How to pause playback in AirPods: 4 ways

AirPods are an extremely convenient accessory. It connects easily to iPhone, the charging case provides 24 hours of listening time, and you don’t have to worry about messing around with your headphone cables. AirPods also make it easy to pause your music, podcasts, and whatever else you’re listening to. Moreover, there are several ways to do this. Here’s how to pause your AirPods, regardless of which device they’re paired with.

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4 ways to pause playback in AirPods

Remove any AirPod from your ear

Remove any AirPod from your ear

This simple feature of AirPods can be considered one of the best. Just pull the headset out of your ear and you will pause audio playback. After you hear what you want, plug the headphones back into your ears and you will start the playback process again.

It’s an intuitive feature that quickly feels natural. It works equally well on both AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Your AirPods won’t pause music, podcasts, or any other apps if disabled “Auto-detect ear”… And if this method does not work in principle, then connect your AirPods to your iPhone or iPad and check the Bluetooth settings to enable the desired function.

  • Open the app “Settings” and go to section Bluetooth
  • Click the button i next to AirPods.
  • Scroll down and turn on “Auto-detect ear”

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Double-tap or use the pressure sensor to pause playback

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You can use the sensors on your AirPods to control your music. Depending on your settings, these sensors may allow you to pause playback, activate Siri, or even skip to a different track.

On AirPods Pro, quickly squeeze the force sensor on the base of the earphone to pause music playback. Squeeze the stem again to start playing your music. If the press is too long, then you change the noise reduction mode instead of stopping.

On AirPods (2nd generation), double-tap the earbud while in your ear. This will pause the music playback. You can do this with the first generation AirPods, but by default, double-tapping there will activate Siri. Use a connected iPhone or iPad to change this behavior in the settings:

  • Open the app “Settings” and go to the Bluetooth section.
  • Click the button i next to AirPods.
  • In section Double tap AirPods select the earpiece and then check the box next to the option Play / Pause

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Ask Siri to pause music on your AirPods

You can ask Siri to perform a variety of tasks, including pausing music on your AirPods. If you have AirPods (2nd generation) or AirPods Pro, use “Hey Siri” and tell “Pause”… This will work with any audio content you listen to.

Alternatively, change the double-tap or press-and-hold settings for your AirPods and use the sensor to activate Siri. You can do this with a connected iPhone or iPad:

  • Open the app “Settings” and go to section Bluetooth
  • Click the button i next to AirPods.
  • At the bottom where it says “Double tap AirPods” or “Press and hold AirPods”, press the left or right AirPod.
  • Select Siri from the list of functions to have your earphone activate Siri.

How to switch (turn on, pause) songs on AirPods

How to switch (turn on, pause) songs on AirPods

The first AirPods model does not work with “Hey Siri”, so you need to double-tap the AirPod to activate the assistant. This is the default double-tap feature on 1st generation AirPods.

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Use the Pause button on the connected device

Sometimes the quickest and easiest way to pause music on AirPods is to use a device that’s connected to them. For example, if you’re using AirPods to listen to music while using another app on iPhone, you can use the smartphone itself to pause playback.

The fastest way to pause music playback on iPhone or iPad is to open Command centre… Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen (or swipe up from the bottom of the screen if your iPhone has a Home button). Then click the Pause button in the playback section.

Use the Pause button on the connected device

On Mac, you can press F8 on your keyboard to pause music or podcasts.

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