One of the biggest selling points of the Airpods Pro is the noise cancellation feature. This is something that’s usually found on large over-the-ear headphones but has started to become a feature on earbuds.
It works surprisingly well on the Airpods Pro, allowing them to be effective in situations where earbuds had previously struggled, such as on an airplane, or mowing the lawn.
But if you often have only one AirPod in at a time then you may have noticed that the noise cancellation isn’t kicking in. However, you might be looking for a way to make it work so that you can enjoy the noise cancellation feature even if you only have one of Apple’s wireless earbuds in your ear.
Fortunately, this is something that you can do by changing a setting on the Accessibility menu. Our guide below will show you how to get the noise cancellation feature to turn on even when you are only using one of the Airpods.
How to Activate Noise Cancellation With Just One Airpod
- Open Settings.
- Choose Accessibility.
- Touch Airpods.
- Turn on Noise Cancellation with One Airpod.
Our guide continues below with additional information on turning on the noise cancellation feature for one Airpod.
How to Use Noise Cancellation When Only Using One Apple Airpod (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in iOS 15.0.2. I am adjusting this setting for the Airpods Pro.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Accessibility option.
Step 3: Choose Airpods in the Physical and Motor group of the menu.
Step 4: Scroll down to the Noise Control section and tap the Noise Cancellation with One AirPod button.
The setting is turned on where there is green shading around the button. I have it turned on in the picture below.
You can continue reading below for additional discussion on using noise cancellation on one AirPod.
More Information on How to Enable Noise Cancellation for One Airpod on an iPhone 13
By default, the noise cancellation feature is going to be active on your Airpods once you connect them to your iPhone. However, you may not like the way that it sounds, or you might want to be able to hear the outside world in addition to whatever is playing on the Airpods.
You can turn off noise cancellation on your Airpods by turning on a setting called “Transparency.” So, technically, you aren’t “turning off” noise cancellation; you are turning on transparency mode. You can find this setting with these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Choose Bluetooth.
- Tap the i next to your Airpods.
- Select Trasparency.
Note that there is another option here called “Off” which can have a similar effect. You may want to try both of these options to see which one provides the desired effect.
Another setting that you might want to check out is called spatial audio. Switching between this and stereo can provide a fairly different listening experience, so it’s worth trying. You can find it by swiping down from the top-right corner to open the Control Center, then tap and hold on the volume button and tap the Spatial Audio button at the bottom-right corner.
Some of the other options that you will find on the AirPods menu in the Accessibility section of Settings include:
- Press Speed – Default, Slower, Slowest
- Press and Hold Duration – Default, Shorter, Shortest
- Noise Cancellation with One AirPod
- Audio Accessibility Settings
- Spatial Audio Head Tracking – Off, Video Content, Audio & Video Content
Most of the other settings that you would want to adjust for your AirPods, such as what happens when you press one of them or whether or not you use Automatic Ear Detection, can be found by pressing the blue i button to the right of the AirPods Pro on the Bluetooth menu.
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