With wireless earbuds, you can put one in its charging case and use the other by itself when you want to have just a single ear occupied. How can you simulate the same effect with wired earbuds? Easy: use an accessibility feature in iOS and iPadOS. Here’s how to make this work.
At a glance
Time to complete: 2 minutes
Tools required: iOS 16 or iPadOS 16
Materials required: Wired earbuds or headphones
iOS 16 Settings
Go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual (in the Hearing section).
Enable Mono Audio.
Under Balance, drag the slider to the far left (for left only) or far right (for right only).
There’s no way to set this as an audio profile or other method you could tap to move in and out of. When and if you want to resume balanced stereo sound, drag that slider back to the center (it will read 0.00) and disable Mono Audio.
This works with wired and wireless headphones, too, if you want to have one “cup” on and one off, and have both all the sound on one ear and no sound bleed through.
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