Try Netflix Spatial Audio mode on your iPhone

September 1, 2021

If you find yourself tempted to stay up every night and watch movies on streaming platforms then, the Netflix Spatial audio support gives you one more reason to continue doing it. So, if you own AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, your mobile watching experience on Netflix is likely to get a bit more immersive.

Netflix Spatial Audio Enabled

How to enable Netflix Spatial Audio mode on your iPhone?

Netflix Spatial audio adds a new dimension to your entertainment space. When used with AirPods Pro or AirPods Pro Max, it creates a 360-degree surround sound experience from the movie or video you’re watching.

  1. Connect your AirPods Pro or AirPods Pro Max to iPhone.
  2. Launch the Netflix app.
  3. Switch to the Home tab.
  4. Choose the movie or show you want to play.
  5. Open the Control Center.
  6. Press and hold the volume slider to open volume settings.
  7. Tap Spatial Audio
  8. Exit the Control Center to switch back to your Spatial Audio content.

Does Netflix allow spatial audio?

Yes, but there are certain requirements to be met. For instance, you must have AirPods Pro or AirPods Max connected to your iPhone. Other requirements include the following.

  • A Netflix plan that supports streaming in Ultra HD
  • A Netflix-capable device that can play Dolby Atmos.
  • A Dolby Atmos-capable audio system.
  • Streaming quality set to High or Auto.

Does Spatial Audio work with all videos?

No. Only the content (movies or shows) that display a Dolby Atmos icon next to their description can work in the Spatial Audio mode.

How to make spatial audio AirPods pro work with Netflix?

Assuming you have your earphones connected to your iPhone, launch the Netflix app.

Switch to the Home tab and select a movie or a show you want to play.

Once it starts playing, launch the Control Center by swiping your finger down from the top-right corner of your mobile screen.

Netflix Spatial Audio
Netflix Spatial Audio

Now, press and hold the volume slider to go to the volume settings screen.

Spatial Audio AirPods Pro
Spatial Audio AirPods Pro

Tap Spatial Audio icon located in the corner of your screen.

Once done, exit the Control Center and resume your playback.

Run a spatial audio test by moving your head. Your earphones will track the motion of your head using directional audio filters. It will then remap the sound automatically as you move and create a 360-degree surround sound experience from video you're watching.

Hope that makes sense!


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