One of the best things about the experience of listening to music is being able to share it with others. You might think that this is almost impossible with AirPods, but it’s not. Follow along as we show you how to share audio with AirPods or Beats headphones.
How you can start sharing audio
Apple built this feature into iOS and its most popular wireless headphones. You’ll need a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
To start the audio sharing feature, follow these steps:
Required time: 1 minute.
- Connect your compatible wireless headphones to your iOS or iPadOS device.
- Tap the AirPlay button on your device in Control Center, from the lock screen, or from the app you’re listening to.
- Tap Share Audio.
- Bring your friend’s headphones, or the iPhone or iPad they’re connected to, near your iPhone.
- Whenever Share the audio A dialog will appear, tap Share the audio button.
- On your friend’s device, they will be prompted to start listening with you. All they have to do is catch up join in And your music will start playing in their ears.
To stop sharing, just go back to the AirPlay button and tap the check mark next to the headphones you no longer want to share with.
What devices will work?
Compatible devices include:
- iPhone 8 and later
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) and newer
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- iPad Air (3rd generation) and later
- 5th generation iPad mini and later
- iPad (5th generation) and later
- iPod touch (7th generation)
Next, you’ll need a compatible headphone model. These include AirPods and Beats wireless headphones. The following models of AirPods and Beats headphones should work with Share Audio:
- AirPods Max
- AirPods Pro (1st generation) and later
- First generation AirPods and later
- Beats Solo Pro
- Powerbeats Pro
- Powerbeats3 Wireless
- Beats Solo 3 Wireless
- Beats Studio3 Wireless
- Beats Flex
- Beats Fit Pro
Apple notes that you can also share audio to Apple TV 4K with tvOS 14 and later. It will be interesting to see what kind of integration Apple can implement between Share Audio and the new Apple Music Sing feature.