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How To Simultaneously Use Multiple Headphones On Mac

Many Mac users often have several headphones that they want to use in different situations such as they can have AirPods to use for general audio and a heavy duty pair of over-ear headphones that they can use for listening to their favorite music.

Yeah, such instances are quite common and one may need to switch between different audio inputs frequently for this. But, as far as Mac users are concerned, it is possible for them to route the audio from their machine simultaneously to two different destinations.

It works fine on all the Macs running latest macOS versions and once you have set it up it won’t need you to check it out again or make any changes for switching audio. Here is how to do that.

  1. First of all, you’ll have to ensure that you connect both audio destinations that are intended to be used to your Mac.
  2. Launch Audio MIDI Setup app on your Mac. You can find it in Utilities sub-folder in Applications and it’s very much possible that you might not have used this app before.
  3. Click on ‘+’ icon towards lower-left side of the screen and choose Create Multi-Output Device.
  4. Now, right-click on multi-output device created in the last step and then choose Use This Device For Sound Output.
  5. Next, you need to choose audio devices which have to be grouped together simply by checking the box in front of each of them. The Built-in Output option should be used when you want to use wired headphones pair.
  6. Choose the option labeled ‘Master Device’ from drop-down menu on the top.
  7. Check the option Drift Correction which you can see beside your chosen secondary audio device.
  8. Lastly, go to Sound pane in System Preferences and choose Multi-output Device that was created by you earlier in Output tab.

There you go, now when you’ll play any audio on Mac it will be routed automatically to both the audio devices that you have set up. You’ll love it, just give it a try!

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