How to Connect Two AirPods to One iPhone or iPad to Share Audio (2022)

Listen to music or other audio together when you connect two AirPods pairs to an iPhone simultaneously.

* This post is part of iPhone Life's Tip of the Day newsletter. . *

Can two sets of AirPods connect to one iPhone? Absolutely! If you want to share audio on your iPhone without having to share the same set of AirPods, this tip is for you. We'll show you how to pair two sets of AirPods to one iPhone, plus how to share audio once you've done so.

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Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Connect two pairs of AirPods to one iPhone to listen to music, audiobooks, podcasts, or movies together.
  • Temporarily share your audio with another pair of AirPods and learn how to disconnect them quickly.

How to Connect Two AirPods to One Phone

In the steps below, we'll show you how to connect two AirPods pairs to one iPhone or iPad for shared listening, plus how to disconnect the extra AirPods once you're done. If you would rather use one set of AirPods and split the audio so you and a partner can each listen with one AirPod, you'll need to change an audio setting instead. 

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  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. Next, bring the second pair of AirPods that you'd like to connect close to your iPhone, with the case open.
  3. Tap Temporarily Share Audio, then follow the prompts to complete pairing.

  4. Press and hold the back of the AirPods case to connect to the guest's pair.

  5. You may see a notification that the guest pair of AirPods is connecting.

  6. If you see a notification asking to confirm you want to connect a device under someone else's Apple ID, tap OK to confirm.

     
  7. Tap Done when pairing is complete.

     
  8. Once the second pair of AirPods is connected to your iPhone, you can share audio simultaneously to both sets of AirPods.
  9. Open the app you'd like to share audio from (such as Audible or Apple Music) and start playing audio.

  10. When you're ready to disconnect the second pair of AirPods, have your friend put their AirPods back in their case. You may see a prompt asking if you'd like to stop sharing audio. Tap Disconnect.

  11. If you don't see the prompt when you're ready to disconnect the second set of AirPods, open the Settings app.

  12. Tap Bluetooth.

  13. Tap the X icon next to the name of the AirPods in the Sharing With section.​

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 a perfect solution, but it works in a pinch. Regardless of which method you choose, now you can enjoy sharing your music with friends or family!

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a 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.