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Android Phones & Tablets Can Now Easily Share Headphones

by Uneeb Khan
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Did you know that two billion people listen to music on their phones every day? Did you also know that most of those people don’t want to share headphones? That’s why Google has made it easier for Android users to share listening experiences without giving up their headphones.

Android devices are capable of sharing a pair of headphones without any additional software. The feature has been around for a while, but it’s not something most users know about. However, things might be about to change now that Google has pushed an update out to the Google app. It’s a small change that makes a big difference if you have friends or family constantly borrowing your headphones. 

The process is simple, so read along and learn how to connect or enable headphones on your Android device.

What’s New with The Android OS?

There are a couple of new features that will help you share headphones with another phone, so let’s dive into those details.

New Bluetooth codecs

Android Pie supports Bluetooth codecs like the Sony LDAC codec, the Qualcomm aptX codec, the Qualcomm aptX HD codec, the SBC codec, and the Sony SAW/SW/HF codec. These codecs are more efficient and produce higher-quality audio when compared to the codecs used in previous Android versions.

New Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) features

Android Pie introduces new BLE features like support for unauthenticated scanning, the LATTICE security architecture, the HID over GATT profile, and support for the RIDGID security architecture.

What You Need to Know Before Sharing Headphones

Before we get into the details of pairing two Android devices together, you need to know a few things.

  • Headphone sharing will work with any Android device running Android 5.0 or later, as long as both devices have Bluetooth turned on.
  • You’re only able to share audio from one device if both devices have a 3.5mm audio jack. If you’re connecting two devices that only have USB-C ports, you won’t be able to share audio.
  • Any Android device will be able to share headphones with another Android device, as well as iPhones, iPads, and even Windows devices.

How to Connect Android Phones & Tablets Together

First, you’ll need to ensure the devices you want to connect are connected to the same WiFi network. Then, follow these steps to pair two Android devices.

Open the Settings app on the device you want to share headphones with. Go to Connected Devices and tap on Add Device.

The other device will prompt you to pair it with the first. Tap on the prompt and follow the instructions to pair the devices together. Once the devices are paired together, you’ll be able to send audio from one device to the other.

How to Enable Headphone Sharing in Android

If you want to share headphones with another device that you don’t own, you’ll first need to enable headphone sharing.

  • Open the Settings app and go to Connected Devices.
  • Tap on the device you want to enable headphone sharing and turn on the switch next to Enable Headset/Bluetooth Sharing.

How to Connect Two Android Devices Using Bluetooth

You’ll need to pair the devices together before you can connect them via Bluetooth.

Open the Settings app and select Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on and that both devices are set to Discoverable.

Select the devices you want to connect, tap on the details screen for the device, and then tap on Pair.

Once the devices are paired, you can select either device from the list of connected devices under Connected Devices in the Settings app and enable headphone sharing.

How to Connect Two Android Devices Using a Wired Connection

First, you’ll need to ensure both devices have a USB Type-C port. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL come with USB-C ports, as do the Pixel Slate and second-generation Pixelbook. Other Android devices may also have USB-C ports, such as Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G but double-check before trying to connect the two devices.

  • Connect the two devices using the USB Type-C cable that came with the devices.
  • Open the Settings app and select USB Devices.
  • Select the other device from the list of devices connected to your phone, tap on the details screen for the device, and then tap on Share Audio.
  • Once the devices are connected, you can select either device from the list of connected devices under Connected Devices in the Settings app and enable headphone sharing.

Conclusion

The latest Android update makes it easier than ever to share headphones. Whether you have two Android devices or an Android device and an iPhone, you can now connect them without having to use Bluetooth.

If you have an device, make sure you update to the latest OS version and then follow these instructions to pair two devices together. You can also easily enable headphone sharing on your Android device by updating to the latest OS and following these instructions to pair two devices together.

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