Use Live Listen with AirPods or Beats

With Live Listen, your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can act like a microphone that sends sound to your AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, Powerbeats Pro or Beats Fit Pro. Live Listen can help you hear a conversation in a noisy area or even hear someone speaking across the room.

To use Live Listen with your AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, Powerbeats Pro or Beats Fit Pro, your iOS or iPadOS device needs iOS or iPadOS 14.3 or later. You also need to connect your AirPods, AirPods ProAirPods MaxPowerbeats Pro or Beats Fit Pro to your device.

iOS Control Centre Settings

Add Live Listen to Control Centre

To use Live Listen, you need to add it to Control Centre:

  1. Go to Settings > Control Centre.
  2. Scroll down and tap the Add button add icon next to the Hearing button hearing icon.
  3. Tap Settings to save the changes.

iOS Control Centre with Hearing shown 

Use Live Listen

  1. Open Control Centre on your iPhone or iPod touch, or iPad.
  2. Tap the Hearing button .
  3. Tap Live Listen.
  4. Place your device in front of the person who you want to hear. Make sure you adjust the volume on your device if you can't hear well enough.

You can also see your headphone audio levels in real time as you're listening to content. You can quickly glance to see detailed decibel-level information.

If you can’t connect to your AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, Powerbeats Pro or Beats Fit Pro, or if Live Listen won’t turn on, make sure that Bluetooth is on and that your headphones are charged.

Find out about Live Listen with Made for iPhone hearing aids.

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