How to Skip Songs With AirPods

When AirPods arrived on the scene in 2015, they certainly were game-changers within the music world. Like other Bluetooth devices at the time, they allowed us to cut the cord. But AirPods can do much more, including let you control your device with just a simple tap.

How to Skip Songs With AirPods

Whether you’re looking to belt out a power ballad, turn on beast mode to get hyped for a gym session or just mellow out, you’re now able to skip songs with just a tap. But how do you do this?

In this article, we’ll let you know just how to skip to your desired track using AirPods. Just follow the step-by-step guide below.

How to Skip Songs With AirPods Generations One and Two

When Apple first launched AirPods back in 2016 they quickly dominated the market due to their sleek, easy-to-use, one-size-fits-all design that offered users the same caliber (if not better) of sound as their wired counterparts. They also give users the freedom to control various functions, such as volume, play, pause and skip tracks with just a tap.

First, the AirPods need to be set to perform this function. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Open your Settings app on your chosen Apple device.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. From the list of available Bluetooth devices, select your AirPods by pressing the “i” icon.
  4. Under the “Double-Tap on AirPod” you’ll see an option for “Left” and “Right.” Select the AirPod you wish to use to control the device.
  5. You’ll now be presented with a list of functions. Tap the “Next Track” option.

Once you’ve completed these easy steps, turn on music on your device. Double-tap your chosen earbud to skip straight to your desired song.

How to Skip Songs With AirPods Pro

AirPod Pro offers several differences and upgrades compared to the first and second generation of AirPods including the way that we skip through songs. They have also included a Skip Back option, allowing you to re-visit your favorite tunes without the need to alter your settings to repeat.

Pressing the stem activates the built-in force sensor which communicates to the AirPod Pro when and in which direction to skip. To skip backward the good old double-tap becomes a triple-tap.

Here is how to set up your AirPod Pros to skip songs (and skip back).

  1. Open your Settings on your Apple device.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Select your AirPods by tapping the ‘i’ icon.
  4. Select either the “Left” or “Right” AirPods option depending on which you wish to use.
  5. Select “Next Track” or “Previous Track.”

Follow these steps and you are good to go.

Skipping Songs on Spotify With AirPods

If you’re an avid Spotify user then you’ll be pleased to find out that connecting your AirPods, be they the first or second generation or the newer AirPods Pro to your account is as easy as pie. All you need to do is switch on your Bluetooth on both devices and pair them. You can then open your Spotify app and play music from your AirPods, using the functions to skip through songs. What’s more, with AirPods Pro you can use Siri’s support to make your song skipping experience even more hands-free.

Additional FAQs

Can I Alter the Double Tap Settings on My AirPods?

You certainly can. AirPods allow you to assign different actions to a double-tap. To do so head to “Set-tings” on your iPhone and select Bluetooth, tapping your AirPods from the list of devices. Next, select the double-tap setting for both your “Left” and “Right” AirPods and select your desired actions. Aside from skipping songs you can also utilize the double-tap to activate Siri or play/pause audio. If double-tapping is not for you then you always have the option to disable it entirely.

(Siri) Skip to the Conclusion

They say the best things come in small packages. Arguably one of Apple’s biggest hit products is also one of its smallest, praised by both consumers and the press.

Do you own a pair of AirPods? If so, do you find navigating them easy? Perhaps you think there’s room for improvement? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this so feel free to leave a comment below. Happy Listening!

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