iOS 11: How to Customize Taps for Each of Your AirPods

Apple AirPods coming out of case

Way back in the wretched long-ago days of iOS 10, I wrote a tip about how you can customize the way your AirPods work using the Bluetooth controls on your iPhone or iPad. Under iOS 11, though, you can actually set something different to happen when you double-tap your right or your left AirPod, meaning that you could invoke Siri by tapping one and advance to the next music track with the other! Neat-o. Considering how much I use my AirPods, this is a game-changer. Or a way to make me lose my hearing even faster, I dunno.

To set this up, then, take your AirPods out of their case (or just open it), launch your Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, and then touch Bluetooth.

Bluetooth Settings gets you to the custom tap settings for AirPods

Under that section, you should see your AirPods by name. Touch the “i” next to them first.

Tap the i Icon Next to AirPods in Bluetooth to see their settings

On the subsequent screen, there’s a “Double-Tap on AirPod” section, now separated into left and right.

The Double-Tap on AirPod option in Bluetooth AirPods settings lets you customize taps for each AirPod

So just touch the side you want to configure, and you’ll see your choices.

Settings for Configuring double-tap for Left AirPod

Tap the behavior you want, go back to set up the opposite AirPod, and then you’ll see what you’ve chosen out on the previous Settings > Bluetooth > AirPods screen.

Double-Tap on AirPod Configured

This is actually ideal for me. I love love love the AirPods, but I get tired of talking to Siri to skip songs. I own a LOT of crappy music I need to skip over, too! You have no idea.

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