Switch the audio on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to switch between speakers, headphones, and headsets when you're listening to audio on your iOS device.

When you're listening to audio or on a phone call, sound is played back on the headphones or accessory that's connected to your device, or through your speakers. If you disconnect or connect headphones, iOS will switch back to the speakers. 

To choose how your device plays audio, choose a scenario below and switch the audio.

When you're listening to audio

When you're listening to music, videos, or other types of audio, there are a few ways to change the audio output from your headphones to your speakers or another device.

     

From Control Center

To switch the audio on your device from Control Center:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen on your device to open Control Center.
  2. Touch and hold  in the upper-right corner, then select the speakers, headphones, or accessory that you want to use.

If you don't see , touch and hold the playback menu until it opens, then tap . If you're using iOS 10, swipe left, then tap .

     

From the Lock Screen

To switch the audio on your device from the Lock Screen:

  1. Tap .
  2. Select the speakers, headphones, or accessory that you want to use.
  3. Tap Done.

 

     

From within the app you're using

To switch audio from within the app that you're using:

  1. Tap. Depending on the app that you're using, you might see a speaker or other audio icon.
  2. Select the speaker, headphones, or accessory that you want to use.

Some apps might not support this feature.

When you're on a phone call

If you're on a phone call and want to switch the call to your speaker, headphones, or iPhone:

  1. Tap the  or other icon in the Phone app.
  2. If you aren’t in the Phone app, you can tap the green status bar to switch to the Phone app to make the change.

Learn more

Learn more about AirPlay and AirPods, or get help with your headphones.

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