Last Updated on Sep 17, 2020
The most awaited Spatial Audio feature is rolled over to the AirPods Pro and available to use. Stay tight and read the article till the end, you’ll know what Spatial Audio is? Spatial Audio Supported AirPods? Spatial Audio compatible iPhone and iPad? To be clear, Spatial Audio was first introduced in WWDC20, and believe me, it’s the last thing you’ll want from AirPods Pro. Since it needs advanced technology and hardware, the compatible devices are limited, most probably; you’ll need the latest of all.
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In addition, the AirPods Pro and paired iPhone, iPad must be updated to the latest firmware available, to use the Spatial Audio, alongside, the newest firmware packs a remarkable Auto-Switching feature too. Jump to the next section, to learn more about Spatial Audio.
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What is Spatial Audio in AirPods?
Spatial Audio creates a three-dimensional surround sound effect, using the advanced motion sensors, algorithm, and modern hardware of AirPods. It tracks your head movements while watching TV Shows or Movies or any Media on compatible iPhone, iPad, which enables AirPods to constantly deliver the immersive 3D sound even though you move the device or head.
Your AirPods must be updated with the latest AirPods Pro Firmware version, Keep your AirPods pro connected, then Open Settings app on iPhone > Tap on General > About > Scroll to AirPods and Tap on it > Now here’s AirPods Pro Firmware, it must be “3A283”. if your airpods are not updated to this version, then keep your airpods pro connected with iPhone and Also Turn on the internet on your iPhone. Your airpods Pro will update soon.
What are the Spatial Audio Supported AirPods, iPhone, iPad?
To use the Spatial Audio, you’ll need the iPhone and iPad running iOS 14/iPadOS 14 and AirPods Pro updated with the latest available firmware. Plus, check your device in the below list.
List of AirPods
- AirPods Pro
List of iPhones
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus
- iPhone 8, 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR, XS, XS Max
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2020)
List of iPads
- iPad mini (5th Gen)
- iPad (6th Gen) or later
- iPad Air (3rd Gen)
- iPad Pro 11-inch
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd Gen) or later
What is the Streaming Services Supports AirPods Pro Spatial Audio?
As of right now, the Spatial Audio feature is limited to the Videos, it won’t work with the Apple Music, Spotify or any other music streaming services. One of the Reddit users has tested on different streaming services and came up with the following results. We will surely update the article after testing on other streaming services too.
Spatial Audio Compatible Streaming Services (Updated on 17 September 2020)
- Apple TV+ – Working
- Disney+ – Working
- HBO Max – Working
- Peacock – Working
- Netflix – Not Yet Working
- Prime Video – Not Yet Working
- TNT – Not Yet Working
- Showtime anytime – Not Yet Working
- PBS – Not Yet Working
Turn on Spatial Audio For iPhone From iPhone Settings
These settings allow your iPhone, To share your Direction and Support for Spatial audio feature for AirPods Pro if you have multiple iPhones or iPad. Follow and Turn on Spatial Audio on iPhone or iPad.
- Open Settings app on iPhone > Scroll to Accessibility > AirPods > Scroll to Last and Follow iPhone toggle under the Spatial audio section.
How to Turn On Spatial Audio on AirPods Pro
Spatial Audio needs to be enabled manually, from the Settings app. Here’s how to enable Spatial Audio.
Note: Update the iPhone, iPad to the iOS 14/iPadOS 14 (Settings app > General > Software Update)
- Open the Settings app on iOS/iPadOS.
- Tap on the Bluetooth.
- Make sure the AirPods Pro is paired with the iPhone/iPad.
- Tap on the blue info(i) next to the AirPods.
- Toggle ON Spatial Audio.
- When you tap on See and Hear How It Works… just below the Spatial Audio to listen to how it works and feels.
How to Turn on Spatial Audio in Control Center?
The Control Center allows quick access to turn On and Off the Spatial Audio, on iPhone and iPad. However, add the Spatial Audio button in the Control Center.
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- Swipe down from the top right corner to open the control center on the iPhone.
- Now, Tap and Hold on the Volume bar, then You will see the Spatial audio button.
- Tap on it to Turn on Spatial audio.