How to Connect 2 Pairs of AirPods to an 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 device so you can share audio from your iPhone with a friend, Apple has finally granted your wish. As with earlier models, you can still monitor your AirPods battery life using the Today View. This year the iPhone's latest software update, iOS 13, comes with the ability to connect two pairs of AirPods to an iPhone, so that you can listen to your music, audiobook, podcast, or movie together. Let's get started learning how to pair two sets of AirPods to your iPhone and listen to the same audio simultaneously.

Related: Apple AirPods & AirPods 2 Guide: Charging, Pairing, Setting Up, Using, More

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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 or AirPods 2 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. Open the app you'd like to share audio from, in this example it's Audible, and tap the AirPlay icon. Another easy way to accomplish this step is to open the Control Center and turn on AirPlay from there.  

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  7. Now you and your friend can share audio. 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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Enjoy sharing your music with friends!

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.