“How did I not know this?”

“How did I not know this?”


Don’t be an airhead.

In a 49-second TikTok clip, Apple customer Caitlin Emiko, who goes by @caitlin.emiko on TikTok, revealed an AirPods hack that many of her followers were surprised to learn about.

Emiko revealed that the wireless headphones contain a little-known sound-isolating feature, which filters out background noise when on a call – which her followers are calling a “game changer.”

“I was on the phone with my ex-boyfriend the other night and he told me these life hacks that I feel like the biggest idiot for not knowing for so long,” Emiko said in the clip, which has racked up 6.4 million views.

The Australian national who lives in New York City discovered the hack in her AirPods Pro model, the only version that has the audio feature.

Apple’s AirPods Pro are the only AirPod model that has an audio feature.

Trying to talk through the sounds of the bustling city surroundings, Emiko’s ex-boyfriend asked, “It’s so noisy, why don’t you use like soundproofing?”

Emiko explained that she had never heard of this feature, commenting on the clip posted on November 20, “How did I not know this.”

“All this time, I was generally interacting with them and isolating the sound, and it was crystal clear and only my voice was picked up,” she said.

In the clip, the Australian woman demonstrated how to use the gadget, revealing sound options of standard sound isolation or broad spectrum, which leaves ambient noise unfiltered.

Caitlin Emiko revealed that AirPods have a sound-canceling feature that filters out background noise while on a call. TikTok/caitlin.emiko

Apple describes the Sound Isolation feature as “When you want your voice to be clearer during a FaceTime or phone call, turn on Sound Isolation, which prioritizes your voice and blocks out ambient noise. When you want your voice and all the sounds around you to be heard during a FaceTime call, you can turn on Wide Spectrum feature to leave ambient noise unfiltered.

Turn on sound isolation or broad spectrum

  • During your call, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Center.
  • Tap Microphone Mode.
  • Select Sound Isolation or Wide Range.

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