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AirPods – Turn Off The Automatic Ear Detection

AirPods is the name of Apple’s latest ($160 worth) gimmick for your ears. Wireless. Effortless. Magical. – is how Apple describes its latest wireless headset for iPhones. Magical probably relates to the AirPods automatic ear detection, which enables the AirPods if you put them in your ears and they should receive an audio signal from the iPhone. You can turn off automatic ear detection – and here is how you do it!

Turn off the automatic ear detection

To switch off the automatic ear detection you have to open the “Settings” on your iPhone. Go to “Bluetooth” and choose “AirPods” there. Nowdeactivate the toggle next to “Automatic Ear Detection” to disable the feature completely. This way you can stop the AirPods from pausing your music automatically once you take them out.

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Benefits of the automatic ear detection?

When the automatic ear detection is active, your AirPods should recognize if they are in your ears and if they receive a signal from your iPhone. Once you take the AirPods out they go to auto pause. The music wil stop, when you take one of the AirPods out of your ear, and it also resumes playing, when you put the AirPod back in. If you take out both AirPods, the music will stop completely and will not automatically resume again.

Just so you know: If the automatic ear detection is deactivated, all audio media (music, videos, podcasts, etc.) will always play on your AirPods, whether you are wearing them or not.

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