With this tutorial, configure the functionality of audio sharing between two pairs of AirPods or Beats
Apple’s Audio Sharing feature, available on 2nd Generation AirPods, was introduced with the iOS 13 update. It lets you stream audio from your iPhone, or iPad, to two pairs of AirPods or Beats headphones simultaneously.
This way, a loved one can enjoy your playlist with you.
Are you interested in this feature? In the rest of this article, we’ll explain how to enable audio sharing on your AirPods and Beats intras.
Devices compatible with Audio Sharing
For audio sharing to work, your iPhone or iPad will need to be updated to iOS 13.1, iPadOS 13.1. Note that all iPhones from model 8 support audio sharing.
IPad 9.7 inch (2017/2018), 10.2 inch, Mini (2019), iPad Air (2019) and any iPad Pro from 2017 are also compatible with this function.
Be aware that audio sharing isn’t limited to Apple wireless headphones. However, it does require every user to have a headset or in-ear headphones equipped with an Apple H1 or W1 chip.
As a result, it is available with AirPods 2, AirPod Pro, Beats Solo3 Wireless, Studio3 Wireless, BeatsX, Powerbeats3 Wireless and Powerbeats Pro.
Enable audio sharing with a second pair of AirPods
First, make sure your AirPods are connected to your iPhone or iPad. To activate audio sharing, your friend’s AirPods must be in their case, which is placed near your iOS.
- Open the case.
- On your iOS, select Temporarily share audio.
- Follow the instructions on the screen.
- Hold down the button on the back of the case.
Even if you are already in listening mode, you can share your currently playing audio content on your iPhone.
- Turn on your earphones or headphones.
- On your iOS, either through your music streaming app or on the lock screen, tap Listening (a triangle with three circles on top).
- Move your smartphone closer to your friend’s.
- Select Share audio on your iPhone.
- Touch To log in on your friend’s iPhone.
Turn on audio sharing with Beats headphones
The above method is effective only between AirPods. The process is slightly different for Beats headphones.
- Turn on the Beats.
- Connect them to your iPad or iPhone.
- Briefly press the power button on the Beats.
- Bring your devices closer.
- On your iOS, tap Temporarily share audio.
Control audio sharing
With audio sharing, you’ll control both your pair of headphones and your friend’s. This also includes, by default, the volume.
To adjust the sound of the two pairs of headphones separately:
- On your iOS, open the control center.
- Press and hold the volume slider.
- Slide the two volume controls.
Disable audio sharing
To end the connection and turn off audio sharing:
- On the locked screen, touch the icon Listening.
- Tap on the name of the headphones you want to deactivate.
iOS 13: How to share audio between two pairs of AirPods (and PowerBeats Pro)
We show you how to share audio between two pairs of AirPods (and PowerBeats Pro), thanks to iOS 13.
iOS 13 has many new features, some are more useful than others in everyday life, we think in particular of the audio sharing function between two pairs of AirPods or PowerBeats Pro. This allows you to share the sound of an iOS device between two pairs of headphones.
This can be particularly useful for listening to music for two, or even for watching a YouTube video or a movie for two on the train or plane without disturbing other people around.
First of all to use this audio sharing function, it is necessary to have at least one iPhone 8, iPod touch 2019, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 11-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017), iPad 5, iPad Air 2019, or iPad Mini 2019.
It is also necessary that the two users have a pair of AirPods (here on Amazon) or PowerBeats Pro (here on Amazon), it does not work with earphones and headphones from other brands.
There are two ways to pair two pairs of headphones to the same device, namely automatic method and manual method. The automatic method requires both devices to be iOS 13, while the manual method just requires iOS 13 for the device sharing audio.
- If a user is watching a movie on their iPad, and their friend brings their iPhone running iOS 13 (to which AirPods are connected) close to the tablet
- A window then appears on the iPad, to ask the user if they want to share the audio with someone or cancel the action.
- Pressing the share button sends the sound to a second pair of headphones (AirPods or PowerBeats Pro)
Both users can independently change the volume for their headphones.
This method can be used as a backup solution, if the automatic pairing does not work, or if the second person is still under the old version of iOS 12.
- First connect your AirPods to your iPhone
- Go to Settings> Bluetooth
- On the second pair of AirPods, press and hold the pairing button on the case
- The second pair of AirPods then appears in the list of available bluetooth devices
- Tap on it to connect them
Now both AirPods will be connected to the same device in iOS 13, and audio will be sent to both pairs of AirPods. However, in this method, the volume change for both pairs of AirPods is done on the device sharing the sound.
