Live Listen is a useful iPhone feature that allows you to record an interesting lecture or an interview and listen to it in live format using your iPhone and AirPods. This is a particularly handy feature as an accessibility tool for people who have any kind of hearing problem, but also to enable better hearing if, for example, your interlocutor is too far away from you. Here's how to use your iPhone as if it was a microphone that streams what you want to hear.
How to use AirPods as a microphone?
The Live Listen option on the new iPhones, iPads or iPods turns the iPhone and AirPods into a mid-range sound transmission system, streaming what you're listening to, whether it's a lecture where the speaker is a little far away or just a friend in a noisy room. With this feature, you can even listen to conversations taking place in other rooms.
To activate live listening, connect your AirPods and follow these steps:
- First, go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.
- Scroll down to Hearing and add it by clicking on the + icon.
- To activate Live Listen, go to the Control Center and tap on the ear icon.
- Next, turn on the Live Listen option.
- Finally, place your device where you want it to pick up sound, so it can record and play back the sound it is processing and amplifying in your headphones.