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

If you want to get the most out of your new pair of Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, you’ve come to the right place. These headphones are all among the best in their respective classes, and they truly reach their potential when you take the time to learn all their tricks and quirks.

And that’s not just learning how to use the major features, like active noise cancellation (ANC). Master the lesser-known functions and you can make your AirPods even more powerful and flexible.

In this series of quick, easy-to-follow guides, we’ll explain how to perform basic actions, solve technical problems and unearth useful features you might not have even known your headphones were capable of. So whether you’ve got the AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, he’s how to use them like a pro.

How do I connect AirPods to my iPhone?

iPhone with AirPods. Credit: Shaun Lucas

(Image credit: iPhone with AirPods. Credit: Shaun Lucas)

Before you start enjoying your new cordless audio life, you need to connect your AirPods to your iPhone. For the AirPods and AirPods Max:

1. Open the AirPods charging case in close vicinity to your iPhone

2. Click the Connect button.

The AirPods Max work similarly. Just make sure they're outside of their Smart Case and in close proximity to your phone.

Voila! You're now ready to get your groove on.

However, if you want to connect your Pods to another phone, you'll have to do an extra step. After steps one and two of the initial setup, you'll see a message instructing you to press the Pairing button on the back of the charging case. Do it.

Want to pair your AirPods to your Apple Watch? You're in luck. Once the buds are paired with your iPhone, the AirPods are paired automatically with your Watch as well. The same goes for your iPad and MacBook thanks to your iCloud syncing the pairing. 

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