Video: AirPods 3 tips and tricks for getting started with your Apple earbuds

Watch this video going through some handy AirPods 3 tips and tricks recommended to set up, configure, use and get the most out of your third-generation Apple earbuds.

Video: AirPods 3 tips and tricks

Apple unveiled the third-generation AirPods on October 20, 2021, with such improvements as spatial audio support, adaptive EQ, water resistance, AirPods Pro-like design and a $179 price tag. Meanwhile, older iPhones were dropped from the AirPods 3 device compatibility list, like the third-generation iPad mini and iPhone 6s.

Visit Apple’s Compare AirPods webpage to see how AirPods 3 differ from earlier models.

iDownloadBlog previously published similar video tips and tricks for making the most out of the original AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max and EarPods.

Apple's marketing image highlighting the key new features of AirPods 3
Image credit: Apple

Inside each AirPod 3 are three microphones, one more than in the second-generation model. The third microphone is faced inward and is used to automatically tune audio to your ear. Basically, inward-facing microphones detect what you’re hearing, then adjust low- and mid-range frequencies to deliver audio details customized for you, in real-time.

How and where to purchase AirPods 3

AirPods 3 cost $179, with AirPods 3 discounted to $129 following AirPods 3 launch.

You can order your third-generation AirPods from and in the Apple Store app in the US and in more than 26 other countries and regions. If you’re more of an AirPods Pro type of guy, you may be interested to learn that the $249 noise-canceling earbuds now ship with an updated wireless charging case that uses Apple’s MagSafe technology for even faster wireless charging.

The old, non-MagSafe charging case is no longer available to purchase.

Internal view of Apple's third-generation AIrPods model year 2021

To be clear, the new MagSafe charging case works with any Qi chargers, just like the old one. When used with a Qi charger, however, the updated charging cases does not support MagSafe features such as magnetic alignment and faster charging.

Here’s the entire AirPods lineup:

  • AirPods 2 with a wired charging case: $129
  • AirPods 3 with a MagSafe charging case: $179
  • AirPods Pro with a MagSafe charging case: $249
  • AirPod Max with a wireless charging case: $549

Buying any AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max gets you six free months of Apple Music.