Master Your AirPods: How to Customize Notification Preferences

AirPods have become an essential accessory for Apple enthusiasts, thanks to their seamless integration with the ecosystem and innovative features like reading out loud incoming notifications. However, there are moments when you might prefer silence over constant updates, especially during workouts, focused work sessions, or when you’re simply looking to unwind.

Thankfully, customizing how your AirPods handle notifications is straightforward and customizable, allowing you to tailor your experience to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking to disable notifications entirely or selectively choose which ones to hear, we’ve got you covered.

Disabling Notifications Completely

Siri’s ability to announce calls, messages, and other notifications through your AirPods can be a double-edged sword. If you initially enabled this feature but now find it more distracting than helpful, disabling it is a simple process:

  1. Access Settings: With your AirPods connected to your iPhone, open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to Notifications: Scroll down to find the Notifications section and tap on it.
  3. Find Siri Suggestions: Look for the “Announce Notifications” option within the Siri suggestions and tap it.
  4. Toggle Off: To stop receiving notifications through your AirPods entirely, simply toggle off the “Announce Notifications” option.

By following these steps, you’ll enjoy uninterrupted peace, free from the barrage of alerts.

Selectively Choosing Notifications

For those who still want to stay connected without being overwhelmed, customizing which notifications to receive through your AirPods is a flexible alternative. Stay in the “Announce Notifications” section to fine-tune your preferences:

  • Headphones Only: Activate “Announce when connected to compatible headphones” to ensure Siri only reads notifications when you’re wearing your AirPods.
  • Reply Without Confirmation: Enable this option if you wish to respond to messages directly through Siri, speeding up the process.

The key feature here is the ability to select specific apps from which you want to receive notifications. By scrolling down, you’ll find a list of apps, each with its own settings for prioritizing important alerts or receiving all notifications.

  • Customize App Notifications: Tap on an app to decide whether you want to hear all its notifications or only the important ones. For less frequently used apps, setting them to “Important” can significantly reduce interruptions.


AirPods offer more than just high-quality audio; they provide a customizable experience that can adapt to your lifestyle. Whether you choose to silence notifications altogether or carefully select which ones merit your attention, these settings ensure your AirPods work for you, not against you.