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How do I turn off AirPods Pro noise-canceling mode on Android?

As an Android user and AirPods Pro owner, I was frustrated to find out that the noise-canceling mode on my AirPods Pro wasn’t working on my Android device. After doing some research, I’m here to share with you how I solved this issue, as well as other solutions that I discovered along the way. In this blog post, I’ll be walking you through the steps on how to turn off the AirPods Pro noise-canceling mode on Android.

To turn off the AirPods pro noise canceling on Android, you simply need to squeeze the stem of the AirPods for about 3 seconds until you hear a beep. This will activate the transparent mode and you should then be able to hear the sounds around you much more easily.

Key Takeaways
AirPods Pro offer noise cancellation and transparency mode for Android users.
Squeeze the stem of the AirPods for 2-3 seconds to turn on or off noise cancellation.
Squeeze and hold the stem for a second to switch between ANC and transparency mode.
Use the stem to pause/play, skip tracks, and skip backward.
Use different sized ear tips and the ‘Fit Test’ to ensure the best sound blocking.
Ensure AirPods are charged and connected to your device before activating noise cancellation.

Does AirPods Pro Have Noise Cancellation on Android?

AirPods Pro do have noise cancellation on Android. The force sensor pad that controls the sound functions is found on the stem sticking out of your ear. So step one is to feel around for the small flat section on the stem of your AirPod. There is one on each AirPod and you can use either one.

To activate noise cancellation, squeeze it for two to three seconds until you hear a blink. This subtle sound signals that noise cancellation is on.

You will also use other versions of this procedure to control your playlist. Squeeze it once to pause/play. Squeeze it twice to skip tracks.  

Squeeze it three times to skip backward. Squeeze and hold for a second (but not so long that you hear the blink) to cycle between ANC and transparency mode.

So, to answer your question – yes, AirPods Pro do offer noise cancellation and if you’re wondering whether it works as well on android phones as it does on iPhones, again the answer is yes.


How Do AirPods Cancel Noise

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 

Should you want to answer the phone or engage in a brief conversation, without turning off the music, toggling up the transparent mode will let the outside world in. But what if you do want to turn off ANC?

How Do I Turn Off Noise Cancellation on Android?

While you can’t turn off noise cancellation on an Android screen as you would with an iPhone, it’s easy to do so on the AirPods Pro itself. Simply squeezing the AirPod stem and holding it until you hear the same blink sound heard when you turned on Noise cancellation will turn it off.

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How Do I change AirPods Pro Mode on Android? 

While both Android and IoS are alike in that they both offer the noise canceling mode transparency modes, only IoS permits you to switch between the two on the device itself.

However, you can still access them on an Android phone by toggling back and forth on the stem of either AirPods earbud.

Just squeeze the stem for up to three seconds to activate noise cancellation and when you want to switch to squeeze and hold for the same amount of time but don’t hold so long that you turn it off.

And as for the other three modes, pause/play; skip a track forward, and skip a track backward it’s as simple as respectively giving the force sensor pad a single, double, or triple squeeze.

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How Do I Know if Noise Canceling Works on Android

When you activate AirPodPros active noise canceling mode it will block out ambient sounds, so you can enjoy the superior sound quality it’s known for.

However, optimum sound blocking is dependent on the tip of your earbud making a good seal with the opening of your ear canal.  So if you don’t think noise canceling is working on your Android you may not be using the right ear tip. This is why AirPod Pros come with three silicon air 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. 

Apple offers a built-in Fit Test tool on its phones that suggests which ear tip will give the best fit for the size of the wearer’s ear canal. However, even though Android phones don’t have this feature, you can determine that just as well on your own

DIY Fit Test

You can just eyeball the ear tips to see which is small, large, and medium, but if you’re not sure, just unroll the edge of each and you will see S, M, and L. Start with the medium one and insert it in your ear canal so you have a comfortable and secure fit. If it doesn’t sit right, try adjusting it with a slight twist, If it still doesn’t sit right, it may be too small. Try large. If medium feels uncomfortable try small. 

Last Minute Check 

Before turning on noise cancellation, make sure your Airpods are charged. Apple has provided 24 more hours of battery life than on AirPods but since noise cancelation mode uses a lot of “juice”, you want to be certain.  

Next make sure they’re connected. They should auto connect but go to your Bluetooth settings page to make sure.

Once you have the Airpods securely in your ear, and are sure they’re all systems go, squeeze and hold the stem of either and hold it down at least three seconds until you hear the blink or chime sound. When you hear it, you will be in Noise canceling mode

Thank You, Bluetooth

Although Apple didn’t design AirPods with Android in mind meaning you will not be able to access all the in-system features iPhone users can, noise cancellation is not one of them.

Thanks to Bluetooth technology, you can take your sound with you without regard to the sound in the room.

  • Pros:
    – Easy to switch between ANC and transparency mode.
    – Can use stem to pause/play, skip tracks, and skip backward.
    – Fit test to find the best fit.
    – Can turn off noise cancellation directly on AirPods Pro.
    – Improved sound quality with noise cancellation.
  • Cons:
    – Canbe’t turn noise cancellation on or off from Android device.
    – Need to ensure AirPods are charged before turning on noise cancellation.
    – Optimum sound blocking is dependent on the size of ear tip.