AirPods have a lot of useful features, and they work exceptionally well with Apple’s own ecosystem. You can connect two different AirPods to one iPhone, iPad or Apple TV at the same time, so what about connecting your AirPods to two devices simultaneously?
The fact is, you can definitely connect two different devices at the same time, but you cannot receive audio input from both of them at once. In spite of this, Apple offers another great replacement: seamless switching, as long as you link to your Apple ID on whatever Apple device you are using. For example, if you are watching a film on your MacBook when a phone call comes in, your AirPods will immediately switch to the call instead.
The same is true for Samsung’s Galaxy Buds. Once the Galaxy Buds are paired, they’ll automatically connect to your device the next time you use them. To quickly connect to a second device, just select the Galaxy Buds from the list of paired devices in the Bluetooth settings on the device that you’re listening to.
The ability for Bluetooth headphones to connect to multiple devices at the same time is actually called “Bluetooth multipoint”. For it to function, a device must support A2DP and HFP/HSP. A headphone that supports Bluetooth multipoint enables you to watch videos, stream music or engage in a call through the laptop without missing any notifications on any other device. It’s a great way to remain productivity, especially for those who need to do multiple tasks.
Nearly all professional headphones support Bluetooth multipoint, but there’re no many in the consumer headphones market. Here’re some good ones that supports Bluetooth multipoint: Anker Soundcore Life Q35, Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, Sony WH1000XM4, Sennheiser MOMEMTUM 3.
OnePlus Buds Pro also features Bluetooth multipoint, which is called “Dual Connection” according to a latest update to the Buds Pro from OnePlus. Once enabling it, you’ll be able to connect to two devices via Bluetooth at the same time. More about the function needs to be tested, as it is rolled out in stages and is currently available only to a small number of users.