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How to use AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max: Tips and general instructions

Customize Your AirPods' Double Tap Controls

Customize AirPod Double Taps

Customize AirPod Double Taps

 Don’t want to talk to Siri? Or perhaps it would struggle to hear you in a crowded train car or on a busy street. No problem: the standard AirPods have a useful double-tap gesture input that you can customize to perform the action of your choice. Here’s how to set the AirPods’ double-tap gesture on iOS:  

1. Go to Bluetooth in the Settings menu. 

Navigate to Bluetooth

Navigate to Bluetooth

2. Tap the AirPods on the list.

Select AirPods on list

Select AirPods on list

3. Select either the right or left AirPod.

Select left or right

Select left or right

4. Choose the new functionality from the list

select function

select function

You have several options when customizing the double tap, including controlling music playback with play/pause, skip forward or skip backwards. You can also disable the functionality completely,  in case you find yourself accidentally triggering it too much.

Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for Laptopmag.com since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.