If you're an iPhone user, you must have heard of Airpods. These wireless earbuds were first released in December 2016 and have been gaining popularity ever since.
If you're an owner of these Airpods, then there's a good chance you must have wondered if you can use them to answer phone calls. But what can they do exactly? And can you use them to answer calls?
This is a question that was asked when they were first released. In this blog post, we will be discussing whether or not it is possible to answer calls with Airpods and how to do it. Keep reading to learn more.
Can you answer calls with Airpods?
Yes, you can use your Airpods (all generations) and Airpods pro to answer phone calls and even video calls. The steps to follow in other to make use of your Airpods to answer calls are straightforward.
The first thing you need to do before answering calls with your Airpods is to pair your smartphone with the Airpods.
If you make use of an iPhone, which is a lot easier since Airpods were made for iPhone users, all you need to do is leave your Airpods in the charging case, then go to your phone's HOME SCREEN and open your Airpods charging case close to your phone. An Airpods animation will pop up. Click on connect and follow the onscreen instructions to connect.
If you use an android device, turn on your Bluetooth on your phone, go to SETTINGS, click on CONNECTED DEVICES and select BLUETOOTH. Then open the Airpods charging case with the Airpods still in it and press the white button at the back until the Airpods name appears on your Bluetooth list of devices. Click on the Airpods and select pair.
How to answer calls with my Airpods (1st and 2nd generation)
The controls you need to answer calls on your Airpods are on the Airpods, so you don't necessarily have to touch your phone while using them. Ensure you have followed the steps above to connect your Airpods to your smartphone and you have them ready.
If you make use of the first-generation Airpods and a call comes in. With the Airpods on your ears, all you need to do is double-tap on your Airpods to answer the call.
The second-generation Airpods require you to tap only once on them to answer calls.
The Airpods have an in-built touch sensor that allows you to perform certain actions like tapping to answer calls.
How to answer calls with my Airpods pro
Just like the first and second-generation Airpods, all you need to answer calls on the Airpods pro are still on the earbuds. But there is a slight difference between the Airpods pro and the first and second-generation Airpods.
The Airpods have a flat force sensor on the stem area of both earbuds. So to answer a call with your Airpods pro, you need to also connect them using the same method explained earlier.
While the Airpods Pro is connected to your phone and a call comes in, all you have to do is press on the force sensor. Then you can enjoy your call on your Airpods Pro without stress.
How to make Airpods announce incoming calls on iPhone
While using your Airpods, if you have your phone in your pocket or out of sight, you can still know the person calling you if your Airpods announce incoming calls. Here's how you can activate this feature:
- Go to SETTINGS on your iPhone,
- Tap on PHONE.
- Select ANNOUNCE CALLS.
- Select HEADPHONES ONLY.
Once done, your Airpods will announce an incoming call. This setting is only applicable when there is a connected headphone to your iPhone.
How to answer calls with my Airpods hands-free
Most times, a call comes in, we might be doing the dishes or probably some other chores that keep your hands busy from picking up the phone. Then, we would wish there was a way to answer calls without having to get our phones wet or dirty from our chores.
To answer a phone call with your Airpods and handsfree can be relieving at times. Well, "Siri" can help you achieve that. This feature is for only iPhone users as 'Siri' will be assisting you. If you've used iPhones before, you know Siri is a voice-responsive AI exclusively for iOS devices. Here's how you can answer calls with Airpods handsfree:
- Firstly, you need to activate "Siri" by going to your iPhone settings, scrolling down, and clicking on SIRI & SEARCH, toggle the switch to turn it green and enable "LISTEN FOR HEY SIRI", then tap continue.
- You will be asked to speak some phrases on your phone, this helps SIRI understand and activate when it hears your individual voice. After that, tap DONE, and SIRI will be successfully set up.
- Once you've set up Siri, put on your Airpods. If a call comes in, activate SIRI on the Airpods (1st and 2nd generation) with a double-tap on either Airpod or with a command (for Airpods Pro and Max) by saying, "Hey Siri, answer my call".
