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How to Disable Auto-Switch on AirPods

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The “seamless” switching feature of Apple AirPods can get annoying for those who share devices. Here’s how to stop automatic switching.

When you first pair AirPods to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, the headphones or earbuds will automatically connect to all other Apple devices associated with the same Apple ID. Since iOS/iPad OS 14 and macOS Big Sur, launched in 2020, Apple has extended this smooth experience with AirPods (2nd and 3rd generation), AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. When you start listening to music or receiving a call on another device, the AirPods automatically switch to the new device. This is a cool feature that saves the extra taps needed to disconnect and reconnect to new devices.

When AirPods are moved between devices, a “Moved to” pop-up will appear on the previous device, making switching back as easy as tapping . However, if you’re looking for something a little more permanent, Apple allows automatic switching to be disabled completely.


How to Disable Auto-Switch on AirPods

First, make sure your AirPods are in your ears and connected to the device.

iPhones and iPads

  • Head to the Settings application
  • Go to Bluetooth
  • Press the The AirPods more info icon on iOS next to AirPods
  • To choose Connect to this iPhone/iPad
  • Switch from Automatique at When last connected to this iPhone/iPad

mac

  • Click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of the menu bar, then navigate to System Preferences
  • To choose Bluetooth
  • Click on Choice to the right of the AirPods
  • Beside Connect to this Mac, pass from Automatically at When Last Connected to This Mac

AppleTV

  • Head toward Settings
  • To choose Remotes and Devices
  • Then Bluetooth
  • To extinguish Suggest nearby AirPods

How to Switch Devices Manually on AirPods

Now that you’ve disabled automatic switching or if you need to override Apple’s decision, you’ll need to manually switch to new devices.

iPhones and iPads

  • Open Control center by swiping from the top right corner (or bottom on devices with a home button)
  • Faucet The AirPlay icon on Apple devices in the top right corner to switch between available devices

mac

  • Open Control center
  • Click on The AirPlay icon on Apple devices to switch between available devices

AppleTV

  • Head toward Settings
  • To choose Remotes and Devices
  • Then go to Bluetooth
  • Choose your AirPods and Connect