Unlike conventional AirPods, their Pro version is equipped with innovative force sensors located in the “stem” of each of the headphones. By default, if you squeeze the “stem” of any headphone, you will switch the headphone between Transparent mode and noise reduction. However, if you wish, you can configure other actions – for example, calling Siri.
This article describes how to change the effects of pressing AirPods and choosing what happens on AirPods Pro when you press and hold.
Squeezing Controls AirPods Pro
To get started, make sure your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 13.2 or later — otherwise, AirPods Pro will work like regular Bluetooth headphones. Next, follow the instructions below:
- Connect them in the standard way. Go to Settings -> Bluetooth;
- Click on the (i) icon opposite them;
- In the “Press and Hold AirPods” section, you can separately configure actions with each earphone;
- Of the currently available actions, you can call Siri, Off Noise Control, Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode.
More details about AirPods Pro modes were described in another article: How to Switch Between Noise Cancellation and Transparency Modes on AirPods Pro?
AirPods Pro Microphone Setup
AirPod houses a microphone allowing you to make phone calls and use Siri. By default, “Automatic” is selected for the microphone, so any AirPods can be used as a microphone. If only one AirPod is used, it will be a microphone. You can also set the microphone to “Always Left” or “Always Right”.
Those users who often use the voice assistant can switch the action for a long press on the headphone sensors. Instead of changing the noise reduction modes, Siri will start, in my opinion it is very convenient.