A valuable addition with iOS 14 is the ability to run a test to fine-tune your headphone audio output. Read along for how to customize iPhone headphone audio with supported Apple hardware like AirPods Pro and Beats.
Although it’s found under Accessibility settings, many users — even without hearing difficulties — will likely appreciate the new Headphone Audio Customization feature that works with phone calls, music, and movies.
Note: iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are available as free public betas as well as developer betas for iPhone and iPad. Read more here on how to install them.
How to customize iPhone headphone audio in iOS 14
- On your iPhone head to the Settings app (same steps apply on iPad in iPadOS 14)
- Swipe down and tap Accessibility
- Swipe down again and choose Audio/Visual
- At the top tap Headphone Accommodations
- Now tap the toggle next to Headphone Accommodations
- Choose Custom Audio Setup
- Follow the prompts to get a recommended custom audio profile for music, movies, and phone calls
Here’s how these steps look:
Tap the toggle to turn Headphone Accommodations on. Now you can run the Custom Audio Setup test or manually tweak the available settings.
Make sure to have your headphones (AirPods Pro, Beats Solo Pro, or Beats Studio) connected to your iPhone before starting the audio customization, otherwise you’ll see a alert that says “Headphone Not Supported.”
Here’s what the custom audio test looks like:
When you’re done with the custom audio setup test, you can hear the standard audio vs your custom profile and choose which one to use.
At the bottom of the Headphone Accommodations settings page you can choose if you want the custom audio profile to apply to Phone, Media or both (default is to use for both).
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