Is it possible to enable the "ear detection" function to play/pause the music when one of the AirPods Pro is removed? I know that this can be done with an iPhone, but is this valid also when using the AirPods Pro on a MacBook Pro? I am not currently able to do so.

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    That’s supposed to work with your Mac, yes (works on mine). Try turning bt on/off, forgetting AirPods, updating AirPods firmware etc
    – JBallin
    Apr 22, 2020 at 2:59

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Yes, this is possible. Once the AirPods are connected, go to Bluetooth Preferences. There should be an options button next to the device. There will be a checkbox with the option to enable Automatic Ear detection. Screenshot of AirPods options in Bluetooth Preferences.

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    I already have the "Automatic Ear Detection" option enabled, but still the music does not stop when I remove one of my AirPods.
    – mgiordi
    Apr 21, 2020 at 14:40
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    Try Forgetting the Bluetooth device and re-pairing. This might help idk. Good luck!
    – Todd
    Apr 21, 2020 at 14:41
  • Appreciate this answer for reminding how to turn this off so I can remove one AirPod while listening without pausing.
    – Rich
    Nov 12, 2022 at 11:17

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