This is a fairly practical function for traveling with friends, couples, or even to watch a video for two in public transport.
Share your music on two different pairs of AirPods headphones
The new version of iOS arrives with its share of new features. Among the improvements, we now find an audio sharing feature to listen to the same music or follow the same video on two different pairs of AirPods wireless headphones. IPhone and iPad owners have been waiting for it for a long time.
Enable iOS audio sharing
Apple is launching a new audio sharing feature. Concretely, this means that it is possible to watch the same movie or listen to the same playlist on two pairs of AirPods or Beats headphones. It is ideal when traveling with a friend or their spouse. But beware this feature has some restrictions.
First of all, pairing two pairs of headphones can only be done if both devices are running iOS 13.1, iPad 13.1 or higher versions. You will also need to own a recent iPhone or iPad. Here is the list of devices compatible with audio sharing.
- iPhone 8 or later
- Fifth generation iPad and newer versions
- iPad Pro (12.9 inch) second and later versions
- Fifth generation iPad mini
- Third generation iPad Air
Your wireless headphones must also meet a few technical requirements. Your Bluetooth headset must absolutely use Apple’s W1 or H1 chips. They can be found for example on AirPods, AirPods Pro, Powerbeats Pro, Powerbeats 3, Beats Solo Pro, BeatsX and many other products.
How to set up audio sharing
You are traveling by plane or train and you are watching a movie on your iPad. Your travel companion also has a pair of AirPod headphones. Why not then offer him to connect his wireless headphones to your tablet. You will see it is very simple.
- Make sure your headphones are securely connected to your Apple device
- Have your friend place their AirPods in their charging case, bring them close to your device (iPhone or iPad) and then open the case cover
- A message will appear on your iPhone or iPad
- Click the share audio temporarily button
- Then follow the instructions displayed on the screen
That’s all. Both pairs of headphones are now connected to the same device. Note that the host iPhone or iPad controls the volume level on both headsets. However, each user has the possibility to adjust the sound from the controls placed on the headset.
Manually activate audio sharing mode
There are more ways to share iPhone audio with compatible headphones. The procedure described below corresponds to automatic pairing. It is the easiest and the fastest. But it doesn’t always work. In the event of a problem, it is possible to manually connect the two wireless headphones.
- Play your music or movie on your iPhone
- Open Control Center by swiping down from the top of the screen from the top right corner.
- If your device has a home button, you will have to slide your finger from the bottom to the top of your screen
- Click on the music button
- Press the blue AirPlay button
- Click the Share audio option
- Move your iPhone or iPad closer to your friend’s device
- Once his wireless headphones are detected, you will see a message appear on the screen of your smartphone
- Click on the share audio button then check the box corresponding to your friends’ headphones
To turn off audio sharing, all you have to do is open Control Center and uncheck the box next to the name of your friend’s headphones. The latter can also put their AirPods back in their charging case to end audio sharing.
How audio sharing works with iOS 13
The audio sharing function has finally arrived in the luggage of iOS 13.1. Without a doubt, it should appeal to teens as long as they have the right equipment. It consists of sharing, in pairs, listening to audio content from an iPhone. This is the modern version of the double jack adapter.
It is supposed to work with iPhone 8, all X series and iPhone 11, from iPod touch 2019, from iPad Pro 2017, iPad Air 2019 and iPad mini 2019. For audio equipment you will need any which AirPods, Powerbeats Pro, BeatsX, Powerbeats3, Studio3 and Solo3 (all equipped with Apple’s W1 or H1 chips).
This sharing is done from the Control Center, once everyone has their headphones activated, you have to press the AirPlay sharing icon then on “Audio sharing”. Bring the two devices to pair together and a message will ask you to confirm (the capture in the intro of the article).
If you really have to hold the iPhones very close to initiate the sharing phase, you can then move away several meters, the transmission will not suffer.
However, you should know that the volume level can only be adjusted by the person who initiated the sharing. He may listen louder than you, or turn up your volume relative to his, but the other person cannot control his volume independently. You will have to do everything from the master iPhone or iPad.
Once this sharing is underway, two people can listen to Apple Music, Spotify or play videos on YouTube. On the other hand, if you were hoping to watch Netflix as a couple on the train, it’s a failure and it’s a shame. It was a perfect case. You will have audio but the screen will go black, certainly under HDCP protection. Conversely, a movie purchased on iTunes could be shared and viewed without any problem.