How to enable spatial audio on iPhone

Knowing how to enable spatial audio on iPhone is useful if you want to listen to music and video content using Apple’s 360-degree audio format.

Spatial Sound creates a surround sound experience when listening through compatible in-ear headphones, including AirPods Pro 2 and AirPods Max. It’s primarily available through the AirPods line of headphones, though Apple says that spatial audio can also be used with any Dolby Atmos-enabled headphones by going to Settings, Music, and then Always On. For iPhone users with iOS 16, Dolby Atmos spatial audio detection is automatic.

This format was introduced to improve video playback, but there is now a lot of music content specifically created or mixed for Dolby Atmos and surround sound.

Learning how to turn on spatial audio on iPhone is very easy and the steps in the guide below will show you.

How to enable spatial audio on iPhone

1. Open Control Center on your iPhone.
2. Touch and hold the volume control
3. Select spatial audio.
4. Switch between “Off”, “Fixed” and “Head Tracking”.

Read on to see detailed instructions for each step.

1. To open the control center, swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen.

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2. Press and hold the volume control.

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3. While playing a music or video track, touch Spatial Audio.

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4. Switch between off, fixed and head tracking.

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And that’s all there is to it – learning how to enable spatial audio on your iPhone really is that easy.

More: If you want to know the difference between Fixed and Head Tracked spatial audio options, check out our helpful spatial audio guide and find out where you can listen to specially recorded or remixed content. For more audio-related topics, why not read How to Connect AirPods to a Windows PC, How to Get Spotify Premium, and How to Use Spotify Karaoke.

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