Do Apple AirPods have noise suppression?

Change the settings of your AirPods and AirPods Pro

Learn how to change the name of your AirPods, how to change what happens when you double-tap or press and hold AirPods Pro on an AirPod.

Open the AirPods case, then go to Settings> Bluetooth on your iOS or iPadOS device. In the device list, tap the Info button next to your AirPods. You have the following options:

Name your AirPods

Tap the current name. Then enter a new name for your AirPods and tap Done.

Change the press and hold action on AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro have three noise control modes: Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency, and Off. You can switch between the three sound control modes in the control center or in the settings.

If you press and hold the pressure sensor on the handle of your left or right AirPod, your AirPods Pro will switch between active noise cancellation and transparency mode by default. You can change which sound control modes the Hold Down action uses:

  1. Go to the Settings screen for your AirPods Pro.
  2. Under Hold AirPods, tap Left or Right, then make sure that Noise Control is selected.
  3. Select the two or three noise control modes that you want to use while holding. If both AirPods are set to change the sound control mode, changing the "Press and Hold" action settings on one AirPod will apply to both.

You can also set the Hold down action to use Siri. On the AirPods Pro Settings screen, tap Left or Right, then choose Siri. You can use one AirPod for Siri and the other to change the sound control modes.

Change the double-tap action on AirPods

For AirPods (1st and 2nd generation), select the left or right AirPod from the AirPod Settings screen, then choose what to do when you double-tap the AirPod:

  • Use Siri to control audio, change volume, or do anything else Siri can do
  • Play, pause, or stop audio
  • Jump to the next track
  • Jump to the previous track

Activate or deactivate "automatic ear detection"

By default, your AirPods detect when they're in your ear and receiving audio from your device. It will also pause and resume playback when you remove an AirPod from your ear. If you remove both AirPods from your ears, playback will stop completely and will not resume. If you've turned on Auto Ear Detection and aren't wearing AirPods, audio will play through your device's speakers.

When you turn off Automatic Ear Detection, all related features are turned off and all audio will be played through your AirPods, regardless of whether you are wearing them or not.

Set the microphone to the left, right or automatically

Each AirPod has a microphone so you can make phone calls and use Siri. "Microphone" is set to "Automatic" by default. Thus, each of your AirPods can act as a microphone. If you only have one AirPod, that AirPod will act as a microphone.

You can also change the Microphone setting to Always Left or Always Right. This will use either the left or right AirPod as a microphone. The corresponding AirPod remains the microphone even if you take it out of your ear or put it in the charging case.

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