How To Switch AirPods Between iPhone And iPad

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AirPods are one of the most popular and convenient ways to listen to music, podcasts, and other audio. The ability to quickly switch between your iPhone and iPad is a great feature that makes AirPods even more useful. But what exactly is Automatic Device Switching and how can you use it?

Automatic Device Switching is a feature that allows your AirPods to quickly switch between multiple paired devices. This means that when you start playing audio on one device (like your iPhone), the AirPods will automatically switch to that device so you can listen without having to manually pair them each time. This makes it easy to transition from listening on your iPhone while at home, to listening on your iPad while on the go.

To enable Automatic Device Switching, you first need to make sure your AirPods are connected to both your iPhone and iPad. To do this, open the Settings app on both devices and select Bluetooth. Make sure the Bluetooth toggle is turned ON and then look for “AirPods” in the list of devices. If it’s not there, press the small “i” icon next to “AirPods” in the list of devices and select “Forget This Device” then select “Forget Device” again when prompted. Now re-pair both devices with your AirPods by pressing and holding the pairing button for a few seconds until you see a flashing white light on the case or charging pad of your AirPods.

Once connected, open the Settings app on both devices again and select Bluetooth to check that “AirPods” appears in each list of devices. Now return to the main Settings page on both devices and select General > iTunes & App Store > Automatic Downloads > Music > Automatically Download When On Wi-Fi (if available). This will make sure that any music downloaded through Apple Music or iTunes will be available across all of your connected devices including your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, etc., which is important for Automatic Device Switching.

Now whenever you start playing audio on one device (like an Apple Music playlist from your iPhone) while wearing your AirPods, they will automatically switch over to that device so you can listen without having to manually pair them each time! You can also turn this feature off if you prefer by going back into Settings > Bluetooth > Airpods > Advanced Settings > Auto Switch Devices off.

If you’re an Apple user who likes listening to music through their AirPods with multiple devices, Automatic Device Switching is definitely something worth trying out as it makes switching between them much easier than ever before!

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Does AirPods Automatically Switch Between Devices?

Yes, AirPods will automatically switch between devices. This is made possible by Apple’s proprietary W1 chip, which is found in all modern AirPods. When you’re listening to the audio on one device, such as your Mac with AirPods, and then move to another device, such as your iPhone, the AirPods will recognize the change and automatically switch over. This makes it easy to move seamlessly between listening to music on your Mac and then taking a phone call on your iPhone without having to manually switch between devices.

Can AirPods Connect to Both iPhone and iPad at the Same Time?

Yes, AirPods can connect to both an iPhone and iPad simultaneously. This is made possible by the Automatic Device Switching feature in iOS 11 and higher. To use this feature, simply pair your AirPods with both devices, then toggle Automatic Device Switching in the Bluetooth settings on both devices. Now, when you switch from one device to the other, your AirPods will automatically switch with them.

Pairing Capacity of AirPods

AirPods can only be connected to one device at a time. This means that if you want to use AirPods with multiple devices such as an iPhone and an iPad, you will have to connect and disconnect them from each device as you switch between them. AirPods can’t pair with multiple devices simultaneously.

Sharing AirPods Between Devices

To share your AirPods with another device, you will first need to make sure that the AirPods are connected to the device that you want to share them from. Once connected, open the control center on your device and select “AirPlay”. From there, select the device that you want to share your audio with and then tap “Share Audio”. On the recipient device, make sure Bluetooth is turned on, and then select the name of your AirPods in the list of available Bluetooth devices. Once both devices are connected, your audio should now be shared between them!

Why AirPods Do Not Automatically Switch

If your AirPods are not automatically switching between devices, it is likely because you are not signed in to the same Apple ID on each device. AirPods rely on the Apple ID to identify which devices belong to you and allow them to switch between them automatically. When different Apple IDs are used, the AirPods cannot identify which devices belong to which user, so they will not switch automatically. To ensure automatic switching, make sure you are using the same Apple ID on all of your Apple devices.

Switching AirPods Between Devices With Different Apple IDs

In order to switch your AirPods between devices with different Apple IDs, you’ll need to unpair them from the device they’re currently connected to. To do this, go to Settings > Bluetooth on the device and tap next to your AirPods. Then tap Forget This Device. Once they are unpaired, you can then pair them with the other device using its Apple ID.


In conclusion, AirPods are a great way to enjoy your favorite music, podcasts, and more. With the Automatic Device Switching feature, they can easily switch between your Apple devices so you don’t have to manually do it yourself. AirPods also have a great sound quality and offer up to 5 hours of listening time on a single charge. All in all, AirPods are a great choice for anyone looking for convenient and high-quality audio.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.