How to use Spatial Audio on Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 phones

Earlier this week, Google released a January update for Pixel phones. The upgrade brings a new security patch along with the anticipated spatial audio feature. However, the new feature is limited to the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro, if you own any of these Pixel phones, here’s how you can enable and use spatial audio on your Pixel.

Spatial Audio technology creates the illusion of sounds which provides a theater-like surround sound experience. Google has been testing spatial audio since last September with the Android 13 QPR1 beta 1. The feature is now available to everyone thanks to the new January Pixel update.

Spatial Audio on Pixel phones work with streaming platforms like YouTube, Netflix, HBO Max, and Google TV with movies that have 5.1 or higher audio tracks. Obviously, you can experience the Spatial Audio on your Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 7, or 7 Pro. If you want immersive experience, then you can get it pairing your favorite headphones or earbuds to your Pixel phone.

Apart from the Spatial Audio, Google brings head-tracked Spatial Audio for Pixel Buds Pro. As per the support forum, make sure that your Pixel Buds Pro updated to the newest firmware version.

So, if you want to experience Spatial Audio on your Pixel smartphone or Pixel Buds Pro, then you can follow the below steps and enable the new feature on your device.

How to enable Spatial Audio on Pixel 6 or 7 series phones

Whether you own the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7, or Pixel 7 Pro, you can turn on the Spatial Audio on your device, all you need to do is update your phone to the new January 2023 security update. If your phone is already running on the new software, then you can follow these steps and enable the new feature.

Note: You can easily update your Pixel to the new software by navigating to Settings > System > System Update.

  1. Open Settings on your Pixel phone.
  2. Find Sound and Vibration and tap on it.
  3. Select Spatial Audio, then Turn on Spatial Audio.

Now if you own the Pixel Buds Pro and want to turn on the head-tracked Spatial Audio, then first your need to update your Pixel Buds Pro to the latest version and then enable the new feature by following these steps.

  1. Open Settings on your Pixel phone.
  2. Tap Connected Devices.
  3. Select Pixel Buds Pro, then tap Settings.
  4. Select Head Tracking and turn on the Head Tracking feature.

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By Haneet Singh

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