How to Connect 2 Pairs of AirPods to One iPhone (New for iOS 13)

 

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If you've ever wished for the ability to pair two sets of AirPods to your iPhone so you can share audio with a friend, Apple has finally granted your wish. As of iOS 13 you have the ability to sync two pairs of AirPods to one iPhone, so that you can listen to your music, audiobook, podcast, or movie together. Connecting AirPods this way isn't hard at all, but you might want to first rename your AirPods so that you can keep them straight. Let's get started learning how to pair two sets of AirPods to your iPhone and listen to the same audio simultaneously.

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Related: Apple AirPods Guide: Charging, Pairing, Setting Up, Using, & More

How to Connect Two Pairs of AirPods to One iPhone 

You'll need to update your iPhone to iOS 13 to be able to use this tip. Once you've completed your update: 

  1. If you haven't already done so, connect your first set of AirPods, AirPods 2, or Airpods Pro  to your iPhone before your friend connects their pair.
  2. Tap Done to finish connecting your AirPods.

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  3. Bring the second pair of AirPods that you'd like to connect close to your iPhone, with the case open. You'll see the options to Temporarily Share Audio or Connect to iPhone.
  4. Tap Temporarily Share Audio, then follow the prompt to press and hold the button on the back of the case. 
  5. You'll see a notification that the guest pair of AirPods are connecting, then you'll tap Done as before. 

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  6. Once the second pair of AirPods is connected to your iPhone, you can share audio simultaneously to both sets of AirPods.
  7. Open the app you'd like to share audio from, in this example it's Audible, and tap the AirPlay icon.
  8. Another easy way to accomplish this step is to open the Control Center and turn on AirPlay from there.  

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  9. Now you and your friend can share audio.
  10. Any time you'd like to disconnect the temporarily paired set of AirPods, open the Settings app and tap Bluetooth, then tap the X next to the AirPods' name under Sharing With.

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If you're ever without a second pair of AirPods, you can still share audio without missing any details by setting your iPhone to Mono Audio mode and splitting your left and right AirPods between you and your friend. It's not as good, but it might just work.

Enjoy sharing your music with friends, and remember, if you leave your AirPods in a friend's car, you might need to know how to find your lost AirPods!

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.