By not including buttons, Apple made the interface for AirPods non-existent. But that’s fine because they’re full of sensors, so they know when they’re in your ears, and when you double-tap them. The sensors built into every pair of AirPods allow for some great features. For example, out of the box (and by default), Automatic Ear Detection means that AirPods will start the playback of audio when you put them in your ears. And you can configure all of those things.

How to Disable Automatic Ear Detection

1. To start, make sure that your AirPods are active on your iPhone or iPad, and then open the Settings app. Next, tap “Bluetooth.”

2. Find the entry for your AirPods and tap the “i” icon beside it.

3. Finally, toggle the switch for Automatic Ear Detection to the “Off” position.

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That’s all there is to it. If you change your mind and want to re-enable Automatic Ear Detection, switch that toggle back to the “On” position.

How to Change Double-Tap Actions

Each of your AirPods has sensors in them, so they know not only when they’re in your ears, but when you double-tap them. That means that you can assign a different double-tap action to either your left or right ear. Those actions include invoking Siri, skipping tracks, and more.

1. To start, and with your AirPods active on your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app.

2. Next, tap “Bluetooth.”

3. Find the entry for your AirPods and tap the “i” icon beside it.

4. Tap “Left” or “Right” depending on the AirPod you want to change the double-tap action for.

5. Finally, tap the action that you want to apply.

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If you’d rather no action be applied when a double-tap takes place,  tap “Off.”

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