How to Use the ‘Hey Siri’ Command With AirPods (2nd Generation)

Apple refreshed its AirPods wireless earbuds in March 2019, adding a number of new features that set it apart from the previous generation AirPods. One of those features is the ability to summon Siri entirely handsfree, allowing you to speak a variety of commands and ask questions.


With the first-generation AirPods, you had to use the default double tap gesture on the left or right earpiece to activate Siri before you could start talking. But with second-generation AirPods, all you have to do is say "Hey Siri" and the digital assistant will be ready to respond to the words that follow.

You can still use the double-tap gesture to summon Siri on the new AirPods if you prefer, but you should find the immediacy of using the "Hey Siri" invocation a lot more convenient if you tend to be working with your hands when you're wearing Apple's wireless earbuds.

Siri can be used with your AirPods to control your music, ask queries, make phone calls, and check the status of your AirPods. At the bottom of this article is a quick list of commands to get you started.

Note that these commands won't do anything if your iOS device doesn't have a network connection. It's an odd requirement, but unlike Voice Control, Siri needs an internet connection even for basic playback commands.
  • "Turn volume up/down" or "Raise the volume by 50 percent."

  • "Play" or "Pause music."

  • "Resume music."

  • "Play [Song Name]" or "Play [Podcast Name]."

  • "Play my Favorites List."

  • "Play my New Music List."

  • "Skip back/forward" or "Skip back/forward X seconds/minutes."

  • "Skip to the next song."

  • "How is the battery life of my AirPods?"


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How to Wirelessly Charge Your AirPods

Apple in March launched second-generation AirPods that include several new features over the original models, including the ability to wirelessly charge using third-party charging pads.


Apple also launched a Wireless Charging Case for use with first-generation AirPods, so if you bought a pair of new AirPods with Wireless Charging Case, or you purchased a Wireless Charging Case separately, then keep reading to learn how the charging procedure works.

How to Charge Your AirPods Wirelessly


New Apple AirPods usually come fully charged out of the box, but at some point during use you'll hear a tone when your AirPods' batteries are low, and another tone just before they run out.

When that time comes, it's time to charge your AirPods. Simply putting them back in the case usually does the trick – the case holds multiple, full charges for your AirPods, allowing you to charge on the go. But at some point the charging case will also become depleted, and then it will need charging too.


Apple's Wireless Charging Case and second-generation AirPods can be charged with any Qi-compatible charging mat or stand. (If you don't have one and are wondering which to buy, check out our roundup of the best Qi-compatible charging mats and stands for Apple devices.) Here's how it's done.
  1. Place the case on the charger with the status light on the front of the case facing up (or towards you if you're using a stand). Note that you can charge your case with or without your AirPods inside.

  2. The status light should turn on for several seconds, then turn off as it continues to charge.

  3. If the light doesn't turn on when you put it on the charging mat, try repositioning the case.
If you have trouble getting the case to charge, check that the cable is firmly plugged into the charging mat and that the other end is correctly plugged into a power outlet. If the case still isn't charging, don't forget that you can also charge it by plugging the supplied Lightning cable into the Lightning connector on the bottom, and the other end of the cable into a USB charger or port.

Checking Your AirPods Battery Life


You can check the battery status of your AirPods by opening the charging case lid with the AirPods inside and holding the case close to your iPhone. The charge status of your AirPods and their case should appear on the device's screen, and if you take out an AirPod, you'll see individual percentages for the two earpieces.


You can also check the charge status of your AirPods using the Batteries widget in your iPhone's Today View, accessed by swiping right on the Lock screen or on your Home screen's first screen of apps.

A fully charged Wireless Charging Case will provide AirPods with more than 24 hours of listening time, or up to 18 hours of talk time. If you charge AirPods for 15 minutes in the case, you get up to 3 hours of listening time or up to two hours of talk time.

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