One of the coolest new features in iOS 13 is something called Audio Sharing. This lets you easily share the headphone sound with a friend via Bluetooth, so you can listen to the same music, watch a movie together and more. This is how it works.
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Which headphones work with audio sharing in iOS 13?
Audio sharing support in iOS 13 is a bit arbitrary. You think the feature would work over all headphones with Apple's W1 or H1 chip inside, but that's not the case.
At this time, audio sharing in iOS 13 is limited to:
An important thing to note is that Audio Sharing is still in beta, and Apple can add support for multiple headphones as time goes on. For example, Beats Solo3, Beats Studio3, Powerbeats3 and BeatsX include Apple's W1 chip, and can theoretically work with audio sharing in the future.
Which iOS devices work with audio sharing?
Audio sharing in iOS 13 is limited to newer model iPhones and iPods. While the feature worked with older iPhones during the early pastures of iOS 13, Apple has since been supporting something older on the iPhone 8.
Here is the complete list of compatible devices:
- iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus,  iPad Pro 11 inch
- iPad Air (third generation)
- iPad iPad
- iPad Pro 12.9 inch (second generation or later)
- iPad X
Apple says there are two ways to start audio sharing on iOS 13. Only one of the methods currently lives in iOS 13 beta 4.
First, Apple says you will be able to include two iOS 13- units near each other to start sound sharing. As you can see from the picture above, both devices are presented with a popup confirming that they will use audio sharing.
What is better with this method is that one pair of headphones is connected to each device and therefore each user has independent control over the volume. It is also far easier than having to pair and pair through the Settings app. However, this method is not supported in iOS 13 beta, but Apple says it will be available on publication later this year.
The other way to use audio sharing is a bit more complicated, but makes it possible to work in the iOS 13 beta. If you connect other people's headphones to your iOS device, make sure the headphones are in pairing mode. Read our guides on AirPods and Powerbeats Pro to learn how to do it.
From there, go to Settings and Bluetooth and connect both pairs of headphones. When choosing an audio output option in the Music app or any video app, just select both sets of headphones and the sound will play through both.
This method means that each user does not necessarily have full volume control, although the Powerbeats Pro has a physical volume tipper that offers this.
Audio sharing is a pretty nice feature in iOS 13. During the day of the headphone jack, 3.5mm splitter was an easy way to share sound with others, but sound sharing took things to the next level. Have you tried the feature? Please let us know in the comments.
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