AirPods Pro Touch Controls functions

October 16, 2021

When you compare the AirPods Pro with other popular models on the market, it fares much better. We agree, it’s a bit pricey but a significant upgrade over other regular wireless earphones. Also, you’ll find its usage more beneficial if you know how to fully use AirPods Pro touch controls. Here’s a tip from us that will help you get the most out of these tiny wireless earbuds.


How to use AirPods Pro Touch Controls functions

Here's what each press of the AirPods Pro touch controls button does.

  1. Single press - Pause
  2. Single press - Play
  3. Double-press- Skip forward
  4. Triple-press - Skip backward
  5. Long-press - Switch between noise control modes.

How to use AirPods Pro Controls?

Force Sensor AirPods Pro
Force Sensor AirPods Pro

Just to spell out the obvious, there isn’t actually a button for managing controls but a stem that has the same functions as the button. It's pressure-sensitive and thus replicates how you'd use a button.

1] Single press – pause

When you’re totally immersed in listening to music and someone wants to talk to you, the instinctive response is to remove one of the buds out of your earhole. Why? In ordinary headphones, the music will keep on playing while you continue to communicate. That’s not the case with AirPods Pro. Just press the stem of your left or right AirPod bud with the Index finger while your thumb sits behind to pause it.

2] Single press-play

Once your conversation is finished and you want to restart the music, press the stem again gently to continue your session.

3] Double press – Skip forward

If you are not aware, you can control the flow of music by pressing the stem of either your left or right AirPods Pro. For example, double press the stem with your thumb and forefinger until you hear a low click. The action will skip forward to the next track.

4] Triple press – Skip backward

If you would like to go back to a previous track or move to a song you played a few minutes ago, triple-press the stem to go backward and find it in the list.

5] Long-press - Switch between noise control modes

Noise Control Modes
Noise Control Modes

Using two fingers, squeeze the flat indention on the edge of the AirPod stem (either right or left bud) until you hear a click in your ear. This will let you switch between noise control modes easily.


AirPods Pro touch controls not working?

This is one of the most common and nagging issues with wireless earphones. For AirPods Pro, you can try to hard reset them. Put both the earbuds back in the case and press and hold the pairing button until the notification light turns red/orange. When the light flashes to white, bring them near your phone and re-pair them.

Hope that makes sense!


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