How to use Live Listen on your AirPods to amplify conversations around you

How to use Live Listen on your AirPods to amplify conversations around you

  • To use Live Listen on your AirPods, you’ll need to add the feature to your Control Center.
  • Live Listen lets you use your iPhone like a microphone to amplify room sound in your Bluetooth headphones.
  • Bluetooth headphones need to be connected to your device to turn on this feature.
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Apple’s Live Listen feature was originally designed to help those with hearing impairments, but it has a variety of applications. 

When Live Listen is on, your iOS device acts like a remote microphone, transmitting the sound it picks up to your headphones.

Here’s how to use Live Listen on your AirPods. 

What is Live Listen?

Live Listen is a feature that enables you to use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch like a microphone that sends sound to AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, Powerbeats Pro, or Beats Fit Pro. 

It can help you hear a conversation taking place in a noisy area (like a busy restaurant) or hear someone speaking from across the room. It functions similarly to a baby monitor — sound is picked up by your mobile device and sent into your ears, even if you aren’t in the same room (as long as you’re still in


Bluetooth

range). 

To use this feature, you need to have iOS or iPadOS 14.3 or later and Bluetooth headphones connected to your device.

How use Live Listen with your AirPods

To use Live Listen, you first need to add it to your Control Center. 

1. Open the Settings app. Tap Control Center.

2. Tap the plus (+) sign next to Hearing.

Screenshot of Control Center section of Settings with Hearing highlighted

When “Hearing” is added, you’ll see the app at the top of the screen under “Included Controls.”

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3. Connect your AirPods to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

4. Open Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen.

5. Tap the Hearing button.

Screenshot of  Control Center with Hearing button highlighted

The “Hearing” button looks like an ear.

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6. Tap Live Listen. Place your device near the person you want to hear. Use the volume buttons on the side of your device to adjust as needed.

Screenshot of Hearing app with Live Listen highlighted

Tap “Live Listen” to turn on the feature.

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7. Tap Live Listen again to turn off the feature. 

Screenshot of Hearing app with Live Listen highlighted

You can see current decibel readings when Live Listen is on.

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