live listen feature in ios 12

If you have installed iOS 12, then you may have came across “Live Listen” feature. So what is it? What this feature does and how to use it? In this post, we are going to make everything clear about it.

Live Listen in iOS 12 is a great accessibility feature for those who have Airpods. To use this feature, you, of course, need an Airpods. When Live Listen feature is Enabled and you have Airpods in your Ear, you will be able to listen to everything that’s in your surrounding.

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For example, if you have a hearing problem then put your iPhone near to the one you want to listen and you will be able to listen everything in Real Time in a clear audio quality on your AirPods. Basically, your iPhone will work as a direction mic that will send a signal directly to your Airpods.

So the Live Listen feature in iOS 12 is a very useful feature and will come handy to those who have limited hearing capability. And they do not even require third party hearing aid.

How to Enable Live Listen Feature in iOS 12

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Live Listen Feature can be accessed through Control Center. So first let’s add this feature in to Control Center:

  • Settings
  • Control Center
  • Customize Controls
  • Tap (+) on Hearing
  • Now Access Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and you will see an icon with an Ear

How to Use Live Listen Feature in iOS 12

  • Pair and put on your Airpods in to your Ear
  • Access Control Center
  • Tap the Hearing Sign
  • Tap On & Done
  • You will eventually start hearing sounds that’s happening around you

How to Turn Off or Disable Live Listen Feature in iOS 12

  • Access Control Center
  • Tap the Hearing Sign again
  • Tap Off & Done

For more controls, you can assign Accessibility Shortcut which will then allow you to access Live Listen by triple pressing the Home Button. Here is how to Enable:

Remember, the sound you hear on Airpod is forwarded from the iPhone’s mic. Therefore, the more you place your iPhone near to the object where the sound is coming from, the louder and clearer you hear on Airpods.