One of the newer top features of iOS is that you can connect two headphones to an iPhone or iPad at the same time. This is ideal for watching a movie together or listening to music from one device. The tip of the day from GIGA explains how it works and which few headphones are compatible with it.
Audio sharing (available since iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1) makes it possible to connect two Bluetooth headphones to the iPhone & iPad at the same time. The standard route used to be the cable solution: the iPhone is plugged in Lightning to jack adapter (if you don’t have a headphone jack) Jack double plug, in turn the two headphones. Impractical! The new wireless solution is easier:
Audio sharing from iOS 13: Compatible Bluetooth headphones
To pair two headphones with an iPhone, you need compatible headsets – only Apple or Beats models that contain a corresponding chip. The following Bluetooth headphones support audio sharing:
- Apple: AirPods 1st generation, AirPods 2nd generation, AirPods Pro.
- Beats: Powerbeats Pro, Beats Solo 3 Wireless, Beats Solo Pro, Beats X, Beats Studio 3 Wireless, Powerbeats 3 Wireless.
With these iPhones & iPads you can use two headphones at the same time
The film or audio must be played on an iPhone or iPad with iOS 13.1 or iPadOS 13.1. But not every device that has this system version installed offers audio sharing. It is only available on:
- iPhone: iPhone 8, iPhone X and newer
- iPad 5th generation, Air 3rd generation, mini 5th generation and newer
- iPad Pro 10.5 inch, 11 inch, 12.9 inch 2nd generation and newer
- iPod touch: from 7th generation
Connect two headphones to iPhone & iPad, that’s how it works
Both headphones must always be paired with an iPhone or iPad with the systems mentioned above – but they can be two different devices with different Apple IDs.
First you put on the headphones or put them in your ear so that they connect to the iPhone (starting playback can serve as a check). With the share symbol (the triangle with the three circles) you open the audio control in the audio or video player or in the control center of iOS. It continues with one of the two options:
a) Now you hold the second iOS device to your own iPhone. Now the possibility “Share audio “ displayed on the player. If you tap on it, you can confirm on the second device and now listen together.
b) Alternatively, hold the second headphones, inserted in the open charging cradle, to your own iPhone. For large Beats headphones, a quick tap on a power button is enough while holding it to the device. Then you tap on the iPhone “Temporarily share audio” and answers the following on-screen displays.
Other top innovations in iOS 13:
Set the volume for both headphones separately
The volume can be set separately for each of the two headphones, but only on the playing iPhone or iPad. To do this, go to the audio share symbol, for example in the control center. There is a separate volume control for each headset.