How to Control Noise Cancellation on AirPods Pro With a Shortcuts Widget

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Justin Duino

You can toggle noise canceling on AirPods Pro using the Force Sensor on the stem of the AirPods Pro, or tapping the button in Control Center. Or you can do it right from the home screen on iPhone or iPad using the Shortcuts widget.

The Shortcuts widget gives you a one-tap option for enabling or disabling noise cancellation (or changing to a different noise-control mode) right from the home screen.

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Shortcuts is Apple’s built-in automation app for iPhone and iPad. You can use it to create simple or complex automations. In this guide, we will be creating two distinct shortcuts, one for enabling noise cancellation mode and one for disabling it. We will then add the two shortcuts to a folder and add the folder to a shortcuts widget which can be access from the home screen on iPhone and iPad.

Shortcuts to Enable or Disable Noise Cancellation on AirPods Pro

To get started, open the “Shortcuts” app on your iPhone or iPad, and from the “My Shortcuts” tab, tap the “Plus” icon from the top-right corner of the screen.

Tap Plus button from My Shortcuts Tab

Now, choose the “Add Action” button.

Tap Add Action in Shortcut

Here, search for, and add the “Set Noise Control Mode” action.

Tap Set Noise Control Mode

Now, tap the “Route” button.

Tap Route

From the list, select your AirPods Pro (make sure they are connected to your iPhone or iPad).

Select Your AirPods Pro

Next, tap the “Noise Control Mode” button.

Tap Noise Control Mode

Here, you can select the Off, Noise Cancellation, Transparency, or Ask Each Time option. As we’re creating a shortcut for enabling noise cancellation mode, choose the “Noise Cancellation” option.

Select Noise Cancellation

Now, tap the “Next” button.

Tap Next

Here, give your shortcut a name. You can also customize the shortcut icon. Then, tap the “Done” button.

Name Shortcut and Tap Done

Your shortcut will be saved. Now we’ll create another shortcut for disabling noise cancellation mode. And that can be done quite easily using the duplicate shortcuts feature.

Tap and hold the shortcut we just created and choose the “Duplicate” option.

Tap Duplicate From Menu

Now, tap the “Noise Cancellation” button.

Tap Noise Cancellation

From the popup, select the “Off” option.

Select Off Option

Then, tap the “Menu” button from the top.

Tap Menu Button

Here, change the name of the shortcut and select the “Done” button.

Rename Shortcut and Tap Done

Now that we have created both shortcuts, it’s time to add them to the home screen. We can do this using the Shortcuts widget that’s available for devices running iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and higher.

First, we’ll add both shortcuts to a new folder. To do this, tap the “Select” button from the top of the My Shortcuts tab.

Tap Select and Select Both Shortcuts

After selecting both shortcuts, tap the “Move” button.

Tap Move

Here, select the “New Folder” option.

Tap New Folder

Give the folder a name and choose the “Add” option.

Name Folder and Tap Done

Now that the folder is created, it’s time to add the shortcuts to your home screen.

Navigate to your home screen and tap and hold the empty part of the home screen. Then, tap the “Plus” button from the top-left corner of the screen.

Tap Plus from iPhone home screen

Here, choose the “Shortcuts” app.

Select Shortcuts App

Go to the medium-sized widget and tap the “Add Widget” button.

Tap Add Widget for Medium Shortcuts Widget

Once the widget is added to the home screen, tap it.

Tap Shortcuts Widget

Here, choose the “Folder” option.

Tap Folder

Now, select the folder we created above.

Choose AirPods Folder

Go back to the home screen and tap the “Done” button to save the home screen layout.

Tap Done to Save Home Screen Layout

You’ll now see both the shortcuts on your home screen. Just tap a shortcut to instantly enable or disable noise cancellation on your AirPods Pro.

AirPod Shortcuts in Home Screen

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