How to Pause AirPods

Plus how to customize Airpod gestures


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There are several methods for pausing and restarting music playback on AirPods. Users can enable or disable the playback functions based on their personal preference. Read on to learn how to pause AirPods.

How to Pause Music on Apple AirPods

Some of the easiest controls on AirPods are for their pause function. By default, if a user removes one AirPods from their ear the music they're playing will automatically stop. If a user inserts the AirPods back into their ear within 15 seconds the music will resume playing.

If a user removes both AirPods from their ear the AirPods will switch to playing music from the speakers of the iOS device connected to the wireless earbuds. From here, users can manually turn off their music from their iOS device.

This function is called Automatic Ear Detection, which users can easily find in the settings of their iOS device.

Turning off Automatic Ear Detection will make it so your music will continue playing if you remove an AirPod from your ear. This may be a good option if you're multitasking and are okay with listening to your music through one AirPod. This may also be a good option if you'd prefer your AirPods didn't switch to playing out loud on your iOS device when you remove them from your ear.

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.

  2. Tap the i icon next to your AirPods' name.

    Airpod Automatic Ear Detection
  3. You can toggle Automatic Ear Detection off if you wish to turn off the function or you can leave it toggled on to continue using the function.

How to Pause Music on Apple AirPods With a Double-Tap

Another easy method of turning off AirPods is the double-tap function. This option allows users to double-tap a designated AirPod to pause music playback. The function must be set by users in order to work.

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.

  2. Tap the i icon next to your AirPods' name.

  3. Tap Double-tap on AirPod and decide which AirPod you want to designate for this function.


    It's recommended to have one AirPod for the double-tap function and one AirPod for Siri function so you don't get confused.

  4. Tap Play/Pause on either the Right or Left AirPod, which each have their own settings menu.

How to Pause Music on Apple AirPods With Siri

AirPod users can also utilize Siri in order to pause their music playback. With second-generation AirPods, users can say "Hey, Siri, pause music" or double-tap their Siri set AirPod to wake up the voice assistant before saying "Pause music."

On first-generation AirPods, users can only use the double-tap function to use Siri for pausing music.