How To Connect Two Headphones to iPad

Last Updated on September 18, 2023 by Ernests Embutnieks

People love sharing and doing things together. I know people want to listen to music together and watch movies together, but with their own headphones, and that’s why I created a guide to show you how you can connect two headphones to iPad.

Apple has a feature: “Share Audio.” This feature allows you to connect two Bluetooth headphones to your iPad at the same time, so you and your friend can share the same audio experience.

In this guide, I’ll walk you through how to use this special feature and let you know which devices it works with. Let’s dive right in!

Simple Way to Connect Two Bluetooth Headphones to an iPad

These are straightforward steps to connect two Bluetooth headphones to an iPad. However, it’s worth noting that this feature is only compatible with iPadOS/ iOS 13.1 or later.

Step-by-step guide on how to connect 2 headphones to an iPad:

  1. Connect the first pair to your iPad. (As if you always do it.)
  2. Tap the AirPlay button, either in the Control Center or within the streaming app.
  3. Choose ‘Share Audio.’
  4. Bring the second pair of AirPods or Beats headphones close to the iPad.
  5. The iPad will automatically detect the device and display its name on the screen. Tap ‘Share Audio’ to start sharing.
  6. Once both devices are connected, you can control audio settings for them collectively or individually. You can play, pause, or stop the audio using controls on the Lock Screen or in the Control Center.

To adjust the volume, slide the volume control for either pair of headphones or use the volume slider that adjusts the audio level for both headphones simultaneously. 

You can also watch this video if you’re lost somewhere:

To stop sharing, press the AirPlay button in Control Center, on the Lock Screen, or in the current app, and then tap the checkmark next to the headphones you want to disconnect from the iPad.

Does Every iPad Offer This Feature?

It is worth noting that Share Audio is only compatible with certain new iPad models and wireless headsets.

Apple describes the compatible devices as:

  1. The iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd-generation) and later 
  2. The iPad Pro 11-inch(All generations), iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  3. The  iPad Air (3rd-generation) and later
  4. The iPad mini (5th-generation) and later 
  5. The iPad (5th-generation) and later
  6. The iPod touch (7th-generation)

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In simple terms, if you have an iPad with iPadOS 13.1 or later, you can take advantage of this feature. 

But wait, there’s more to keep in mind! It’s important to note that this method may not work with all Bluetooth headphones. 

Compatibility can vary, so it’s a good idea to check if your specific headphones support the audio-sharing feature before attempting to use them.

Remember, only a few headphone models are compatible which include only Apple’s in-house earbuds and headphones, like all AirPods models, as well as some certain Beats and Powerbeats headphones.

How To Connect To Wired Headphones To iPad

Apple’s “Audio Share” feature is incredibly handy when you want to enjoy a movie or music with a friend or a loved one, but what if you have wired headphones? No worries, there’s a solution.

USB C to 3.5mm Audio Adapter, Aux Headphone Jack Splitter with Fast Charging Port

You can buy this amazing USB-C Adapter that has 2 headphone jacks. All of the latest iPads now come with USB-C port.

It features a USB-C port for convenient iPad charging, along with two headphone jacks, allowing you to enjoy a movie on a plane or listen to a music playlist with a loved one. This method is slightly less hassle-free than using ‘Shared Audio.’ You simply plug in your headphones, and you’re good to go.

The sound quality depends primarily on your headphones, rather than the method you use to connect your devices, so you won’t lose any audio quality.


What will be the Range of the Connection?

The connection range largely depends on the Bluetooth headphones you’re using. In most cases, you can expect a range of around 30 feet, but this might vary depending on the headphone model.
Remember that obstacles such as walls or furniture can impact the range, so it’s a smart move to keep your headphones and iPad close together to maintain a strong and stable connection.

Does the iPad Need to be Connected to the Internet?

Nope, you don’t need the internet to pair two Bluetooth headphones with your iPad. However, keep in mind that some features, like music streaming, may require an internet connection to work correctly. Other than that, there’s no need for the internet.
So, you can still enjoy your music together, even if you’re offline.

What if One of the Headphones Won’t Connect?

Ensure your headphones are compatible with the audio-sharing feature.
Confirm that both headphones are in pairing mode.
Make sure there are no other connected devices that could cause interference.
Restart the Bluetooth on your iPad and attempt pairing once more.
By following these simple guidelines, you’ll likely find it easy to troubleshoot the problem and successfully connect your headphones.

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  • Ernests Embutnieks

    I love tech and all about it. I'm interested in finding ways how they can make my life more productive, and I share my knowledge with my blog readers. I'm an iPad Pro, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch user, so I know a thing or two about these devices and try to write helpful content around these topics.