Technology · August 5, 2022

How to connect two AirPods to an iPhone or iPad

Imagine this: you are on an airplane with your family. Both of your kids want to watch the same movie on an iPhone, so each has an AirPod and a bare ear. You’re doing it wrong.

Thanks to Apple’s Audio Sharing feature, two people with AirPods or Beats wireless headphones can hear anything that’s playing on the same iPhone or iPad. You can talk to your partner without eavesdropping, and your kids don’t have to engage in the unsanitary act of sharing earbuds.

For this feature to work, you need a compatible Apple device with iOS 14 or later and supported wireless headphones. That means an iPhone 8 or later or a fifth-generation iPad or later, as well as AirPods.

How to connect two headphones to an Apple device.

Two AirPods connected to an iPhone

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  • Connect your AirPods or Beats to your iOS device and start playing the content you want to share.
  • Tap the AirPlay button in Control Center on your iPhone or iPad, on the lock screen, or in the app you’re using to watch content or stream music.
  • Tap Share Audio.
  • If you’re sharing with someone who has AirPods or AirPods Pro, have them store their AirPods in the case and open the lid while they’re near your Apple device. If the person you’re sharing with has AirPods Max, they don’t need to be in the case. If you’re sharing with a Beats user, put those Beats in sharing mode and hold them close to your device.
  • You should see your friend or family member’s headphones on your screen.
  • Tap Share Audio again.

That’s it! To stop sharing content, simply tap the check mark next to the headphones you want to unpair.

Side note: If audio sharing isn’t working, it could be because your device or headphones aren’t compatible. Here’s what you need:

  • iPhone 8 and later
  • iPad Pro 12.9 inch (2nd generation) and above
  • iPad Pro 11 inch
  • iPad Pro 10.5 inch
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) and later
  • iPad mini (5th generation) and later
  • iPad (5th generation) and later
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

Compatible headphones include:

  • AirPods max
  • AirPods Pro
  • AirPods (1st generation) and later
  • power beats
  • Pro only
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • Powerbeats3 Wireless
  • Outperforms Solo3 Wireless
  • Outperforms Studio3 Wireless
  • BeatsX
  • blow flex
  • Beats Fit Pro