21 AirPods tips and tricks to get the most out of your Apple wireless headphones

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Ready to learn all there is to know about your AirPods? Let’s dig in. 

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Apple’s AirPods have come a long way since their initial release back in 2016. Initially mocked by some, the AirPods are now Apple’s most popular accessory, thanks to features like instant pairing, automatic switching, spatial audio, always-on Siri and more. And this has led to a beefy lineup that now includes the second-generation AirPods, high-end AirPods Pro, over-the-ear premium AirPods Max and the brand-new third-gen AirPods 3 earbuds.


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The earbuds, however, aren’t identical in features. The AirPods Pro are the only model to offer active noise cancellation and transparency mode. The least expensive AirPods, the second-generation version, only offer basic functionality like instant pairing and hands-free Siri. The new AirPods 3 sit right in the middle: they have more sophisticated audio features than the standard AirPods, such as adaptive EQ and spatial audio, but they lack active noise cancellation and swappable ear tips. Then there’s the AirPods Max, over-the-ear headphones that have all of the same Pro features, but resemble more traditional headphones. 

Regardless of the model of AirPods you’re currently rocking, there are many features that they all share, offering more capabilities than simply streaming music into your ears. Below, I’ll walk you through the essentials, then move on to tips about saving battery, sharing music with a loved one or friend and customizing the controls.

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