Along with announcing iOS 14, the switch to ARM for Mac, and a bunch of other new developer tools, Apple announced a surprise update for AirPods Pro at WWDC earlier this year. This update, which is currently available to all iOS users running the latest software on their devices, added two exclusive features to Apple’s flagship TWS headphones.

One of these features is “Spatial Audio” which adds 3D surround sound support to headphones. Apple says that with Spatial Audio, users will be able to experience movies and TV shows with immersive, multi-directional sound for a cinematic feel.

It basically uses the existing sensors in the AirPods Pro to adjust the sound based on users’ head movements in relation to the source device.

How to Enable/Disable Spatial Audio for AirPods Pro

So, if you are an AirPods Pro user and running the latest version of iOS 14 on your device, here is how you can enable Spatial Audio. It’s as simple as a Sunday morning. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be golden.

  • Connect your AirPods Pro on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Go to ” Settings “ then open “Bluetooth”.
  • Find your AirPods Pro in the list and press the “i” button next to that.
  • On this page, scroll down a bit, until you find the new Spatial audio option.
  • Activate it and you are good to go.

Alternate method to enable spatial audio

Now other than that there is also a quick way to access the feature directly from the control center. For that:

  • Swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone to bring down the control center.
  • In the drop-down menu, 3D touch, or long press (for haptic touch) on the volume bar.
  • There you go find the icon for Spatial Audio at the very bottom of the screen.
  • Press this button to activate/deactivate the function.

So, these were the two ways you can turn normal, boring audio from movies and TV shows into 3D multi-directional audio.