Apple surprised us all by releasing the AirPods Max, the company’s first over-ear headphones, as its final announcement in mid-December.The $ 550 headphones are not only expensive but also impressive, according to CNET editor David Carnoy says they sound “like high-end headphones with tight bass, natural mids, crisp highs, and a wide soundstage for closed-back headphones”

From 20 hours of battery life, active noise cancellation, a special transparency mode, and a fancy surround sound mode called Spatial Audio, there’s a lot to learn about the latest headphones from Apple

But that’s what we’re here for. Below we’ll walk you through 14 different features, tips, and tricks to help you get the most out of your shiny headphones

Seriously, pairing the AirPods Max is an extremely simple process.You need your iPhone or iPad and the headphones, take the headphones out of their smart case and unlock your device

A second or two later you will see a warning on your phone asking if you want to connect to the AirPods Max, tap Connect and you are technically done, but Apple added a quick tutorial that Walks you through some of the basic controls and asks you if you want to enable Spatial Audio after playing a short demo (more on that in a minute)

Once your AirPods Max are paired, the headphones will automatically work with the rest of the Apple devices that use your Apple ID.You don’t have to repeat this process for each device

If you’re setting up your headphones on a Mac rather than an iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to follow the steps in our next tip

The AirPods Max only has two buttons, neither of which is an on / off switch, and no touch controls

The AirPods Max are still essentially bluetooth headphones, meaning you can connect them to other bluetooth devices like the new Chromecast, an Android phone, or a Windows PC

However, pairing with a non-Apple device or a Mac requires a few additional steps namely you need to put the headphones in pairing mode by holding down the noise canceling button until the indicator light starts blinking white with the button in place on top of the right auricle, while the indicator light is on the bottom of the same side

With the headphones in pairing mode, open Bluetooth settings on the device you want to pair them with, select AirPods Max from nearby devices, and follow the instructions

The AirPods Max don’t have touch controls and instead use a digital crown like the one found on an Apple Watch, as well as a dedicated noise-canceling button, both buttons are located on the top of the right ear cup and serve multiple purposes

If you find it easier to toggle between active noise cancellation and transparency mode, or to turn spatial audio on and off with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you can do that too

With your AirPods Max connected to an iPhone or iPad, swipe down from the top right corner of your screen to access the Control Center, long press the volume slider and adjust your settings as desired

On a Mac, click the AirPods Max icon in the menu bar and select the mode you want. Spatial audio is currently not possible on the Mac

The short answer? You can’t do that.The AirPods Max are either on your head and in active use, or are in a low-power mode to save battery life

When you are not using the headphones, place them in the smart case so you can effectively put them to sleep instantly if you forget to put them in the suitcase and just put them on a desk or table eventually put them in the same state, but take longer to get there

If you take off the headphones or just take an earcup off of your head, everything you hear will automatically pause. When you put the headphones back on, they should reconnect and automatically play whatever was last played

There are many settings you can change You just need to know where to look

If you’ve turned on Hey Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, your AirPods Max will follow suit. For example, when you’re wearing headphones and need to switch albums, send a message, or make a call, use the wake-up phrase, Hey “Siri” followed by your command or question

There’s a settings page for your AirPods Max, but unlike the Apple Watch which has its own app, it’s buried on your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings page, in particular, you’ll need to go to Settings> Bluetooth> tap the “i “next to your AirPods Max

On this page you will find options to change the name of your AirPods, adjust the direction of rotation of the digital crown, adjust the volume, and turn off automatic switching

I strongly recommend going through this page and familiarizing yourself with what you can and cannot control

During the initial pairing process, you had the opportunity to listen to a Spatial Audio demo and decide if you would like to activate it The demo is short and ok showing what the feature can do This is to create an environment of surround sound in your headphones that adjusts in real time as you move your head

However, to really get a good idea of ​​what spatial audio does, I recommend watching content that supports Dolby Atmos 51 or 71 Audio Apple TV Plus subscribers can watch the Tom Hanks movie Greyhound, or if you are Disney Plus, all of The Mandalorian episodes are fantastic examples

While watching a show on your iPhone or iPad, turn your head to hear the sound move around you.It’s hands down a crazy experience

Whenever the AirPods Max are in use, you can check the current battery level in the upper right corner of the iPhone or iPad screen.If you use them with a Mac, you can click the AirPods Max icon in the menu bar, to view the battery level

Another way to check the battery status is to use the battery widget on your iPhone or iPad, or just place your AirPods Max next to your iPhone or iPad and wait for the battery life warning to appear / p>

You can use the AirPods Max as wired headphones, but you’ll need to buy a separate cable.It’s a $ 35 Lightning-to-35mm cable you can buy directly from Apple

Each ear cup is magnetically attached to the headphones so you can remove and clean them, or if someone is irreparably damaged, you can purchase replacements for $ 69 per pair

If you’re having issues with the AirPods Max, you can gently reset them – much like restarting your computer – by pressing and holding the noise-canceling button and digital crown until the status light glows amber

If you need to return, sell, or factory reset the AirPods Max for any other reason, you can do so by pressing and holding the noise-canceling button and digital crown until the indicator light glows yellow, then white

After you have mastered your AirPods Max, be sure to check out our guide on Apple’s audio sharing feature, which lets you share whatever you’re listening to with a friend without sharing earbuds if you find out about the new automatic Toggle feature in iOS 14 annoy, you can turn it off with a few taps of your finger If you’re looking for tips and tricks for iOS 14, we have plenty of them too

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