How to Connect Two AirPods to a Single iPhone, iPad or MacBook

How to Connect Two AirPods to a Single iPhone, iPad or MacBook

Connecting AirPods or AirPods Pro to an iPhone or MacBook is simple. However, connecting two AirPods to the same iPhone, iPad, or MacBook can be tricky. Once connected, you can listen to the same songs or watch the same movie without disturbing others.

Keep in mind that the connecting device must support Audio Sharing. Fortunately, most modern Apple devices support this feature. All iPhones after iPhone 8 and iPad Pro first-generation are compatible.

To share audio between two audio devices, follow these steps to connect two AirPods to an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook. Let’s begin.

How to Connect Two AirPods to an iPhone or iPad

It’s understood that you’ve already connected the first pair of AirPods or AirPods Pro to your iPhone or iPad. Unlock your iPhone and stay on the home screen. Now, open the case of your AirPods or AirPods Pro and hold it near your iPhone. You should see the animation to connect the AirPods. Press the Temporarily Share Audio button. Once done, press and hold the button on the back of the charging case to complete the process. Open the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone, and you should see both the AirPods connected to your phone.

One advantage of this process is that iOS allows you to control individual volumes. To do this, play a video and access the Control Center by pulling it down. From there, tap the AirPlay icon to access individual volume controls.

Interestingly, you can play audio through different AirPods on your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, it’s not a simple process and requires tinkering in the system settings. Nonetheless, it’s doable. So, the next time you want to share your Mac’s audio through two AirPods or AirPods Pro, here’s what you should do. We assume you’ve paired the first pair of AirPods to the Mac.

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Step 1: Reset the second pair of AirPods to connect to the Mac. Press and hold the Back button on your earphones until the LED light flashes white.

Step 2: Open the Control Center on your Mac, go to Bluetooth Settings, and select Bluetooth Preferences. You should see the other pair of AirPods on the menu.

Step 3: Open Finder and select Applications from the left panel. Scroll down until you see Utilities and double-click on the Audio MIDI Setup option.

This will open a small window. Click on the Plus-icon below and select Create Multi-Output Device from the list.

Step 4: Uncheck the default MacBook speakers. Instead, select the two AirPods and close the window.

How to Connect Two AirPods to a Single iPhone, iPad or MacBook

Step 5: Once done, click the Apple icon on the upper left corner and select System Preferences.

How to Connect Two AirPods to a Single iPhone, iPad or MacBook

The window will likely open to the Bluetooth Settings. If it does, click the Back button and go to Sound. If not, click Sound.

How to Connect Two AirPods to a Single iPhone, iPad or MacBook

To use the Multi-Output Device, click on it. That’s it! Play a video or audio file and enjoy the audio shared between the connected AirPods. Thank me later.

Unlike the previous process, you can’t control the volume individually because the system delivers the same audio to two devices.

To disconnect, open Bluetooth preferences and tap the ones you want to disconnect. Note that if you use headphones like the AirPods Max, you may often tap the Connect button because they disconnect when you remove them from your ear.

Stay Connected

The Apple ecosystem offers many benefits, and connecting two AirPods to an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook is one of them. This feature is supported not only on Apple AirPods but also on other audio accessories such as AirPods Max, Powerbeats Pro, and Beats Solo wireless earphones.

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