I found a feature on my iPhone and it let me hear what my friends say behind my back
Would you use an iPhone feature that allows you to hear what your friends say about you when you walk away from the table?
One woman did — and says it’s a “wonderful little hack.”
TikTok user Michelle Guo @woahguo shared her experience activating the hidden feature.
“Thinking about the time I turned on ‘live listen’ on my iPhone & left my phone on the table & walked away with my AirPods in so that I could listen to what everyone said without me being in the room,” she wrote in a video.
Live Listen was introduced in 2014 as a way for iPhone users with hearing aids to hear others more easily in noisy environments.
The setting allows an iPhone or iPad to act as a microphone, sending sound to the hearing aids.
Originally, it only worked with iPhone-compatible hearing aids but has since expanded to AirPods.
That’s how Guo was able to use it in a room with her friends.
Guo learned of the setting from the Apple website, she told the Daily Dot.
She said she tested it out with her friends, which led to the TikTok video.
Guo told the outlet she posted about the setting to spread awareness.
The video has garnered nearly 725,000 views.
Hundreds of people have commented asking Guo how she activated the hidden setting.
She responded to many by writing: “Settings > Control Center > add Hearing > connect AirPods > turn on Live Listen > place phone down & walk away & listen.”
Guo also posted a follow-up comment explaining her specific reasoning for using the setting.
“STORYTIME: The only time I did this was when I tested it out with my friends after we read about it online … USE RESPONSIBLY!!!!,” Guo wrote.
Some users were shocked to learn about the setting, while others shared feeling nervous about what they’d learn from using the setting while with friends.
“I’m scared of what they will say,” one user wrote.
“I did smth similar in elementary school, found out my friends were talking abt me and dropped them,” said another.
“I did it once and I will not do it again,” another user wrote.