How to turn off head tracking for spatial audio on iPhone – Guide

iOS 15 is finally available to the masses and users all over the world are getting their hands on the latest version from Apple mobile operational system. The new features that there are to try out are Focus, SharePlay, Live Listen, Siri Announcements, Background Sounds and many more. Among the new additions to the operating system is Head Tracking, a feature that mimics your listening experience with that of a real concert. When you install iOS 15, Head Tracking will be enabled by default on your iPhone the moment you connect your AirPods to iPhone. If you want to turn off the feature and go back to the normal way of listening to music or other audio, you have the option to do that. In this post, we’ll help you do just that.

What is Head Tracking on iOS 15?

With iOS 15, Apple released a new feature for your AirPods users – Head tracking with Spacial Audio. Head tracking uses the sensors available inside your AirPods to create a virtual space that revolves around the audio source, in this case your iPhone. When you move around a room, iOS tracks your movement relative to the iPhone and changes the way audio plays in both of your ears. O feature is designed to emulate the experience of going to a live concert within the confines of your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. For example, if you are facing the iPhone and tilt your head to the left, the audio in your right ear will have levels louder volumes. Likewise, if you move your head to the right, the audio will be more prominent in your left ear. As of this writing, you can use iOS’s new Head Tracking feature when you’re listening to music or podcasts on Apple Music. We could expect Head Tracking support for other Apple apps as well as third-party apps soon. Since head tracking is centered on AirPods feature, we can expect support.

How to Disable head tracking on iOS

There are two ways to disable head tracking on iOS 15; one using the Settings app and the other using your iPhone’s Control Center.

Method #1: Using Control Center

When your AirPods are connected to your iPhone, you can swipe up and down to open the Control Center and then tap and hold the onscreen volume levels. This will expand the onscreen Volume controls. If your AirPods is connected, you’ll see additional stereo options at the bottom. To disable Head Tracking, swipe your finger away from ‘Head Tracking’.

Method #2: Using the Settings app

The most basic way to disable Head Tracking is, as you would expect, using the Settings app on iOS. To do this, open the Settings app on your iPhone and select ‘Accessibility’. On the next screen, select AirPods or the audio device where Head Tracking is enabled. Scroll down on the next screen and disable the ‘Spatial Audio’ option by tapping its (green) button button. Head Tracking will now be disabled for your selected AirPods. If you have multiple AirPods with you, you’ll have to disable Head Tracking on each of them.

How to turn off Head Tracking only for the audio being played

Well, using the Control Center method provided above, select the first option above. Thus, the Spatial Audio and its Head Tracking feature will remain enabled on your headphones, but not for the current audio.

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