The new AirPods feature is very frustrating. I advise you to turn it off

I couldn’t figure out why my AirPods are working so weird. This was not the case before.

They began to disconnect themselves. Pause the music when they feel like it. Lose connection out of the blue.

After numerous headphone resets and my own attempts to figure it out, I found the reason.

The thing turned out to be the automatic switching function of AirPods. She appeared in the fall of 2020. And she was very much expected. But something went wrong.

What is Auto Switch AirPods?

Automatic switching Is a built-in feature of AirPods and some Beats models that automatically pairs with the device you’re currently using.

For example, you were listening to music on your iPhone. Then they took the iPad and started using it. Hop, and the sound in the headphones now comes from the iPad. And as you put the tablet aside and take the iPhone back, then the headphones will switch to it themselves.

The idea is cool, AirPods owners have been asking for it for a long time. It now exists and works between iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Auto switching works with the following headphone models:

► AirPods 2nd generation
► AirPods Pro
► AirPods Max
► Powerbeats Pro
► Beats Solo Pro

For the function to work, you must have iOS 14 or macOS Big Sur. Previous versions of operating systems are not supported.

What is the problem with this feature that everyone dreamed about?

I don’t even know where to start. Because this whole thing is one big problem.

I’ll just list a few examples of what she managed to do to me in three months.

It works when not necessary, but when needed, it works not always… Example. I listen to music on an iPhone, take an iPad, do something. God forbid on the tablet at least some application wants to make any sound or turn on the microphone. That’s it, the music stopped, I now listen to silence from the iPad.

Conversely, I paused the iPhone, took another iPhone, turned on the music … and nothing. Silence. The reconnection just didn’t work, and the music played quietly from the iPhone speaker.

She repeatedly triggered out of placedisconnecting the headphones from the actively used device. The sound began to come from the built-in speakers to the delight of others. All the times it happened at the most out of time.

The most important thing is that iOS seems to have built-in protection against this, the sound should stop when the output source is changed! But … alas.

She cuts off the connection regularly headphones from my iPhone if I’m away from my MacBook. Brutally: bam and that’s it. It is especially great if at this moment you are talking on the phone, and the interlocutor suddenly begins to hear your pocket.

Because of it, the music is randomly paused. If you have two iPhones or iPhones with Apple Watch, do not be surprised that when you receive notifications on both devices at the same time, the music just says “goodbye.”

It seems that the feature does not understand from which device to play the notification sound and stops the track in confusion. Sometimes, playback will resume itself after a few seconds. Sometimes not.


Minus 70% charge per night, duplicate headphones – this is auto-switching that works for me. And not only on Max, but in general on any AirPods.

It harms the battery life of AirPods Max… Autoswitching in my case turned out to be the reason for the unpredictable and phenomenally fast discharge of the AirPods Max. I complained about it in the review. As well as strange pauses.

And the reason was trivial: headphones jump between devices out of the blue, even when they are just lying. As a result, sometimes in the evening I took off at 75%, and in the morning, putting it on, I admired at a cheerful 1%.

It seems to me that if ordinary AirPods did not need to be put into the case, their owners would have been making noise for a long time due to a similar problem. But this is already speculation. The rest, unfortunately, is from personal practice.

How do I turn off the automatic switching of AirPods?

Surprise: It is not simple.

Auto switching does not turn off at headphone level. Since the function appeared in modern “subs” and “bits” with the update of the firmware, it has become completely impossible to abandon it.

Yes, automatic switching must be turned off manually for each Apple device. At least I haven’t found any way to do this for headphones once and for all.

If you have several iPhones, iPads and Macs, switching will need to be disabled manually on every, EVERY gadget. Until you do this everywhere, the risk of a sudden disconnection, reconnection or even interruption of the headphone signal remains with you.

If you reset the gadget settings or reconnect the headphones themselves from scratch (for example, after they have been completely reset), then the setting will need to be turned off again. In the latter case, on of all gadgets.

By the way, there is no such setting for Apple Watch. As far as I know, if you turn off switching in a paired iPhone, then it will stop working for the clock.

❗️ How to disable automatic switching of AirPods for iPhone and iPad:

▸ Connect headphones. This can be done quickly by opening Command centre (curtain, where all sorts of buttons) and clicking on the “radar” icon in the upper corner of the music player widget. Your AirPods or Beats will appear there.

▸ Go to the app Settings -> Bluetooth… Click on the blue icon «i» next to your headphones.

▸ Scroll down the window that opens and select Conn. to this iPhone.

▸ Click on option When last connected to this iPhone.

❗️ How to disable switching on Mac:

▹ Open System Preferences -> Bluetooth… Find your AirPods in the list.

▹ Click opposite your AirPods on the button Options.

▹ In the drop-down list opposite Connect to this Mac select item If the last connection was to this Mac.

It remains to repeat this on absolutely all your devices. ALL. And for prevention – and on the devices of your relatives, if you have used the function at least once Share audio.

Apple needs to fix auto-switching, or abandon it

In three months, this feature alone brought me more negativity than five years of operating a variety of AirPods models combined. This morning was the last straw – metro passengers at rush hour unexpectedly listened to music with me and, judging by their faces, were not very happy. Still would.

How did this come about for a company that makes awesome headphones that work with the best tech ecosystem in the world? I don’t know the answer. But I really hope that in Cupertino the issue is being closely tackled and will find decision.

In the meantime, for AirPods owners who have more than one Apple device, I I advise you to refuse auto-connection and to return the lost Zen of using headphones, for which the whole world loves and adores them.


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