Google's Pixel Buds Pro Gain Spatial Audio - Here's How to Activate this Feature

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The Pixel Buds Pro were launched last year. Like with other premium noise-cancelling earbuds, the pair come with spatial audio with head tracking. But it's only today that Google is activating the feature through an over-the-air software update.

Google is announcing on its support blog that the Pixel Buds Pro reviewed by NextPit last year is gaining the much-needed spatial audio and head tracking features. The update is already rolling out globally, but as the search giant noted, it could still take time until next week before the software hits all Pixel Buds Pro users.

What do you need to use spatial audio on Google Pixel Buds Pro

For starters, spatial audio is also known as immersive or 360-degree sound. This enhances the typical stereo output of the headphones into surround sound comparable to theater-like virtual space. And with dynamic head-tracking, similar to Apple's upcoming AirPods Max 2 and the current AirPods Pro 2, the sound will follow your head's movement and position.

Using the feature will require that the videos or songs are enabled with spatial audio and at least 5.1+ surround sound. At the same time, the smartphone along with the app should also support spatial audio and head tracking. Google says that this is available to Pixel 6 (Pro) and Pixel 7 (Pro).

Google's new Spatial Audio and Head Tracking settings
Google's Pixel Buds Pro spatial audio and head tracking app / © 9to5Google

How to enable Spatial Audio on Google's Pixel Buds Pro

Spatial audio and head tracking can be enabled separately right from any compatible Google Pixel phone. You should also connect to the Pixel Buds Pro before tweaking the settings for head tracking.

  1. Go to the phone's Settings app.
  2. Look for Sounds & vibrations.
  3. Select the Spatial Audio section.
  4. You can toggle on or off spatial audio.

Switching on the head tracking feature is separately done from the general settings and going to Connected Devices > Pixel Buds Pro > Settings and toggle on the head tracking.

Do you use spatial audio on your headphones as well? We'd like to hear your experience of this immersive sound experience.

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan
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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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