Mastering AirPods Touch Controls: How to Skip Songs Effortlessly

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How to Skip Songs with AirPods

As an expert on tech-related issues and a frequent user of AirPods, I can guide you through the steps to seamlessly skip songs while enjoying your music. By understanding the functionalities of your AirPods, you can enhance your listening experience without needing to reach for your device.

Skipping Songs on AirPods

Skipping tracks with AirPods is a simple process, but it varies slightly depending on the model you own. Below, I’ll explain how to do this for both the standard AirPods and the AirPods Pro.

Standard AirPods (1st and 2nd Generation)

For the 1st and 2nd generation of AirPods, the process is straightforward:

  • Double-tap the outside of either AirPod to skip to the next track.
  • To make sure this feature is enabled, you’ll need to adjust the settings on your connected iOS device by going to Bluetooth settings and tapping the “i” icon next to your AirPods. From there, you can customize what a double-tap does (e.g., play/pause, next track, or activate Siri).

AirPods Pro and AirPods (3rd Generation)

The AirPods Pro and the latest 3rd generation of AirPods offer a more advanced interaction via the force sensor:

  • Press twice quickly on the force sensor located at the stem of either AirPod to skip forward.
  • Press three times quickly to skip back to the previous track.

Customization and Control

Remember, your iOS device allows you to customize the controls to some extent:

  • Open the Settings app on your connected device.
  • Select Bluetooth.
  • Find your AirPods in the list and tap the “i” icon next to them.
  • Under the “Double-Tap on AirPod” section (or the “Press and Hold AirPods” for AirPods Pro), select what you want each gesture to do.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I skip songs with AirPods while using a device that is not made by Apple?

Yes, the basic gesture controls for AirPods should work with non-Apple devices as well, as long as they are connected via Bluetooth. However, the ability to customize these controls is usually limited to iOS devices.

What should I do if my AirPods don’t skip songs when I double-tap or press the force sensor?

Make sure that your AirPods are properly set up with your device and that the controls are correctly configured in the settings. If it’s still not working, you may need to reset your AirPods or consult Apple’s support for further assistance.

Is there a way to customize the AirPods’ gestures on an Android device?

Customization of AirPods’ controls is generally limited on Android devices. However, some third-party applications claim to offer this functionality. Use them at your own discretion and ensure they’re from reliable developers.


Skipping songs with your AirPods is incredibly easy once you’re accustomed to the controls. Whether you’re using the Original AirPods, the 2nd generation, AirPods Pro, or the latest 3rd generation, a quick gesture is all you need to move through your playlist or album.

In my experience, the convenience of not needing to pull out your phone to control your music is one of the best features of AirPods. Once set up, these gestures have become an integral part of my listening routine, and they’re sure to enhance yours as well.