Last year, when I was planning to fly to Japan with my fiancé, we downloaded movies to my iPhone so that we could watch them together on the plane. Shortly before we left, however, we realized that we could not use our AirPods on the same phone. Instead, in order to share audio, we had to put together a Lightning-to-Headphone Jack Adapter, a cheap headphone splitter from our local pharmacy, and two pairs of Bose headphones that we borrowed from family. They were many cords – and many problems.
Now Apple has a solution for the exact problem we encountered. If you use iOS 13.1 or iPadOS 13.1 or higher, you can share the audio from one iOS device with two pairs of AirPods or compatible Beats headphones. It's really handy – my fiance and I used to listen to music while running together.
Do you have these headphones and iPhones?
The first thing to do is find out if you have the right devices. The function is currently limited to the follow headphones:
- AirPods Pro
- Powerbeats Pro
- Powerbeats 3
- Beats Solo Pro
- Beats Solo 3 Wireless
- Beats Studio 3 Wireless
According to Apple, you must use iOS or iPadOS 13.1 or higher on one of the following devices to use the function:
- iPhone 8 and higher
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch) second generation and higher
- iPad Pro (11-inch)
- iPad Pro (10.5 inch)
- iPad (fifth generation and higher)
- iPad Air (third generation)
- iPad mini (fifth generation)
- iPod touch (seventh generation)
How to set up audio sharing
This is how you set it up. For this manual I will focus on AirPods, but it should work the same for other compatible headphones.
- Start playing audio on your iPhone while your AirPods are on.
- Then tap the icon with the triangle and three circles that should be close to your audio controls on the screen. (That icon is also found in the audio playback section of the Control Center and on the audio playback block on your lock screen.)
- From that menu, tap & # 39; Share audio … & # 39;
From here you have two options. You can or:
- Bring your friend's iPhone close to yours, and they get a pop-up on their device to accept the audio that you share.
- Have your friend put the AirPods in their case and bring the case close to your iPhone. This requires instructions to temporarily pair your friend's AirPods with your iPhone.
That is it! If you are both connected, the host iPhone controls the volume level on both headphones. Each person can also independently control their own audio using the headset controls.
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