How to Connect Bluetooth Speakers to iPhone or iPad

Nov 26, 2018 - 8 Comments

Connect a Bluetooth speaker to iPhone or iPad

Many iPhone and iPad users may wish to connect their device to a Bluetooth speaker, particularly since Bluetooth speakers are becoming increasingly ubiquitous in the world, and the AUX jack / headphone port is no longer included on new iOS devices. Apple seems to be nudging us into the wireless world, and Bluetooth speakers are certainly part of that world.

Connecting an iPhone or iPad to Bluetooth speakers is quite easy, and while it may not be as simple as plugging a cable into a port like a headphone jack, we’ll show you how to quickly connect an iOS device to a Bluetooth speaker device.

In the tutorial here, we’ll demonstrate connecting an iPhone to a portable Bluetooth speaker called the Tribit Sound Go, but this works exactly the same with something like a Klipsch set, and whether you’re on an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and regardless of what the Bluetooth speaker is.

How to Connect iPhone or iPad to a Bluetooth Speaker

  1. Power on the Bluetooth speaker set, and place it into Bluetooth discovery mode (typically Bluetooth speakers have a little Bluetooth sync button on them, just tap that)*
  2. Now open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad
  3. Settings icon

  4. Tap on “Bluetooth” near the top of Settings, and make sure that Bluetooth is toggled ON
  5. How to Connect a Bluetooth speaker to iPhone or iPad

  6. Wait a moment for the iPhone or iPad to find the Bluetooth speaker, it will appear under the “Other Devices” section of Bluetooth, then tap on the name of the Bluetooth speaker
  7. How to Connect a Bluetooth speaker to iPhone or iPad

  8. Wait another moment or two for iOS to pair to the Bluetooth speaker, once completed it will appear under ‘My Devices’ and show as “Connected”
  9. Bluetooth speaker successfully connected to iPhone or iPad

  10. Leave Settings as usual, the Bluetooth speaker will now be the audio output of the iOS device

That’s it, now your iPhone or iPad is connected to the Bluetooth speaker!

The Bluetooth speaker now becomes the default volume output, as long as it’s within Bluetooth range, or until it is disconnected.

Disconnecting the Bluetooth speaker from the iPhone or iPad is possible either by turning off the Bluetooth speaker, disconnecting the Bluetooth device from iOS via Settings, or by disabling Bluetooth in general in iOS.

With some of the more recent changes in iOS, don’t forget to learn how to check Bluetooth status in iOS 12 and later

It’s also noteworthy to recall how to change Bluetooth audio sources on iPhone when on a phone call, since if you’re using an iPhone that is actively synced to a Bluetooth speaker than it will likely default to playing over that rather than using the iPhone built-in earphone. If you have a Bluetooth enabled car stereo you may have encountered this before (along with the auto-playing music thing)

Bluetooth audio is undeniably convenient, since you can control music and audio output from anywhere nearby and entirely wirelessly. Of course Bluetooth isn’t limited to audio though, and you can use it to connect a keyboard to an iPhone or iPad too, along with many other handy external accessories to iOS.

If you have any tips, tricks, or advice about using and connecting Bluetooth speakers to an iPhone or iPad, share them in the comments below!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Hina says:

    I am having an android TV. I wanted to connect to bluetooth speakers for my child’s online class. I have been try out the steps which you had told us. But, I didn’t find any option like ‘remote and accessories’ in my smart TV. What should I do now?

  2. RA XA says:

    Hi Paul, my Bluetooth work excellent, thanks for your
    Have a great Day 🌹

  3. Don't text and Drive says:

    There is no reason on earth to be messing around texting while driving. Sitting at at red light texting is just bad.

    When you are behind the wheel, turn the music off, don’t talk to passengers and give 100% of your attention to driving.

    Texting Kills!

  4. Richie says:

    In Car, I have 3rd party Bluetooth device, which connects with my iPhone. Is there some way of getting the iPhone to ‘read texts received’ to me, through the Bluetooth device whilst I’m driving? R

    • Peter says:

      I ask Siri to read the message/text.. siri reads it to me via bluetooth..

    • Jignesh says:

      I’ll recommend not to do it.. it’s not worth it. If you have an important message planned you can always pull over and read/reply peacefully. Instead of putting your life as well the life of other drivers in danger.

  5. Di Keller says:

    Interestingly we have problems on our CBD with bluetooth devices, more specifically headphones , dropping out because there is way too much bluetooth activity.

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