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AirPods Max 2 tips and tricks: How to get the most out of your headphones

October 25, 2023

With the release of the AirPods Max earlier this year, Apple created a splash in the over-ear noise-canceling headphone market. In spite of the ridiculous case (which I still don’t like), AirPods Max are quite impressive. 

Over-ear headphones have always felt heavy and made me perspire. The concept of altering the design and enhancing the user experience did not occur to any headphone manufacturers, though. In contrast to other designs, Apple’s has an unusual curvature that is upside-down. Users will feel more at ease thanks to this and a knit mesh canopy made of breathable material without feeling like their heads are overstuffed. Additionally, no other business has ever considered improving their ear cushions, which have a propensity to rip over time. Spatial Audio, Transparency Mode, and Active Noise Cancellation are all noteworthy features, of course.

Here are the top 12 AirPods Max hacks to try out some fun new activities with your $549 over-ear headphones.

How to connect your iPhone with AirPods Max

How to connect your iPhone with AirPods Max

Any Apple device that uses your iCloud account can be connected to your AirPods wirelessly. These include the iPhone, obviously, but also the Apple Watch, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.

When the AirPods Max are turned on, your iPhone or iPad’s touchscreen will immediately show a pairing notification. You’re ready after you tap Connect. Do you require a connection to a non-Apple device? Go to top 14 now.

Connect AirPods Max to a Mac or non-Apple device.

Connect AirPods Max to a Mac or non-Apple device.

The AirPods Max are still primarily Bluetooth headphones. The new Chromecast, an Android phone, or a Windows PC, for example, can be connected to them via Bluetooth. 

However, there are additional procedures needed to link with a Mac or non-Apple device. To set the headphones in pairing mode, hold down the noise control button until the white indicator light begins to blink. The indicator light is on the bottom of the right ear cup, and the button is at the top of that side. 

Open the Bluetooth settings on the device you wish to link the headphones with, choose AirPods Max from the list of nearby devices, and then follow the on-screen instructions. 

Share audio with AirPods Max

Share audio with AirPods Max

It was previously possible to share music using AirPods, AirPods Pro, and a few Beats headphones. Now, AirPods Max may also be used to share music. For those who don’t know, sharing audio refers to the ability to simultaneously listen to the same music with multiple pairs. When working out with friends or watching a movie together on the same playlist, it is quite helpful. Here’s how using AirPods Max, you may accomplish that:

Access the control center from the top-right corner.

In the “Now Playing” window’s corner, tap the audio icon.

Look for “Share Audio.”

Hold the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max in your hands now, then tap them when they show up on the screen.

Voilà! It’s time to enjoy the moment.

How to activate or deactivate AirPods Max

How to activate or deactivate AirPods Max

The quick response? Not at all. Either the AirPods Max are on your head and being actively used, or they are in a low-power mode to preserve the battery. 

Put the headphones in the smart case when not in use to put them to sleep promptly. They will eventually reach that state if you don’t put them in the case and instead leave them on a desk or table, but it will take more time.

Check your AirPods Max’s battery life

Check your AirPods Max’s battery life

Apple makes checking the battery life of the AirPods Max simple. The charge level may be seen on the screen by holding the headphones close to your iPhone and tapping the Noise Control button.

The Batteries widget can also be added to your iPhone’s home screen. Long-press an empty space on your screen until you see the app symbol shake. Find “Batteries” in the list of widgets by tapping the “+” sign in the top left corner. To view the remaining battery life in your headphones, drag the desired widget size on your home screen.

Use “Hey Siri” for nearly everything

Use “Hey Siri” for nearly everything

One of the best features of any audio device on the market is the ability to control your AirPods Max headphones using Siri voice commands. Apple’s AI assistant can perform a wide range of tasks, including taking calls, operating smart home devices, and playing Apple Music songs. You can try these 16 fantastic Siri tips and tricks right away.

Say “Hey Siri” and a command if you don’t want to turn on the feature manually. Siri will respond to your request in a matter of seconds.


Apple’s AirPods Max 2 are revolutionary over-ear noise-canceling headphones that offer a unique design with an upside-down curve and a breathable knit mesh canopy. The headphones also feature active noise cancellation, transparency mode, and spatial audio. To pair the AirPods Max with an iPhone, simply power them on and connect them to your Apple device using your iCloud account. If you need to connect to a non-Apple device, you need to put the headphones in pairing mode by holding the noise control button until the indicator light blinks white.

Share audio with the AirPods Max by tapping the audio icon in the “Now Playing” window and holding the second set of AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. To turn the AirPods Max on or off, place them in the smart case when not in use. Apple makes monitoring the headphones’ battery life simple by holding them close to your iPhone and pressing the Noise Control button. You can also add the Batteries widget to your iPhone home screen by performing the long-press gesture on a blank area on your screen.

Lastly, use “Hey Siri” for nearly everything by controlling your AirPods Max headphones through Siri voice commands. This AI bot can do everything from answering calls to controlling smart home products to playing Apple Music tracks.


How do I get the best out of my AirPod Max?

With ANC turned on, the AirPods Max offer up to 20 hours of playback. Turn off all power-draining functions (ANC, spatial audio, and Bluetooth) while not in use to get the most use out of each battery. The battery life will increase if you do this.

How do I increase AirPods output?

To raise or lower the volume, say “Hey Siri” and one of the following commands: “Turn up the volume” or “Turn down the volume.” Alternatively, you can use the lock screen, control center, or volume slider in the app where you are listening.

Is there an equalizer for AirPods Max?

Apple’s iOS settings have a hidden EQ adjustment. I recently learned about it, and using it truly brought my AirPod Max’s sound to life. According to what I’ve read, “slight” is preferable to “moderate” or “strong.”

How do I use AirPods Max as a headset?

In the following 60 seconds, hold your AirPods Max close to the device you want to pair with until the setup animation appears. You can manually pair AirPods Max with your device if you don’t see the animation. After selecting your AirPods, go to Settings > Bluetooth.