How to Enable Spatial Audio for AirPods on iPhone and iPad

Starting off, the Spatial Audio enhances the stereo and surround sounds to deliver an overall best-in-class audio listening experience. It creates a 360 degree sound atmosphere around the listener especially useful for earphones, headphones. Last week, Apple has released a major software update to its AirPods lineup in the context of iOS 14 that has included Spatial Audio with a build number 3A283. So, all the AirPods and AirPods Pro users should know how to enable Spatial Audio for AirPods on iPhone and iPad easily. Let’s take a look.

So, this new useful feature also includes iPhone and iPad users to seamlessly switch between their AirPods across devices using the same iCloud ID. All the iOS and iPadOS running devices support the Spatial Audio feature. That means iPhone 7/8/X/XS/11/SE (2nd-gen) lineup users as well as iPad Air (3rd-gen), iPad Mini (5th-gen), iPad (6th/7th/8th-gen), iPad Pro 11″/12.9″ (2018 or higher) models are also on the list.

Spatial Audio Supported Apps and Content

According to the multiple reports, the Spatial Audio will support all the Dolby Atmos content. It means all the latest TV shows, movies on iTunes or Apple TV+, Disney+ content will work seamlessly.

How to Enable Spatial Audio for AirPods on iPhone and iPad

However, users will also need to use a Spatial Audio supported app on your iPhone or iPad in order to play the Dolby Atmos content. At the time of writing this article, only the Apple TV app supports its Spatial Sound feature. But don’t worry, as more and more apps will arrive soon with the support of this.

It’s also worth mentioning that Apple TV+ content, iTunes content, Apple TV channel content will be eligible to use Spatial Audio without any issue. Now, without getting further ado, check the steps below to know whether the Spatial Audio is working or not.

How to Enable Spatial Audio for AirPods on iPhone and iPad

  • Make sure that the AirPods or AirPods Pro are connected to your iPhone or iPad. Place them into your ears.
  • Head over to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Tap on Bluetooth > Tap on the “i” icon next to the connected AirPods from the list.
  • Scroll below and check whether the Spatial Audio toggle is enabled or not.
    • If not turned on or available, then you will need to update your AirPods/AirPods Pro firmware to its latest version. Once done, reset the AirPods from the pairing list and re-pair them again with your iPhone or iPad.
  • Next, follow the same above steps and enable the Spatial Audio feature.
    • Just below it, you will also find an option called ‘See & Hear How It Works’. Tap on it to learn more.
    • Next, you should tap on the ‘Stereo Audio’ and ‘Spatial Audio’ to check how both the sounds are appearing.
    • You can choose and set any one of them. As we’re talking about the Spatial Audio, you just select it and then tap on “Turn On for Supported Videos”. (You can also tap on “Not Now” if you don’t want to use this feature at the moment)
  • So, once enabled from the Bluetooth settings, you can easily access the Spatial Audio shortcut toggle from the Control Center by swiping down from the upper right side of the iPhone or iPad.
  • Simply, long-press on the Volume Control bar and you can see the AirPods icon.
  • Next, at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see the “Noise Control Transparency” and “Spatial Audio” option.
  • Directly, tap on Spatial Audio to turn it on/off from the now as a shortcut.

That’s it, guys. We assume that you’ve found this guide pretty useful. For further queries, you can comment below.

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