Using my AirPods with my Mac is easy:
- Check the
Show volume in menu barcheckbox in
- Ready the AirPods near the Mac.
- Click the Volume menu bar icon, and choose your AirPods.
How to regain control of the AirPods in iOS 11 such as on an iPhone?
The swipe-from-bottom controls have changed radically. So the old iOS 10 approach is gone.
Supposedly, in the new swipe-from-bottom controls, you can use the Apple Music widget to gain control of the AirPods. That's annoying as I am not an Apple Music customer, so the extra taps are out-of-my-way. But anyways, that approach fails. Here is a screenshot of iPhone > Control Center > Apple Music widget > Upper-right corner icon > list of devices, showing iPhone and AppleTV but no AirPods.