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You can pause audio from both the left and right AirPods in iOS 11!

It turns out Apple will be rolling out a nice addition to what AirPods will be capable of in iOS 11. With just two taps of your finger, you will be able to pause or play audio in your AirPods from both the left and right sides instead of just the right.

Currently, when listening to music with your AirPods, you can only use the right side earbud as a controller to pause or play audio, trigger Siri, or turn AirPods off. With iOS 11, you'll be able to not just double-tap to trigger a shortcut from the left or right AirPod, but you'll actually be able to set up a different shortcut for each one. Plus, double-tapping now includes a couple of new shortcut options. Here's how to customize it.

As a reminder, this developer beta feature may or may not end up in the final public launch of iOS 11, coming this fall.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

How to customize the left and right AirPod double-tap shortcut in iOS 11

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap Left or Right under Double-Tap on Airpod.
  4. Select from the available double-tap shortcuts, including:
    • Siri
    • Pause/Play
    • Next Track
    • Previous Track
  5. Tap the back arrow at the top left of the screen.
  6. Select the other AirPod.
  7. Select the same or a different double-tap shortcut.

Once enabled, you can just double-tap either side AirPod to trigger the control. Now, all you have to do is remember which AirPod triggers which shortcut!

How to disable double-tap shortcuts for the left and right AirPods in iOS 11

If you find yourself skipping tracks or pausing songs because you accidentally double-tap your AirPods too often, you can disable the feature.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap Left or Right under Double-Tap on Airpod.
  4. Select Off.

Now you can tap, double-tap, smash, or throw your AirPods (which I don't recommend) without accidentally triggering the double-tap shortcut.

Any questions?

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