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How to share audio between AirPods headphones

There is something especially interesting that you didn't know, but that will allow you to get the most out of your AirPods. It's about being able to share music from the same mobile through two pairs of different headphones, whether AirPods or Beats.

For this, it is enough that the users are close to each other. The feature was called Audio Sharing, which was added in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, which allows you to output audio from an iPhone or iPad to two sets of AirPods or Apple Beats headphones.

With Audio Sharing it is possible to share the audio or music between two, each of which you can use your own headphones. Both get the full stereo effect of their individual headphones. So, you will no longer be tied to a cable and you can use it in stereo.

What do i need?

First, you need a compatible iPhone, that is, quite recent. You must also run versions of iOS 13.1 or iPadOS 13.1 or later. In terms of iPhone, those that support Audio Sharing are: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

If we go to the tablets, it is the 9.7-inch iPad of 2017 and 2018, iPad 10.2-inch, iPad mini (2019), iPad Air (2019) and any iPad Pro of the year 2017 or later. All of them guarantee compatibility with this function.

Finally, the iPod touch of the seventh generation also enters within the supported ones.


The headphones must also meet the requirements. Although in some contexts reference is made to the Audio Sharing function with AirPods, it is not limited to AirPods, but it does require that each user use headphones with Apple H1 or W1 chips.

That includes the AirPod or AirPod Pro, in addition to Beats Solo3 Wireless and Studio3 Wireless, BeatsX, Powerbeats3 Wireless and Powerbeats Pro. If in doubt, you should check the technical specifications and make sure it contains an H1 or W1 processor.

How to share audio with a second pair of AirPods

  1. First, make sure your headphones are connected to your iPhone or iPad naturally.
  2. To configure Audio Sharing, have your friend bring his AirPods (inside the charging case) to your iPhone or iPad, and then open the case cover. A dialog appears saying 'Temporarily share the audio'. Press accept.
  3. Follow the prompts. At one point, you will have to press and hold the button on the back of the case, but don't be alarmed: you are not restarting the AirPods or setting up a permanent connection. Everything is temporary.


What happens if you are listening to something else

If the second pair of AirPod headphones are in use, the method differs slightly.

Start the audio you want to share. From the Now Playing screen, you can see this in Music or from the Control Panel widget, which you can access by sliding down from the upper right corner of the screen.

You must touch the AirPlay icon and then click on Share Audio. The other person will have to touch Join on their own device.

Share with Beats headphones

The above method works for AirPods and AirPods. Things are slightly different for Beats headphones.

Turn on the Beats and connect them to the iPad or iPhone as usual (not from which you are going to share the audio). Next, press the Beats power button for about a second and park your device.

You should see a pop-up option that tells you Share audio temporarily. Click on it to activate the function.

Use the audio sharing feature

Keep in mind that you are now controlling the audio that runs on the second pair of headphones, and not just yours. This includes, by default, the volume level; Try not to use it so as not to affect your partner's hearing.