Man Shares iPhone Trick To Listen To People Talking In Another Room With AirPods
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The #greenscreenvideo hashtag on TikTok has taken a turn for the creepy after one account created a video showing how you could listen in on other people's conversations using your iPhone - despite not being in the same room as them.
Answering the question 'what's a piece of information that feels like it's illegal to know?', the video has gone viral on the platform - albeit with some understandable misgivings from users over the idea of spying in on someone else's presumably private conversations.
In the video itself, its creator says: "I don't feel like it should be illegal, but it's shady."
He then explains how you can turn your phone into a spying device.
"You go to your settings go to your control centre then you find a little ear," he explains, pointing to the Hearing settings on the phone.
"You push the plus sign. Then when you push the plus sign it'll go where your flashlight, your calculator and all that is," he continues, showing where the Hearing setting has moved to.
He then opens up the AirPod settings, saying: "Then you scroll down then you get to here, right there, then you click on.
"You can leave it in any room and you can listen to what anybody's saying at any time, if your phone's in that room, with just your ear buds in."
Cool! But also a bit weird right? TikTok certainly thought so.
One user wrote: "If u r worried about what your friends say when u leave the room you need new friends."
Another said: "Don't trust people with AirPods got it."
A third wrote: "If it comes to a point in your relationship where you feel the need to do this, you should've left this relationship a long time ago."
Another user tried to calm everyone down and explain the real reason for the option, explaining: "This is an accessibility feature meant for those who are hard of hearing to use. It filters out background noise so they can hear conversations easier."
That sounds fair enough, but the feature clearly can have slightly more suspect uses.
Listening in to other people's conversations with your AirPods might at least be a bit safer than putting them in your mouth at least, as one dad found out earlier this month.
Brad Gauthier from Worcester in the US state of Massachusetts, took to Facebook after realising he had swallowed one of his AirPods in his sleep, writing: "Be careful listening to wireless headphones when you fall asleep, you never know where they'll end up."
Gauthier didn't realise anything was wrong until he took a glass of water and discovered it wasn't going down. He eventually had to go to hospital to get it safely removed.