How to Set Up AirPods Pro

Get your new wireless earbuds up and running

Setting up AirPods Pro is easy. We've got everything you need to know to connect them to your devices and to master their settings to get the best sound.

This article only covers the AirPods Pro. If you've got the standard AirPods models, check out How to Connect Apple AirPods to iPhone and iPad.

How to Set Up AirPods Pro with iPhone and iPad

With their small size and powerful noise cancellation, AirPods Pro are the perfect on-the-go companion for the iPhone or iPad. Here's how to set up AirPods Pro with those devices:

  1. Bluetooth is turned on for the device (the iPhone or iPad) you want to connect to.

  2. Open the AirPods Pro case, but leave the AirPods inside.

  3. Press the button on the back of the AirPods Pro case.

  4. On your iPhone or iPad screen, a window pops up showing the AirPods Pro. Tap Connect.

    Screenshot of setting up the AirPods Pro on an iPhone
  5. A few screens worth of instructions explain the AirPods Pro's features, buttons, and how to control them.

    Screenshot of the AirPods Pro setup tips
  6. You can activate Siri when wearing the AirPods Pro by saying "Hey Siri." To turn on this feature, tap Use Siri. To skip it—you can enable this later, if you want—tap Not Now.

    Screenshot of setting up Hey Siri for the AirPods Pro
  7. Siri can automatically read text messages to you through the AirPods Pro when you get them. To enable this, tap Announce Messages with Siri. Skip this by tapping Not Now.

    Screenshot of setting up Announce Messages on the AirPods Pro
  8. Your AirPods Pro are set up and ready to use. The current battery status of the AirPods and the case are displayed on the screen. Tap Done to start using them.

    Screenshot of AirPods Pro battery life

Your AirPods Pro are automatically added to all of your other Apple devices that are signed into the same iCloud account that you use on the device you set them up on. No need to set up the AirPods Pro again.

How to Use the Ear Tip Fit Test To Get Best AirPods Pro Sound

One of the best features of the AirPods Pro is their active noise cancellation, which removes ambient background noise and improves your audio experience. To get the best noise cancellation, the AirPods need to fit snugly in your ears, without any gaps. The AirPods Pro software includes the Ear Tip Fit Test to check the fit of your AirPods in your ears. Here's how to use it to get the best sound from your AirPods Pro:

  1. Connect your AirPods Pro to an iPhone or iPad using the steps from the last section.

  2. Tap the Settings app to open it.

    iPhone X homescreen
  3. Tap Bluetooth.

    Screenshot of the iOS Settings app
  4. Tap the i to the right of the AirPods Pro.

    Screenshot of the iOS Bluetooth Settings screen
  5. Tap Ear Tip Fit Test.

    Screenshot of AirPods Pro settings
  6. Tap Continue.

    Screenshot of the AirPods Pro ear tip fit test intro screen
  7. Tap the play button. Sounds play in the AirPods Pro, which software uses to determine the quality of the fit.

    Screenshot of the AirPods Pro ear tip fit test screen
  8. If everything is good, the test reports a good seal. If the fit could be better, it tells you to adjust the AirPods or change the ear tip. The AirPods Pro come with a number of different size tips; just pull the current tip off and push the new one on.

    Screenshot of the AirPods Pro ear tip fit test results screen

AirPods Pro Options: Noise Cancellation & Transparency

The AirPods Pro offer two types of noise cancellation: true noise cancellation and transparency. Noise cancellation is just what it sounds like: ambient noise is removed from what you hear in the AirPods for a clear, quiet experience.

The downside of noise cancellation is that you can't hear people walking close to you, eating while wearing noise-cancelling earbuds can sound strange, and you won't be able to hear important ambient sounds, like traffic. That's where transparency comes in.

Transparency is a feature specific to the AirPods Pro that gives you the benefits of noise cancellation while also letting you hear important voices and ambient sounds.

There are three ways to toggle between noise cancellation and transparency:

  • Tap and hold the button on either earbud. A chime plays to let you know you've switched modes.
  • Open Control Center and long press the volume slider, then make your selection.
  • In Settings > Bluetooth > AirPods Pro, make your selection in the Noise Control section.

How to Change AirPods Pro Settings

There are a few other settings you can use to customize your AirPods Pro:

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth > AirPods Pro.

  2. Change the name of your AirPods by tapping Name, the tapping x, and then adding a new name. The name isn't seen too often; you'll mostly see it when finding lost AirPods.

    Screenshot of AirPods Pro settings
  3. You can set each AirPod Pro to respond differently when you press and hold its button. Tap Left or Right and then choose either Siri or Noise Control. If you choose Noise Control, you can choose which modes are toggled on and off.

    Screenshot of AirPods Pro force button settings
  4. If Automatic Ear Detection is enabled, audio will be sent directly to the AirPods whenever they detect that they're in your ears.

    Screenshot of AirPods Pro settings
  5. Use the Microphone setting to choose whether only one AirPod will have its microphone enabled, or both.