How to Skip Songs With AirPods? [2023]

How to Skip Songs With AirPods? When AirPods arrived on the scene in 2015, they turned out to be game-changers within the music world. As with other Bluetooth devices at the time, they allowed us to cut the cord. But AirPods can do much more, including letting you control your device with just a simple tap.

If you want to belt out a power ballad, turn on beast mode for a gym session or just mellow out, you can now skip songs with just a tap. But how do you do this?

In this article, we’ll show you how to skip to your desired track using AirPods. We’ve included a step-by-step guide below.

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How to Skip Songs With AirPods? Generations 1 & 2

When Apple introduced AirPods back in 2016, they quickly dominated the market due to their sleek, easy-to-use, one-size-fits-all design offering the same quality of sound (if not better) than their wired counterparts. The apps also allow users to control various functions, such as volume, play, pause and skip tracks, with just a tap.

To perform this function, the AirPods must first be configured. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Open your Settings app on your chosen Apple device.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Select your AirPods from the list of available Bluetooth devices by clicking the “i” icon.
  4. Under “Double-Tap on AirPod,” you’ll see an option for “Left” and “Right.” Select the AirPod you wish to use to control the device.
  5. You’ll now be presented with a list of functions. Tap the “Next Track” option.

After you’ve completed these steps, turn on your device’s music. To skip directly to your desired song, double-tap your chosen earbud.

How to Skip Songs With AirPods Pro

There are several differences and upgrades offered by the AirPod Pro compared to the first and second generation of AirPods, including the ability to skip through songs. There is also a Skip Back option, allowing you to re-listen to your favorite songs without having to adjust your repeat settings.

A force sensor built into the stem is activated when the stem is pressed, telling the AirPod Pro when and in which direction to skip. In order to skip backward, the good old double-tap becomes a triple-tap.

Here’s how to set up your AirPod Pros to skip songs (and go back).

  1. Open your Settings on your Apple device.

  2. Tap Bluetooth.

  3. Tap the ‘i’ icon to select your AirPods.

  4. Select either the “Left” or “Right” AirPods option depending on which you wish to use.

  5. Choose “Next Track” or “Previous Track.”

You are good to go if you follow these steps.

Skipping Songs on Spotify With AirPods

It is easy to connect your AirPods, be it the first or second generation or the newer AirPods Pro, to your Spotify account if you are an avid Spotify user. You simply need to turn on Bluetooth on both devices and pair them.

Open the Spotify app and play music from your AirPods using the skip functions. Furthermore, you can use Siri’s support for song skipping to make your experience even more hands-free with AirPods Pro.


Can I adjust the Double Tap Settings on My AirPods?

You certainly can. You can assign different actions to two taps on AirPods. To do so head to “Settings” on your iPhone and select Bluetooth, then select your AirPods from the list of devices. 

Next, select the double-tap settings for your “Left” and “Right” AirPods and select the desired action. Aside from skipping songs, you can also use the double-tap to activate Siri or play/pause audio. If double-tapping is not your thing, you always have the option to disable it entirely.


They say the best things come in small packages. Arguably one of Apple’s biggest hit products is also one of its smallest, praised by both consumers and the press.

Do you own a pair of AirPods? If so, do you find navigating them easy? Perhaps you think there’s room for improvement? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this so feel free to leave a comment below. Happy Listening!

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