Can You Share Audio With 3 AirPods?

No, you can only share audio with two pairs of AirPods

What to Know

  • You can share audio from an iPhone or iPad to a maximum of two pairs of AirPods.
  • Play audio > tap AirPlay icon > Share Audio > hold second AirPods close to iPhone > Share Audio.

You can't share audio with three sets of AirPods.

However, you can share audio with two pairs of AirPods. This article shows you how.

The instructions in this article apply to an iPhone running iOS 15 and up. We've also got instructions for sharing AirPods audio on earlier versions of the iOS.

How to Share Audio With Multiple AirPods

Sharing audio from one iPhone to multiple AirPods is very easy and can be done with any model of AirPods (Apple has a complete list of compatible headphones and devices). Just follow these steps:

  1. Connect your AirPods to your iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch).

  2. Start playing audio.

  3. Tap the AirPlay icon (three circles with a triangle in it). The AirPlay icon is in Control Center, on the lock screen, or in the app where you're playing the audio.

  4. Tap Share Audio.

  5. What happens in this step depends on what model headphones your friend has.

    • For AirPods and AirPods Pro: Keep the AirPods in their case, open the case's lid, and hold it close to your iPhone. On some models, you may need to press the pairing button on the case. Follow the onscreen instructions.
    • For AirPods Max: Hold the AirPods close to your iPhone.
    • For Beats headphones: Put the headphones in pairing mode and hold them close to your iPhone.
    AirPlay > Share Audio on iPhone
  6. When the second set of AirPods appears on the screen, tap Share Audio. The audio will begin playing in both sets of AirPods momentarily.

  7. The second set of AirPods appears in Control Center momentarily, and the audio will begin playing in those AirPods, too.

    Sharing audio with second set of AirPods

Once both sets of AirPods are connected, you can control their volume individually using the sliders in Control Center. The playback controls in Control Center apply to all connected AirPods. Disconnect your friends' AirPods by tapping the checkmark next to them in Control Center.

How Many AirPods Can You Share Audio With?

As of now—using iOS 15 and all generations of AirPods (including AirPods Max) and compatible Beats models—the maximum number of AirPods that can be connected to a compatible iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is two.

Can AirPods Connect to 3 Devices? 

Yes. You can set up AirPods to work with an unlimited number of compatible devices. That said, AirPods can only be connected to one device and can only play audio from one device at a time.

When you connect AirPods to Apple devices—including the Apple TV and Macs—AirPods have the most features and functionality. That said, AirPods work like any other Bluetooth earbuds when connected to non-Apple products. So, you can also connect AirPods to Android phones, PCs, game consoles, and more.

  • What is Spatial Audio on AirPods Pro?

    Spatial Audio, available on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, is a 3D audio technology that simulates a complete surround sound experience. Once you turn on Spatial Audio in your device's Bluetooth settings, you can find playlists made for Spatial Audio in Apple Music.

  • How do I share audio with AirPods to a MacBook?

    To connect AirPods to MacBook Air, turn on Bluetooth, press the button on the AirPods case, click AirPods in the Bluetooth menu, and select Connect. To connect multiple pairs of AirPods to a MacBook Air, follow the steps to connect both pairs. Then, open the Audio MIDI Setup app, select Create a Multi-Output Device with both sets of AirPods, and select the new Multi-Output Device in the Sounds preferences.

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