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The latest iOS has some impeccable features for the AirPods and AirPods Pro too, like the Spatial Audio, Automatic Device Switching, Headphone Accommodations, and Battery Notifications. All of them are added to make your AirPods more productive, all you need is the latest iOS, iPadOS firmware on iPhone, iPad respectively. On top of that, hundreds of users did try to get hands-on with these features but failed, because sometimes iOS AirPods Pro Switching not working or the AirPods isn’t sending the battery notifications.
In this tutorial, we’ll stick to the Automatic Device Switching AirPods Pro issue, and see, why it isn’t working, what are the pre-requisites to use the Automatic Device Switching, and how to use Auto-Switching on AirPods Pro, and other compatible devices.
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What is Automatic Device Switching iOS, macOS?
Automatic Device Switching was announced with the latest iOS/iPadOS, it’s a kind of continuity feature that lets your AirPods switch between compatible devices when signed in with the same iCloud account. For instance, if you’re listed to the Apple Music on iPhone, but want to watch a Movie on Mac, or listen to the songs on Apple Watch, simply turn it on, AirPods will automatically switch to the device playing media.
Gone are the days, when you need to open the Bluetooth Settings and connect the AirPods to play music, try this Automatic Device Switching for a better experience.
Required OS for Automatic Device Switching
- iOS 14/ iOS 15 or later,
- iPadOS 14/ iPadOS 15 or later,
- macOS Big Sur, macOS Monterey or later.
Update Your AirPods Pro Firmware to Latest Update
Note: Automatic Device Switching on AirPods Pro works after Update AirPods Pro Firmware version on the latest one, AirPods Pro Firmware Version is must be 3A283 or later, You can check Your AirPods Pro Firmware version after connecting to your iPhone, open Settings app on iPhone > General > About > Scroll to AirPods Name > Here’s Fimrware Version. The latest Airpods Pro firmware version is 4A400.
If your AirPods Pro Firmware Version is Outdated means, 2D27 or Older, Then you must update it. To Update, Keep your AirPods Pro connected with your iPhone and your iPhone has an active internet connection. This Software update is automatic, we can’t request iOS and iPadOS update.
However, if iOS 14 AirPods Auto-Switching not working, continue to read the article.
Which Apple AirPods Support Automatic Device Switching?
Unfortunately, not all AirPods are compatible with automatic device switching, here’s the list of Headphones that support automatic switching.
- AirPods Pro
- AirPods (2nd Generation)
- Powerbeats Pro
- Beats Solo Pro
AirPods Original is not supported by the Automatic Device Switching.
Which Apple Devices are Compatible with Automatic Device Switching Feature?
The iPhone, iPod Touch running iOS 14 or later, iPad running iPadOS 14 or later, MacBook updated with macOS Big Sur or later, and Apple Watch updated with watchOS 7 or later, are compatible with the Automatic Device Switching feature. However, it won’t work with Apple TV.
In short, if you have any of the below-enlisted devices, the automatic device switching should work,
- iPhone 6S, 6S Plus or later
- All iPad Pro Models
- iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad (5th Gen) or later
- Apple Watch Series 3 or later
- iMac (2014), MacBook (2015), MacBook Pro (Late 2013), MacBook Air (2013), or later
Make Sure AirPods Automatic Switching option enabled on iPhone and Mac or other related Devices
Steps to Check Airpods Pro Automatic Switching on iPhone
- Open Settings App
- Tap Bluetooth
- Tap the (i) Available button next to the name of your AirPods or Airpods Pro
- Tap Connect to This iPhone, then tap Automatically.
That’s easy. Now your Airpods automatic switching will work like a charm. Jut test again.
Steps to Check AirPods Automatic Switching on Mac Computer
- Click on Apple Logo on the top menu bar
- Go to System Preference
- Next Bluetooth
- Find Connected Airpods, next click on Options
- Make sure the Connected to This Mac option setting is selected to Automatically in a dropdown list.
Please don’t go with the When Last Connected to This Mac option, cause it prevents Airpods automatic switching feature.
How to Use Automatic Device Switching with Apple Wireless AirPods
Well, there is no procedure or any setup, simply update the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, to the latest compatible version, and also cross verify, your AirPods are listed in the above list.
The next thing to be checked is all the Apple devices must be signed in with the same iCloud account. Start listening to the songs, etc. on any of the devices, and if you change your mind, and start watching YouTube, the AirPods will automatically switch to the device on which YouTube is playing.