AirPods can be an excellent portable monitoring solution for parents who are on vacation. All you need to do is position your iPhone or iPad close to your baby’s crib, ensuring that the bottom end is facing the baby. Then, wear a single AirPod to listen to your baby’s sounds from anywhere in the house. This way, you can keep an ear out for your little one without being physically present in the room.
What is Apple’s Live Listen?
Back in 2014, Apple introduced a feature called Live Listen, which allowed individuals with MFI-compatible hearing aids to use their iOS device (iPhone or iPad) as a remote microphone to improve their hearing. Later in September 2018, Apple enhanced the technology by enabling AirPods to use the same feature as a substitute hearing aid. This advancement allowed anyone to use their iOS device as a directional microphone and listen to audio via their AirPods or a single AirPod.
Initially designed to assist the hearing-impaired, Live Listen can also be used to separate voices from loud background noise or even used as a makeshift baby monitor. This feature is particularly useful for parents who are traveling since it is a portable and convenient monitor. You only need to place your iPhone or iPad close to your baby’s crib and direct the microphone toward them. Then, use a single AirPod to listen to your baby’s sounds from any room in the house.
How to Use AirPods as a Baby Monitor?
If you want to use your AirPods as a baby monitor, you will need to utilize Apple’s Live Listen feature.
Using AirPods as a baby monitor can be a convenient and cost-effective solution for parents who do not have a dedicated baby monitor.
Here are the steps to follow to use AirPods as a baby monitor:
1. Place your iPhone or iPad near your baby’s crib
The first step is to place your iPhone or iPad near your baby’s crib. Make sure that the device is close enough to pick up the baby’s sounds but not so close that the baby can reach it.
2. Turn on Live Listen
To turn on Live Listen, go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad, select Control Center, and then tap Customize Controls. Find the Hearing option and tap the green plus icon to add it to your Control Center. Once you have added it, swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone or iPad screen to access Control Center and tap the Hearing icon. You should now be able to hear sounds picked up by your device’s microphone.
3. Wear your AirPods
Put in your AirPods and make sure they are connected to your device. You should be able to hear the sounds picked up by your device’s microphone through your AirPods.
4. Adjust the volume
Adjust the volume of your AirPods to a comfortable level. You can also adjust the volume of the device’s microphone by moving it closer or further away from the baby.
5. Test the setup
To make sure everything is working correctly, test the setup by making a noise near the baby’s crib and listening for it through your AirPods.
6. Keep an eye on the battery life:
Remember that using AirPods as a baby monitor can drain their battery quickly, so keep an eye on the battery life and make sure to recharge them as needed.
In case the AirPods do not produce any sound, the first step is to check the Bluetooth connection and make sure it is working correctly. If the connection seems problematic, you can try restarting it by disconnecting and reconnecting the AirPods. Additionally, ensure that your iOS version is updated to the latest version.
To end the monitoring session, you need to go back to your phone and turn off the Live Listen feature by tapping on the hearing icon again. Alternatively, you can take out your AirPods and resume your evening activities, occasionally checking in on your baby’s sounds as needed.
In conclusion, AirPods can be used as a makeshift baby monitor by utilizing Apple’s Live Listen feature. While it can be a convenient solution, it is not recommended as a long-term replacement for a dedicated baby monitor that offers additional features like video monitoring and two-way audio communication. Nonetheless, if you’re traveling or looking for a cost-effective monitoring solution, using AirPods as a baby monitor can be a handy option. With the steps outlined in this article, you can set it up quickly and keep an ear out for your little one’s sounds while carrying on with your daily activities.