AirPods are one of the best truly wireless earphones in the market right now. It certainly helps if you’re already in the Apple ecosystem but what about Android users? Even though you can connect the AirPods with an Android smartphone, you miss out on perks like the battery indicator, double-tap to switch tracks or the Assistant. Just like everything else, there is a workaround and I have made a list of best AirPods apps for Android to use the AirPods like a pro. Let’s check those out.
I tested these apps with AirPods (2nd generation) and should work fine on the previous gen. as well.
1. Assistant Trigger: Trigger Google Assistant with your AirPods
Assistant Trigger is a simple app which lets you trigger the Google Assistant on your Android phone, with the same shortcut used to trigger Siri when connected to iOS, a quick double-tap. This works on either AirPod and even when the screen is locked. It can also display battery level in the notification bar, with the pro version. But thankfully, you can do that for free with our next app.
Install Assistant Trigger (free)
2. AirBattery: Get iOS style AirPods popup
Even though Airdos works fine with Android, there is no easy way to check Airpods battery life (unlike iPhone which gives you a sleek pop-up everything you open the case near it). However, AirBattery does just that. It shows you the remaining battery life of both the AirPods and the Case on your Android phone.
Although it is meant to show you just the Battery level of the AirPods, you can use the ear detection feature of AirPods as well. It only works with a few apps like Spotify, Netflix, and YouTube and pauses the audio when you take out one of the AirPods from your ear. AirBattery does have a few limitations, for example, to check the battery level of the Case accurately, at least one AirPods should be in the case.
You can get the app for free on the Play Store but there is an annoying ad below the pop, which you can remove along with some extra features for $0.99.
Install AirBattery (free)
3. Podroid: Get iOS-like double-tap gesture
So the battery indicator is sorted, but AirBattery still can’t recognize double-tap gestures (just like an iPhone would). That’s where Podroid comes in. It, not only shows you battery level every time you open the case but it also lets you set double-tap gesture on your Android. Like double-tap to play/pause, skip track, volume, and calling the Assistant.
The only caveat with this method is that it doesn’t differentiate between the two AirPods. Therefore you can’t map different actions to each AirPod. You can get Podroid for Android on the Play Store.
Alternatively, you can burrow an iPhone or Mac from your friend for a minute, pair your iPods with it and customize the double-tap gesture. Now, if you connect your Airpods back to your Android, those gestures should carry over.
Install Podroid (free)
4. Equalizer: Configure the sound for AirPods
Time for some music. AirPods offer a flatter and balanced sound which is good for everyday use but if you want some oomph out of your wireless buds then your options are one of the hundreds of equalizer apps on the Play Store. If you listen to music stored locally on your phone then any other music player with an equalizer would work. However, if you want one app to set equalizer across the apps on your phone then Equalizer would be more suitable. It has 9 presets like Normal, Classical, Folk, Pop, Hip-hop, Rock, etc. If you want to create your own presets, you can purchase the full version of the app for $1.99.
Install Equalizer (free)
Okay, so these were the best apps that you can use with your AirPods when connecting it to an Android smartphone. AirPods has a few more features like Ear-detection, assigning mic to either of the AirPods, changing the name, etc. You can also assign double-tap actions to your AirPods and set it using a Mac or an iPhone. What do you think of these apps for AirPods? Let me know in the comments below.
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