The basic gist of this trick is that you can set up your iPhone to always be in a “listening” state. From there, you can have the audio picked up by your iPhone and transmitted right back to your AirPods. Note that this iPhone trick also works with regular AirPods, Powerbeats, and AirPods Max.
Admittedly, it's only natural to view this iPhone hack in the context of listening in on other peoples' conversations. Still, it's worth bringing to your attention as something of a safety warning. Specifically, if you see a random iPhone just laying around, don't assume it's safe to talk about sensitive information.
Apple describes the purpose of this feature as follows:
With Live Listen, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch can act like a microphone that sends sound to your AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, Powerbeats Pro, or Beats Fit Pro. Live Listen can help you hear a conversation in a noisy area or even hear someone speaking across the room.
How to set up Live Listen on the iPhone
To get started with this iPhone hack, make sure your AirPods are out and active. Next, select Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. Once you do this, you'll see a list of apps that reside in the Control Center. You'll also see apps that aren't in Control Center. Keep on scrolling and you'll see an option that says Hearing. Once you select that, hit the green plus icon whereupon it will now appear in the Control Center.
Following that, you'll see an ear icon at the bottom of the screen when you call Control Center into action by swiping down from the top of the screen. If you tap the ear icon, you'll see an option that reads “Live Listen.” Tap that once and any sound the iPhone picks up will be sent back to your AirPods if you're in range. While this could be great for journalists trying to follow a press conference from the way back of the room, it may seem fishy for something you find at a cafe or cofees hop.
The following instructional illustration from Apple might make things clearer:
If you're having trouble setting this up, there's no reason to fret. In this scenario, simply check that your Bluetooth is turned on and that your headphones are charged.
And lastly, the TikTok video that popularized this iPhone hack is viewable below:
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