Last Updated on Apr 21, 2021
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The iOS 14 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 iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or later 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 14, macOS?
Automatic Device Switching was announced with the iOS 14/iPadOS 14, 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 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,
- iPadOS 14,
- macOS Big Sur, 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, 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.
If your AirPods Pro Firmware Version is Outdated means, 2D27 or Older, Then you must update it.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 iPhone and your iPhone has an active internet connection. This Software update is automatic, we can’t request like 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
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.