Air pods and multiple devices?

ssledoux

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I’m waiting on a pair of air pods to arrive. Just wondering how this works if you have several devices.

I have my iPP, my phone and my AW. Are the air pods gonna pair to one and stay paired, or can I use them with all at different times?

How do I go about this?
 

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You pair them once to one device, then through iCloud (assuming you use the same iCloud account on all devices) the AirPods are also paired with you other devices.

Let's say you pair them to your iPhone (assuming you meant iPhone when you said 'phone'), the next time you use the AirPods they will connect to your iPhone again. If you want to use them on your iPad, all you have to do is select the AirPods as the audio output on your iPad.
 

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You pair them once to one device, then through iCloud (assuming you use the same iCloud account on all devices) the AirPods are also paired with you other devices.

Let's say you pair them to your iPhone (assuming you meant iPhone when you said 'phone'), the next time you use the AirPods they will connect to your iPhone again. If you want to use them on your iPad, all you have to do is select the AirPods as the audio output on your iPad.
Thanks! And yes, iPhone.

What about my watch? Will they automatically switch to that if I get a certain distance from my phone? Do I need to have my cellular activated on my watch to make that happen? I have LTE, but haven’t ever actually gotten it set up because it never really worked on my series 3 anyway.
 

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Thanks! And yes, iPhone.

What about my watch? Will they automatically switch to that if I get a certain distance from my phone? Do I need to have my cellular activated on my watch to make that happen? I have LTE, but haven’t ever actually gotten it set up because it never really worked on my series 3 anyway.
I have no experience with the Watch. I would assume you have to manually select them like you would when switching to any other device and that LTE is not involved.

EDIT: it's a little different, more info here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207010

AirPods are connected to your iPhone and Apple Watch at the same time. Sound automatically switches between them.
 

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Thanks! And yes, iPhone.

What about my watch? Will they automatically switch to that if I get a certain distance from my phone? Do I need to have my cellular activated on my watch to make that happen? I have LTE, but haven’t ever actually gotten it set up because it never really worked on my series 3 anyway.
It will play on whatever I think you choose to play music from ? I have my watch and phone on me but played music from my watch without having to ask it to choose my AirPods
 
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It will play on whatever I think you choose to play music from ? I have my watch and phone on me but played music from my watch without having to ask it to choose my AirPods
Yup that only works on the iPhone/Apple Watch combo. It will automatically switch depending on which device you are using but if you are using iPad or Mac you have to manually connect to the AirPods
 

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Yup that only works on the iPhone/Apple Watch combo. It will automatically switch depending on which device you are using but if you are using iPad or Mac you have to manually connect to the AirPods
It would be cool if it worked like that for Mac and iPad as wel...
 

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Okay, so yet another question. If I want to go walking down my street, and I have on my watch and wear my Airpods, do I need cellular on my watch to be able to play my music?

I have the 40mm cellular version, but have never gotten the cellular actually set up on there.

Just wondering what I need to do about that to be prepared to walk without my phone (just for music purposes - don’t really need to be able to get the calls or texts).
 

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Okay, so yet another question. If I want to go walking down my street, and I have on my watch and wear my Airpods, do I need cellular on my watch to be able to play my music
On your iPhone goto the Watch app -> Music and you can tell it what music to load on your Watch. The cellular S3 has twice the storage of the non-cellular so there's extra space even if you don't have LTE enabled.

You can also get podcast apps if thats more your thing.
 

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On your iPhone goto the Watch app -> Music and you can tell it what music to load on your Watch. The cellular S3 has twice the storage of the non-cellular so there's extra space even if you don't have LTE enabled.

You can also get podcast apps if thats more your thing.
Awesome! I have the series 4 cellular, so maybe it has more as well.
 

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Something I found out this weekend. I usually don't use my apple watch to listen to music because I normally have my phone close by but Saturday I didn't want to carry it so I put my AirPods in and just hit a playlist on my watch. All went well and I was pretty impressed but then I double tapped to stop the music so I could talk to my wife. When I double tapped back, music started playing but it was music from my phone (I guess I was still close enough). So I double tapped again and then hit play on the watch and it started the music from the watch. So it was pretty seamless to have the AirPods go from one device to the other.
 
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Something I found out this weekend. I usually don't use my apple watch to listen to music because I normally have my phone close by but Saturday I didn't want to carry it so I put my AirPods in and just hit a playlist on my watch. All went well and I was pretty impressed but then I double tapped to stop the music so I could talk to my wife. When I double tapped back, music started playing but it was music from my phone (I guess I was still close enough). So I double tapped again and then hit play on the watch and it started the music from the watch. So it was pretty seamless to have the AirPods go from one device to the other.
Awesome! I just got my playlist set up on my watch (I think), so hopefully it’ll work for what I want, which is just to be able to go walking with my watch and my AirPods.
 

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Awesome! I just got my playlist set up on my watch (I think), so hopefully it’ll work for what I want, which is just to be able to go walking with my watch and my AirPods.
that is what I was doing on Saturday and I am very happy about it myself.
 
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