Jim Hankins Jim Hankins - 5 months ago 89
iOS Question

How Do I Route Audio to Speaker without using AudioSessionSetProperty?

As AudioSessionSetProperty may become deprecated, I'm trying to find an code example of how to route audio to the speaker using other means.

Previously I did the following:

UInt32 audioRouteOverride = kAudioSessionOverrideAudioRoute_Speaker;

AudioSessionSetProperty (
sizeof (audioRouteOverride),

Trying to get same result but without call to AudioSessionSetProperty.


On each release of iOS, more of the audioSession properties are migrated to AVFoundation, so you should use those in preference whenever available.

Since iOS 6 kAudioSessionProperty_OverrideAudioRoute is represented in AVAudioSession by the method

- (BOOL)overrideOutputAudioPort:error:

Available values are AVAudioSessionPortOverrideNone and AVAudioSessionPortOverrideSpeaker

Here is an example audio session configured entirely via AVFoundation:

 - (void)configureAVAudioSession
   // Get your app's audioSession singleton object
    AVAudioSession *session = [AVAudioSession sharedInstance];

    // Error handling
    BOOL success;
    NSError *error;

    // set the audioSession category. 
    // Needs to be Record or PlayAndRecord to use audioRouteOverride:  

    success = [session setCategory:AVAudioSessionCategoryPlayAndRecord

   if (!success) {
       NSLog(@"AVAudioSession error setting category:%@",error);

    // Set the audioSession override
    success = [session overrideOutputAudioPort:AVAudioSessionPortOverrideSpeaker
    if (!success) {
        NSLog(@"AVAudioSession error overrideOutputAudioPort:%@",error);

    // Activate the audio session
    success = [session setActive:YES error:&error];
    if (!success) {
        NSLog(@"AVAudioSession error activating: %@",error);
    else {
         NSLog(@"AudioSession active");



Since iOS 7.0, the Audio Session Services C API is now fully deprecated in favour of AVAudioSession.


- (BOOL)overrideOutputAudioPort:error:  

is a method, not a property, and it sets an underlying write-only UInt32 value. You can't get the current value, and you should treat the method as setting a temporary state. If the audio route changes or is interrupted, the property resets to its default (AVAudioSessionPortOverrideNone). You can get interruption notifications via AVAudioSessionDelegate.