How to toggle Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes on AirPods Pro

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AirPods Pro

AirPods lovers have been wanting this for so long. Oh! For so long.

And no matter how many times you might have read this online, but I enjoy writing these words– AirPods now have Noise Cancellation.

This came in as a pseudo-surprise (because of the numerous leaks, it wasn’t really a surprise anymore) yesterday when Apple announced the ever so widely rumored AirPods Pro.

AirPods Pro is a pricey, more sophisticated alternative to the AirPods 2nd Generation sporting additional tech that compliments the overall comfort and the listening experience of the user.

AirPods Pro Noise Cancellation Tech

The ways Apple has implemented noise cancellation and transparency modes into AirPods Pro are also noteworthy. Albeit, that’s a topic for another post.

In this post, though, we’re going to learn how to toggle noise cancellation and Transparency modes on and off for AirPods Pro, now that we’ve finally got it.

How to toggle Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode on and off.

There are two ways to go about it. You can either toggle noise cancellation on or off by physically interacting with your AirPods Pro or by simply toggling it via the control center on your iPhone.

Note: These methods are true for both modes.

On your iPhone

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen on iPhones up to iPhone 8 to summon the control center. On iPhones with notches, swipe down from the top-right corner beside the notch to slide down the control center.
  2. Long press on the volume toggle while AirPods are connected.
  3. You will find three options beneath the volume platter, namely “Noise Cancellation,” “Off,” and “Transparency.
  4. Tap on the option labeled “Noise Cancellation” if you want to turn it on or tap on “Off” if you want to turn it off.

This will enable or disable noise cancellation on your AirPods Pro.

On the AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro Stem

AirPods Pro introduces a form of interaction unique to itself–force touch. Now, you can force touch the stems on the Pods to perform actions instead of tapping on the heads.

Note: There is no way to toggle noise cancellation on and off while directly interacting with your AirPods Pro. You can only switch between Noise Cancellation mode and Transparency Mode.

  1. Press and hold to toggle between Noise Cancellation Mode and Transparency Mode.

Though “Pro” at this point sounds to be a cliche name in the industry, it indicates slick new features for AirPods like noise cancellation, transparency mode, a slight design upgrade, water resistance, and much more.

This is also the first set of AirPods that allow a response from Siri simply using your voice. Yet another intriguing feature which is more of a smart gesture, is that the AirPods’ ear tips can now be adjusted for best results by performing algorithmic adjustment tests.

AirPods Pro will start shipping October 30 for $249 apiece. Will you get them? Let me know in the comments section below.

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