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How To Use Siri With AirPods 3? Quick Steps

Last Updated Nov 10, 2022
AirPods with an iPhone ready to be used together with Siri

3rd Generation AirPods are the latest technological entry in the line of ubiquitously popular Bluetooth headphones made by Apple.

You can use your voice to activate Siri as you would with your phone or press the stem on the earbud to activate Siri on your 3rd Generation AirPods.

Apple makes accessing Siri a priority with their products as more people become used to using and prioritizing the voice-activated digital assistant in their everyday lives.

How to Use Siri on AirPods 3? Quick Steps

The easiest way to ensure you can conveniently access the Siri voice-activated digital assistant is to set up the voice activation setting.

  • Make sure your 3rd Generation AirPods are connected to your device
  • Use voice activation to activate Siri
  • Press the Stem of the earbuds to activate Siri

It is also possible to set up your AirPods3 to disable voice activation and manually trigger Siri by pressing the stem of the earbuds.

This can be especially useful if you’re exercising while using your AirPods 3.

Use Voice Activation to Activate Siri

Once your AirPods 3 are connected to your device (instructions below), you can access Siri using Voice Activation.

All you need to do is say, “Hey, Siri,” and then Siri will activate. You can then use the digital assistant to open and control apps or ask questions.

All of the commands and functions that Siri has on your phone are also accessible from your 3rd Generation AirPods.

Press the Stem of the Earbuds to Activate Siri

The other way to activate Siri without using voice activation is by touch. You just have to squeeze or touch the stem part of the earbuds. 

Press and Hold the small indention on the stem of either the right or left earbud. Once you hear a chime, Siri is activated, and requests can be made.

Siri’s commands and functions on your phone are also accessible from your AirPods 3.

Make Sure your 3rd Gen AirPods are Connected to your Device

The first step in activating Siri with your AirPods 3 is to make sure your Bluetooth headphones are connected to your device in the first place. Here’s how:

Connect 3rd Generation AirPods to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  2. Select Bluetooth
  3. Turn on Bluetooth
  4. Make sure your AirPods and the AirPods case are both charged
  5. Open the AirPods case with the earbuds still in the case next to your device
  6. There should be an AirBuds popup on the screen – Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your AirPods setup.

If you have trouble with setup, ensure that you have updated your device to the latest version of iOS and then repeat the instructions.

Connect 3rd Generation AirPods to an Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Settings App on your Apple Watch
  2. Select the Bluetooth option
  3. Select the AirPods option on the Bluetooth screen
  4. Make sure your AirPods and the AirPods case are both charged
  5. Your Headphones should now connect to your Apple Watch

If you have trouble with setup, ensure that you have updated your device to the latest version of watchOS and then repeat the instructions.

Connect 3rd Generation AirPods to your Mac Computer:

  1. Make sure your AirPods and the AirPods case are both charged
  2. Open the AirPods case with the earbuds still in the case next to your device
  3. Press and Hold the button on the back of the AirPods case until the status LED flashes White – this should take about 5-10 seconds
  4. On your Mac – Go to Apple Menu
  5. Select System Preferences
  6. Select Bluetooth
  7. Turn on Bluetooth
  8. Select AirPods from the list of devices
  9. Select Connect
  10. Your AirPods should now be connected to your Mac

If you have trouble with setup, ensure that you have updated your device to the latest macOS version and then repeat the instructions.

Connect 3rd Generation AirPods to an Apple TV:

  1. On your Apple TV – Press the button with the Television icon on the Siri Remote
  2. Open the Settings app
  3. Select Remote and Devices from the Settings menu
  4. Select Bluetooth
  5. Turn on Bluetooth
  6. Make sure your AirPods and the AirPods case are both charged
  7. Open the AirPods case with the earbuds still in the case next to your device
  8. Press and Hold the button on the back of the AirPods case until the status LED flashes White – this should take about 5-10 seconds
  9. Select AirPods from the list under Other Devices
  10. Your AirPods should now connect to your Apple TV

If you have trouble with setup, ensure that you have updated your device to the latest version of tvOS and then repeat the instructions.

Conclusion

Once you ensure that your 3rd Generation AirPods are connected to your device, activating Siri using your voice or the stem of the earbuds is the quickest way.

It is also rather easy to learn to connect your 3rd Generation AirPods to any Bluetooth-enabled device.