Listen to music or watch a video in pairs without disturbing the people around … You have probably found yourself in this situation. The best known technique is the loan of a headset and having only a pair of headphones for 2. The most experienced know the double jack. 2 pairs of headphones (or headphones) connected to any audio player. But… do you know audio sharing on your iPhone?
Audio sharing has the advantage of working in Bluetooth, which means that you don’t have to stick to your neighbor. However, not everyone has the necessary equipment.
In absolute terms, the 2 people, you and your friend, must have:
- An iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 13.1 or iPadOS;
- Wireless earphones or headphones with the W1 or H1 chip from Apple:
- AirPods from the 1st generation,
- Powerbeats Pro,
- Beats Solo3 wireless,
- Beats Studio3 wireless,
- These headsets must be synchronized with a compatible iPhone;
- Bluetooth must be activated.
In practice, if you yourself have 2 pairs of headphones each connected to one of your iOS or iPadOS devices (different), you just need to lend the headphones to your friend.
Step 1: listen to music with others with audio sharing on iPhone
Your headsets must be turned on and connected to your devices.
In the example, we will simply use the Music app. However, you can use any audio or video application that has AirPlay audio and is compatible with audio sharing.
1.1. Initiate audio sharing
Your iPhone should initiate audio sharing. Start by accessing multimedia content. 2 choices are available to you:
22.214.171.124. Open an application such as Music ;
126.96.36.199. Tap the AirPlay audio icon;
188.8.131.52. Open the Control Center and long press on what’s there Listening ;
184.108.40.206. If necessary, press the AirPlay audio icon to connect your headphones;
220.127.116.11. Once on this common screen, tap Share audio ;
1.2. Connect the 2d helmet
For the wireless earphones, they must be in their charging case. Open the case and bring it closer to the 1st iPhone.
Regarding a Beats Solo3 or a Beats Studio3 wireless, it should also be close to the iPhone while holding the power button.
You will need to confirm audio sharing if your 2 devices are not connected to the same iCloud account.
Your headsets are now connected to the same device. Everything that one hears, the other also hears. You can even get away from each other, but be sure to keep the correct distance for Bluetooth.
1.3. Adjust audio independently
This feature has no specific settings, except one: the sound.
You share the audio and hear the same thing, but each can have a different volume.
However, only the host iPhone can adjust for sound.
There too, there are 2 solutions:
18.104.22.168. Come back to where it all started, Control center > Listening ;
22.214.171.124. Drag the slider on each headset to set the volume;
126.96.36.199. Open the Control center ;
188.8.131.52. On the sound adjustment, you can change the volume of the 2 headphones, but if you press long, you will see 2 distinct sound bars.
Step 2: Stop audio sharing on iPhone
There is a radical solution to stop audio sharing: turn off the headphones. However, it may reconnect on this iPhone the next time it is turned on. Either way, you might as well do it right.
2.1. Go to Control center > Listening ;
2.2. Unhook the helmet.
There are often several ways to achieve the same result. It’s up to you to find what you prefer … if you use audio sharing on iPhone.