How to prevent your AirPods from switching devices automatically
How to prevent your AirPods from switching devices automatically

If you’ve installed iOS 14 on your iPhone, your AirPods will be able to switch devices automatically depending on where it’s playing. This can be practical, but also annoying. We will show you how to disable the feature.

The new features in iOS 14 are designed to make life easier for AirPods owners. Let’s say you’ve listened to music on your iPhone through your AirPods when leaving work. Once at home, you take your iPad and use it to watch some YouTube videos.

Your AirPods recognize the change of device and automatically connect to your iPad so you can continue listening without problems without having to adjust any settings.

This is practical, but some users would like to determine for themselves which device their AirPods are connected to. Luckily this is still possible and you only have to change one setting.

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How to prevent AirPods from switching to a new device

You can configure the delivery of AirPods individually on each device. So you can say that you want your AirPods to automatically connect to your iPhone, but not to your iPad. The option for this is in the settings. We will show you the following using the example of an iPhone although the process is identical on the iPad.

  1. Make sure your AirPods and your iPhone are connected.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Click on Bluetooth.
  4. In the list, tap on the little “i” next to your AirPods.
  5. Tap “Connect to this iPhone (or iPad)”.

Instead of “Automatically” select “When I last connected to this iPhone”.

“Last connected to this iPhone” means that your AirPods will automatically try to connect to the last connected device. If you last listened to music on your iPhone and you wake up your AirPods a little later, they will try to connect to the iPhone again.

“Automatic” is the new option in iOS 14 that searches for devices with active playback. This device is then connected. If you have active playback and start a second playback on another device, the first playback will stop and your AirPods will connect to the device whose playback started later.

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