iOS 14: How to Disable Automatic AirPods Switching Between iPhone and iPad

IOS 14 has a new auto-switching feature for AirPods and AirPods Pro. Thanks to the function, the headphones automatically connect to the device on which you are playing content. The function was supposed to be convenient, but in the end, not everyone likes it. Fortunately, you can turn it off!


Why turn off automatic switching?

If you use your iPhone and iPad as standard, then you will find it convenient to automatically switch AirPods between devices. However, if you often use both devices at the same time, then the function on the contrary will interfere. For example, if you are listening to music on your smartphone while a video is playing on the tablet.

How to turn off AirPods auto-switching?

The option will need to be changed on each of the devices. For example, if you don’t want your AirPods to automatically connect to your smartphone, do the following:

  • Connect AirPods to iPhone.
  • Open up Settings
  • Select a section Bluetooth
  • Find your AirPods in the list and click (i) next to them.
  • Click Connecting to this iPhone
  • Instead of option Automatically select When iPhone was last connected

Repeat the steps on each of your devices to turn off AirPods auto-switching. This feature is supported on iPhones and iPads running iOS 14, and Macs running Big Sur.

After changing the option, the headphones will connect to the device only if they have already been connected to it before. For example, if before going to bed you listened to music on your iPhone via AirPods, then in the morning they will automatically connect to the iPhone. This is how headphones worked before.

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By default, headphone switching is automatic. In this case, AirPods themselves connect to the device on which you play media. For example, if the headphones are connected to the iPad, and you play music on the iPhone, the headphones will connect to the smartphone. If a video was playing on the iPad at that time, it will automatically stop.

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