How to Setup Wireless Audio Sharing in iOS 13

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iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 previews launched recently by Apple with lots of new features and tweaks. Well, one among the most notable features is the “audio sharing” using which one can share the audio with friends. Well, you might be thinking that what’s new in this? Anyone can share one of its two earbuds with friends and can listen to the audio together. Of course, you can! But what’s better than that where you can share the audio completely on two devices and listen to them with both of the earbuds. Sounds good right?

Well, the new iOS and iPadOS audio-sharing feature use Bluetooth to split audio between two different devices. This can be done in two different ways depending upon the requirements you fulfill. But both users will need a pair of AirPods or Powerbeats Pro wireless earphones, as well as one of the following devices running iOS or iPadOS 13:

  • iOS 13: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, XR, XS, or XS Mini; or an iPod Touch (seventh-generation).
  • iPadOS 13: iPad Pro 11-inch; iPad Pro 12.9-inch (second-generation or later); iPad Air (third-generation); iPad mini (fifth-generation).

Before we jump on the guide, let me remind you that this feature will roll out to the users with the final release of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Out of both of these methods, only the second one is working in the beta. Although the first is not working yet, you can see how it will work when it will be made available in the final release. 

Method 1: Audio sharing by proximity

  • Place the two iOS/iPadOS devices near each other while one is playing media from an app like Apple Music or YouTube.
  • Both devices will get a pop-up; Tap “Share Audio” 
  • You can now share media between the two iPhones or iPads. Both users have separate volume controls on their respective devices.

Method 2: Multi-device Bluetooth pairing

  • Put both pairs of Bluetooth headphones into pairing mode.
  • Go to Settings > Bluetooth on the device you wish to use the playback.
  • Tap the names of each unpaired device to connect both headphones.
  • Once done, both headphones will now play the same audio simultaneously, but volume and playback can only be controlled on the iPhone/iPad from which audio is being played.

The final iOS/iPadOS 13 release will also allow users to share audio by syncing up two sets of Bluetooth headphones to a single handset.

In this way, you can share audio between two devices running on iOS/iPadOS 13.

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