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Does the AirPods Pro noise-canceling work without music?

As an owner of the AirPods Pro, I was curious to find out if their noise-canceling feature worked without music. After some research and experimentation, I’m here to share my findings and the solutions I discovered. Does the AirPods Pro noise-canceling really work without music? Let’s find out!

AirPod Pros are able to cancel noise without playing music. To activate noise-canceling, all you need to do is squeeze on the stem of one of the AirPods until you hear a beep sound.

There are actually a number of things you can do to improve the noise canceling on AirPod Pros. When I first got them, the noise-canceling was not so good, but it now works very well after making some improvements.

Quick Tips: AirPods Pro Noise Cancellation
AirPods Pro can cancel noise without playing music.
AirPods Pro 2 have better noise cancellation than AirPods Pro 1.
AirPods Pro can cancel moderately loud noises and below when ear tips are the right size.
You can do a fit test using an iOS device to ensure you have the correct ear tip size.
Larger ear tips can be purchased directly from Apple or memory foam ear tips can be purchased on Amazon.

Does the AirPods Pro noise-canceling work without music?

AirPod Pros can be placed in noise-canceling mode without playing music. All you need to do is squeeze on the stem of one of the AirPods until you hear a beep sound, and noise-canceling will be activated.

How does noise Cancelling work on AirPods Pro?

Active noise cancellation (ANC) and its toggle partner transparency mode are two of the features that make the Airpod Pro superior to its predecessor the AirPod.

When in noise cancellation mode an outward-facing microphone detects sounds in the outside world and constantly adjusts in order to electronically counteract them.

According to Apple, this process can involve dynamic adjustments occurring at the rate of 200 per second. Meanwhile, an inward-facing microphone listens for internal sounds so the AirPod Pro can counter it with anti-noise.

AirPods Pro

Read more: Why are my AirPods so quiet?

How much noise do AirPods pro block?

AirPod pros do not cancel out all noise. It will still be possible to hear things such as people talking around you or other loud sounds.

However, when the ear tips are the right size, AirPod pros do cancel out moderately loud noises and below.

When the noise canceling turn on, you should hear a lot less of the sounds going on around you.

To make sure that it is working properly, try turning on some ambient noise on your computer or another phone, then activate noise-canceling mode.

The most important factor in getting AirPod Pros to cancel as much noise as possible is the ear tips. If you are using small ear tips, the AirPod Pros will not cancel much noise.

Whereas, they can be made to cancel a lot of noise by using the correct ear tips that are large enough to create a seal in your ears. Often, people have more success using memory foam ear tips because they expand in the ears.

Read more: Does AirPods Pro noise canceling work on Android?

If you do not hear a lot less of the ambient noise when the noise-canceling turns on, it might be the case that your AirPods are faulty or you are not using a large enough ear tip and it would help to try some larger ear tips.

To tell if you have the correct fit, you can do the fit test using an iOS device.

You can purchase larger ear tips directly from Apple or you can buy some memory foam ear tips on Amazon.

As mentioned above, you can also look on your Mac, iPhone or iPad to see if the noise canceling mode is activated.

If it is activated and you are not getting much noise canceling, the best option would be to try changing the ear tips.

The good news is that these angled tips are easy to change. You simply snap them into place rather than mashing them down over the stem as you have to do with other ear tip covers. 

Even though Android phones don’t have the fit test feature, you can determine that just as well on your own


  • AirPods Pro are able to cancel noise without playing music.
  • The noise-canceling feature is easy to activate.
  • The quality of noise-canceling can be improved with larger ear tips.
  • It is possible to test the fit of the ear tips and adjust them for better noise canceling.