How to Connect AirPods to Another iPhone (AirPods 3 Update)

Here's how to pair AirPods to someone else's iPhone, and how to connect someone else's AirPods to your iPhone.

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Here's how to connect AirPods to another iPhone or iPad, even an iPhone or iPad that doesn't belong to you. We'll also go over how to connect someone else's AirPods to your iPhone. Let's get started learning how to use AirPods with multiple iPhones and iPads.

Related: Apple AirPods Guide: How To Connect (Pair), Set Up, Charge, Use AirPod Controls & More

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Listen to music or movies with a friend when you pair your AirPods to another iPhone.
  • Let a friend who doesn't have AirPods borrow yours and easily connect to their iPhone.

How to Connect AirPods to Someone Else's iPhone or iPad

Can you pair AirPods to different phones? You can! It's as simple as opening the AirPods case near the new device and following the on-screen prompts to pair the AirPods. For more great AirPods tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day. Now, let's go over how to pair your AirPods to someone else's iPhone or iPad. Here's how to connect to someone else's AirPods, and how to connect someone else's AirPods to your phone or iPad. This process requires permission from each party.

  1. Unlock the iPhone or iPad that you want to connect to.
  2. Open the AirPods case near the new device.
  3. A prompt labeled Not Your AirPods will appear on the screen; tap Connect.

  4. Following the on-screen prompts, press and hold the Setup button on the back of the AirPods' case.

  5. Continue holding down the button while the AirPods connect.

  6. Select whether you'd like your AirPods to Announce Calls & Notifications​​​​​​.

    Connect AirPods to another iPhone
  7. When your AirPods finish connecting, tap Done.

Now you can continue listening with your AirPods on multiple iPhones or iPads.  We can also teach you how to connect AirPods to a laptop! You can also learn how to pair your Beats earbuds to your iPhone.

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.