Force Sensor on Airpods Pro is one of the most meaningful innovations for wireless earbuds control. It is a far superior solution compared to the touch control as in most other wireless earbuds.
This AirPods Pro guide explains what the Force Sensor on AirPods Pro is, how to use the Force Sensor to control music playing, handle calls, switch noise control modes, and launch Siri. The customization of the press speed and press duration of the Force Sensor on AirPods Pro is also illustrated.
What is Force Sensor on AirPods Pro?
Due to the tiny size, it is usually hard to control the wireless earbuds easily.
For example, Jabra Elite Sport used the old-style buttons (Multifunction button, Sports button, volume up button, and volume down button). Many owners complained it is too painful when pressing these buttons.
Most other wireless earbuds (including Apple’s own AirPods 2) in the market use touch control. For example, all Samsung’s wireless earbuds, including Galaxy Buds, Buds+, Buds Live, Buds Pro, and Buds 2, use similar touch controls. The most common issue with touch control is inadvertent touch. For this reason, Samsung added the “block touches” option in the Galaxy Wearable app to turn off the touch control.
Now, you may understand the powerfulness of the Force Sensor on AirPods Pro.
You need to “press” the Force Sensor, which is located in the recessed area near the end of the stem, to control AirPods Pro, as shown in the picture below.
Compared to using buttons or touch control, the Force Sensor at least solves the following four questions.:
- It will not cause any pain fopr your ear. You just press the Force Sensor.
- It will not dislodge AirPods Pro in your ear,
- It will nor push AirPods Pro further into the ear.
- It will not be pressed inadvertently.
Technically, the Force Sensor is similar to touch control. It only adds a force threshold. If the force (pressure, to be precise) is lower than the threshold, no action is taken. The sensor will trigger corresponding actions only if the pressing force is larger than the threshold.
Many people joke about the stem (leg) in AirPods and AirPods Pro. But Apple does utilize the stem cleverly with the Force Sensor, at least on AirPods Pro.