Although the original AirPods Pro from 2019 have largely remained some of the best wireless earbuds, they aren’t without their flaws. The market has changed drastically over the past three years, with some earbuds matching the Active Noise Cancelation of the AirPods Pro. This also applies to the functionality, as the AirPods Pro are limited in some regards, needing to rely on connected accessories to perform different basic tasks.
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One prime example of this is simply being able to control the volume of your music, podcasts, and movies on your AirPods Pro. With the original iteration, you could manually control the media playback volume from your iPhone, Apple Watch, or with Siri. But this wasn’t always the most convenient solution, especially if you didn’t own, or weren’t using, an Apple Watch.
How to Turn off Volume Gestures on AirPods Pro 2
Among the other improvements, such as battery life, a case with a built-in lanyard loop, and better Active Noise Cancelation, there is another major new feature of the AirPods Pro 2. For the first time ever, you have the ability to control the volume with gestures on the earbuds themselves. In order to do so, you just need to place your thumb on the stem of the AirPods Pro 2, then use your index finger to swipe up and down and adjust the volume.
However, this might not be a feature that everyone wants to use, as you might accidentally change the volume when you’re just trying to skip to the next song or answer a phone call. Despite being launched a week after the iPhone 14 series, the ability to turn off volume gestures on AirPods Pro 2 is not currently available.
Instead, this functionality has arrived with the iOS 16.1 Beta release. If everything goes according to plan this will be available in the final version. Once the update arrives, here’s how you are able to turn off volume gestures on AirPods Pro 2:
- Make sure your AirPods Pro 2 are connected to your iPhone.
- Open the Settings app on your connected iPhone.
- Tap the name of your AirPods Pro 2 at the top of the page.
- Scroll down and tap Accessibility.
- Scroll down until you reach the Volume Control section.
- Tap the toggle next to Volume Swipe to the Off position.
Volume gestures are enabled by default, giving you the option to adjust the volume on your AirPods Pro 2 right out of the box. But we’re also happy to see Apple release additional functionality so quickly after the release of one of its most highly anticipated products is available.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.