How to Share Music with Someone Else with AirPods

AirPods Share audio screen on iPhone with AirPods around
Khamosh Pathak

Using the new Audio Sharing feature introduced in iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1, you can share audio from one iPhone with two AirPods. You can watch a video or listen to a song along with your friend in just a tap!

There are two main ways to share audio from one device to two AirPods. We’ve already covered how to directly connect two AirPods to a single iPhone or iPad.

In this guide, we’ll focus on using the Share Audio feature available on devices running iOS 13.1, iPadOS 13.1, and above that lets you share audio between devices without the need for pairing both sets of AirPods.

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Requirements

As mentioned above, this feature works on devices running iOS 13.1, iPadOS 13.1, or higher, and ones that support Bluetooth 5.0. The feature will work for iPhone 8 and higher, iPad Pros, iPad (5th gen and later), iPad Air (3rd gen), iPad mini (5th gen), and the iPod Touch (7th gen).

When it comes to headphones, Apple supports a range of AirPods and Beats headphones. The feature will work on AirPods, AirPods Pro, Powerbeats Pro, Powerbeats 3, Beats Solo Pro, Beats Solo 3 Wireless, Beats Studio 3 Wireless, and Beats X. Basically, any of Apple’s headphones that include the W1 or H1 chip.

How to Use the Audio Sharing Feature

The Audio Sharing feature can be accessed using the Control Center.

On your iPhone or iPad with a software home bar, swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen (where you can see the status symbols) to access the Control Center.

Swipe down from the top-right corner to access Control Center on iPhone

If you have an iPhone or iPad with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen to reveal the Control Center.

From the Control Center, press and hold on the “Now Playing” toggle.

Tap and hold on the Now Playing control

Here, tap on the AirPlay button.

You can also get to this screen by tapping on the AirPlay button from the Music app or the Now Playing widget on the lockscreen.

Tap on the AirPlay button from Now Playing section in Control Center

Along with your connected AirPods, you’ll see a new “Share Audio” button. Tap on it.

Tap on Share Audio button

Now, bring the other iPhone or iPad near your device, with the headphones connected to them. You can also bring their AirPods or headphones near your device.

Share Audio screen

You’ll see the paired device in the popup. Here, tap on the “Share Audio” button.

Tap on Share Audio

Now both devices will be connected to your iPhone or iPad.

You’ll see checkmarks next to the two devices. The current device will have a checkmark next to it. To connect to the second pair of headphones, just tap on it.

Tap on checkmark to connect to the headphones

Both devices are now connected to your iOS or iPadOS device. Start playing media, and it will start playing on both headphones simultaneously.

To disconnect one of the sets of earbuds or headphones, go back to the AirPlay screen and tap on the checkmark icon again. You can also turn the headphones off or put the AirPods back in the case to stop the audio sharing.

Tap on checkmark to disconnect the headphones

Take a look at these eight settings once you’ve upgraded to iOS13 to get the most out of the update.