Experience immersive surround sound with AirPods Pro Spatial Audio

November 21, 2020

AirPods Pro can emit audio from positions in 3D space. This creates a theater-like surround-sound experience and you feel as if the sound is coming from all around you. Apple calls it Spatial Audio technology. It works in the background while the earphones are in use. So, if you have recently picked up a pair of AirPods Pro and would like to more about this technology, read this post and learn how to use the AirPods Pro Spatial Audio feature.

Spatial Audio On AirPods

How to enable the AirPods Pro Spatial Audio on your iPhone?

AirPods Pro Spatial audio voices vary based on the format in use. To turn on this feature,

  1. Unlock your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Choose Bluetooth.
  4. Find your AirPods Pro in the list.
  5. Connect it to your phone.
  6. Go to the Control Centre.
  7. Long-press the volume slider.
  8. Tap the Spatial Audio icon to turn on Spatial Audio.

By enabling this feature, Apple has accommodated immersive surround sound experience into its dynamic audio object, unlike hearing everything in stereo mode.

How do I get spatial sound on AirPods Pro?

If you have your AirPods Pro paired to your iPhone or iPad, unlock it and go to the Settings section.

Scroll down to Bluetooth option and look for the earphones in the list.

AirPods Pro Connected
AirPods Pro Connected

When seen, tap the name to connect it.

Now, to enable the Spatial Audio mode, go to the Home Screen and swipe down from the top-right corner to open the Control Centre.

Volume Slider
Volume Slider

Long-press the volume slider to display sound options.

Spatialise Stereo On
Spatialise Stereo On

If the Spatial audio is off, tap the icon to activate Spatialise Stereo.

AirPods Spatial Audio demo

To conduct an AirPods Pro Spatial Audio test or listen to a demonstration, simply open your AirPods pro settings by tapping the Info icon next to your AirPods name under Bluetooth-connected devices.

Spatial Audio Link
Spatial Audio Link

Scroll down to the Spatial Audio link. When found, tap it to go to a new screen.

AirPods Pro Spatial Audio
AirPods Pro Spatial Audio

Then, to do the AirPods Pro Spatial Audio test, switch from the Stereo mode to Spatial mode and experience the difference.

Spatial Audio music or sound capability

Sound Tracking
Sound Tracking

If you are using an iPhone or iPad, this newly added capability will automatically track the movement of your head and device to deliver more immersive sound.

What apps use AirPods pro Spatial?

The Spatial audio feature virtually work with any audiovisual content providing services like,

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime
  • Disney Plus
  • Hulu
  • HBO Go and Apple’s very own Apple TV Plus app.

What supports AirPods spatial audio?

iPhone and iPad running iOS 14.0 or iPadOS 14.0 software or later. Similarly, iPad mini (5th generation) running iOS or iPadOS 14 or later. Also, note that the feature works exclusively with AirPods Pro and not standard AirPods or any compatible Beats headphones.

Does spatial audio use more battery?

Yes! While the sound quality you experience is unique and immersive, it does drain the battery power of your earphones as it has to convert 5.1-channel, 7.1-channel or Dolby Atmos digital audio signals into virtual surround.

Hope it helps!


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