iPad Pro How to control audio output devices?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by carestudio, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. carestudio macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    I have a usb-c dongle that has audio jack on it, whenever I plug in to that dongle, my iPad would switch its builtin audio output to that dongle. Is there a way I can manually choose which audio devices, iPad or USB, to use as the sound output device? I can not locate such feature in iPadOS. Thanks.
  2. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Usually this feature hides inside airplay menu. Tap airplay icon to choose audio output device.
  3. carestudio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Really? how can I choose Airplay on iOS? or is it only applied to iPadOS?
  4. augustya macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2012
    It appears on the top right side of the iPad if it is running iOS 12 or later.
  5. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Play something, from YouTube, from Apple Music app Beats 1 radio, whatever.
    And lock your iPhone or iPad, unlock. Before swiping up, look at the icon with a black circle in this screenshot.
    You should be able to see a list of devices that are considered as audio output device. iPadOS works roughly the same.
  6. AutomaticApple macrumors 68000


    Nov 28, 2018
    First off, which version of iOS are you running?
  7. Hustler macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2010
    I’m on iOS 12 on my iPhone X and iPad OS13 on my work air2 and they both act this way, if I pull down control center with the device unlocked and do a long press on the audio box, it makes that box larger and more detailed, which then shows the icon listed above by Shirasaki. Then touch that icon and I can control where I want my output to be.
    I don’t have the dongle setup you do so I can’t verify it works just for THAT but it does work between my outputs.

    Ps also very handy to use for switching between devices with a single set of AirPods without going into the full settings menu all the time to connect them from one to the other.
  8. carestudio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    I am using iPadOS beta. Found the Airplay dropdown list but it only lists one sound device, there is no iPad internal speaker listed if I plugged in a usb-c to audio dongle.
  9. Hym tix macrumors regular

    Hym tix

    Sep 21, 2012
    I would call this an iOS bug. The airplay menu only applies to wirelessly connected devices, so external hardware-connected audio devices are not listed and there is actually no possible way to enable or disable external audio devices that are physically connected to the iOS device. (OP: only current way to disable the headphone jack is unplug the hub)

    iOS absolutely needs some adjustable Settings or an improved Airplay list that includes hardware audio devices
  10. carestudio thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2008
    Thank you, Hym, that makes perfect sense now. I was wondering why it can only show one device while multiple devices are plugged in.

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