Smart & Connected Life Headphones & Ear Buds How to Set Up AirPods Pro Get your new wireless earbuds up and running By Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated March 09, 2020 Headphones & Ear Buds Working From Home Headphones & Ear Buds Smart Home Smart Watches & Wearables Travel Tech Connected Car Tech iPods & MP3 Players Tweet Share Email 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. Apple Inc. 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: Make sure Bluetooth is turned on for the iPhone or iPad you want to connect to. Open the AirPods Pro case, but leave the AirPods inside. Press the button on the back of the AirPods Pro case. On your iPhone or iPad screen, a window pops up showing the AirPods Pro. Tap Connect. A few screens worth of instructions explain the AirPods Pro's features, buttons, and how to control them. 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. Siri can automatically read text messages to you through the AirPods Pro when you get them. Enable this by tapping Announce Messages with Siri. Skip this by tapping Not Now. 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. Your AirPods Pro are automatically added to all of your other Apple devices that are signed into the iCloud account used 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 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. 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: Connect your AirPods Pro to an iPhone or iPad using the steps from the last section. Tap the Settings app to open it. Tap Bluetooth. Tap the i to the right of the AirPods Pro. Tap Ear Tip Fit Test. Tap Continue. Tap the play button. Sounds play in the AirPods Pro, which the software uses to determine the quality of the fit. 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 snap the new one on. AirPods Pro Options: Noise Cancellation & Transparency 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: Click 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: Go to Settings > Bluetooth > AirPods Pro. 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. 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. If Automatic Ear Detection is enabled, audio will be sent directly to the AirPods whenever they detect that they're in your ears. Use the Microphone setting to choose whether only one AirPod will have its microphone enabled, or both.