Accessibility features in iOS everyone should be using: Use one earbud to listen to music at work? Try Mono Audio so you don’t miss a thing.

Sometimes I like to listen to music but I don’t necessarily want to drown out the world. So I like to keep only one earbuds in at a time so I can still hear what is going on around me with my other ear. This works pretty good but every once in a while one of my favorite songs won’t sound quite right because it takes advantage of stereo sound. For example one of my favorite songs opens with a drum beat coming from the left side and vocals from the right so when I only have one earbud in I’m always missing part of the song.

To solve this I always have my iPhone set to Mono Audio, which mixes the audio channels together equally so I don’t miss anything. This feature is especially nice for someone who has a hearing loss in one ear.

1. Open the Settings app and navigate to General -> Accessibility.

2. Scroll down to the Hearing section and switch Mono Audio on.

iPhone Accessibility Menu Hearing section.