AirPod Tap Controls

Apple inc. has created the Airpods, an exclusive line of earbuds. This article will cover everything you need to know about apple AirPods tap controls. Airpods have been a craze ever since their launch in 2016. I will also be covering the AirPod 2 and the differences between them. Because the AirPods lack clearly visible symbols and buttons, many people are confused about how to use them. If you don’t understand how to use the AirPod tap controls, there are many possible consequences.

You can call someone and not be aware, play a song, or even make a phone call. Although Airpods are designed for iPhones and iPads, they can also be connected to other devices using Bluetooth. AirPods are smaller than our fingers so they can be easily carried anywhere. They can be carried in your pockets along with other items. They take up less space and come with a case. It also charges them, so there’s no need to worry about where to store them. Let’s talk briefly about AirPods and tap controls.

What’s the difference between Airpods & normal earbuds, and

Apple used to ship their iPhone with one pair of wired headphones before 2020. Apple stopped selling wired earbuds along with its iPods in 2022. AirPods are wired earbuds, while AirPods use Bluetooth. This is the obvious difference. Earbuds are wired in a Y-shaped configuration which is difficult to manage. AirPods have no wires, which is a problem because they are easy to break. The Airpods are much more durable and don’t contain any wire (at all outside).

AirPod Tap Controls
AirPod Tap Controls

Earbuds don’t need to be charged. You can simply connect them to your smartphone and listen to audio. AirPods, on the other hand need to be charged based on their battery life. You can also charge AirPods wirelessly with the included wireless charger. The wire can get damaged so you need to take extra care when carrying earbuds. You don’t receive a case to store them in. AirPods, however, come with a case that you can keep them in. The design differences between Apple earbuds & AirPods are obvious. It looks almost like someone took the wired apple earbuds, removed the wire and created a design for AirPods.AirPod Tap Controls

What are the different types of apple AirPods?

There are four models of apple Airpods on the market.

  • AirPods 2nd Generation
  • Airpods 3rd Generation
  • AirPods Pro
  • AirPods Max

Apple has now discontinued the 1st generation AirPods. The 1st and 2nd generations are very similar, so you can easily distinguish the difference between the 2nd and 1st generations. Let’s now discuss the various models of AirPods.

Let’s first look at the battery life of each AirPod. This is the most important (after or before price) aspect to consider when purchasing an AirPod.

  • AirPods 2nd Generation:you have the option to listen for up 5 hours, or for 3 hours talk time with a single charge. You can get up to 18 hours talk time and 24 hours listening time if you charge it with the case multiple times. One 15-minute charge will provide enough power to last you three hours of listening or two hours of talk.
  • 3rd generation The battery can last six hours of listening or four hours of talk time. It will last for five hours if you use it in spatial sound mode. Ten minutes of charging will allow you to listen for two hours or talk for two hours. Although the results may vary, they are not significantly different. The AirPod can be charged multiple times, which is if they are kept in a case. It can last 20 hours of talk time and 30 hours of listening.
  • AirPods ProThe battery backup difference between AirPod 3rd Generation and AirPods Pro are not significant. Charging AirPods Pro for 10 seconds will give you approximately 2 hours of listening time or 2 hours talk time. AirPods Pro can be used for up to three and a half hours of talk or four and a half hours of listening. It will last for more than 18 hours talk time, or 24 hours listening.
  • AirPods Max:this pair can last twenty hours on a single charge. Apple claims that the battery can be used for any purpose, including watching movies, listening to music and calling. However, the battery’s life expectancy can vary due to the fact that the approximate time is not exact. However, it wouldn’t make a huge difference. They will last longer if they are kept in a smart case. They can be charged for approximately 5 minutes, which will give enough power to last about an hour.
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How much are apple AirPods each?

Let’s look at the cost of each AirPod.

  • 2nd Generation This piece of buds will set you back $129
  • Airpods 3rd Generation: you have to pay $179 for the 3rd-generation AirPods
  • AirPods PRO:AirPodsPro is available for $249
  • AirPods Max: The most expensive AirPods on our list. If you want to purchase this one, then be prepared to spend $549

I’ll be covering the list of apple AirPod tap control options.