Can I decline or end a call while wearing Airpods?
Yes, you can decline or end a call with your Airpods. To do so, you can go to your phone and use the on-screen controls to end the calls.
You can also end calls with your Airpods by simply double-tapping the sides of Airpods 1 & 2 while on a call, this will end the active call. This process works for both first-generation Airpods and second-generation Airpods. For Airpods pro, you simply squeeze the force sensor to end the call.
Is Airpods good for calls?
Yes, Airpods are good for making calls. They have a good sound quality which is an essential feature for headphones. Most times, Airpod's sound quality is better and clearer than the Bluetooth in cars, and they don't die easily. You can use a fully charged Airpods to make a call for as long as 3 hours. These are some of the reasons why Airpods are good for making calls.
Also, they are durable when properly maintained. They charge rapidly so that they can be readily available. Airpods also has a noise cancellation feature. Their microphone is apt, and it is convenient for someone making a call.
Likely issues you face when making calls with your Airpods
While making use of your Airpods to answer a call, you will likely face some issues. Some of the issues you might likely face and how to resolve them are explained below:
Patchy Audio or Static problem
When you are on call, the audio that comes in is patchy or static, this means that you are too far from your connected phone, which is around 30 feet or more depending on the generation of Airpods you have and the type of phone you make use of.
The patchy audio or static problem might also mean that you are separated from your phone by an obstacle like a wall or other source of interference blocking the Bluetooth signals from your Airpods to your phone.
To stop this audio problem so that you can hear your callers clearly, all you have to do is to be within the stipulated range the Bluetooth can reach.
You should also try to avoid obstacles around you causing the interference of the Bluetooth signals to your Airpods.
Airpods Disconnecting calls
If when you make use of your Airpods to play music or watch movies and it disconnects when you make calls, it can be frustrating. Well, you can solve this issue to prevent it from happening again.
The usual cause is your Airpods might be running low on battery. This will stop you from having a smooth call as the call might will keep disconnecting due to not being able to draw enough power to maintain the call. Place the Airpods back in their case and charge them for 20 minutes or more before resuming your calls.
If your Airpods battery is full and you still experience this issue, all you need to do is to disconnect your Airpods from your phone and reconnect it.
Are Airpods good for zoom calls?
Yes, Airpods are good for zoom calls, both the first and second-generation Airpods, and the Airpods pro or max. These Airpods have the noise cancellation feature, which makes phone calls better and provides an immersive experience plus you don't have to worry about fondling with wires during your Zoom call.
You have to be connected to your phone or computer using the Bluetooth of your Airpods to be able to make Zoom calls. On your computer, you have to set the audio of the Zoom call to route through headphones.
Frequently Asked Questions about answering calls with Airpods
Q. Can I make calls using your Airpods?
A. Yes, you can make calls with your Airpods, and it's easy to do. This feature is for only iPhone users as 'Siri' will be the one assisting you. All you have to do is to activate SIRI and give it the command on who to call. For example, on your Airpods Pro, you can say "HEY SIRI, CALL WIFE".
Q. What is the easiest way to answer a call on my Airpods?
A. The easiest way to answer a call on your Airpods is by saying "HEY SIRI, ANSWER THE CALL". This will enable you to answer calls without having to take your phone out of your pocket. Using "HEY SIRI" to activate SIRI is available only on Airpods Pro.
Q. Can I use my Airpods to answer calls without my iPhone?
A. Yes, you can still answer calls without your iPhone as long as you have a source capable of receiving calls connected to the Airpods like an Apple Watch (GPS + Cellular). The cellular models of Apple watches use an eSIM to make and receive calls and can be connected to your Airpods.
Q. Can I use my Airpods while they're charging to answer calls?
A. No, it is practically impossible because the Airpods will be in their case while charging and cannot be used to answer calls.
In this article, it has been made clear that you can make use of your Airpods to answer calls. Also, it explained the steps necessary to achieve this connection.
If you have any other questions about connecting how to answer calls with your Airpods, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading.