How to Connect Two AirPods to One Phone

Share your audio with a friend

What to Know

  • Ensure one set of AirPods is paired to the iPhone. Bring the second set near the iPhone; follow the onscreen prompts.
  • To control audio, open Control Center and tap the Volume slider. You'll see two volume sliders to adjust each set.
  • To disconnect the second set, open Control Center, tap the AirPlay icon, and tap the checkmark by the other AirPods.

This article explains how to connect two sets of AirPods to one iPhone and control the audio. Instructions cover AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max.

How to Connect Multiple AirPods to One iPhone

Connecting two sets of AirPods to one iPhone allows you to share audio. The process is straightforward via the following steps.

  1. Ensure your AirPods are paired with 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.

    AirPlay menu on the iPhone.
  4. Ensure your friend's AirPods are in their case with the case open. Hold them 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 hear the audio playing from your 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.

    You can also control the audio via your AirPods controls. However, changing the volume this way only changes those specific AirPods.

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:

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

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

  3. This disconnects their AirPods and stops the audio sharing.

    How to stop AirPods audio sharing on an iPhone.
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