How to Rename AirPods + 10 More AirPods Tips

This post explains how to rename AirPods step-by-step. For someone who prefers video instructions, I also included it to make sure everyone can find the solution. As you read through, you will be able to …

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This post explains how to rename AirPods step-by-step. For someone who prefers video instructions, I also included it to make sure everyone can find the solution. As you read through, you will be able to learn other useful AirPods tips.


Other 10 AirPods Tips

How to Rename AirPods

When you first pair your AirPods with iPhone, a default name is assigned. If you want to give a unique name for identity, you can easily do that. Follow the steps below.

  1. Go to Settings from your iPhone.
  2. Go to Bluetooth.
  3. Find and tap the AirPods with a default name under MY DEVICES section.
  4. Tap on Name.
  5. Change the default name to what you like.
  6. Tap on the Back button.

That’s it. You can now personalize your AirPods with an identifiable name.

Video Guide

If you found the written guide difficult, try this YouTube video.

How to Rename Your AirPods! (Change the Name of Your AirPods!)

Hopefully, by now, you have completed changing your AirPods name.

From now on, we will learn other useful tips.

Check the Battery on Your iPhone

If you forgot to check the AirPods battery, you might want to check it now. The simplest way is the following.

  1. Bring your AirPods case near the iPhone.
  2. Open the case and that will display a popup pane with battery status on your phone.

If you don’t want to use the case to check the battery status, you still can use the iPhone’s Notifications. By default, it won’t show the status. You need to add it by:

  1. Swipe down from the top on your iPhone.
  2. Ensure that the Today panel is selected.
  3. Go to the bottom of the list and tap on the Edit button.
  4. Find the Battery list and select the + icon.

This could be useful when you don’t have the AirPods case in hand.

Switch AirPods Pairing with Different Apple Devices

AirPods are embedded with a chip called “W1”. This small piece of wonder allows your AirPods to link to your iCloud account. This means all your Apple devices synced by iCloud can use AirPods without having to repeat initial paring steps.

  1. Go to Settings and find Bluetooth on the device you want to pair.
  2. Choose your AirPods to start using.
  3. Once you switch to that device, your AirPods will automatically be linked when you open up the case.

Pair AirPods with Apple Watch

Using your Apple Watch with AirPods can also be a convenient way to enjoy music. To pair,

  1. Put on your AirPods and swipe up from the bottom on the Apple Watch screen to have Control Center.
  2. Find and tap on the AirPlay icon at the bottom.
  3. Find your AirPods.

Pair AirPods with Apple TV

Well, you might want to watch TV quietly for some reason, and in that case, using AirPods can be convenient. To use this feature,

  1. Put on your AirPods in your ears or in the case with the lid open.
  2. Turn on your Apple TV.
  3. In the main Apple TV screen, press and hold the Play/Pause button on the Siri Remote.
    • It will open a menu where you can select an audio source.
  4. Move down to your AirPods and press the main button on the remote controller to select.

Now you can watch TV without worrying about waking up your kids or partner.

Use Just One AirPod

When you have a conference call or simply open one ear just in case, you can use one AirPod.

  1. Make sure you have Automatic Ear Detection turned on and take one AirPod out.
    • You may have to press the play button again.
  2. AirPods will automatically mute one AirPod but keep playing the music through another AirPod.
  3. If you want another one back in, you can simply put it out and on. Then, both AirPods will start working.

Tell Who’s Calling You

While putting on your AirPods, there is a call coming in. You may not want to bother bringing up your iPhone to check who’s calling you. In that case, you can configure AirPods to tell you who’s calling you.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and find “Phone.”
  3. Select “Announce Calls.”
  4. Enable “Headphones & Car” to let your AirPods tell you who’s calling.
    • This feature is not dedicated to AirPods. It will tell you when you are in the car as well or when you are using other headphones.
    • “Headphones Only” will tell you the caller only when you are using headphones.
    • “Always” will make your iPhone tell you the caller even when you are not using headphones.

By using this feature, you can prepare before answering the call.

Use Light to Tell the AirPods Status

When you open up the AirPods case, you will see a little light located near the hinge. This tells you the following:

  • Green: Fully charged
  • Orange: Not fully charged
  • Amber: Less than one full charge remained
  • Flashing white: Ready to pair

When AirPods are in the case, this light tells you the status of the AirPods. When AirPods are not in the case, this light describes the status of the case.

Use AirPods as Hearing Aids

Apple introduced this feature that turns AirPods to hearing aides. This is available since iOS 12 and it is called Live Listen. To listen to someone’s saying clearly, you simply put your iPhone near that person then AirPods will deliver clear audio for you. To use this:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap on Control Center.
  3. Select Customize Controls and click the plus (+) sign next to Hearing.
  4. Put on your AirPods in your ears.
  5. For iPhone X or newer swipe down from the top on the home screen. For iPhone 8 or older, swipe up from the bottom on home screen. Tap on the ear icon.
  6. Tap on Live Listen.

Disable Automatic Ear Detection

AirPods have this convenient feature that automatically stops audio when you put off your AirPods and play again when you put them back on. You can use this feature by default. If this feature is not right for you, you can disable the ear detection feature.

  1. Go to Settings and enter Bluetooth.
  2. Select your AirPods.
  3. Find and disable Automatic Ear Detection

By disabling this feature, you can also use one AirPod when it’s needed.

Find Your AirPod(s)

Sometimes it could be easy to leave your small wireless earbuds somewhere and having a hard time searching for them. You may be familiar with this feature if you ever used it for your iPhone. Yes, you can track your lost AirPod(s) and see where they are on the map. The reason why I said AirPod(s) is you can use it even for one AirPod.

To track your AirPods:

  1. Open the Find my iPhone app and select the AirPods.
  2. You can see them appearing on the map. Also, you will see one of the three indicators.
    • Blue dot: the Apple device you are using to look for your lost AirPods – that is, your current location.
    • Green dot: it means your AirPods are online.
    • Grey dot: it means that your AirPods are offline either because of battery or being out-of-range.

In an ideal situation, you’ll be able to see the green dot. When you are near then, tap on the dot to make your AirPods sound. Now, look around!


In this post, we discovered how to rename AirPods step-by-step by written and visual guides. Plus, I included 10 useful tips that can help you to make good use of your AirPods.