How to use iOS 14’s new Headphone Audio Customization feature

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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.

For now, the custom iPhone and iPad audio only works with “Apple and Beats Headphones” which appear to be those with active noise cancellation, AirPods Pro, Beats Studio 3, and Beats Solo Pro.

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

1. On your iPhone head to the Settings app (same steps apply on iPad in iPadOS 14)
2. Swipe down and tap Accessibility
3. Swipe down again and choose Audio/Visual
4. At the top tap Headphone Accommodations
5. Now tap the toggle next to Headphone Accommodations
6. Choose Custom Audio Setup
7. Follow the prompts to get a recommended custom audio profile for music, movies, and phone calls.

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