How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to Your Phone

iPhone or Android, we've got you covered

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A Bluetooth Speaker, big or small, can take your music to the next level.

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When it's time to crank up the music from your phone, there is no better way than with a Bluetooth speaker. Whether you use an iPhone or Android smartphone, here is how you pair a Bluetooth speaker to your phone to get the party started.

How to Enable Pairing Mode on a Speaker

Before you pair anything, you'll have to place your Bluetooth speaker into pairing mode, allowing it to be discovered by your phone for initial setup. While each speaker enters pairing mode in a different method, these two suggestions should enable you to figure out how to get your speaker to comply quickly. If the tips below don’t apply to your device, check your speaker manufacturer’s user guide for further instruction.

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In many cases, simply holding down the power button will place your speaker into pairing mode.  Getty Image/Maciej Toporowicz, NYC

Hold Down Power: Many Bluetooth speakers switch into pairing mode by turning the speaker off, then turning the device on while keeping your finger depressed on the power button. To notify you the speaker is in pairing mode, it will typically emit a sound or its light indicator will begin flashing rapidly.

Hold Down Pairing Button: Some Bluetooth speakers have a dedicated button for placing your device into pairing mode. Seek out a button on your device with the Bluetooth symbol next to it, then hold it until you hear your speaker emit a sound or its light indicator begins flashing rapidly.

With your Bluetooth speaker now discoverable, it can be paired to your iPhone or Android phone.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to an iPhone

The process of connecting a Bluetooth speaker to your iPhone only needs to happen one time. Once a Bluetooth speaker is successfully paired to your iPhone, it should automatically connect each time it's powered on.

Screenshots showing how to setup Bluetooth devices on iPhone
Easily connect your Bluetooth speaker to your iPhone.
  1. Begin by placing your Bluetooth device in pairing mode.
  2. On your iPhone, open Settings.
  3. Select Bluetooth.
  4. Ensure your Bluetooth functionality is switched on at the top of your screen. If the switch is green, your Bluetooth is already enabled and nothing needs to be changed. If not, tap the toggle.
  5. Scroll down to Other Devices and look for your new Bluetooth speaker’s name in the given list. Be patient, as it may take a moment to show up.
    1. Note: Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is still in pairing mode during this time.
  6. Once it appears, tap it to connect.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to an Android Phone

Same as with an iPhone, the process of connecting a Bluetooth speaker to your Android device only needs to happen one time. Once a Bluetooth speaker is successfully paired to your device, it should automatically connect each time it is powered on.

Note: The information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

Screenshots showing how to setup Bluetooth devices on Android
Easily connect your Bluetooth speaker to your Android device.
  1. Begin by placing your Bluetooth device in pairing mode.
  2. On your device, swipe down from the top of the screen to show the notification center.
  3. Swipe down from the top of the screen again to expand your notification center into full view.
  4. Press and hold Bluetooth to open your device’s Bluetooth settings.
  5. Ensure Bluetooth functionality is switched on at the top of your screen via the toggle switch; once it says ‘ON’ you're ready to proceed.
  6. Tap Pair new device to begin looking for new devices.
  7. Look for your new Bluetooth speaker’s name in the given list. Be sure to be patient as it may take a moment to show up.
    1. Note: Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is still in pairing mode during this time.
  8. Tap your speaker's name to connect to it.

How to Pair Multiple Speakers at Once

Some popular Bluetooth speakers can be connected in tandem to a single phone to achieve stereo sound or simply to enhance volume. If you have a pair of the same speakers that note they can connect at once, you must download the manufacturer’s mobile application from either the Google Play or Apple App Store to get started. 

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Logitech's Ultimate Ears speakers can be connected for a enhanced music experience.  Logitech

For example, Logitech’s popular brand of Ultimate Ears speakers can be paired by downloading one of the company’s available apps. Be sure to check with your manufacturer to see if the feature is possible with your speakers.