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Apple: How to enable the “spatial audio” feature to improve call quality

Spatial audio allows you to optimize audio quality in video calls (photo: Pocket-lint)
Spatial audio allows you to optimize audio quality in video calls (photo: Pocket-lint)

The spatial audio of Manzana Allows you to optimize the audio quality in calls. This tool, in turn, has an option to remove annoying noises and amplifies the sound. In addition, when used with video calls or to watch movies or series, the users’ voices expand as if they came from the direction in which each person is positioned on the screen.

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It is an intelligent optimization that seeks to generate a more realistic effect to virtual encounters, blocks annoying background noises and, above all, is a resource to improve the quality of the audioor when using FaceTime and some other messaging services, although it is not available on all.

On mobile devices it works on WhatsApp, Instagram, Slack, Signal and Snapchat, but not on TikTok. Zoom has it on iOS but not on Mac, and there’s no way to turn it on for any app from within the browser. It also does not work for regular phone calls, as they were able to verify from TheVergewhen testing this tool.

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Spatial audio is available on iPhone SE 2nd generation, Xr, Xs, and all versions of iPhone 11, 12, and 13. It is necessary to have the AirPods (2nd generation and later), AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max.

How to remove background noise

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Under spatial audio, there is the ability to remove background noise. To activate it you have to go to the control center of the phone, touch the microphone and choose the option that says “Voice Isolation”.

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Voice isolation is activated from the control center of the iPhone
Voice isolation is activated from the control center of the iPhone

When, on the other hand, you want the user’s voice to be heard along with all the sounds around them in a call, then you can activate the mode “Broad Spectrum”.

Spatial audio to feel like in the cinema

Spatial audio can also be used to enjoy videos or movies as if you were in the theater, thanks to dynamic head tracking which allows for a more immersive sound. In addition to being used on the iPhone, As mentioned above, it can be used in the iPad, following the same activation steps as on the mobile; from the Mac or Apple TV. In all cases, make sure you have the AirPods connected to the equipment.

Apple TV +, Apple's service to watch movies and series (REUTERS / Given Ruvic / Illustration)
Apple TV +, Apple’s service to watch movies and series (REUTERS / Given Ruvic / Illustration)

Turn on spatial audio on Mac with Apple Silicon

Click the AirPods or Beats icon in the menu bar to see Spatial Audio listed while playing multi-channel content or Spatialized Stereo while watching two-channel stereo content.

Click Active Head Tracking to turn on spatial audio and dynamic head tracking. To enable only spatial audio, click Fixed. To deactivate the option, press Deactivate.

Turn on spatial audio on Apple TV

Go to Settings / Remote controls and devices / Bluetooth. Or, press and hold the home button on the siri-remote while playing the audiovisual content in a compatible app.

Choose AirPods or Beats from the list that will appear on the screen.

To select spatial audio while watching content from multiple channels or spatialize stereo while playing two-channel stereo content. This will also show the status icons.

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