In your daily day to day activities, you probably must have your AirPods switched on playing some relaxing music in your ears or you might even be listening to news while doing either some kind of work or simply having a walk in the park, but what do you do when someone comes up to you and starts asking you something?
It might be an awkward situation when you are unable to stop your AirPods sound playback while the other person has to scream at you to hear them, wouldn’t it be better to have an easy way to pause AirPods?
This article will deal with how to pause AirPods audio playback in various ways.
How to Disable Automatic Ear Detection for AirPods
The Automatic Ear Detection is a feature of the AirPods in which audio is switched to your AirPods the moment you put them in your ears, on the contrary, pulling even one of them out will result in the audio playback switching to the speaker of your phone.
While this feature can be nifty for people, it can be rather annoying for others due to sensor or their preference for listening to audio playback through a single AirPod.
Therefore, disabling this feature can benefit specifically those people who either like to work while listening to audio using a single AirPod or when they don’t want the audio to instantly switch to phone speaker the moment both AirPods are removed from the ears.
To disable Automatic Ear Detection, do the following:
- Open the AirPods charging case with both the AirPods inside
- On any of your IOS device, go to the settings and the ‘Bluetooth’
- Look for your device under the ‘My Devices’ section
- Tap the ‘i’ symbol next to your AirPods device’s name
- Press the ‘Automatic Ear Detection’ green slider bar to disable the feature
And with this, you can safely listen to a single AirPod without worrying about the audio playback switching to your phone’s speaker and causing a potentially embarrassing situation.
Pause by Double-Tapping on AirPods
If you are the type to not simply disable your AirPods audio playback by putting them into their charging case or are often stuck in a situation where you simply can’t waste time pulling out your charging case, then you can always pause audio playback of your AirPods by double-tapping them.
To enable this feature for the purpose of knowing how to pause AirPods, follow the given steps:
- Open your AirPods charging case with both the AirPods inside
- On your preferred IOS device, go to Settings > Bluetooth
- Search for your AirPods Device under ‘My Devices’ and click on the ‘i’ symbol next to it
- Under the Double-tap on AirPods button, select either the left or right settings to set what kind of actions they will perform when either AirPods are double-tapped, some options may include:
- Next Track
- Previous Track
Do remember that Apple technically created ‘Next Track’ and ‘Previous Track’ options after releasing iOS 11. If your iOS device is old or has an old version of iOS, the options for double-tap will be Play, Pause, and Off settings along with Siri.
Tell Siri to Pause AirPods Audio
While you may now know how to pause AirPods by double-tapping, there is another to pause their audio playback.
Both AirPods such as AirPods (1st gen) and the second AirPods (2nd gen) have the Siri feature integrated in them.
Although how you access Siri can slightly be dependent on what kind of AirPods version you have, If you have AirPods 1st gen, then you can simply customize the left and right options on your device to access Siri using double tap.
Once the assistant has been summoned, you can tell it whatever sort of thing you might want to do, such as pausing an audio playback or skipping a track etc…
For AirPods 2nd gen, just say “Hey, Siri”, this will summon the assistant. Once the assistant has been successfully called upon, tell it whatever you want to do such as pausing an audio playback or skipping an audio track.
This is an effective way of knowing how to pause AirPods as this one simply involves speaking to the integrated assistant of your AirPods.
Knowing how to pause AirPods can help you with stopping any sort of audio playback while you are in the middle of a situation that requires all the mental faculties to be focused.
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