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How to customize the left and right tap controls on your AirPods in iOS 11

How to customize the left and right tap controls on your AirPods in iOS 11

Both your left and right AirPods have tap controls in iOS 11: Here's how to customize them!

Your iPhone isn't the only one with improvements in iOS 11 — your AirPods are getting an awesome new feature, too, in the form of customizable tap controls.

You've always been able to double-tap on the left or right AirPod to trigger Siri or pause and play tunes; with iOS 11, you can customize which AirPod does what, including playing a previous or next track. You don't have to assign the same control to both AirPods, either. Here's how.

 

What features support the AirPods double-tap shortcut?

When you customize your AirPods double-tap shortcut, you can choose from the following options in each ear:

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

You can also disable the shortcut entirely if you find that you're triggering it accidentally.

 

How to customize the left and right double-tap shortcut for AirPods in iOS 11

Your AirPods must be connected to your device in order to customize the double-tap controls. You can set up different controls for each device you use with AirPods.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Select Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the info button next to your AirPods. It looks like an i with a circle around it.

    Tap Settings, then tap Bluetooth, Tap the info button next to AirPods

  4. Tap Left or Right under Double-Tap on AirPod.
  5. Select from the available double-tap shortcuts.
  6. Tap the back arrow at the top left of the screen.
  7. Select the other AirPod.
  8. Select the same or a different double-tap shortcut (or the same one, if that's your preference).

    Tap left or right, then pick a control

Once enabled, you'll be able to immediately use your AirPods with your new double-tap shortcuts.

 

How to disable the left or right double-tap shortcut for AirPods in iOS 11

If you find yourself skipping tracks or pausing songs because you accidentally double tap your AirPods too often, you can disable the feature on either or both sides.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the info button next to your AirPods. It looks like an i with a circle around it.

    Tap Settings, then tap Bluetooth, Tap the info button next to AirPods

  4. Tap Left or Right under Double-Tap on AirPod.
  5. Tap Off.
  6. Tap the back arrow at the top left of the screen.
  7. Select the other AirPod.
  8. Tap Off.

    Tap left or right, then tap off

Now you can tap, double-tap, smash, or throw your AirPods (which I don't recommend) without accidentally triggering a shortcut.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to enable and customize the double-tap shortcut for AirPods in iOS 11? Put them in the questions and we'll help you out! And if you're looking for other ways to customize your AirPods settings, see below.

 

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