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How to connect two pairs of AirPods to one iPhone, and share music wirelessly with your friends

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 30 Mar 2021


<p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/606254a467187800184ad33b-2400/air pod-2-3.jpg" border="0" alt="airpods pro" data-mce-source="Crystal Cox/Business Insider"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Sharing things like music used to be as simple as handing over an earpod and sitting side by side.</p><p>But with wireless headphones becoming the normand with social distancing measures still in placeit helps to have multiple pairs of headphones.</p><bi-shortcode id="related-article-module" class="mceNonEditable" data-type="5f480ad558c24d5eb17ceded" data-title="What version of iOS do I have' How to find which version your iPhone is running and check if there's an update available" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/what-version-of-ios-do-i-have" data-thumbnail="https://i.insider.com/undefined">Related Article Module: What version of iOS do I have' How to find which version your iPhone is running and check if there's an update available</bi-shortcode><p>Luckily, newer iPhones have the ability to stream music and other audio to two pairs of <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/category/airpods" target="_blank" rel="noopener">AirPods</a> (or Beats) at once. As long as you have an iPhone 8 or newer, running iOS 13 or newer, you can set this up in moments.</p><h2>How to connect two pairs of AirPods to one phone</h2><p>Firstly, make sure you have the right iPhone and the right headphones. Every AirPods model can use the double-streaming feature, as well as:</p><ul><li aria-level="1">Powerbeats</li><li aria-level="1">Powerbeats Pro</li><li aria-level="1">Powerbeats3 Wireless</li><li>Beats Solo Pro</li><li aria-level="1">Beats Solo3 Wireless</li><li aria-level="1">Beats Studio3 Wireless</li><li aria-level="1">BeatsX</li><li aria-level="1">Beats Flex</li></ul><p>For those who have the compatible devices, here's how to connect two pairs of AirPods to your phone:</p><p><strong>1. </strong>Connect your first pair of headphones as usual, by turning on the Bluetooth in your Settings app and then selecting your headphones from the list of devices.</p><p><strong>2. </strong>Either open the app you want to play audio from and select the AirPlay icon, or lock your phone and then select the AirPlay icon in the control center.</p><p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/60624e17c9d73b00186e9109-828/IMG7662.png" border="0" alt="spotify airplay" data-mce-source="William Antonelli/Insider" data-mce-caption="In Spotify, you can find the AirPlay option in the same menu you can use to switch listening devices."></p><p><strong>3. </strong>Underneath the already connected headphones, select "Share audio."</p><p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/60624cb967187800184ad32c-750/how-to-connect-two-airpods-to-one-phone-2.png" border="0" alt="how to connect two airpods to one phone 2" data-mce-source="Apple" data-mce-caption="The AirPlay menu lets you pick which device you want to route audio through."></p><p>From here, the method changes depending on the kind of headphones you have:</p><ul><li aria-level="1"><strong>AirPods or AirPods Pro:</strong> With the AirPods inside of their case, open the AirPods case and hold it close to the iPhone.</li><li aria-level="1"><strong>AirPods Max:</strong> Simply hold the headphones next to your iPhone.</li><li aria-level="1"><strong>Beats:</strong> Put the headphones in pairing mode, according to the directions provided by the manufacturer, and then hold them up to your iPhone.</li></ul><p><img src="https://static5.businessinsider.com/image/60624f0c67187800184ad334-900/beats pairing.jpg" border="0" alt="beats pairing" data-mce-source="Apple"></p><p>Finally, when you see your (or your friends') other headphones appear on the screen, tap to select them and then select "Share Audio" again.</p><p>You can control the volume, play, pause, and stop from the lock screen's control center. You'll see separate options to control the volume for the headphones using the sliders next to the name of the headphones.</p><p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60624fbc67187800184ad336-640/ios14-3-iphone11-pro-control-center-audio-card-share-audio-headphones.jpeg" border="0" alt="iphone airpods share audio" data-mce-source="Apple" data-mce-caption="You'll be able to see, control, and disconnect each pair of headphones individually."></p><bi-shortcode id="related-article-module-end-of-article" class="mceNonEditable"><a data-type="5f7dfcea2b29983566199ff9" data-title="How to connect your AirPods to a Mac computer, whether or not you have a paired iPhone" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-connect-airpods-to-mac" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/5f7e0ab5282c500018c792dc">How to connect your AirPods to a Mac computer, whether or not you have a paired iPhone</a><a data-type="605520b2c47d9c4f1153eff0" data-title="How to get an AirPod replacementand what you need to know before you do" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/airpod-replacement" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/60551c361fcb5700186ee896">How to get an AirPod replacementand what you need to know before you do</a><a data-type="5ced796b11e2050df176ed02" data-title="How to make your AirPods louder if they aren't loud enough, or fix any other volume-related issue" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-make-airpods-louder" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/5e050847855cc252d53479b5">How to make your AirPods louder if they aren't loud enough, or fix any other volume-related issue</a><a data-type="5ffdf6de66c3114d706c3fec" data-title="How to clean your AirPods and their case to improve audio quality and kill germs" data-url="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-clean-airpods" data-vertical="sai" data-image="https://i.insider.com/5ffe0ebda8de7700187d37c7">How to clean your AirPods and their case to improve audio quality and kill germs</a></bi-shortcode><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-connect-two-airpods-to-one-iphone#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p>
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