Airpods, Apple Watch and iPhone... Is switching still broken or am I just being dense?

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The AirPods are supposed to be connected to both Apple Watch and iPhone and though audio such as podcasts does seem to work with the transfer, eg I play something on my iPhone and then switch over to my Apple Watch, it migrates. What doesn't is VoiceOver. I've read a trick of calling up Siri to kind of reset the source, which works for a while but then VoiceOver starts talking out of my Apple Watch speaker again even if music is going to the AirPods...

Anyone got any insight into this?




Submitted by John Hope on Tuesday, November 23, 2021

My experience suggests that Apple has yet to put time and effort in to whatever's necessary to allow for VoiceOver as part of the auto-switching process.

The ideal use case for me would be to allow VoiceOver itself to act as a trigger for auto-switching. So, if I touch the screen on my Apple Watch, my AirPods will switch to that. If I then do something on my iPhone to trigger VoiceOver speech, the AirPods will switch to that.

I can see how this might in some situations not be desirable and that some people might simply not want this behavior, but it would be great if there could be an option to enable VoiceOver as a trigger for auto-switching.

I have occasionally used the ‘hack’ of activating Siri on my Apple Watch to auto-switch the AirPods, but this hasn't always been consistent or reliable for me.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Tuesday, November 23, 2021

It never worked for me. Planning to go to the Apple store Friday to check Series 7 and get it. I will ask that.