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How to skip songs on AirPods Pro

Skipping songs on the AirPods Pro is pretty simple and works with both the left and right earbuds.
August 29, 2022

Your AirPods Pro can do a lot to control your music without ever taking your phone out. That’s all thanks to their touch controls, and here’s how to skip songs with your AirPods Pro.

Note that it is actually the force-sensing stem that sticks down below the buds you should aim for when performing any of the actions we describe below.

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To skip forward to the next track, double press the force sensor. To return to the previous track, triple press the force sensor.


Skip forward to the next song using your AirPods Pro

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First, make sure that your AirPods Pro are connected to your device and that you’re currently playing content. After that, skipping to the next track is simple, simply double press the force sensor on the stem of either bud to skip forward one track.

Return to the previous song using your AirPods Pro

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If you want to return to a previously listened to track, that’s also not difficult, just triple press the force sensor on the stem of either bud to skip back one track.

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You can’t use the force sensor to adjust the volume, but you can use Siri by saying something like, “Hey Siri, turn up the volume.”

Yes. You can tap-and-hold the force sensor to switch between different ANC settings. By default, this will be between ANC on and transparency mode.