Listen with spatial audio for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max

Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking brings theater-like sound that surrounds you from the movie or video you're watching, so that it seems as if the sound is coming from all around you. The sound field stays mapped to the device, and the voice stays with the actor or action on screen.

Spatial audio on iOS

What you need

  • AirPods Pro or AirPods Max
  • 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)
  • iOS or iPadOS 14 or later
  • Audiovisual content from a supported app

Spatial audio in Bluetooth settings on your iOS device

Turn on spatial audio

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Find your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max in the list (for example, "John's AirPods"). 
  3. Tap the Info button  next to your AirPods.
  4. Turn on Spatial Audio.

To listen to a demonstration of spatial audio, tap See & Hear How It Works. You can switch from stereo audio to spatial audio to hear the difference between them.

Control spatial audio and see the status in Control Center

  1. Open and close Control Center on your iPhone or on your iPad.
  2. Touch and hold the volume control to turn spatial audio on or off and see the status icons.

Spatial audio enabled
Spatial audio is enabled, but not active for the audio content that you're listening to.


Spatial audio active
Spatial audio is active.

Spatial audio off
Spatial audio is off.

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

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