Listen with spatial audio for AirPods and Beats

Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking brings theater-like sound from the movie or video you're watching, so that sound seems like it's coming from all around you.

What you need

  • AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, AirPods (3rd generation), or Beats Fit Pro
  • iPhone 7 or later or one of these iPad models:
    • iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd generation) and later
    • iPad Pro 11‑inch
    • iPad Air (3rd generation) and later
    • iPad (6th generation) and later
    • iPad mini (5th generation) and later
  • iOS or iPadOS 14 or later
  • Apple TV 4K with tvOS 15
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2021
  • Audiovisual content from a supported app

 

Get a demonstration of spatial audio

Before you turn on spatial audio, you can get a demonstration on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV.

Get a demonstration of spatial audio on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Make sure that you're wearing your AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, AirPods (3rd generation), or Beats Fit Pro, and that they're connected to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  3. Find your AirPods or Beats in the list.
  4. Tap the More Info button  next to your AirPods or Beats.
  5. Choose Spatial Audio.
  6. Switch from Stereo Audio to Spatial Audio to get a demonstration of the difference between them.

Get a demonstration of spatial audio on your MacBook Pro

  1. Make sure that you're wearing your AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, AirPods (3rd generation), or Beats Fit Pro, and that they're connected to your MacBook Pro.
  2. Click the Control Center icon  in the menu bar, click Bluetooth, then find your AirPods or Beats in the list.
  3. Choose Spatial Audio while you're playing multichannel content or Spatialize Stereo while you're playing two-channel stereo content.
  4. Switch from Stereo Audio to Spatial Audio or Spatialize Stereo to get a demonstration of the difference between them.

Get a demonstration of spatial audio on your Apple TV

  1. Make sure that you're wearing your AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, AirPods (3rd generation), or Beats Fit Pro, and that they're connected to your Apple TV.
  2. Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth.
  3. Choose your AirPods or Beats from the list.
  4. Choose "See & Hear How It Works" under Spatial Audio.
  5. Switch from Stereo Audio to Spatial Audio to get a demonstration of the difference between them.

 

Turn on spatial audio

Learn how to turn on spatial audio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV.

Turn on spatial audio on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Make sure that you're wearing your AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, AirPods (3rd generation), or Beats Fit Pro, and that they're connected to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  2. Open Control Center on your iPhone or iPod touch or on your iPad.
  3. To turn on spatial audio while you're playing multichannel content or Spatialize Stereo while you're playing two-channel stereo content, touch and hold the volume control. This also shows you the status icons.

Turn on spatial audio on your MacBook Pro

  1. Make sure that you're wearing your AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, AirPods (3rd generation), or Beats Fit Pro, and that they're connected to your MacBook Pro.
  2. Click the Control Center icon  in the menu bar, click Bluetooth, then find your AirPods or Beats in the list.
  3. To turn on spatial audio or spatialize stereo while you're playing multichannel or two-channel stereo content, choose Spatial Audio or Spatialize Stereo.

Turn on spatial audio on your Apple TV

  1. Make sure that you're wearing your AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, AirPods (3rd generation), or Beats Fit Pro, and that they're connected to your Apple TV.
  2. Go to Settings > Remotes and Devices > Bluetooth. Or you can press and hold the Home button on your Siri Remote while you're playing audiovisual content in a supported app.
  3. Choose your AirPods or Beats from the list.
  4. Choose Spatial Audio while you're playing multichannel content, or Spatialize Stereo while you're playing two-channel stereo content. This also shows you the status icons.

Some device settings, including Follow iPhone, Balance, Mono audio, and Headphone Accommodations, can affect how spatial audio works.

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