When you listen to music in Spotify on your iPhone, the sound is in stereo. This means that you will hear different things in each ear when using headphones. But if you want to use mono audio in Spotify instead, it’s possible to do so.
When most artists record music, it’s typically done with stereo sound in mind. This means that you can hear different instruments and sounds in each ear, which typically results in a more dynamic sound.
But if you are hard of hearing in one ear, if one of your headphones isn’t working, or if you are sharing your headphones with another person, then you might prefer to use mono audio instead.
Fortunately there is a setting in the Spotify app that allows you to make this switch.
How to Use Mono Audio Instead of Stereo in the Spotify iPhone App
- Open Spotify.
- Select Home.
- Touch the gear icon.
- Choose Playback.
- Turn on Mono Audio.
Our article continues below with additional information on enabling mono audio in the Spotify iPhone app, including pictures of these steps.
How to Switch to Mono Audio in Spotify on an iPhone (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 14.3. I am using the most current version of the Spotify app that was available when this article was written.
Step 1: Open the Spotify app.
Step 2: Choose the Home tab at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 3: Touch the gear icon at the top-right of the screen.
Step 4: Select the Playback option.
Step 5: Scroll down and tap the button to the right of Mono Audio to enable it.
You will know that the setting is turned on when you see green shading around the button. I have enabled mono audio in the picture below.
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