You can do the following activities with the AirPod touch control:

  1. Activate Siri
  2. Listen to the next audio
  3. Play the last track that you listened to
  4. Play an audio track and pause it
  5. Answer a call
  6. You can decline a call
  7. You can activate noise cancellation or transparency mode
  8. Tune in to the music
  9. Switch between 2 phone calls

These are the activities that you can do with your AirPods. These activities include features from other AirPods. These features may not be available for your AirPods version. Let’s now discuss how to use the tap controls on your AirPod.

With the AirPods, activate Siri or disable it

How do you turn on Siri with your AirPods? First, I will tell you that Siri can only be accessed through your AirPods if you turn Siri on. These steps will help you activate Siri if you don’t know the right way to do it.

  1. Go to the Setting of your iPhone or iPad
  2. Scroll down and click the Siri. Search forption
  3. The Hey Sirioption will appear. Drag it to the right to toggle it on. Once it is turned on, it will turn green.
  4. You will then see the Side button for Siri or Home for Siri option. Turn the option on to activate Siri, regardless of which version you have.

Configure Siri to control your AirPod tap controls as you wish. These steps will configure your AirPods to press twice for AirPods, and to hold the button for AirPods pro.

  1. Go to the Setting of your iPhone or iPad
  2. Navigate to the Bluetooth section. To access the Bluetooth section, click on the top menu.
  3. An “i” will be next to your AirPod. click it
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the new menu and click on the option you want. There are only two choices Left or Right.
  5. Next, choose Siri and you’re done configuring.

Let’s now move to Siri controls using your AirPod

Once Siri has been enabled and configured, you can activate Siri by touching it or saying “Hey Siri.” summoning Siri depends on the AirPods’ model. Different AirPods have different access methods to Siri. So, I’ve listed the steps for each AirPod in this article.

  1. AirPods 2nd Generation: To access Siri on this AirPod, just say “Hey Siri”. (Don’t forget to activate the “Hey Siri”, and to connect them. To control the touch controls, double-tap the AirPod that has been configured for Siri. Wait until you hear the chime to order Siri the items you desire.
  2. AirPods third generation: Connect your AirPods Third Generation first to your iPhone or iPad then hold the AirPod’s force sensor until you hear a click. Then, release your finger to send your instructions to Siri. You don’t need me to remind you, but please ensure that your AirPods 3rd Generation is configured first. To command the device, you can also use “Hey Siri”
  3. AirPods Pro Max and AirPods Pro: Accessing Siri on AirPods Pro is the same process as for AirPod 3rd-generation. This is press the force sensor on your selected (configured) AirPod, then wait for a chime. Yes! To fulfill your wishes, you can also use “Hey Siri” to send commands.

After I’ve covered every AirPod version, except for the AirPods 1st Generation, I think it is safe to say that you shouldn’t leave it behind. You can access Siri using the AirPod 1st Generation by following these steps:

Your AirPods can be connected to the device. You don’t have to hold the AirPods 1st Generation button down to access Siri. Double-tap the configured AirPod, then give your instructions.

Tap controls to respond to and decline an incoming call from AirPod

The version of AirPods that you have will affect how you answer or decline a call. Different types of tap controls are used by the old and new generations.

  • Answer a call from the AirPods 1st Generation: To answer an incoming call, double-tap on any AirPods side.
  • Answer a telephone call from the AirPods Second Generation: With the 2nd generation, there’s no need to double-tap when you get a call. Simply press the side of any AirPod once.
  • Answer a call using the AirPods Pro or Pro Max: To answer a call using the AirPods Pro, you need to press or squeeze the flat touch-sensitive surface. (Force sensor). You will then see the touch sensor on the stem of both AirPods. AirPods Pro Max will answer your phone call by tapping on the digital crown button. It will then put it to hold.

Call to Decline a Phone

You can decline a call by doing nothing. The call will then end as usual. If you wish to decline the call and forward it to voicemail (only for AirPods Pro Max and Pro Max), press twice on force sensor. It will then direct it to voicemail. To reject an incoming call from AirPod Pro Max, tap the digital crown three times.

