How to Make Your Airpods the Audio Route Automatically

The steps in this article are going to show you where to find the setting for your Airpods so that the audio starts playing through them when they are detected.

  1. Put your Airpods in your ears, or open the case near your iPhone.
  2. Open the Settings app.
  3. Choose the Bluetooth option.
  4. Tap the i to the right of your Airpods.
  5. Turn on the Automatic Ear Detection option.

Your Airpods can connect to your iPhone and integrate pretty seamlessly with the device. The initial connection typically only takes a few seconds, and many Airpod owners are shocked at how easy the setup process is.

Once the Airpods are connected with your iPhone, there are a handful of settings that you can adjust which let you customize the way your Airpods behave.

One of these settings controls how your iPhone handles audio once the Airpods are detected. This setting, called Automatic Ear Detection, will automatically transfer your phone’s audio to the iPhone once it detects that you have put the Airpods in your ears. If this isn’t currently happening then our guide below will show you where to find and enable that setting.

How to Turn on Automatic Ear Detection on Apple Airpods

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.3. This guide assumes that you have already connected your Airpods to your iPhone.

Step 1: Put your Airpods in your ears, or open the case near the iPhone. This allows the Airpods to connect to the device so that you can access the menu we need for the rest of this tutorial.

Step 2: Open the Settings app.

open the Settings app

Step 3: Select the Bluetooth option.

open the Bluetooth menu

Step 4: Tap the small i button to the right of your Airpods. Note that the word “Connected” should be displayed next to them.

open the info menu for your Airpods

Step 5: Enable the Automatic Ear Detection option. There should be green shading around the button when it’s turned on.

how to make audio go through Airpods automatically

Now whenever your Airpods are connected to your iPhone the audio from the device should play through the Airpods.

Find out how to change the name of your Airpods on this same menu if someone else in your house also has Airpods and you want to make sure that you are using the correct ones when they connect to your iPhone.

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