How to Customize Headphone Audio in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

Along with the super handy Back Tap feature, headphone audio customization is a notable addition to Accessibility in iOS 14. It lets you fine-tune headphone audio output with supported headphones including AirPods Pro and Beats. Whether you are an audiophile who likes to get the most out of your headphones or just wish to enhance the audio quality for a better listening experience, you would like to customize headphone audio in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.

Use Headphone Audio Customization Feature on iPhone and iPad

Notably, the headphone accommodation feature works with not only music and movies but also phone calls. As is mostly the case with new iOS features like the automatic reduction of loud headphone audio, it currently supports only Apple hardware including AirPods Pro, Beats Solo Pro, or Beats Studio (mainly those with active noise cancellation).

Before getting started, ensure that your headphone is connected to the iPhone/iPad before starting the audio customization. Else, you will get an alert saying the “Headphone Not Supported.”

1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Open Settings app on your iPhone

2. Now, tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Accessibility

3. Next, select Audio/Visual.

Choose Audio and Visual

4. Next up, tap on Headphone Accommodations.

Select Headphone Accommodations

5. Up next, turn on the switch right next to Headphone Accommodations.

Turn on the switch for Headphone Accommodations

6. Now, tap on Custom Audio Setup. Next, get the recommended custom audio profile by following the prompts. Once you have perfectly customized the headphone audio, you will be able to hear the standard audio vs. your custom profile and select which one to use.

Tap on Custom Audio Setup

7. Finally, you have the option to choose if you want the custom audio profile to apply to Phone, Media, or both. Besides, you also have the option to fine-tune audio for a balanced tone, vocal range, or brightness. Do note that, optimizing for a balanced tone will provide a boost over a range of frequencies.

Depending on your needs, you can even choose to boost the soft sound. To do it, select slight, moderate, or strong. 

How to Customize Headphone Audio in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

Customize Headphones Audio in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14

So, that’s the way you can use the headphone accommodations feature on your iPhone and iPad. While I really appreciate this all-new feature, I wish it supported third-party earphones/headphones as well. Else, a large number of iPhone owners won’t be able to use it.

What do you think of this highly appreciable feature? Do share your thoughts about it in the comments below.

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