  • To end a phone conversation from the AirPods 1,0_ tap it twice to answer the call. When you’re done answering, tap it again twice.
  • To end a phone conversation using the AirPods 2nd or 3rd Generation: Simply press the side of any AirPod to stop a call using AirPod 2nd or 3rd Generation. It’s the same way as answering a telephone call.
  • Stop a phone conversation from the AirPods Pro or Pro Max: Press or squeeze the force sensor to end the call. To end a call on AirPod Pro Max, press the digital crown two times.
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How to use tap controls on AirPod to manage audio tracks

You need Siri to manage audio track activities. If you don’t know how, read the upper section (I have included it). You will also need to know how to configure it.

The track can be accessed with the AirPod 1st or 2nd generation

Connect your AirPods via Bluetooth and start wearing them. To pause a track, take one of your AirPods off and it will pause it. If you want to continue the track, put your AirPod back in your ear. The track will begin playing from the point it stopped. Tap twice to skip a track. AirPod 2nd generation will skip the previous track. AirPod 1st generation will allow you to choose whether to skip the track or skip the track. To control audio, you can also customize tap actions in your AirPod 2.

Tap controls the track with AirPod 3rd generation

You should always remember to connect your AirPods before you listen to audio. It is easy to stop a song. Simply remove your AirPods. You can also remove one of the AirPods. Tap twice on the force sensor to skip to the next track. If you want to return to the previous track, tap it three times.

Tap controls the track with AirPod Pro

As usual, connect the Bluetooth device to your AirPod 3rd generation and place them in your ears. To skip a track, the steps are the same as for the AirPod 3rd Generation. Tap twice on the force sensor to skip the next song. Tap three times to skip the previous track. You have two options to pause or resume a track. Either you can remove them and put them back to resume the song, or you can press and hold the force sensor one time to pause the track and then pause it again.

Track control with the AirPods Pro Max

The AirPod Pro Max tap controls are identical for audio. There is however a difference in how the track can be skipped. To skip the track, tap the AirPods Pro Max twice quickly. Then tap the same button three more times quickly to return to the previous track.

How do I activate the noise cancellation or transparency mode in AirPods Pro Max and AirPods Pro?

Noise cancellation –What is noise cancellation? The answer is simple. It cancels out the sound of the surrounding noises, but not the one you’re playing. This feature allows you to listen to your audio with no interruptions from the outside. Let me explain how it works. The AirPods’ microphones emit a new waveform every time it touches the sound wave. AirPods’ waveform is not similar to the sound waves, which is why they can cancel them out. This feature allows you to either have no disturbances or keep the noise level down. This mode is ideal for gaming and flying.

Transparency mode – To explain this mode in plain English, consider it the complete opposite to what I have discussed about noise cancellation mode. This feature allows you to be aware of the world around you. For example, you can see if your mom calls you. (We all wonder about this while we listen to music. The microphone was used to cancel out outside noises, but it may now bring in the outside voice. You won’t be able enjoy your audio if this mode is activated. It maintains a perfect balance between outside and inside voices. This mode is ideal for when you want to both drive and listen simultaneously.

Tap on AirPods Pro or Pro Max to activate transparency and noise cancellation

Unfortunately, the noise cancelling feature is only available on the apple AirPods Pro Max and AirPods Pro Max. None of the other versions have the transparency mode or the noise cancellation feature. These instructions will guide you to access the modes via tapping:

  1. Hold onto the force sensor (located on the stem, it’s a little groove that you can touch to feel), and don’t accidentally press it. Tapping them will pause or play your audio track.
  2. If your AirPods are in Noise cancelling mode, it will switch into transparency mode. If it is in transparency mode, it will switch back to noise cancelling mode.
  3. A chime signal with a high pitch will indicate that you are in transparency mode. If you hear a chime, it means that you have changed to noise cancellation mode. Both you and the chime can be felt.
  4. You can return to the previous mode by repeating the steps above.

