How to connect 2 pairs of AirPods to 1 iPhone to share music

How to connect 2 pairs of AirPods to 1 iPhone to share music

Sharing things like music was as simple as handing over a headset and sitting side by side.

But with wireless headphones becoming the norm and social distancing measures still in place, it helps to have multiple pairs of headphones.

Fortunately, newer iPhones have the ability to stream music and other audio to two pairs of AirPods (or Beats) at the same time. As long as you have an iPhone 8 or later, with iOS 13 or later, you can set it up in moments.

How to connect two pairs of AirPods to one phone?

First, make sure you have the right iPhone and the right headphones. Each model of AirPods can use the dual streaming feature, in addition to:

  • Powerbeats
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • Powerbeats3 Wireless
  • Beats Solo Pro
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless
  • Beats Studio3 Wireless
  • BeatsX
  • Beats Flex

For those who have compatible devices, here’s how to connect two pairs of AirPods to the phone:

1. Connect your first pair of headphones as usual by turning on Bluetooth in the Settings app, then selecting the headphones from the device list.

2. Open the app you want to play audio from and select the AirPlay icon, or lock the phone and then select the AirPlay icon in the control center.

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3. Under the headphones already connected, select “Share audio”.

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From here, the method changes depending on what type of headphones you have:

  • AirPods or AirPods Pro: With the AirPods inside the case, open the AirPods case and hold it close to the iPhone.
  • AirPods Max: just hold the headphones next to your iPhone.
  • Beats: put the headphones into pairing mode, according to the manufacturer’s directions, then bring them close to your iPhone.
beats the matchFinally, when you see other headphones (or those of your friends) on the screen, tap to select them, then select “Share audio” again.

You can control volume, play, pause and stop from the lock screen control center. You will see separate options for controlling the headphone volume using the sliders next to the headphone name.

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You will be able to see, check and unplug each pair of headphones individually

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