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Why and how to enable mono audio for your AirPods or other headphones



 AirPods mono audio tutorial

Sharing an AirPod with a friend for those times when you'd like to watch or listen to something together, but doing so risks missing dialogue or sound effects that could play in the other AirPod due to stereo separation. To ensure both you and your friend hear the same thing, you need to put your AirPods into mono mode and iDownloadBlog shows you how.

Stereo recordings have distinct left and right channel audio tracks. separation but there are times when you might prefer to switch to mono audio mode for your earbud. Thankfully, your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV or Apple Watch can help with possibly playing both audio channels in one ear.

 AirPods mono audio
AirPods automatically switch to mono audio when one of the earbuds is in the case

This tip has been around for some time now — it was published on Reddit about a year ago.

Many thanks to Dave Mark of The Loop who resurfaced it on Twitter.

Mono audio mode: use cases

Even though you probably won't notice any significant differences in the stereo channels that would require you to always use stereo audio mode with your AirPods when watching movies or music (certain is always in both left and right channels, after all), certain

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This is true for songs with lots of hi-hats and, especially for action movies where sound effects often move between the left and right channel.

 AirPods mono audio

Many albums — from rock bands like Queen to instrumentalists such as as Michael Oldfield or Jean-Michell Jarre to Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" —an immersive stereo soundscape.

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You too might miss some audio if you're deaf or hard of hearing and are using your AirPods, or other Bluetooth headphones, in one ear. In order to fully enjoy your listening session with someone, or if you'd just like to share your earbuds with a person next to you on a flight, use the little-known mono mode in iOS.

How to enable mono audio for AirPods

Any Bluetooth headphones paired with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV or Apple Watch can be put into mono audio mode, not just AirPods. To learn how to make mono audio for your AirPods or other headphones, including Apple's wired EarPods that came in the box with your iPhone, please go to the steps for your platform of choice further below.

iPhone and iPad [19659023] 1) open the [iOS device]

2) Tap the General section. Hit Accessibility

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Don't forget to re-enable stereo sound when you're done!

Now the stereo sound from your iOS device is being pushed together to each individual AirPod. Simply give one your earbuds to a friend and you both hear the same thing without missing anything. Don't forget to turn off mono mode when done sharing your AirPods.

Mac

This is how you output stereo audio in mono on macOS:

1) Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu

2) Click the icon labeled Accessibility

3) In the sidebar, choose Audio underneath the Hearing heading.

4) Select the checkbox labeled "Play stereo audio as mono"

 How to enable AirPods mono audio on Mac
The corresponding Mac option is labeled differently from the mono audio toggle in iOS.

Apple TV

To set your Apple TV to output only mono audio, do the following:

1) Open on your Apple TV

2) 8] Click on the section labeled General in the list.

3) Choose Accessibility

4) Turn on Mono Mode underneath the Hearing heading

Apple Watch

To switch between mono and stereo sound when using wireless headphones with Apple Watch, use the companion Watch app on your iPhone:

1) Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone

2) Tap the My Watch tab

5) Enable underneath the Hearing heading

how to enable AirPods mono audio on Apple Watch

how to enable AirPods mono audio on Apple Watch [19659055] T he mono audio for your Apple Watch can be found in the watch app.

Testing stereo separation

To test stereo separation and mono mode yourself, use the video embedded below. Put one AirPod in your ear and leave the other one in the charging case, then play the video. You will hear both channels going through the one AirPod in your ear.

Lastly, take one AirPod out of your ear but don't put it back in the charging case

The sound should still play in stereo, and through both AirPods, until you have one of the earbuds in your AirPods charging case.

Ideas for mono mode improvements

AirPods sense when they're in your ears and pause when taken out. However, if one of your AirPods is the charging case while the other is in your ear, iOS will automatically downmix audio so that both left and right channels are coming through the other earbud.

What I'd love to see is the ability to automatically enabling mono audio mode when I'm not wearing both AirPods at the same time. Another idea worth exploring is the fact that routing phone calls to one AirPod and all the other sounds to the other or better, CarPlay.

Or as Jonas Lindgren suggested on Twitter it would be really, really could if AirPods could get away from each other (which would be possible via Bluetooth proximity information) so that a distance greater then a regular head would turn on mono automatically

Wrapping it all up [19659012] If you knew about this, more power to you. If not, you know why you have heard so many half-time songs at work. I use my AirPods a lot — be it while driving, at work, out in the public or in the gym. In those situations, I prefer wearing one earbud

Thanks to this tip, I can now list to my Queen tracks through a single AirPod while driving a car without wondering why the music suddenly sounds like a bunch of stuff is missing.

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