How to Answer Phone Calls With AirPods Pro

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AirPods Pro has become a popular choice for seamless communication, offering advanced noise cancellation for crystal-clear audio and active participation in conversations. Their compact and lightweight design ensures comfort during extended calls and seamless integration with Apple devices provides convenience and additional features. Understanding the importance of effective call handling and leveraging the benefits of AirPods Pro can significantly enhance your communication skills. In the following sections, we will provide a comprehensive guide on setting up and using AirPods Pro for answering phone calls and maximizing your communication capabilities.


Key Takeaways

  • Effective phone call handling with AirPods Pro requires proper preparation and connection. Ensure your AirPods Pro is paired with your iPhone, check the battery level for uninterrupted calls, and adjust the fit and position of the AirPods Pro for comfort and optimal audio quality.
  • Answering and managing phone calls with AirPods Pro is convenient and seamless. Utilize features such as “Announce Calls” for voice-activated call acceptance, activate AirPods Pro by double-tapping or pressing the force sensor, and easily manage calls with functions like call acceptance, call holding, call switching, and muting/unmuting. Adjust call volume, enable/disable noise cancellation, and switch to Transparency mode for customized call experiences.


Inside This Article

  1. Preparing AirPods Pro for Phone Calls
  2. Answering Phone Calls with AirPods Pro
    1. Receiving an incoming call
    2. Managing Calls with AirPods Pro
    3. Adjusting Call Volume and Audio Settings
  3. Best Practices for Using AirPods Pro During Phone Calls
  4. Conclusion


a man answering a call using AirPods Pro
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Preparing AirPods Pro for Phone Calls

When it comes to answering phone calls with AirPods Pro, proper preparation ensures a smooth and hassle-free experience. Here are some essential steps to get your AirPods Pro ready for your next call:

1. Connecting AirPods Pro to Your iPhone

To begin, make sure your AirPods Pro is properly paired with your iPhone. Simply open the lid of the AirPods Pro case and bring it close to your iPhone. A setup animation will appear on your iPhone screen, guiding you through the pairing process. Once connected, your AirPods Pro will automatically connect to your iPhone whenever you open the case, allowing you to seamlessly answer phone calls.

2. Checking the Battery Level of AirPods Pro

Before answering important calls, it’s crucial to ensure that your AirPods Pro has sufficient battery life. To check the battery level, open the AirPods Pro case near your iPhone or access the battery widget on your iPhone’s home screen. You’ll be able to see the battery percentage for both the AirPods Pro and the charging case. It’s recommended to keep your AirPods Pro charged to avoid interruptions during phone calls.

3. Adjusting the Fit and Position of AirPods Pro

Achieving a comfortable and secure fit is essential for a pleasant phone call experience — after all, you don’t want your AirPods Pro to keep falling out. Start by inserting the AirPods Pro into your ears, ensuring a snug fit. If needed, try different sizes of silicone ear tips included with the AirPods Pro to find the most suitable option. Adjust the position of the AirPods Pro in your ears to optimize audio quality and ensure they stay securely in place during your calls.


Answering Phone Calls with AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro not only provides exceptional sound quality but also offers convenient features for seamlessly managing phone calls. Here’s a guide on how to effectively answer and handle phone calls by just tapping AirPods Pro:

AirPods pro force sensor

Receiving an Incoming Call

  1. Recognizing the incoming call notification: When you receive a phone call, your iPhone will display a notification on the lock screen or in the form of a banner. Take a glance at your device to identify the incoming call. You can also enable the “Announce Calls” feature by going to Settings > Siri & Search> Announce Calls and choosing an option. With the “Announce Calls” feature enabled, Siri has the ability to identify incoming phone calls and FaceTime calls. It will also ask you if you want to answer the call, allowing for the convenience of accepting or declining calls hands-free by just saying “yes” or “no”.
  2. Activating AirPods Pro for answering calls: To answer the call using AirPods Pro, simply double-tap on either of the AirPods or press the force sensor located on the stem of your AirPods Pro. This action will seamlessly transfer the call audio to your AirPods Pro, allowing you to start the conversation.

Also read: How to Receive or Make Calls from iPad [Ultimate Guide]

Managing Calls with AirPods Pro

  1. Accepting incoming calls and ending calls: To answer calls with AirPods, ensure they are properly connected to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple Watch (with cellular or Wi-Fi). Once you have the AirPods Pro in your ears, simply press the indentation on the stem of either AirPod to conveniently answer or end the call.
  2. Putting calls on hold: In the event of a second incoming call while on call, you have the ability to answer the second call while placing the first call on hold. To place a call on hold using AirPods Pro, simply press the indentation on the stem.
  3. Switching between calls: You can effortlessly switch between the calls by pressing the indentation on the stem. To conclude the ongoing call and switch to the one on hold, double-press the indentation of the stem.
  4. Muting and unmuting calls: To effortlessly silence or restore sound from your AirPods Pro, simply double-tap the left pod to toggle the mute and unmute functionality.

Adjusting call volume and audio settings

  1. Increasing or decreasing call volume: Adjusting call volume with AirPods Pro is effortless. You can go to your phone settings, use the volume up or volume down buttons, or activate Siri so you can perform a voice command “Hey Siri, adjust the volume please”. Alternatively, you can also use the force sensor on either AirPod to control the call volume. Simply swipe it up to increase and swipe it down to decrease the volume.
  2. Enabling or disabling noise cancellation: AirPods Pro offers active noise cancellation, which blocks external sounds for an immersive call experience. To enable or disable noise cancellation, press and hold the force sensor on either AirPod until you hear a chime. Alternatively, you can also use the Control Center on your iPhone.
  3. Switching to Transparency mode: Transparency mode allows you to hear both your call and the surrounding sounds simultaneously. To activate Transparency mode, just follow the same process just like you’re enabling or disabling noise cancellation.


Best Practices for Using AirPods Pro During Phone Calls

Finding a quiet environment

  1. Choose a quiet location: Select a place with minimal background noise and distractions to ensure clear communication during phone calls.
  2. Reduce ambient noise: If you can’t find a completely silent environment, consider using the active noise cancellation feature on your AirPods Pro to minimize external sounds.

Speaking clearly and directly into the microphone

  1. Position the AirPods Pro properly: Ensure that the AirPods Pro is snugly fit in your ears and the microphones are facing towards your mouth.
  2. Speak at an appropriate volume: Maintain a consistent and moderate speaking volume to ensure your voice is clear and easily heard by the other person on the call.



Mastering the use of AirPods Pro for phone calls enhances communication skills and overall calling experience. Preparing and connecting the AirPods Pro, managing calls effectively, adjusting volume and audio settings, and following best practices such as finding a quiet environment, speaking clearly, minimizing movement and noise, and regular maintenance are the keys to optimizing call quality.