How to skip songs with AirPods

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When the AirPods hit the scene in 2015, they were certainly a game-changer in the music world. Like other Bluetooth devices at the time, they let us cut the cord. But AirPods can do so much more, including letting you control your device with just a tap.

Whether you're looking to sing a power ballad, turn on beast mode to work up an appetite for a workout, or just chill out, now you can skip songs with just a tap. But how do you do that?



In this article, we will tell you how to skip to the track of your choice using AirPods. Just follow the step by step guide below.

How to Skip Songs with Gen 1 and 2 AirPods

When Apple first launched the AirPods in 2016, they quickly dominated the market due to their sleek, easy-to-use, and unique design that offered users the same (if not better) caliber of sound as their wired counterparts. They also give users the freedom to control various functions, such as volume, play, pause, and skip tracks with just a touch.

First, the AirPods must be configured to perform this function. Here's how:

  1. Open your Settings app on your Apple device of choice.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. From the list of available Bluetooth devices, select your AirPods by tapping the "i" icon.
  4. Under "Double-tap AirPods," you'll see an option for "Left" and "Right." Select the AirPods you want to use to control the device.
  5. You will now be presented with a list of functions. Tap on the “Next Track” option.

After completing these simple steps, enable music on your device. Double-tap your desired earbud to jump straight to your desired song.



How to skip songs with AirPods Pro

AirPod Pro offers several differences and upgrades over the first and second generation AirPods, including the way we browse songs. They've also included a Skip Back option, allowing you to revisit your favorite tunes without needing to change your settings to repeat.

Pressing the rod activates the built-in force sensor which communicates to the AirPod Pro when and which direction to jump. To go back, the good old double-click becomes a triple-tap.

Here's how to set your AirPod Pros to skip songs (and skip back).

  1. Open your Settings on your Apple device.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Select your AirPods by tapping the "i" icon.
  4. Select the "Left" or "Right" AirPods option depending on what you want to use.
  5. Select “Next track” or “Previous track”.

Follow these steps and you are good to go.

Skip Songs on Spotify with AirPods

If you're an avid Spotify user, you'll be pleased to find that connecting your AirPods, whether first or second generation or the newest AirPods Pro to your account is as easy as a cakewalk. All you have to do is turn on your Bluetooth on both devices and pair them. You can then open your Spotify app and play music from your AirPods, using the functions to skip songs. Plus, with AirPods Pro, you can use Siri support to make your song-skipping experience even more hands-free.



Additional FAQs

Can I change the double tap settings on my AirPods?

You certainly can. AirPods let you assign different actions to a double-tap. To do this, go to "Settings" on your iPhone and select Bluetooth, by tapping on your AirPods in the device list. Next, select the double tap setting for your "left" and "right" AirPods and select the actions you want. Besides skipping songs, you can also use double tap to activate Siri or play/pause audio. If double tapping isn't for you, you always have the option to turn it off completely.


(Siri) Skip to Conclusion

They say the best things come in small packages. Arguably, one of Apple's most popular products is also one of its smallest, acclaimed by both consumers and the press.

Do you own a pair of AirPods? If so, do you find it easy to navigate them? Maybe you think there is room for improvement? We'd love to hear your thoughts on this, so feel free to leave a comment below. Good listening !

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