tap on the plus sign there.
How to use AirPods
  • Connect AirPods headphones to the device you use (iPhone, iPod, etc.)
  • Swipe down the setting menu of your screen and tap the Hearing button.
  • Tap Live Listen and put the device next to the person, to whom you want to listen.
  • To turn off the functions, tap Live Listen as well.

Live Listen is a valuable feature, which can be used in the work environment, with friends, or in other circumstances. With a few clicks, AirPods can be used for pleasure.

Pairing with iPhone: how to use AirPod Pros?

As soon as you purchased new earbuds, you have a strong desire to use them and try to listen to music or call someone without holding a mobile phone in your hands. The algorithm of getting an iPhone paired with AirPods is easy.

How to use AirPods Pro? The algorithm for pairing AirPods and AirPods Pro headphones is the same. To pair AirPods, follow the next steps:

  1. Unlock the iPhone and open the home screen.
  2. Open the AirPods case next to your device.
  3. In a few seconds, you will notice the button to connect AirPods. Tap Connect.
  4. Follow the instructions. The next steps depend on the model of AirPods. Anyway, the details will be shown on the main screen of your device, so you will see them.
  5. Tap Done to use the AirPods.

If you have activated iCloud on your device, it will give you the possibility to listen to music from different devices with the same iCloud login and using your AirPods. As you see, the connection of AirPods to the devices is easy and fast. How to use Air Pod Pros? Follow the same instructions, which are described in this paragraph above.

How to use AirPods

By the way, sometimes the automatic process can fail, which means you would better turn to the manual setting. Manual AirPod pro tutorial:

  1. Open the AirPods case and put on both earbuds.
  2. Find and hold the Setup button unless the light pulsing will appear on the case.
  3. Open the Bluetooth settings on the screen of your phone and complete the connection process section.

Generally, using one of the ways to connect AirPods to your iPhone, you will complete the instructions in a few clicks.

Pairing with Mac: how do AirPods work?

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How to work with Apple AirPods? To connect your Mac to AirPods, you have to update the computer to the latest version. Just open the settings and review whether the button “Update software” is available. When the software is of the latest version, follow the next steps despite the AirPods model:

  1. Tap the button of the form of a gear or Settings menu.
  2. Find the Bluetooth icon and press it.
  3. Put both earbuds into the AirPods case and press the button located at the bottom of the case.
  4. Wait a minute and press Connect on Mac.

Simple clicks will help you to listen to relaxing music or watch movies using the new and perfectly working AirPods.

Use AirPods with Android and Windows devices

The way AirPods connects to the device varies and depends on the types of used operating system.

How to use my AirPods? The algorithm is as follows:

  1. Open Settings on your Android device and tap Bluetooth to activate it.
  2. Put earbuds into the case.
  3. Connect AirPods to the device.
  4. Agree on all prompts and pop-ups.

Once you have completed the actions, described above, the other status like “Connected” will appear.

How to use AirPods

The connection process with Windows devices differs a little bit. To turn AirPods on, you have to follow the next steps:

  1. Find the Bluetooth logo on the notifications panel. If there are no logos, follow up the setting process of the Bluetooth program.
  2. Put your earbuds on the case.
  3. Click Add a Bluetooth device on your device and then choose Add a device.
  4. Choose your headphones and later a notification like “Your device is ready to go!” will appear.

Where to find and change AirPods settings

What makes the Airpods usage great is the possibility to adjust different settings to your needs. The way of settings adapting depends on the model of the device. But, in general, to find the settings you have to follow the next steps:

  1. Open the AirPods case or put headphones on your ears.
  2. Find Bluetooth among available devices on Settings and press I next to the AirPods icon.

After it, the list of settings will appear. To use AirPods you have to fix settings up to your needs.

Quickly adjust the volume or switch modes

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In case you do not want to set volume via the Bluetooth icon, just swipe the settings from the up page of your phone. The volume bar switch will let you fix the volume in the way you want. If you press on the volume bar you will see much more settings to fix the sound.

How to use AirPods

Remember to use “Hey Siri!”: how to activate AirPods?

“Hey Siri” is an effective method to put commands to the phone, using your voice. All you need is to check whether the command is enabled on your phone.

  1. Open Settings on the device.
  2. Find the menu Siri & Search.
  3. Press Listen for Hey Siri.

How to clean your AirPods

It is important to clean your AirPods from time to time. To make it, you have to use a dry cloth of natural material. Use the same cloth for cleaning the case. Sometimes when the AirPods are really dirty, you may use isopropyl alcohol.

Check your AirPods’ battery life: set up Airpods on iPhone

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Two main ways allow users to check the battery life of the AirPods. Open the case and hold it close to the device. Wait for a minute and you will see the picture of AirPods. After that, you will see the level of battery of the headphones.

Also, to check it you may review the batteries widget, which can be found and set on the widgets panel.

How to find lost AirPods: turn on AirPods

If you lose your AirPods, you will easily find them with the unique searching function. Follow the next steps to make it:

  1. Open the Settings on the device, which was previously paired with AirPods.
  2. Press the Devices button and your AirPods.
  3. Tap Find and follow the instructions from the screen.
  4. Start moving around and you will see where the AirPods are.


Apple AirPods how to use?

Use AirPods per the instruction described in the review above. If there are some unknown details, you may turn to the specialists, who will provide you with comprehensive explanations.

How to find the setting menu of AirPods?

Open the settings on connected device and open the devices menu. Among devices choose the AirPods and you will see the settings list.

How to use AirPods 2?

AirPods have several models, but the general settings are remaining the same. Just open the case, wait for a minute, and connect the device to headphones.


To sum up, using AirPods you can enjoy listening to music, establish the Live Listening function and add many more interesting options.Find out what your headphones can offer you apart from listening to music. Usually, users do not want to fully understand the functions of the device, and therefore use its capabilities partially.

Sometimes users cannot find out how to change settings or get information from headphones. To set headphones you can contact the specialists, who will assist you with this question and give recommendations. The support team of Howly is what you need when it comes to accountability, rapid reactions, and readiness to help everyone. Contact Howly technicians and your AirPods will work at full capacity.

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Mia Campbell
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Why does my AirPods battery drain so quickly? I barely use them!
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I had no idea about the Live Listen feature! This will be useful in so many situations. Thank you! 🙏
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What about airpods max? Do these instructions apply?
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Decent guide, but I've seen better.
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Just got AirPods, this is super helpful! 🤩
Elijah Stevens
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Anyone else struggling to get Siri to work on their airpods?
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  1. ChromeCruiser
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    Elijah Stevens, You might need to adjust your siri settings on your iPhone. Try that!
  2. RetroRocket
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    Elijah Stevens, Try resetting your AirPods and then connect them to your iphone.
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I've been having a problem with my Beats earbuds. They don't seem to hold a charge.
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My AirPods are still not as loud as I'd like them to be, even after following your guide.

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