How to Customize AirPods’ Double Tap Gestures

BY Khamosh Pathak

Published 28 Apr 2019

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AirPods are incredibly simple devices. You just put them in your ears and play the music. Because they are so small and so simple, there are no buttons on them. If you’re used to Bluetooth headphones with volume and playback buttons this can be a difficult thing to get used to. What AirPods does have is a double-tap gesture on the outside part of each AirPod. And here’s how you can change the AirPods double tap gesture to something other than calling up Siri.

Customize AirPods’ Double Tap Gesture

The new AirPods now come with Hey Siri functionality. Making the double-tap gesture kind-of redundant. And truth be told, you might not want to use Siri on your AirPods even in the first generation model. There’s a way you can use the double-tap gestures in a better way. Apple provides a couple of different options for alternative functionality:

  • Play/Pause
  • Next Track
  • Previous Track
  • Siri
  • Off

If you like to listen to a lot of music and podcasts on your AirPods, it’s best to change one AirPod gesture to Play/Pause and another to Next Track. This way you can quickly change the music to the next track. And in the podcast app, you can instantly skip 30 seconds simply by double-tapping the AirPods.

Here’s how you can remap the double tap gestures.

Step 1: Open the Settings app after connecting your AirPods to our iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Go to Bluetooth section and locate your AirPods from the list. Then tap on the small “i” icon next to your AirPods name.

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Step 3: Here you’ll find a section called Double Tap AirPod. With Left and Right options. Tap on the Left option to chose one of the available options. Go back and do the same for the Right AirPod. You can have the same action for both AirPods as well.

And that’s it, you’ve now changed the AirPods double-tap gestures.

Your Favorite AirPods Tips and Tricks

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