How To Pause AirPods


Are you listening to a podcast or music on your AirPods but now want to take a break and resume it later? Fortunately, pausing AirPods is not that complicated.

Quick Answer

Remove any one of the Airpods from your ear, and the “Automatic Ear Detection” feature will pause the audio.

We took the time to write a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to pause AirPods. We will also explore the process for disabling the Automatic Ear Detection feature on AirPods.

Pausing AirPods

If you don’t know how to pause AirPods, our following 4 step-by-step methods will help you do this task easily.

Method #1: Removing AirPods From Your Ears

The best way to pause Airpods is by removing one of them from your ears by doing these steps.

Pairing Your AirPods

To connect your AirPods, launch the Home screen on your iOS device. Open the charging case of your AirPods and bring them close to your device. Tap “Connect” when a pop-up appears on your iOS device.

  1. Connect your AirPods with your iOS device.
  2. Play audio on your iOS device.
  3. Remove the AirPods from the case and insert them in your ears.
  4. To pause the audio, remove any one of the AirPods from your ear, and the “Automatic Ear Detection” feature will pause the audio.

The audio resumes if you put the AirPods back into your ears within 15 seconds. However, if you remove both Airpods from your ears, the audio control is shifted to your iOS device.

Method #2: Double Tapping

You can also pause AirPods with a double tap. However, you first need to enable this feature from the Settings of your iOS device by following these steps.

  1. Unlock your iOS device and launch Settings.
  2. Tap “Bluetooth”.
  3. In the “My Devices” section, tap the info icon next to your AirPods.
  4. Under the “DOUBLE-TAP AIRPOD” section, you can select either “Right” or “Left” AirPod for this action. If you are using AirPod Pro, look for the “Press & Hold AirPods” function after pressing the info icon.
  5. Tap “Play/Pause”.
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All Done!

Now, tap your AirPods once on the side you have selected above to pause the audio.

Method #3: Using Siri

If you use Siri on your AirPods for navigation or other purposes, you can pause its voice by following the steps below.

  1. Connect your AirPods to your iOS device.
  2. Take out the AirPods from their case and pop them into your ears.
  3. Start using Siri on your iOS device.
  4. To pause the audio, say, “Hey, Siri. Pause”.
Quick Tip

If you are using Siri with your 1st-generation AirPods, you can pause it by going to Settings > “Bluetooth” on your iOS device. Next, tap the info icon. Select either right or left side to access Siri. Double-tap that side on your AirPods and say, “Hey, Siri. Pause”.

Method #4: Using the Force Sensor

Another way of pausing the AirPods is by pressing the force sensor on your AirPods by doing these steps.

  1. Connect your AirPods and your iOS device.
  2. Insert AirPods in your ears
  3. Play audio on your device.
  4. To pause the audio, press the force sensor on the stem of your AirPods. You can press the force sensor again to play the audio.

Disabling the Automatic Ear Detection Feature on AirPods

Sometimes, you don’t want to pause audio on your AirPods whenever you take any of them from your ear. To fix this issue, you can turn off the “Automatic Ear Detection” feature with these steps.

  1. Unlock your iOS device and access the Home screen.
  2. Open the case of your AirPods to connect them to your iOS device.
  3. Launch Settings on your device.
  4. Tap “Bluetooth”.
  5. Tap the info icon next to your AirPods.
  6. Turn off “Automatic Ear Detection”.
That’s It!

“Automatic Ear Detection” is turned off, and you can now take one of the AirPods out of your ear without worrying about pausing the audio.


In this guide on how to pause AirPods, we’ve discussed several methods for stopping the audio: removing earbuds from the ears, double tapping, using Siri, and by the force sensor.

We’ve also shared a method for disabling the “Automatic Ear Detection” Feature on AirPods.

Hopefully, your question is answered in the article, and now you can quickly pause audio on your AirPods.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change the volume on AirPods?

You can use Siri to change the volume on AirPods by saying, “Hey, Siri. Turn up/turn down the volume”. You can also adjust the volume by using the controls on your iOS device. 

How do I answer calls with AirPods?

Double tap the device to answer calls with AirPods 1st and 2nd generation. While you can answer calls on AirPods 3rd generation and AirPods Pro by pressing the force sensor

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