Tips and Tricks for Getting the Most Out of Your New AirPods

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  1. MSalemHawks macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2017
    The sound quality is pretty good, but for me being able to wear just one and get both Right and Left channel sound is a must have feature. Also it does swap between my MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone much easier than the other 4 bluetooth headsets I have.
  2. jacjustjac macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2008
    New York, NY
    I named my AirPods to this. Peace of mind I guess.

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  3. MacPeach macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
    Had to sell them again, as I got headache more and more after their usage...
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    THE JUICEMAN macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2007
    I’ve been trying to double tap the back of my ear as the article suggest with no luck. Any tips?

    Edit: I think I’ve got it now. I have to tap pretty hard. If you kinda of draw a straight line from the Airpods to the back of your ear you can tap there. Not sure if this is better or not than tapping the Airpods themselves but good to have another option. I think Apple should slow down the double tap speed needed to activate and maybe less force would be good too.
  5. Sill macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2014
    I just received the AirPods as a gift. I was going to open the box and check them out, but then I started thinking if I actually had a use for them. I can't wear them at work (they'd get wrecked or lost, plus I really need to focus on my work not on playing music). I'm not going to wear them in the car because I'm usually riding solo and listening to music through the car stereo. If I'm at home I rarely ever listen to music anymore. The few times I do its either with friends or family present.

    When the Apple Watch first came out, I really couldn't think of a use for it. I posted up here about my confusion over finding a purpose for it and I got a lot of backlash about that. I ended up getting one for free, and after having it for a while I learned to like it. I'd like to think that the same could be said for the AirPods, but the use case for these things seems even more limited than the Watch. About all I can think they'd be good for - in my case - would be for the occasional phone call where I was on long enough to regret not having earbuds to plug in. But then I'd have to have them present whenever I'm on the phone, and most of my time during the day I'm at work, and I can't have them at work, so...
  6. ctdonath macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Just got a pair (Costco has some of the last reliably available in-stock). Glorious! No wires, trivial pairing, good sound, convenient to "top off" with charger box, fit well, no-effort on/off.

    Best tip: change the assigned name to email address or phone number in case of misplacement.

    For comparison: have a pair of cheap BT earphones. Wire between them, hassle to BT pair up, annoying ear fit, harder to charge, annoying to turn on/off, can't hear anything outside when inserted right, frequent loud popping as seal adjusts during normal movements.

    As someone needing earphones frequently for work (conference calls, concentration music), AirPods are well worth the $150.
  7. Jodiuh macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    39Kjg9npTm6T3xB%RuoQgg.jpg Just in case anyone's still looking @ this thread..

    With a little scissor work, these can utilize the sensor features of AirPods like pausing when removing or the various options when double tapping the rear of the ear.

    -earwax is no longer an issue. It took me a considerable amount of time to clean the grills and IMO, they might actually eat some wax over time, so this is a big plus as I no longer need to mess with them when done using. This adds to the AirPod's incredibly effortless usage (easy hands off pairing, charging, etc)
    -comfort's a big one for me. Naked EarPods or AirPods numb the rear of my ear and can't be worn for more than 15 minutes without causing pain. This almost completely alleviates the issue. I still feel a little pressure, but no pain.
    -sound quality's much, much improved. Dynamics exist! Low ends increased so that it matched the dynamics of the rest of the spectrum. mids are tamed so less vocal in face punch, highs still come through clear. I can't express just how much the bass comes through. It's a 100% improvement. the presentation's much fuller and more like a traditional headphone instead of an earbud
    -isolation's also kicked up a notch, these still won't completely block sound like an in ear silicon or foam tip, but it helps. I'm typing on a newer MacBook with it's THX certified movie theater surround pounds and with some pop at a moderate volume, can't hear anything.

    So, burning the holes for the sensors didn't quite work out, foamy all over the shells and had to rub it off with alcohol pads. I ended up using scissors and while not pretty, it gets the job done. These foams should last a long time, so I wouldn't be concerned about the time involved.

    Fit - I find turning the stem a little back (10-20 degrees down and towards the back) provides the best sound for me as it funnels the front of the earphone directly into my ear's canal and they stay put.

    Ears are like fingerprints, but @ 7 dollars, it's worth a shot!

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  8. Yumbo macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2011
    Wear them upside down.
    Improves the sound 10 fold.

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