Spatial Audio provides you with a better audio experience using your AirPods. You can set up and use it on your AirPods using this guide.
Spatial Audio is a widespread audio format that “tricks” your speakers into adjusting audio to give it a more environmental feeling using Dolby Atmos audio data.
To use and enjoy Spatial Audio, you need to be rocking modern AirPods. This includes first or second-generation AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or 3rd-generation AirPods (classic). Unfortunately, anything earlier will not provide the Spatial Audio effect.
If you have a pair of one of those modern AirPods or AirPods Pro, you’ll be able to use Spatial Audio on Apple AirPods.
Using Spatial Audio on Apple AirPods
When you’re ready to use the Spatial Audio effect, you can use it along with Dolby Atmos and Lossless audio in Apple Music. Following that, you need an appropriate device to play audio from. However, you might not have what you need, so look at the following:
Spatial Audio compatible devices include iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 16 and above. In addition, you can also use Apple Watch with watchOS 9 (or above), Apple TV with tvOS, or a M1/M2 Mac with mac OS Ventura.
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How to Configure Spatial Audio on AirPods
Once you have everything shown above that allows for Spatial Audio compatibility, it’s time to begin enjoying it. And the good news is Apple Music supports Spatial Audio.
To use Spatial Audio via Apple Music on your compatible AirPods:
- Ensure your AirPods are connected to your iPhone. If not, turn on Bluetooth if it isn’t already, open the case near your iPhone, and follow the onscreen instructions.
- Open Settings and select your AirPods settings near the top of the list.
- Swipe down on the screen to the Spatial Audio section and tap Personalized Spatial Audio.
- Tap the Personalize Spatial Audio option.
- Now you can follow the onscreen instructions to set up Spatial Audio correctly. Start by allowing the iPhone to capture your front face.
- You’ll be instructed to position your face in the camera frame and move your head in a circle – tap the Start Front View Capture button.
- You need to remove your AirPods Pro if you have them in your ears for the following step.
- To continue personalizing Spatial Audio, you need to use the camera to view the shape of your ears. Hold the camera 10-20 inches from the ear as it calls for, and slowly move your head left and right.
- When the right is complete, move on to your left ear and follow the same steps.
Improving Audio on AirPods
Once you complete the steps, you’ll have Spatial Audio configured for optimal performance. It’s worth noting that recognizing your ears on your phone can take a few attempts. For example, it’s hard to know where the iPhone camera looks without a clear view of its content.
If you’re worried about Apple getting full facial recognition, it’s not too much to worry about. The data is stored locally on your phone, and when it syncs to other devices via iCloud, it uses end-to-end encryption.
Typically, AirPods work very well. However, if they stop functioning correctly, consider resetting your AirPods. For example, if you want to block outside noise while listening, learn to turn on the noise canceling on AirPods. Also, to keep your AirPods in the best shape, you can check out how to clean AirPods properly.