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Don’t like the default setting on the AirPods Max Digital Crown? Change it!

Does the default direction of the Digital Crown not work for you? Here’s how to change it!

The AirPods Max are the latest audio product from Cupertino, and they come with quite a steep price tag — if the price is a hard pill to swallow, make sure to check out the best AirPods Max alternatives. While they do cost a pretty penny, they’re absolutely worth it if you want premium sound quality with top-notch Active Noise Cancellation, seamless integration with all of your Apple devices, and incredible comfort, as I state in my AirPods Max review.

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But one of the things that bothered me from the start was the Digital Crown’s direction on the AirPods Max. By default, you turn it counter-clockwise to increase the volume, which is the opposite of the traditional volume knob on other audio devices. Apple was trying to make this feel more natural since you’ll usually swipe forward to increase volume, but it never clicked with me — I kept turning the volume down instead of up, and it drove me insane! Thankfully, if you want to have the Digital Crown going the right way on the AirPods Max, it’s easy to change the setting.

How to change the Digital Crown on AirPods Max

If you want to change the direction of the Digital Crown on the AirPods Max, you’ll need to do so on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 14.3 or iPadOS 14.3, respectively. There is no way to do it on your Mac running macOS Big Sur or Apple TV with tvOS 14.2.

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Bluetooth.
  3. Locate your AirPods Max in the device list.
  4. Tap on the “i” next to your AirPods Max while they are connected.

  5. Tap Digital Crown.
  6. Select whether you want it Back to Front (default) or Front to Back.

That’s all there is to it when it comes to managing the Digital Crown on your AirPods Max! Easy peasy, right?

How to change what the Active Noise Cancellation button cycles through

The AirPods Max also come with a button that toggles Active Noise Cancellation or Transparency mode (as long as the headphones are properly fitted and sealing your ears). By default, you can only change between Noise Cancellation and Transparency, but you can also turn ANC off completely with the button. Here’s how.

  1. Launch Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on Bluetooth.

  3. Locate your AirPods Max in the device list.
  4. Tap on the “i” next to your AirPods Max while they’re connected.
  5. Under Button Cycles Between, tap Off to select it.
  6. If you want, you can de-select Noise Cancellation or Transparency.

Now, when you press the Noise Cancellation button, it will cycle through Noise Cancellation, Transparency, and Off.

Questions about AirPods Max?

Do you have more questions about how to manage the Digital Crown or ANC button on the AirPods Max? Let us know in the comments below!

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