But with a lot of frustration! If your screen is asleep black then your iDevice is in what Apple calls a locked state. Press the Home or Power button or swipe up to awake it and unlock it. Then try squeezing or double-tapping your AirPods! But there is a method to the AirPod Double Tapmadness. That special spot is just above the stem but below the top slit speaker.
Change the press-and-hold action on AirPods Pro
How to pause audio on your AirPods
Yes, AirPods are clearly for playing music but you can rapidly choose where that audio comes from — and just what happens when you tap on the AirPods. AppleInsider details all the options. You can be listening to music moments after you first put AirPods into your ear and we may never get used to how great that is. However, just because they are designed so that you can pop them in and go, it doesn't mean this is all they can do. AirPods don't have screens and they don't have tangible buttons.
AirPods and AirPods Pro don't just provide excellent-sounding music, they also pack in a lot of audio controls — it's just not remotely obvious where they are or how you can use them. Here's how to play, pause or skip through music. It's not as if they come with a pause button. AirPods and AirPods Pro bring excellent music, but until their battery runs out, there's no apparent way to stop the audio playing. There are, however, many ways to pause, skip forward, skip back, and otherwise control everything on your AirPods — without resorting to your iPhone. Without question, the easiest way to pause music on either AirPods or AirPods Pro, is to take them out of your ears.
Subscriber Account active since. You can use them to control music, calls, and other audio media simply by tapping on them, popping them in and out of your ears, or via your iPhone or iPad. There are a few very simple ways to pause audio on your AirPods, with one way allowing you to customize how tapping can be used to perform certain function with your first and second generation AirPods. If you want to pause the audio currently playing through your AirPods, the easiest way to do so is to pop one of them out of your ear and the earbud's Automatic Ear Detection sensor will register the removal and pause the sound. Take out both AirPods, and you relinquish control of the audio altogether to your iPhone or iPad.