iOS 18 lets you adjust the noise cancellation of your AirPods Pro 2

iOS 18 lets you adjust the noise cancellation of your AirPods Pro 2

A hand holds AirPods Pro 2nd generation in pairing mode in front of a Pixel 6 phone.

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  • Apple AirPods Pro 2 will allow users to customize Adaptive Audio mode on iOS 18 by choosing the amount of noise to remove.
  • Those currently testing iOS 18 should update their AirPods Pro 2 to the corresponding beta firmware to try the new feature.
  • We do not recommend installing beta firmware on your AirPods, as you will not be able to revert to the stable version if you find the experience unreliable.

Apple AirPods Pro 2 are arguably the best wireless earbuds for iPhone users, offering seamless integration with iOS and plenty of great features. These include an adaptive audio option that mixes transparency and noise cancellation modes. So those who use it can hear human voices, but not loud, unwanted noises. With iOS 18, Apple offers a welcome upgrade to Adaptive Audio mode, allowing users to control the amount of noise it cancels.

As pointed out MacRumors, the AirPods Pro 2’s adaptive audio mode has become more customizable in iOS 18. Those running the latest beta firmware versions on their iPhones and AirPods will find a new option in the Settings app. With a dedicated slider, users can let in more or less noise when using Adaptive Audio mode.

Although the upgraded Adaptive Audio mode is certainly convenient, we do not recommend installing beta firmware on your AirPods Pro 2. After all, AirPods, unlike iPhones, cannot be easily downgraded to the stable version. So if you experience any serious bugs or battery drain while running the beta, you may have to deal with them until the final version launches this fall.

It’s worth noting that the new Adaptive Audio mode is also supported on iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia. So, if you use your AirPods Pro 2 with another Apple device, you will still be able to customize the aforementioned feature.

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