Airpods with Two iPhones

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  1. ufkdo macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I have a question to Airpods owners. Currently I am using two iPhones (one for personal use and the other for work) and an Apple Watch (connected to my personal phone). If I connect Airpods to my personal phone to listen to music, will I be able to quickly connect it to my other phone while answering a call? I heard that if I answer a phone call from Apple Watch while Airpods are connected to my personal phone, the call goes to Airpods. However, I could not find any information regarding connecting to two iPhones.

    BTW, both phones are connected to same iCloud account.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. teidon macrumors 6502

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    As long as the devices are connected to the same iCloud account, you can fast/easy switch between them (internally this is known MagicPairing). But I think the, er, "super easy" (= automatic) switching works only between Watch and the iPhone the Watch is paired with.

    So I believe that in your use case, if the Pods are paired to your personal phone and you receive a phone call on your work phone, you will first need to select the Pods from the Control Center.
     
  3. ufkdo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    If it can be done from Control Center it is enough for me. I just don't want to go to the settings each time I want to switch :) Thank you.
     
  4. teidon macrumors 6502

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    Also do notice that at least currently the switching is sometimes very slow and sometimes really slow. So if you for example get a phone call and want to use the Pods to answer the call, the call might already be over before you have managed to switch the Pods to the right phone.

    Not sure if that's a bug in AirPods or in iOS, watchOS and macOS or something else.
     
  5. ufkdo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh, I see. Then switching is pretty much useless in its current state. I hope Apple will solve it with an update.
     
  6. teidon macrumors 6502

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    I didn't mean that it's always slow. It's kind of hit and miss. Sometimes the switch happens in a second or few, but sometimes it might take 10 seconds or you might need to try again (the connection attempt will timeout after some time). And then there are those cases where the Pods refuses to connect altogether and you have to put them in the case and take them out and try again.

    But even with the problems it's still a great feature. It's kind of annoying to switch between devices if you every time need to pair them from the Bluetooth menu. You just can't expect the switch to happen in under 10 seconds every time.
     
  7. Kimcha macrumors regular

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    I have paired my airpods with my phone and with my girlfriend's without any problems at the same time. I am able to switch between them

    But, I also have the slow switching problem. Sometimes it is super quick and then other times it hangs and hangs and hangs... quite disappointed by that tbh.
     
  8. Arran macrumors 68040

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    I just tried much the same thing:
    • One iPhone 6 and one iPhone 7 linked to the same iCloud account
    • One one pair of 'pods that were only ever paired with the i7
    • A watch also paired to the i7
    When music was started on either the i7 or the watch (paired to the i7), the 'pods quickly switched to that device whenever I hit Play. About 2-3 seconds to switch. I went back and forth several times and it always switched by itself. I didn't have a problem with it.

    When I started music on the i6 nothing happened. I had to go into control center and select the 'pods. It took about 8-9 seconds to switch over. I had to do the same thing (twice, actually - maybe a bug?) if I wanted to get the music back to the i7/Watch combo.
     
  9. jlm70 macrumors newbie

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    We are in september, just launched the X, and the slow switching (or "no switching") problem is still here... Any update, Apple? Please!
    Same setup with personal iPhone6 + Watch (personal) + iPhone 6s (work)...
     

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