To toggle between noise cancellation mode and transparency mode on AirPods Max

You just need to tap the noise control button once. You will find the noise tap controls button at the top of your AirPod. It is also located next to the digital crown button. Once you click on it, wait for the chime signal. This will confirm that you have switched modes. Tap on the noise control button to return to the previous mode.

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Switching between transparency and noise cancellation using Siri-

It is the easiest way to switch between modes. You don’t even have to touch your AirPods. You just need to tell Siri to switch on a mode. Make sure you enable Siri in the settings before doing this. (I have shown how to do it. Command Siri as:

  1. “Hey Siri! Switch to the noise cancellation mode.”
  2. “Hey Siri! Turn off the noise cancellation mode.”
  3. “Hey Siri! Switch to transparency mode!”
  4. “Hey Siri! Turn off the transparency mode!”

It was so easy. If you’re looking for another way to toggle between noise cancellation or transparency mode, other than tapping on the force sensor with an android/windows device then this is the only method when you use a non-apple device.

Controlling the audio track with AirPods-

You will need Siri to adjust audio volume using your AirPods. Double-tap on the side of your AirPods that you have configured to access Siri.

  • “Hey Siri! Increase the volume!”
  • “Hey Siri! Reduce the volume!”

You can also adjust the volume to a percentage. You can do this by saying “Hey Siri! Adjust the volume to 50%”

Switch between 2 active calls with a single tap

If you’re on a call and get another call, then you can do the following:

AirPods 1st or 2nd Generation: First, tap twice when you get a call. It will place the first call on hold, answer the second call, and then tap again to switch between them.

AirPods Pro 3rd Generation and AirPods Pro 3rd Generation: Tap the force sensor on your AirPods Pro 3rd Gen or AirPods Pro 3rd Gen. When the second caller arrives, the AirPods Pro will keep the first on hold and then answer the next one. To switch between them, touch the force sensor once more. Touching the force sensor times will close the current call.

  • To answer the next call, click on the digital crown button on AirPods Max
  • To switch between calls, tap the digital crown again.
  • To end the current call tap twice the digital Crown button.

Last words

This was the AirPods tap control list. Depending on which version AirPods you have, there may be other tap controls. What do you think about AirPods’ version? What AirPod version should one choose? This gives them the best experience. AirPods can be described as a walking flexing device. If you have one, you’re already cool. The audio quality of the AirPods is exceptional, and they are well worth the money. If you have any questions about the AirPods, please let me know. I will do my best to answer them all.


How to turn on or off noise cancellation or transparency mode?

These instructions will guide you through activating or deactivating noise cancellation (or transparency) mode via the control center on your iPhone or iPad.
-Go to your iPhone’s control center. There are two options. If you have a face ID phone, you can swipe down from top of screen in a diagonal fashion. If you have a touch id phone, you must swipe up from the bottom of screen.
Now, hold down the volume adjustment button (hold the button at the bottom). You will see the option to display the icon for AirPods Pro
There are three options available: noise cancelation mode (transparency mode), noise cancellation mode (off), and another option. You can then choose the option you prefer, and that’s it.

How to turn on or off noise cancellation or transparency mode using the settings?

If you want to make it a difficult and time-consuming process, then who am I to hinder you? These steps are now complete.
-Open the Optionsapp on iPhone
-In the settings menu, click on the Bluetooth option
The connected device lists locate your AirPods. A button with information is located just beside your AirPod’s name. It looks like an “i” within a circle.
-A new menu will be displayed in front of your eyes. There are three options available in the menu: Transparency, noise cancellation, and off. You can click on the option that you wish to switch to, and then you’re done.

How do I connect two Apple AirPods with the same iPhone?

Yes! You can connect two AirPods to a single iPhone via the audio sharing feature. These instructions will help you do this:
Connect your AirPods first to your iPhone
-Connect them once you are done. Access the control center on your iPhone.
-Next, you’ll see the AirPlay option. Click on it
Select the Share audio option.
After you have completed the above steps, take your second pair AirPods with you and open their charging cases. This will allow them to be connected with your iPhone.
-Next, click on the Share Audio option. It will appear once the second pair is connected to your device.

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