Conversation Awareness is a new feature on the AirPods Pro that allows you to hear your surroundings without having to take them out of your ears. It is ideal for situations where you need to be able to hear people talking to you, like when you’re at the airport or on public transportation.
Get started with Conversation Awareness
To use Conversation Awareness, simply open Control Center on your iPhone and long-press on the volume slider. Then, tap the Conversation Awareness button.
Once Conversation Awareness is enabled, your AirPods Pro will automatically lower the volume of your media (music/videos) and amplify the voices of people around you you. When you’re finished talking, Conversation Awareness will automatically turn off and your media will resume playing at its original volume. Conversation Awareness kicks off only when you start talking.
Conversation Awareness is a nice way to stay connected to your surroundings while still enjoying your music or podcasts.
Things to keep in mind
Here are some tips for using Conversation Awareness on AirPods Pro:
- Make sure that your AirPods Pro fit snugly in your ears. This will help them to block out noise from the outside world and improve the sound quality of voices.
- If you’re in a very noisy environment, you may need to increase the volume of your media in order to hear it over the ambient noise.
- You can also use the Conversation Boost feature to further amplify the voices of people in front of you. To do this, open Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Headphone Accommodations and tap on Transparency Mode. Then, turn on Custom Transparency Mode and tap on Conversation Boost.
- Conversation Awareness works with AirPods Pro (Type-C) and second-generation AirPods Pro. If you have the first-gen AirPods Pro, you won’t be able to use this feature.