Last year, when I was planning to fly to Japan with my fiancee, we downloaded movies to my iPhone so we could watch them together on the plane. However, it was clear to us shortly before our departure that we could not use our AirPods on the same phone. Instead, we had to assemble a Lightning to Headphone adapter, a cheap headphone splitter from our pharmacy, and two borrowed Bose headphones from our family to share audio. It was a lot of cable – and a lot of trouble.
Now Apple has a solution to the specific problem we've encountered. If you're using iOS 1
Do you own these headphones and iPhones?
First, find out if you have the right equipment. The feature is currently limited to the following headphones:
- AirPods Pro
- Powerbeats Pro
- Powerbeats 3
- Beats Solo Pro
- Beats Solo 3 Wireless
- Beats Studio 3 Wireless  BeatsX
According to Apple, iOS or iPadOS 13.1 or later must be running on one of the following devices to use the feature:
- iPhone 8 and later
- iPad Pro (12.9 inches)) second Generation and later
- iPad Pro (11 inches)
- iPad Pro (10.5 inches)
- iPad (fifth generation and later)
- iPad Air (third generation)
- iPad mini (fifth generation )
- iPod touch (seventh generation)
Setting up audio sharing
To set up audio sharing. In this guide, I focus on AirPods, but it should work for other compatible headphones as well.
- When your AirPods are turned on, start audio playback on your iPhone.
- Next, tap the triangle-shaped icon and the three circles that appear on the screen near your audio controls. (This icon is also in the audio control area of the Control Center and in the audio playback block on your lock screen.)
- From this menu, tap "Share Audio …"
have two options. Do one of the following:
- Bring your friend's iPhone near you, and he'll get a pop-up window on his device accepting the audio you've shared.
- Have your friend put the AirPods in their pockets and bring the bag close to your iPhone. You will be prompted to temporarily pair your friend's AirPods with your iPhone.
Done! Once you are both connected, the host iPhone controls the volume of both headphones. Each person can also use their headphone controls to control their own audio independently.
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