Will the Apple AirPods Pro work on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7?

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So, you are thinking of upgrading from your current Apple AirPods, a true wireless earbud that is capable of producing great sound quality and everything else, to a more fulfilling and more featured Apple AirPods Pro. Now before you drive yourself to the nearest Apple store and purchase an Apple AirPods Pro, you need to know first if it is able to work on your Apple device. That is why you are here right?

Well lucky for you to stumble upon this article because you are quite unsure if this particular device may be able to work on your current Apple iPhone, especially the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. But before we talk about it, let us take a look at the features on the Apple AirPods Pro.

What is Apple AirPods Pro anyway? The Apple AirPods Pro is Apple’s most recent release on their Apple AirPods line. It is however the high-end true wireless earbuds that is available on Apple’s line-up. It is the only in-ear true wireless earbuds that they made with excellent features. Some of the AirPods Pro’s awesome features are the include Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, Accelerometers, Optical Sensors and Intelligent Software. Additional amazing features include having an IPX4 rating therefore water resistant, good battery life of up to 5-hours and fast wireless charging. Apple AirPods Pro’s support is already available when it was added on iOS 13.2.

With the features aside, let’s answer this particular question that has been floating in your head. Will Apple AirPods Pro work with iPhone 6 or iPhone 7?

Let’s find out!

Will the Apple AirPods Pro work on the iPhone 6?

iPhone 6 is still one of the most popular iPhone models around the world and many people still use it, including me. However, will the Apple AirPods Pro work on the iPhone 6? According to Apple’s official website where you can find the list of compatible devices for Apple AirPods Pro. I’ve extracted the list about iPhone devices only below:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone Xr
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE

According to the list, there is no iPhone 6 which may means that it is not compatible with Apple AirPods Pro which is unfortunate for many of us iPhone 6 users. Furthermore, Apple stated that the iPhone 6 will not be receiving the iOS 13.2 update.

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However! Before you go away disappointed, there is still hope you if you are using an iPhone 6. You can connect to the Apple AirPods Pro with the iPhone 6 but rather as a Bluetooth headphone with very limited functionality so no fancy features like Active Noise Cancellation or Transparency Mode. It is still can be used as an ordinary Bluetooth headphone so you can still enjoy high quality music from the Apple AirPods Pro.

To do this, here are the steps for which you can follow in order for you to connect your Apple AirPods Pro to your iPhone 6.

  • You first enable your Bluetooth on the iPhone 6. This can be done by simply going to “Settings App -> Bluetooth -> Toggle the Bluetooth switch to ON.”
  • Then, you need to open your Apple AirPods Pro charging case lid and take each earbud out of the case.
  • From there, the Apple AirPods Pro will connect to your iPhone 6 and a pop-up window will appear to confirm your connection.
  • A side note, if there is no pop-up window indications, you can instead search your Apple AirPods Pro right on your Bluetooth device list settings. This is particularly similar to how you connect your other non-Apple Bluetooth gadgets.

And there you have it! You have your iPhone 6 connected to your Apple AirPods Pro. In my opinion, if you have already an iPhone 6 but you plan on upgrading your phone in the future (say to an iPhone 7 or the iPhone 11) then it is a good choice to get an Apple AirPods Pro as you can still live up with limited features until you upgrade. Let’s move on with the iPhone 7.


Will the Apple AirPods Pro work on the iPhone 7?

The iPhone 7 is another popular iPhone model in Apple’s line-up. Although it is discontinued and replaced with the iPhone 8 as their lower-end model, it is still sold around the world in second-hand conditions. Up to now, it is still supported by Apple through their software updates.

While we are in talks with the iPhone 6, let’s see If the Apple iPhone 7 will work on your Apple AirPods Pro. Like we see on Apple’s compatibility list, the iPhone 7 does in fact, compatible with the true wireless earbuds. However, if you haven’t upgraded your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to the latest iOS 13.2, then the features will be limited.

In order for you to upgrade your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus to access the greatest features, follow the steps below:

  • Make sure you have your iPhone 7 plugged into power and connected to the internet with Wi-Fi.
  • Navigate through your iPhone to your Settings App -> General -> Software Update
  • Follow the instructions given by your device and the phone will update to the latest iOS software.

Like the iPhone 6, you are able to connect your Apple AirPods Pro to your iPhone 7 via Bluetooth but this time, you have full access to its features.

So that’s all about it! In a very short and summarized answer for the question of ‘Will the Apple AirPods Pro work with iPhone 6 or iPhone 7?’ the answer is a ‘maybe’ and a straight ‘yes’ respectively. It really depends on what is your purpose and what functions & features you really need. By default, the iPhone 7 can access full functionality found in the Apple AirPods Pro while the iPhone 6 is very limited. What do you think? Did this awesome article helped you out, please let me know and also you may share your experiences and questions along the way.

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