Here’s a hidden little secret that you might not have known about, or have long since forgotten. The side of each Apple AirPod has a double-tap control that can toggle one of several actions, including calling up Siri on your iPhone, pausing or resuming audio, and skipping to and from tracks.
Better still, you can assign each AirPod a specific double-tap action, so you can have one ear skip tracks while another handles playing and pausing music, so long as you don’t mind looking a little silly as you tap both sides of your head over and over on your morning walk to work.
To get started customising your AirPods’ double-tap controls:
Open your iPhone’s Settings app, and then tap ‘Bluetooth’
Find your AirPods listed under ‘Connected devices’, and tap the ‘i’ icon next to them to open their device settings.
Scroll down to ‘Double-Tap on AirPod’ then tap either the Left or Right AirPod option on-screen to edit the double-tap action for that specific AirPod.
Select your preferred double-tap action from the list: Open Siri, play/pause, skip track, and previous track.
After selecting your desired double-tap action, you can tap the ‘AirPod’ name in the upper left to return to the previous menu screen.