Switch between AirPods Max noise cancelling modes

December 25, 2020

Previously, we had seen how to switch between AirPods Pro noise control modes and adjust their settings. Treading the same path, we’ll try to enable this feature for Apple AirPods Max. Let’s take a quick look at how to switch between AirPods Max noise cancelling modes on iPhone.

AirPods Max ANC

How to switch between AirPods Max noise cancelling modes?

Apple made a major hardware announcement before the end of the year by unveiling its first-ever over-ear noise-canceling headphones – AirPods Max. Like AirPods Pro, AirPods Max offers support for switching between Noise Cancellation and Transparency Mode. To switch between AirPods Max noise-control modes on iPhone, follow the instructions given below!

  1. Wear your AirPods Max and turn them On.
  2. On your iPhone, open Control Center.
  3. Touch and hold the volume slider.
  4. Wait until you see the additional controls.
  5. Tap the Noise Cancellation icon.
  6. Select one of the following options (Noise Cancellation, Transparency, Off).
  7. Enjoy your experience.

Do AirPods have noise cancellation?

Yes, Apple earphones including AirPods Pro and AirPods Max feature active noise cancellation technology. You can switch between noise cancellation and transparency modes while listening to audio from your iPhone on AirPods Max. To do so, follow these instructions.

Open Control Center on your iPhone.

Volume Slider AirPods Max
Volume Slider AirPods Max

While wearing your AirPods Max and connected to your iPhone, touch and hold the volume slider until some more AirPods Max Controls are visible to you.

Tap the Noise Cancellation icon in the lower-left corner of your iPhone screen.

AirPods Max Noise Control
AirPods Max Noise Control

Choose any one of the following options,

  • Noise Cancellation
  • Transparency
  • Off

Select the first option to enable Noise-canceling in AirPods Max.


An alternative way of doing the same is via iPhone Settings. On your iPhone device, go to Settings > Bluetooth.

Tap the Info button, adjacent to your AirPods in the list of devices.

Tap Noise Cancellation, Transparency, or Off.

Noise Control Button
Noise Control Button

You can also change noise control modes via your AirPods Max. Simply press the noise control button on the right headphone. You’ll hear a chime sound confirming the change.

What are Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode?

Active Noise Cancellation, as the name suggests is a technique designed to detect and cancel external sounds from reaching your ears by countering them with anti-noise.

Transparency mode, on the other hand, allows outside sound to flow in, so you can know what’s happening around you. Both, Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode work best when your AirPods Max is comfortably placed and cover your ears fully well.

How do AirPods Max cancel noise?

Apple’s over-ear headphones are designed to perform well even during windy conditions. So, when Active Noise Cancellation or ANC is enabled, its outward-facing microphones detect external sound and nullify it by corresponding inverted audio frequencies before it reaches your ears. Similarly, the inward-facing microphone listens inside your ear for unwanted internal sounds and counters with anti-noise.

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