How to turn off adaptive transparency on AirPods Pro 2

Don’t like the new Adaptive Transparency feature on AirPods Pro 2nd generation? Here’s how you can turn it off.

AirPods Pro 2 have an adaptive transparency mode – you can turn it off using your iPhone and iPad

With the second generation AirPods Pro, Apple introduced a new feature called Adaptive Transparency. It’s like the regular Transparency mode, except it works a little harder to reduce loud noises around you. For example, if someone is building, noisy noises such as hammer noises etc. will immediately be lowered. It’s a great feature if you want to stay aware of your surroundings but don’t want to lose your hearing while doing so.

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However, some users may find the feature a bit distracting when the volume down starts. It seems strange, to say the least. Fortunately, you can turn the feature off, if you like. It is very easy to do if you are using AirPods Pro 2 with your iPhone or iPad.

But keep in mind that this feature — adaptive transparency — is limited to second-generation AirPods Pro for now, due to the new H2 chip. We’re pretty sure it will make its way to the AirPods Max when it gets updated with the new chip.

Didactic lesson

Step 1. Assuming you’re connected to your iPhone or iPad, launch the Settings app.

Step 2. Right below your Apple ID, you will see the Settings entry for your AirPods Pro. Click on it to open.

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Step 3. Scroll down a bit and find the Adaptive Transparency option.

Step 4. Tap on it to disable.

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There is nothing else for you to do. Once you disable the option, the AirPods will no longer reduce loud noises whenever they happen around you. If you want to turn the feature back on, just follow the steps above again and enable the Adaptive Transparency toggle in the last step.

Personally, I keep the feature turned on at all times. The feature helps especially when there is wind noise and the AirPods Pro microphone picks it up with Transparency mode enabled. The adaptive feature makes sure it’s consistent to the point where it’s more tolerable.

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