How to Enable Spatial Audio for AirPods on an iPhone or iPad

How to Enable Spatial Audio for AirPods on an iPhone or iPad

If you have AirPods Pro, you can now turn on Spatial Audio for a “theater-like surround sound experience.” Your iPhone or iPad will track the movements of your head and device for a more immersive sound.

What you need

This feature does require AirPods Pro – it doesn’t work with standard AirPods or any Beats headphones, although it may work with future models.

Spatial Audio works with iPhone 7 and later. For iPad, you need at least a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation), 11-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad (6th generation), or iPad Mini (5th generation). , or a newer tool.

On supported devices, you’ll need to update to at least iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, when Apple introduces the feature

Lastly, you also need “audiovisual content from supported applications” – it doesn’t work in all applications and with all videos. The content you watch must have at least 5.1 surround sound to work. With standard stereo sound, you won’t notice any difference.

How to turn spatial audio on (or turn it off)

First, take your AirPods Pro out of their case and place them in your ears.

On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings> Bluetooth. Tap the “i” button to the right of the AirPods device.


Scroll down on this page and look for the “Spatial Audio” option. (If you don’t see it, you may need to update the firmware of your AirPods.)

To turn on Spatial Audio, make sure the “Spatial Audio” option here is enabled – the button to the right of it will be green. If not, tap the switch to turn it on.

To test Spatial Audio, tap the “See & Hear How It Works” option.


Tap the “Stereo Audio” and “Spatial Audio” options here to compare how each sound is. If you want to use Spatial Audio, tap “Enable for Supported Videos”. If you tap “Now now”, Spatial Audio will be disabled.


How to Enable and Disable Spatial Audio Quickly

To quickly turn Spatial Audio on and off, you can also use Control Center. Open it by swiping down from the top right corner of your iPhone or iPad screen.

Long press the volume control that has a thumbnail of your AirPods to access its options.


At the bottom of the screen, tap the “Spatial Audio” option to turn it on and off.

You can also adjust the transparency mode from here, controlling how the noise cancellation works on your AirPods


How to Test Spatial Audio

With the release of Spatial Audio features with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 in September 2020, Apple TV +, Disney +, and HBO Max support spatial audio features. Other applications and services may also add support for it in the near future.

To test it out, here’s a Dolby Atmos demonstration video. Play it on your iPhone or iPad with Spatial Audio turned on and you’ll hear how virtual surround sound works.


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