How to switch AirPlay audio outputs in iOS 11

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In iOS 11, Apple has completely revamped Control Center, making it more customizable and intuitive. You now can customize Control Center to meet your needs and daily activities. The coolest part is that you can add a number of additional controls to Control Center for quick access.

However, if you have been accustomed to how you play music or control Wi-Fi/ Bluetooth in iOS 10 Control Center, you will find something missing in iOS 11. In fact, some toggles are not there anymore. One such toggle is AirDrop. In iOS 11 Control Center, audio outputs section is a little bit hidden, making it hard for users to switch different audio outputs.

iOS 10 Control Center offered three different panels with each one serving a different purpose. Media panel could be accessed by swiping left of Control Center. Here, you could play music, adjust volume and switch different audio outputs. However, things have changed in iOS 11.

In this guide, we will go through the steps to switch AirPlay device on your iPhone and iPad. Before we begin, keep in mind that iOS 11 is still in beta stages, so it’s best to install the beta on a secondary device to avoid bugs and errors.

How to switch AirPlay audio outputs in iOS 11

  1. Control Center

In iOS 11, the method used to switch audio outputs is slightly different. If you need help, make sure that you check out the steps below.

Step one: First off, you need to open Control Center on your iPhone or iPad. To do this, you simply need to swipe up from the bottom of the screen

Step two: Next up, tap and hold on the music widget (if you now own an iPhone 6s or newer, you can perform a 3D Touch firm press on that widget)

Step three: Tap on the AirPlay icon next to the music title. From here, you will see a list of all nearby audio outputs. Tap on the output you wish to switch to.

  1. Control Center shortcut

In iOS 11 Control Center, there is a tiny Airplay button at the top right of the music widget. Tap on it and you will get a list of options. This comes in handy, as eliminates the need to go all the way to Settings to switch the audio output.

Step one: Open Control Center on your iPhone or iPad. Once you are in, you will find a wave icon at the top of the music widget (If it is now gray, this means that there is no playback)

Step two: Tap on this icon and you will see a list of all audio outputs there.

  1. Lock screen

If you are playing a music track on your iPhone or iPad, you will notice that the music widget now shows up right from the lock screen, allowing you to easily control your music.

Step one: From your Lock screen, you simply need to tap on the AirPlay icon next to the music title

Step two: Select the audio output you want to switch to and you are good to go.

Also read: How to use Lines and Grids in Notes app on iPad in iOS 11

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