When Apple’s AirPods were released to the public in 2015, they unquestionably shook up the industry of the music world. As was the case with other Bluetooth devices available at the time, they enabled us to do away with the cord. But AirPods can do much more than that; for example, they let you control your device with just a tap here and there.
Whether you’re in the mood to sing a power ballad, switch to beast mode to pump yourself up for the gym, or just chill out, you can now skip songs with the tap of a finger. But how exactly do you accomplish this? In this piece, we’ll walk you through the process of using AirPods to skip to the specific track that you want to hear next. Simply follow the instructions below.
How to skip songs with AirPods generations 1 and 2
Apple’s wireless AirPods took the market by storm when they were released in 2015, and for a good reason: they were more convenient than wired headphones while providing comparable sound quality. They also give users the ability to control various functions, such as the volume, play, pause, and skip tracks, with just the tap of a finger. First, you need to configure your AirPods to enable this function.
Here’s how you do it:
- Open the Settings app on your preferred Apple device.
- Select Bluetooth.
- Select your AirPods from the list of available Bluetooth devices by pressing the I icon.
- Under “Double-Tap on AirPod,” there are options for “Left” and “Right.” Choose which AirPod you want to use to control the device.
- You will now be shown a list of functions. Select “Next Track” from the menu.
After you’ve finished with these simple steps, it’s time to start listening to music on your device. To skip ahead to the song of your choice, simply double-tap the earbud you want to use.
How to use AirPods Pro to skip songs
In comparison with the first and second generations of AirPods, the AirPod Pro has several new features and improvements, one of which is the ability to skip songs more quickly. They also added a Skip Back function, so you can listen to your favorite songs again without having to set the repeat feature.
When you press the stem, the built-in force sensor is activated, and the AirPod Pro receives information about when and in what direction it should skip. When you want to skip backward, instead of doing a double tap, you need to do a triple tap.
Here is how to configure your AirPod Pros so that you can skip songs (and skip back).
- Navigate to the Settings app on your Apple device.
- Select Bluetooth.
- Tap the I icon to select your AirPods.
- Depending on which AirPods you want to use, choose “Left” or “Right.”
- Choose between “Next Track” and “Previous Track.”
If you follow these instructions, you shouldn’t have any problems.
Using AirPods to skip songs on Spotify
Connecting your AirPods (first, second, or Pro) to your Spotify account is a breeze. Just enable Bluetooth on both devices and pair them. You can then launch the Spotify app and listen to music through your AirPods, using the skip functions to navigate through songs. Furthermore, with AirPods Pro, you can use Siri’s assistance to make song skipping even more hands-free.
Can I change my AirPods’ double tap settings?
You most certainly can. A double tap on an AirPod can be programmed to perform a variety of different actions. To do so, go to your iPhone’s “Settings” menu and select Bluetooth, then select your AirPods from the list of devices. After that, for both your “Left” and “Right” AirPods, select the double-tap setting and choose your desired actions. In addition to skipping songs, you can use the double-tap to activate Siri or play/pause audio. If you don’t like double-tapping, you can always turn it off completely.
They say “good things come in small packages”. One of Apple’s most popular products is also one of its smallest, receiving praise from both consumers and the press. In the above paragraphs, we explained the most common ways to skip songs with AirPods. Do you have a set of AirPods? Do you find it simple to use them? Do you believe there is room for improvement? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below. Enjoy your listening!