How to Connect Two AirPods to One Phone

Share your audio with a friend

What to Know

  • Make sure one set of AirPods is paired to the iPhone. Then bring the second set close to the iPhone and follow the onscreen prompts.
  • The iPhone needs to be running iOS 13.1 or higher for this to work.
  • You can connect two AirPods to one iPhone using the original AirPods, AirPods with the wireless charging case, or AirPods Pro.

It's easy to connect two AirPods to one iPhone, but the exact steps you need to follow depend on a few different things. This article shows you how to connect two pairs of AirPods in all situations.

How to Connect Multiple AirPods to One iPhone

It's great to connect two AirPods to iPhone and share the audio you're listening to. It's also straightforward to do. Just follow these steps, and you and your friend will be jamming to the same tunes, at the same time, in no time flat.

  1. Start by making sure that your AirPods are connected to your iPhone.

  2. Open Control Center by swiping down from the top right corner of the screen on iPhone X and newer. On older models, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap the AirPlay icon in the music controls (the circles with the triangle at the bottom in the top corner of Control Center).

    AirPlay menu on the iPhone.
  4. The friend who you want to share audio with should make sure that their AirPods are in their case and that the case is open. They should hold their AirPods close to your iPhone.

  5. When your friend's AirPods appear, tap Share Audio.

    The Share Audio button to connect two sets of AirPods to one iPhone.
  6. Your friend can put their AirPods in their ears and should hear the audio playing from your iPhone. Voila—two AirPods connected to one iPhone!

How to Control Audio With Two AirPods Connected to iPhone

Once you've connected two AirPods to your iPhone, you need to know how to control the audio, raise or lower the volume, and more.

Controlling what audio you're listening to is easy: Whoever has the iPhone in their hands can select the music, podcast, or other audio both people listen to. There's no way to select audio from the AirPods.

To control the volume for both AirPods, follow these steps:

  1. Open Control Center.

  2. Tap the Volume slider.

    You can change the volume for both AirPods at the same time by moving this slider.

  3. You'll see two volume sliders, one for each set of AirPods connected to your iPhone. Adjust each one separately to give each listener their own volume.

    Audio volume settings for shared AirPods on an iPhone.

    How to Disconnect AirPods from iPhone

    Had enough of sharing audio from your iPhone? Disconnect your friend's AirPods from your iPhone by following these steps:

  4. Open Control Center and tap the AirPlay icon in the music controls.

  5. Tap the checkmark next to your friend's AirPods so that the checkmark icon is removed.

  6. This both disconnects their AirPods and stops the audio sharing.

    How to stop AirPods audio sharing on an iPhone.
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