How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to Your Phone

Whether iPhone or Android, we've got you covered

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.

The information below should apply to any iPhone and any Android no matter which manufacturer made the device.

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.

  • 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 pairing a Bluetooth speaker with an iPhone only needs to happen once. Once a Bluetooth speaker is successfully paired to your iPhone, it should automatically connect each time it's powered on.

  1. Begin by placing your Bluetooth device in pairing mode.

  2. On your iPhone, open the Settings app.

  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, select the toggle to turn it on.

    Turning on Bluetooth in the Settings on an iPhone
  5. Scroll down to Other Devices and look for your Bluetooth speaker’s name in the given list. Be patient, as it may take a moment to show up.

    Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is still in pairing mode during this time.

    The Bluetooth settings screen on an iPhone
  6. Once it appears, select it to connect. It will take a few seconds for the two devices to pair. When they're done, the status will update to Connected on your screen.

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.

  1. Open your Settings app.

  2. Navigate to Connected devices, and toggle the switch to enable Bluetooth, if it's not already enabled.

    Screenshots from an Android device showing the Bluetooth toggle switch
  3. Select Bluetooth to view the options.

  4. Select Pair new device to place your Bluetooth device in pairing mode.

  5. Look for your new Bluetooth speaker’s name in the given list. Be patient as it may take a moment to show up.

    Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is still in pairing mode during this time.

  6. Select your speaker's name to connect to it. It will take a few seconds for the devices to pair. When it's done, your screen will shift to show that the speaker is connected.

    Screenshots of an Android device showing how to pair a device via Bluetooth

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. 

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.