Apple's Audio Sharing feature on iPhone and iPad lets you share your device's Bluetooth audio with a second pair of wireless headphones, allowing two of you to listen to the same music together while running, or enjoy a movie on a plane without disturbing those around you, for example.

powerbeatsproairpodsdesignbothearbuds

Compatibility Check

To get started with Audio Sharing, first make sure that the headphones and iOS device that you plan to use are compatible with the feature. According to Apple, Audio Sharing is supported by the following models:

  • AirPods (first, second, and third-generation)
  • AirPods Pro
  • AirPods Max
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • Powerbeats 3
  • Beats Solo Pro
  • Beats Solo 3 Wireless
  • Beats Studio 3 Wireless
  • BeatsX
  • Beats Flex
  • Beats Fit Pro
  • ‌iPhone‌ 8 and later
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch) 2nd gen and later
  • ‌iPad Pro‌ (11-inch)
  • ‌iPad Pro‌ (10.5-inch)
  • ‌iPad‌ (5th gen and later)
  • iPad Air (3rd gen)
  • iPad mini (5th gen and later)
  • iPod touch (7th gen)

Next, check that the iOS device that will be hosting the audio is running iOS 13.1 or later. You can check that your device is up-to-date by launching the Settings app and going to General -> Software Update. Once you've done that, you're ready to start audio sharing. Here's how it works.

How to Use Audio Sharing in iOS

control center

  1. With your AirPods on, start playing audio on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Launch Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. In Control Center's audio playback controls, tap the icon with the triangle and three circles.
  4. Now, bring your friend's AirPods, inside their case, close to your device, and flip the lid open.
  5. You should see a prompt on your device's screen offering to Share Audio with the second pair of AirPods.

When you've successfully connected, the ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ hosting the audio controls the volume level on both pairs of headphones, but both people listening can also use any headphone controls they may have to change volume independently.

Related Roundups: AirPods 3, AirPods Pro
Related Forum: AirPods

Popular Stories

iOS 18 CarPlay Feature

iOS 18 Adds These 5 New Features to CarPlay

Thursday June 13, 2024 7:44 am PDT by
Apple did not mention CarPlay during its WWDC keynote this week, but iOS 18 includes a handful of new features for the in-car software. Overall, there is not a whole lot new for CarPlay on iOS 18, with changes seemingly limited to the Messages and Settings apps so far. Below, we recap everything new for CarPlay on iOS 18. New for CarPlay on iOS 18 1. Contact Photos in Messages App...
iOS 18 Wallet Feature

Here's What's New in Apple Wallet on iOS 18 for Event Tickets and More

Friday June 14, 2024 7:32 am PDT by
iOS 18 includes a handful of enhancements to the Wallet app on the iPhone, with new features for Apple Pay, Apple Cash, event tickets, and more. Below, we outline everything new for the Wallet app on iOS 18, based on information from Apple's press release and a WWDC 2024 coding session. Redesigned Event Tickets Event tickets have an all-new design in the Wallet app on iOS 18, complete...
apple watch series 9 display

Kuo: Apple Watch Series 10 to Get Larger Screen and Thinner Design

Monday June 17, 2024 1:20 am PDT by
This year's Apple Watch Series 10 will be thinner and come in larger screen sizes than previous models, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In his latest industry note -10-and-98075c44ce92">shared on Medium, Kuo said the screen size options on the next-generation Apple Watch will increase from 41mm to 45mm, and from 45mm to 49mm, while being encased in a thinner design. For reference,...
maxresdefault

First Look at Messages via Satellite in iOS 18

Thursday June 13, 2024 11:29 am PDT by
Apple has been gradually expanding its suite of satellite connectivity features for iPhone, and iOS 18 brings a significant new one in the form of Messages via satellite. The feature allows users to send and receive iMessages and SMS texts, including emoji and Tapbacks, while out of range of cellular and Wi-Fi networks. CNET met up with Apple's senior director of platform product marketing,...
iOS 18 Siri Integrated Feature

You Can Give Siri a New Name With iOS 18's Vocal Shortcuts

Friday June 14, 2024 4:33 pm PDT by
Apple in iOS 18 added a Vocal Shortcuts accessibility feature, and now that iOS 18 is available in a beta capacity, users have figured out that this option can be used to give Siri a new wake word. With Vocal Shortcuts, you can assign a custom phrase that Siri can understand to launch shortcuts and complete "complex tasks," and one of the shortcuts you can set up is an alternative for "Hey...