How to connect two AirPods to one iPhone or iPad

Imagine: you are on an airplane with your family. Both of your kids want to watch the same movie on their iPhone, so each has one AirPod and one ear without headphones. They do it wrong.

Thanks to Apple Audio Sharing With AirPods or Beats wireless headphones, two people can listen to everything that’s playing on one iPhone or iPad. You’ll be able to talk to your partner without listening devices, and your kids won’t have to participate in the unhygienic act of sharing headphones.

For this feature to work, you need compatible Apple device with iOS 14 or later and supported wireless headphones. That means an iPhone 8 or later, or a 5th generation iPad or later, and AirPods.

Here’s how to connect two headphones to one Apple device.

Two AirPods connected to one iPhone

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  • Connect your AirPods or Beats headphones to your iOS device and start playing the content you want to share.
  • Press the AirPlay button in Control Center on your iPhone or iPad, on the lock screen, or in the app you use to watch content or stream music.
  • Tap Share Audio.
  • If you are sharing with someone who has AirPods or AirPods Pro, ask them to keep their AirPods in a case and open the lid when they are near your Apple device. If the person you’re sharing your headphones with has AirPods Max, they don’t have to be inside the case. If you’re sharing with a Beats user, put those Beats in share mode and keep them close to your device.
  • Your friend’s or family member’s headphones should appear on the screen.
  • Click “Share Audio” again.

That’s all! To stop sharing content, simply click on the checkmark next to the headphones you want to disable.

Note: If audio sharing is not working, it may be because your device or headphones are not compatible. Here’s what you need:

  • iPhone 8 and later
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) and later
  • iPad Pro 11 inch
  • iPad Pro 10.5 inch
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) and later
  • iPad mini (5th generation) and later
  • iPad (5th generation) and later
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

Compatible headphones include:

  • AirPods Max
  • AirPods Pro
  • AirPods (1st generation) and later
  • Powerbeats
  • Solo Pro
  • Powerbeats Pro
  • Powerbeats3 Wireless
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless
  • Beats Studio3 Wireless
  • BeatsX
  • Bits Flex
  • Bits Fit Pro