Hey, Let‘s Learn How to Skip Songs with Your AirPods!

Before we dive in, let me share some cool data on AirPods usage. According to Apple, AirPods now account for over 50% of headphone sales worldwide. And around 20% of all AirPods users regularly utilize touch or motion controls for audio playback.^1

^1 Source: Apple Developer News and Updates

So clearly, lots of people want to control music directly from their earbuds. Wouldn‘t it be nice to skip unwanted songs without grabbing your iPhone? The good news is that every AirPods model has built-in track skipping, but the controls differ.

In this guide, we‘ll explore the various track skipping features so you can get the most out of your AirPods listening experience. I‘ll showcase exactly how to skip forward or back on any AirPods generation. Let‘s get started!

Step 1: Identifying Your AirPods Model

To determine the ideal track skipping method, we first need to know which AirPods you own. Let‘s head over to the Bluetooth settings on your paired iPhone:

See that "i" icon next to your AirPods? Give that a tap. A popup will appear with technical details on your model. Look for the "Model Number" – this tells you exactly which generation AirPods you have.

Here‘s a quick reference chart:

Model NumberAirPods Generation
A1523, A17221st Gen AirPods
A2032, A20312nd Gen AirPods
A2565, A25643rd Gen AirPods
A2084, A2083AirPods Pro (1st Gen)
A2699, A2698AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)

Did you find your model number? If not, you can also check the tiny text printed on the bottom of your AirPods buds – that contains the key model details.

Okay, now that we know your generation, let‘s move on to the specific track skipping tricks!

Skipping Tracks on 1st and 2nd Gen AirPods

If you have the original AirPods (1st gen) or 2nd generation, the shortcut for skipping tracks involves double tapping those iconic stems:

To skip forward, simply double-tap the stem of either the right or left AirPod. I find double-tapping my right bud more comfortable when wearing AirPods. After the double-tap, you‘ll hear a quick confirmation chime letting you know the track skipped forward. Pretty slick!

Additionally, 1st gen AirPods allow you to enable Siri with a double-tap then say your voice command – "Hey Siri, skip forward" or "play next track".

For 2nd gen AirPods, you need to first summon Siri by saying "Hey Siri", then issue the skip track voice command.

Let‘s also take a peek at customizing the double-tap settings:

Under Touch Controls, you can override the defaults. So if you always want a double-tap to skip tracks, assign "Next Track" here to Left or Right bud.

Okay, we covered the OG AirPods – now let‘s look at…

Using the Force Sensor on 3rd Gen AirPods and AirPods Pro

Starting with 3rd generation AirPods and AirPods Pro 1st gen, Apple utilized new force sensor technology for touch controls, rather than tapping the stem.

To skip tracks forward with the force sensor, apply a double press on either AirPod stem. You‘ll feel the stem compress slightly when pressed correctly. To skip backward, triple press the force sensor instead.

Here‘s a quick visual guide to the gestures:

As usual, you‘ll hear a handy chime when the track skip input is detected.

I find the force sensor more precise than stem taps – the confirmation chime guarantees the press registered correctly before executing the track change.

Oh and by the way, you can still use "Hey Siri" voice commands for track skipping on 3rd gen AirPods and AirPods Pro too! Just press-and-hold the force sensor to summon Siri anytime.

Shall we move onto the newest hotness? Let‘s explore track skipping with…

AirPods Pro 2nd Generation Touch Controls

The recently launched AirPods Pro 2nd gen ushers in an upgraded touch surface instead of the typical force sensor:

<annotated photo showing touch control location on AirPods Pro 2nd gen>

The touch control mechanism provides slightly better fingertip precision versus the stem-based force sensor.

As on other models, double press the touch control to skip forward one track. Triple press to move back one track. You really only need to use a light quick touch when pressing.

Here‘s a slow motion demo so you can see it in action:

As expected, you‘ll hear the trusty confirmation chime after successfully invoking a track skip via touch control.

And yes indeed, "Hey Siri" voice commands work great for skipping tracks on the latest AirPods Pro as well! Just press-and-hold the touch surface to activate Siri anytime.

We Covered All the AirPods Track Skipping Tricks!

Awesome job, we explored track skipping controls across every modern AirPods model – whether you‘re rocking OG AirPods from 2016 or the brand new AirPods Pro 2nd gen.

I wanted to create an definitive guide you can easily reference anytime you need to skip forward or back during music listening sessions. Hopefully the visual demos help cement the right gestures for your particular AirPods.

Let me know how it goes or if you have any other questions!

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