Airpods double-tap doesn't work properly: returning.

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  1. jimthing macrumors 6502a

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    As per title.

    I can't stand having to:

    1) double tap loads of times, if I'm very lucky it'll work, mostly it doesn't.

    2) when double tapping it makes my eardrum feel like someone had banged the side of my ear. Repeatly doing this increases my tinnitus for the day.

    3) volume control via Siri is too painful: double tap several times (see point 1!), audio pauses, ask it to lower volume, it gets it wrong. Repeat until right...60 seconds later, if I'm lucky.

    All these are deal breakers for me, I've already had enough of the things after significant testing over last couple of days, to come to the conclusion that they'd drive me mad.

    Bye bye Airpods, hello £160 again. Annoying, but that's the way it is.

    PS. Yes, sound/fit were fine, tap is what I'm on about in this thread please. So don't come on THIS particular thread talking about anything but the tap issue. Thanks.
     
  2. moxxham macrumors 6502

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    This will be a bit of a stupid question, but how hard to do tap them? I've found that you actually need to tap them pretty firmly for it to register. Firmer than you may think!
     
  3. jimthing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Tried both gently all the way to banging the things: all unreliable.
    And yes, it's the banging end of the scale when they like to (occasionally) work. Meaning I'm constantly having to bang my ear area hard, irritating my eardrums, making my ears ring more than usual.

    Thanks anyway.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Some have said the tapping is fairly gentle to provoke a response from Siri. If they improve on the EarPods in the future, I would like to see some form in line controls. Or a single tap, double tap, etc.
     
  5. andysw9 macrumors newbie

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    Or say 'set volume to 50%' or whatever you want. It doesn't need to be done in increments.
     
  6. jimthing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sure, but getting it just right for comfort is still too fiddly using voice with Siri to make regular usage not annoying.

    Shame, as I like the no wires thing and quick pairing, but will have to return and try something else.

    Anyone else actually agree with tap &/or volume control being too annoying, or am I just a weirdo, given everyone else seems to luuuurve the things, lol!?
     
  7. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I haven't use the tap functionality yet and pretty much using my phone or watch to be honest and I'm fine with that.
     
  8. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    what side do you tap? right?

    I've noticed it has more response when on the right than left.
     
  9. jimthing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Tried both sides, similar results.

    Should have used a proper touch thing rather than accelerometer. But then that'd open another can of worms, no doubt.

    Surely someone else hates these things for the tap/volume control issues, or it's just me then. Haha.
     
  10. Phil A. Moderator

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    I'm not getting mine until Christmas day, but I am not looking forward to the clunky control method - I think I'll just use my phone or watch to control them rather than bashing myself around the head :)
     
  11. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Yeah i think it would annoy me if i didn't have the apple watch. i havn't had issues with siri working just the response time isn't exactly as quick as it should be.
     
  12. Phone Junky macrumors 6502

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    The only reason I even considered getting the AirPods is that i already have an Apple Watch to control volume, start/stop, track. I wouldn't consider using Siri as an alternative.
     
  13. hubieonekanubie macrumors regular

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    Tap works great for me. It's just a light double tap. They're not touch sensitive, they have accelerometers in them so they need to have some slight movement to activate the function.
     
  14. eagleglen macrumors 6502a

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    Double tap is working fine for me too. I saw a YouTuber complain about the same issue before I got mine, so I've been paying attention. Light taps is all it takes, barely moving the airpod. If you otherwise really like them, get another pair before returning them so quickly.
     
  15. Macalway macrumors 68020

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    Didn't expect to use that anyway. So it doesn't work? :D (I have them, BTW)

    I'm not a Siri fan so I don't care. Maybe they will change it. I mean really: "Siri, lower volume". I don't think so.

    I like them. I used the wired ones for everything, now I have an option.
     
  16. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    I'd say a very large percentage of folks aren't going to double tap Siri.

    I know that is a function and understand people would want that but it isn't my plan. If you have your iPhone, you just hey Siri is my thinking and off you go.
     
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I switched double tap to play/pause. Everything else I can do without looking (volume control is simply my squeezing my pocket to hit the volume button on my phone, or using my watch).
     
  18. hubieonekanubie macrumors regular

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    I've used it in several instances. My phone was in a different room and I used them to turn on my Phillips hue lights in the other room, worked great. I've also used it several times to read me a text message while driving. I will admit when I'm going to bed, I just say "hey Siri" "turn off the bedroom lights" and all is good. I guess it will be used on an as needed basis just like using Siri on an Apple Watch and the phone, I look at it as another option that wasn't here before.
     
  19. jimthing thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    People say they won't use Siri, but it's the only way to control the pods without the device, so is a very essential part of the pods. Sure you could access the device in your pocket for control, but it kind of defeats the point of the pods functionality it's supposed to offer.

    Maybe I have duffers, but I doubt that.
     
  20. Sheza macrumors 68000

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    Apple Watch is definitely the best way to control music playback and volume...
     
  21. kristiguin macrumors newbie

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    I tried out Siri for volume control yesterday while I was cleaning house (up while vacuuming, down again afterwards, etc.) and thought it worked great. FYI, I've honestly avoided using Siri in the past.
     
  22. CharlesShaw macrumors 6502

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    In case this helps someone, the speed of the two taps matters. If you tap a little too slowly it won't register. Similar to the issue I initially had triggering Apple Pay on the Watch.
     
  23. the future macrumors 65816

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    I really like the AirPods and almost exclusively use the Apple Watch for controls so it didn't really bother me, but I couldn't get "double tap for Siri" to work at all … until I remembered that I had at some point last year deactivated Siri for when the phone is locked. I reactivated that function and now the double tap works just fine. Maybe the OP has the same problem?
     
  24. jimthing, Dec 25, 2016
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    As said, tried all kinds of variations, yet no level/type of touching is consistent. Making them the most annoying things ever.
    Nope, I get it to work sometimes, so it's not that.
     
  25. Ma2k5 macrumors 6502a

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    I think it is something to do with allowing Siri to be accessed while phone is locked setting. Maybe check that setting OP.
     

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