AirPods: 6 tips to improve their audio quality

In this tutorial, we give you six handy tips to help you get more out of your AirPods, AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. Whether on a call, when watching movies or listening to music, here are some tips to improve their audio quality.

Arrived in 2016, the AirPods from Apple have become extremely popular. Now offered in four different versions, we find in particular the AirPods 2, the most affordable to date, the AirPods 3, which looks a lot like the 2nd generation, but with better sound and support for spatial audio.

The AirPods Pro, on the other hand, take advantage of ANC. They still rank among the best noise canceling headphones around. Finally, you have the AirPods Max, which were (and remain) the first over-ear AirPods, and are some of the best wireless headphones on the market.

No matter which model you purchased, you may not realize how many little hidden tricks exist for AirPods. Here are six tips to help you enjoy a better experience.

To get better sound from AirPods, it is best to make the music file being played in AAC format. A format offered by Apple Music and Tidal in particular, but also YouTube Music Premium. Spotify only uses AAC on its desktop version. Spotify apps offer a different file type, called Ogg Vorbis. Deezer still uses MP3.

AirPods are able to stream these audio files over Bluetooth without any conversion. Simply put, what you hear is what your phone downloaded. Other types of music files need to be converted live when you play them in order to stream via Bluetooth (in a format called SBC), and this process means that already compressed music files are digitally cut and then compressed again.

Unlike the Sony LinkBuds S for example, the AirPods don’t have a dedicated app to change their EQ settings or customize the sound. The best you can do is go to settings in Apple Music (or whatever music app you’re using) and adjust the app’s equalizer instead…

There is, however, a secret EQ option. Like so many of the iPhone’s best-kept secrets, it’s hidden in Settings > Accessibility. From there, go to Audio and Visualthen Aheadphone adaptation. Here there are some presets you can use: Balanced tonewhich is the normal configuration, Rangewhich boosts the mids and slightly reduces the bass impact, while Shine prioritizes the treble and flattens the bass further.

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This one is for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max users, but if you’re in a location that doesn’t require Active Noise Cancellation to be turned on, turn it off. You will get a more accurate sound.

You can do this easily in the Control Center. Swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone if you have one with Face ID, or swipe up from the bottom if you have one with a Home button. Press and hold the volume slider, then press noise control and choose Disabled.

This tip applies to AirPods 3rd Generation, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max, which all support this feature. Spatial audio is pretty decent when watching movies, but less so in music. Same observation for Dolby Atmos, which can alter the sound quality.

You can completely disable Dolby Atmos in Settings > Music. From now on, you will only get the classic versions of the audio tracks you listen to. Then open Control Center on your iPhone by swiping up from the top right (if you have Face ID) or from the bottom (if you have a Home button), press and hold the volume slider, then turn Spatial Audio off .

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AirPods Pro are the only AirPods with in-ear tips, and it’s important that they fit properly in your ears. If they’re too big or too small, you won’t get the right sound. Proper support ensures that sound from outside doesn’t leak in. You’ll get better noise cancellation and cleaner sounds.

You can test to check the fit of your AirPods Pro at any time. Go to Settings > Bluetooth while they’re in your ears, find them in your device list and tap the “i” icon on the right. Touch Eartip Fit Test. If the Ear Tips Fit Test option doesn’t appear, make sure you’re using iOS (or iPadOS) version 13.2 or later.

If the test recommends adjusting your AirPods Pro or trying a different eartip size, try repositioning the AirPods Pro and run the test again. Then try another tip size. Different sizes may be needed for the left ear and the right ear.

We are not going to hide it, the AirPods are correct in sound, but rather mediocre in appeal. There is a hidden feature for AirPods that can improve the audio quality of your calls. By suppressing background noise, this function allows you to pick up your voice better, which will allow your interlocutors to be heard better.

Go into Settings > Accessibility > Audio and Visual > Earphone adaptation. Activate the option. Go down then, select Transparency Mode and activate conversation amplifier. Your interlocutors should hear you better.

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