What is live listening?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

Live Listen is a super handy feature that lets you use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch as a microphone. It’s like having a portable microphone in your pocket! The best part is that you can send the sound it picks up straight to your AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, Powerbeats Pro, or Beats Fit Pro.

I’ve personally found Live Listen to be incredibly useful in various situations. For example, if I’m in a crowded room or at a noisy event, I can activate Live Listen on my iPhone and place it near the person I want to hear better. The microphone on the iPhone picks up their voice and streams it directly to my AirPods, allowing me to focus on their conversation without being distracted by the surrounding noise.

Another scenario where Live Listen comes in handy is when I’m attending a lecture or presentation. Instead of struggling to hear the speaker from a distance, I can place my iPhone near them and listen to their voice amplified through my AirPods. It’s like having front-row seats for your ears!

Live Listen also has practical applications for those with hearing difficulties. By using Live Listen with compatible hearing aids or cochlear implants, individuals can enhance their hearing experience and better engage in conversations or activities.

To activate Live Listen, simply follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
2. Tap on “Control Center” and then “Customize Controls.”
3. Scroll down to find “Hearing” and tap the green plus (+) button next to it to add it to your Control Center.
4. Close the Settings app and swipe down from the top-right corner (or up from the bottom, depending on your device) to access the Control Center.
5. Tap the ear icon with sound waves (the Live Listen option) to enable it.
6. Choose your AirPods or other compatible headphones from the list of available devices.
7. Position your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch near the sound source you want to listen to, and the audio will be streamed to your selected headphones.

It’s important to note that Live Listen requires an iOS device running iOS 12 or later and compatible headphones. Additionally, keep in mind the privacy and ethical considerations of using Live Listen, as it allows you to discreetly listen to conversations or audio in specific situations.

Live Listen is a fantastic feature that transforms your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into a microphone, allowing you to hear sounds more clearly through your AirPods or other compatible headphones. Whether you’re in a noisy environment, attending a lecture, or overcoming hearing difficulties, Live Listen can make a significant difference in your listening experience.