How to use AirPods Pro Spatial Audio feature

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.

How to enable the AirPods Pro Spatial Audio surround-sound feature?

AirPods Pro Spatial Audio
AirPods Pro Spatial Audio

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. Tap the info button.
  6. 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. So, how do you use 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 paired earphones in the list.

Spatial Audio Option
Spatial Audio Option

When seen, tap the info button next to it and enable the feature from there.

AirPods Spatial Audio demo

How Spatial Audio Works
How Spatial Audio Works

To conduct an AirPods Pro Spatial Audio test or listen to a demonstration, simply tap See & Hear How It Works.

Stereo Audio
Stereo Audio

Here, you can choose to switch from Stereo Audio to Spatial Audio to discern the difference between them.


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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