Yes, two pairs of AirPods can be connected to an iPhone or iPad using Apple’s built-in audio sharing feature. To begin this process, connect one pair of AirPods first.
Once again, open up the case of your second pair of AirPods and hold it close to your phone with its lid open – an installation animation should appear on your phone screen.
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If you own two pairs of AirPods or similar bluetooth headphones, connecting both to an iPhone allows them to play audio together – an especially handy feature when sharing music or podcasts with someone. In order to do so, both devices must run the latest iOS version and be compatible. Once connected, first locate and connect one pair of AirPods to each iPhone before tapping the AirPlay button on both phones before selecting Share Audio from their respective control centers to sync audio between each phone.
If you and a companion are listening to similar audio on an iPhone, temporarily connecting two AirPods pairs at the same time may be convenient. To do so, open the Music app and select AirPlay icon before tapping second pair of earbuds you wish to connect, following on-screen instructions until device automatically links both pairs with each other – you can then decide what audio will play through each set of earbuds.
Utilizing your AirPods to stream audio to other devices is quick and straightforward. Simply ensure they run iOS or macOS with compatibility for your AirPods and enable Bluetooth or turn on audio pairing on their respective device(s). When connected, simply select it in Control Center or Music app to start listening!
Once your listening session is over, simply disconnection both sets of AirPods with one tap will stop the audio on both devices simultaneously and prevent streaming to them. Please be aware that this may also disconnect other Bluetooth devices such as speakers and Apple Watch from your iPhone; to reconnect the AirPods, re-pairing will be required with their new devices.
If you’re having issues connecting AirPods to your iPhone, try restarting or enabling Bluetooth on other devices, making sure the headphones are charged and have received any necessary updates, and restarting your computer if audio pairing becomes problematic.
Airpods boast one of the coolest features available today: sharing audio between Apple headphones. This can come in handy during crowded situations when two people want to listen to the same music, or can simply help facilitate communication without fear of eavesdropping. Unfortunately, this feature only works with iPhone 8 models or later and iPad/Mac running iOS 13. However, this functionality may not work on all Apple devices – specifically iPhone 8, 8 Plus models running iOS 13 as well as devices with newer firmware versions (iPad/Mac running OS 13 are compatible).
First, connect your headphones to your device. To do so, touch the AirPlay icon either in Control Center or Lock Screen – its design resembles a triangle laid over multiple concentric circles – or in whatever app is currently playing audio content.
At this point, connect another pair of airpods to your phone by making sure they’re in pairing mode, with their case open and status light blinking. Hold them near the iPhone, following its on-screen prompts to connect. Once recognized by iPhone, select Share Audio in Shared Audio Share.
When sharing audio, you have two modes available to you when sharing audio: Noise Cancellation or Transparency. Noise Cancellation reduces all background noise so you can focus on music or conversation without distraction; in Transparency mode you still hear ambient sound around you but can adjust volume levels and choose which songs to play on each pair of AirPods.
Once connected to your iPhone, streaming audio to AirPods is quick and simple: simply tap on the AirPlay icon in Control Center or Music app; this option may also appear on lock screen apps or within individual songs you are listening to. To stream music onto another pair of AirPods simply use volume control sliders on each earbud to change levels accordingly.
Once your task is completed, disconnecting both pairs of AirPods is simple: just slide down the notification shade and select Media. From here you’ll be presented with a list of connected devices including AirPods that can be turned off or selected based on preference – with which pair is best for listening!
Sharing earbuds can be both uncomfortable and unsanitary due to differences in ear sizes and bacteria transfer; but now with Apple’s audio sharing feature on iPhone, sharing music or audio from your iPhone with a friend does not compromise comfort or hygiene.
To enable audio sharing on an iPhone, make sure your pair of AirPods is paired with and fully charged before opening any app that needs audio playback and tapping on AirPlay icon or, on an iPhone 8+ running iOS 13 or later, swipe down from the top of screen to reveal Control Center and tap speaker icon (it looks like a triangle laid over multiple concentric circles) then select your AirPods from list of available devices.
To connect a second pair of AirPods to your iPhone for shared listening, have your friend bring the case close with its lid open and select Temporarily Share Audio on Control Center or Music. Complete pairing by following prompts until finished using them – when finished put back into case and select Stop Sharing Audio in Control Center or Music.
As another way to transfer audio from your iPhone to different pair of AirPods, switch audio sources when in an incoming call or Now Playing screen. Tap either the speaker icon at the bottom right of your display or menu button during an incoming call to switch audio output device.
If your AirPods are having difficulty connecting to or disconnecting from your iPhone, or disconnecting frequently, the issue could be software related. Make sure your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS, and check for an update via Settings.
If your wireless connection has issues, try reconnecting the Bluetooth headset to your iPhone and resetting its pairing information. This may solve most problems associated with connectivity; however, it could also help if you were using older model AirPods that no longer function reliably with newer ones.
If you want to share music or watch an in-flight movie together with a friend, two pairs of AirPods may come in handy. Apple makes this possible through their built-in Bluetooth functionality on iOS; alternatively, other headphones with this capability such as newer Samsung phones allow multiple pair pairing.
The AirPods case features an onboard button for activating pairing mode. Simply press and hold until the status light turns white to get started! Once paired with one device, they’ll connect automatically with others using that same Bluetooth setting – check their status using either Control Center’s status bar on lock screen or status bar or by selecting them in list of available devices.
To successfully pair two sets of AirPods to an iPhone, both sets must run the same version of iOS installed (you can download updates for it through the App Store), as well as be linked with one iCloud account each. Otherwise, your AirPods won’t function with any Bluetooth-enabled devices.
To pair two AirPods to an iPhone, first open up and plug in their case with both AirPods in it and plug it into a power source. Place another iPhone nearby the AirPods case, placing both phones next to each other and following steps of AirPods Setup Assistant on each phone.
Once both pairs of AirPods are connected to a single iPhone, you can enjoy sharing audio by adjusting their volumes independently and managing output using controls on locked screens or Control Center. Furthermore, clicking AirPlay in Control Center enables you to pause or play music for both sets simultaneously.