Unfortunately, unlike other Spatial audio-compatible apps like Apple Music and Apple TV+ that support a wide range of playback devices, Netflix With Spatial Audio on iOS only supports spatial audio through AirPods Pro or AirPods Max. Support for more playback devices may be added in the future. Apple also plans to bring spatial audio support to Mac and Apple TV devices in the future.
Related: How to Move Safari Search Bar Back Where It Belongs in iOS 15
However, for now, here is how to watch Netflix content in 5.1 or Dolby Atmos surround sound on iPhone and iPad through AirPods Pro or AirPods Max:
- Connect your AirPods Pro or AirPods Max to your iPhone or iPad.
- Open the Netflix app and find content with surround sound mixing (such as 5.1 surround or Dolby Atmos).
- Open the Control Panel (swipe down from the top-right corner of your device’s screen).
- Long-press on the volume slider to open the audio options.
- Tap the Spatial Audio icon to enable it.
You can also change the spatial audio in “Settings”> “Bluetooth” in the iOS / iPadOS settings app. Tap the “i” icon next to the device name in the Bluetooth list, then scroll down and tap the “Spatial Audio” slider.
Please note that even if this feature is enabled, not all Netflix content will play in spatial audio; It only works with movies and TV shows that have some form of surround sound mixing.
However, Netflix’s spatial audio release also includes early support for iOS 15’s spatial audio conversion feature, which uses AI to convert stereo or mono recorded content to multichannel audio. In theory, this feature can add 5.1 surround sound to old movies and TV shows that only have stereo playback. It should also apply to other applications that support spatial audio, such as HBO Max, Disney +, Apple TV + and Apple Music. When you use a supported application and playback device.
The forced spatial audio conversion option will appear in the iOS and iPadOS audio options, but you can only use it after installing the full version of iOS 15 later this year, or try public testing Version.