AirPods have quickly become one of the most popular consumer electronics products on the market. They are popular for their ease of use and portability. However, many people are unsure if it is safe to pair one set of AirPods to two different phones. Let’s examine the pros and cons of doing this.
The first thing to consider is that each phone will have its own Bluetooth identifier (like the phone’s UUID). When you connect a set of AirPods to a phone, the Bluetooth device is registered with the AirPods. If you then try to connect the same set of AirPods to a second phone the AirPods will drop their connect with the first and transfer over. This is the same as if you connect your AirPods to a mobile phone and also a computer.
There are some downsides to this are that the AirPods will sometime get confused and connect to Phone 1 when you want it to connect to Phone 2. You may also see your battery life dip as the AirPods are switching from one device to another more often and will be active more often.
There are no security issues with connecting two devices as the AirPods is not a hacking vector. Similarly there is no real fear the AirPods “forgetting” your original phone as the Bluetooth is handled by the smartphone or computer and they are designed to handle many devices.
Find My AirPods
One major issue — which is probably why you are wondering — “is this safe” is if “Find My” will still work, and which phone it will work with. The answer is that Find My will still work, but only with one iCloud account. This means it’s not a problem if both phones are yours, but the second phone with the second iCloud account won’t be able to find the AirPods if you lose them.
So, is it safe to pair one set of Apple AirPods with two different iPhones? The answer is yes, but there are some potential drawbacks that you should be aware of. If you decide to go ahead and do this, we recommend that you understand the tradeoffs before doing so.