Wednesday, August 30, 2017

How To Customize Airpods Controls In iOS 11

While Apple’s AirPods wireless earbuds have proven popular, one complaint many have had is the rather limited amount of control users have over their music using just their AirPods Controls. AirPods have many great aspects, but the fully wireless earphones’ bare-bones controls are not one of them. Fortunately, Apple has brought expanded customizable controls to AirPods with iOS 11. Let’s take a look…

With iOS 10 you could only choose for a double-tap to invoke Siri or play/pause with the chosen control being the same for both AirPods. In iOS 11 it’s now possible to assign individual control options to the left and right AirPod. Double-tapping will now allow you to either invoke Siri, play/pause, skip to the next track, or back to the previous track. Like before, you can still set preferences for Automatic Ear Detection and Microphone as well.

How to customize AirPods controls

Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.

  1. Tap Bluetooth.
  2. Tap Left or Right under Double-Tap on Airpod.
  3. Select from the available double-tap shortcuts
  4. Tap the back arrow at the top left of the screen.
  5. Select the other AirPod.
  6. Select the same or a different double-tap shortcut.


You will see you can now set a different double-tap action for each of your AirPods:

  • Siri
  • Play/Pause
  • Next Track
  • Previous Track
  • Off

Note that you won’t be able to see the AirPods’ settings when they aren’t connected. It would be great to see Apple double the options again by including a triple-tap option for each AirPod. But for now, this update is a nice and much-needed improvement. This feature are included in the current beta of iOS 11, and could be removed or modified before the final release is pushed to the general public in September.