How to Turn on Dolby Atmos on Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

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Dolby Atmos audio technology creates an immersive sound experience. Apple Music supports Spatial Audio with Atmos. With Atmos, you can listen to your favourite Music in exquisite audio quality. To experience high-quality audio, you must activate Atmos on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. We’ll teach you How to Turn on Dolby Atmos on Your iPhone, iPad, or Mac in easy steps!

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Apple Devices supporting Dolby Atmos

iOS – iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 series, iPhone SE (2nd gen), iPhone 12 series, iPhone 13 series, and later.

iPad OS – iPad (early-2018), iPad Pro (2018 series), iPad mini (5th gen), iPad Air (3rd gen), iPad (7th gen), iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd gen), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4nd gen), iPad Air (4th gen), iPad (8th gen), iPad 10.2-inch (2021), iPad mini 8-inch (2021), iPad Pro series (3rd gen), iPad Air 10.2-inch (2022), and later

macOS – MacBook Air (2018), MacBook Pro (2018), MacBook Pro (2019), MacBook Air (2019), MacBook Air with M1 chip, MacBook Pro (with M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max and M1 Ultra), iMac 24-inch (2021) and later.

While this list is not comprehensive, it is evident that earlier iPhones, iPads, and Macs do not support this function.

Dolby Atmos on iPhone and iPad

Let’s start by looking at how to experience Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio on your iPhone. You’ll need to select tracks that support Dolby Atmos for this. Follow these steps, which are the same for iPad users. Let’s go!

Step 1: Open Settings on your iPhone.


Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Music.


Step 3: Under the Audio section, tap on Dolby Atmos.

Turn On Dolby Atmos



Step 4: Choose between Automatic and Always On as per your preference.

If you switch to Always On, tap Turn On to confirm your choice.


Moreover, if you want to download songs in Atmos,  scroll down and tap the toggle alongside Download in Dolby Atmos.

Step 5: Close the Settings app and open Apple Music to check the same.



Step 6: Play any song of your choice, and you will see the Dolby Atmos logo appear on the playback screen.


After enabling this function, ensure that your headset or speakers allow Dolby Atmos for the ultimate experience.

Dolby Atmos on Mac

Apple has expanded Atmos support for Macs. Atmos allows users to experience Music and their favourite movies at home.  Atmos is supported by almost every Apple TV+ original series or film. Also, Netflix and Vudu are included.

In addition, you may also use Atmos-compatible headphones to have a terrific audio experience. To do that, take the following actions.

Step 1: Press Cmd + Spacebar to open Spotlight Search, type Apple Music and press Return.

Turn On Dolby Atmos


Step 2: Click on Music at the top menu bar in the Apple Music app.


Step 3: Select Preferences.

Turn On Dolby Atmos


Step 4: In the Preferences window, click on Playback.

Turn On Dolby Atmos


Step 5: Look for Atmos in the Playback window.

Step 6: Select Automatic or Always On as per your preference.

If you Always select On, click Turn On to confirm your choice.

Step 7: Click on Ok.


To download songs in Atmos, follow these steps.

Step 1: Go back to General.

Step 2: Enable the option of Download Dolby Atmos.

Step 3: Close the General tab and play any song on your Mac.

Bonus: Search for Dolby Atmos Songs on Apple Music

Every day, new Music is added to Apple Music’s Atmos song catalogue. Follow these instructions for iPhone, iPad, and Mac to get a list of Music from various genres that have been mixed in Atmos.

Step 1: Go to the search bar in the Apple Music app.


Step 2: Search for Dolby Atmos and press Return.

Step 3: Click/Tap on Apple Music Spatial Audio under Top Results.

You will see all the songs from different genres listed on your screen.


We hope you liked our step-by-step guide on enabling Atmos on your Apple Devices. You may visit the Apple site for more information on the challenges you face. Do share your experience and suggestions with us in the comments below! Rock’n’Roll your gloomy days!

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