How to Play iPhone Music Over Bluetooth

Stream iPhone music over Bluetooth to listen wirelessly

Nyne Cruiser Bluetooth Speaker
Nyne Multimedia, Inc.

A common way to listen to a music library is to sync iTunes with an iPhone and then listen with headphones. However, most phones can connect to an external Bluetooth system. Bluetooth doesn't require wires to pair a phone to a speaker system or set of headphones. Its popularity and ease of use are why there's a growing number of consumer electronic products that support the Bluetooth standard, such as home stereos, in-dash car systems, computers, waterproof speakers, and more.

Instructions in this article apply to iPhone devices running iOS 12, but the written steps should work for all iPhone models running any iOS version.

How to Play Music From iPhone Over Bluetooth

Playing sounds from your iPhone on a Bluetooth device is a three-step process: enable Bluetooth on both devices, pair the devices together, then start the music stream.

  1. On the iPhone, enable Bluetooth if it isn't turned on. Go to Settings > Bluetooth, or open the Control Center in iOS 7 and newer.

  2. On the Bluetooth device, turn on pairing mode. Either press the Pairing button or enable a setting from a companion app.

    If it's not obvious how to enable Bluetooth on the other device, contact the support team for the device or look through the owner's manual.

  3. Place the iPhone within 30 feet (10 meters) of the device that you want to connect it to.

  4. On the iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth, then tap the device to pair the device to the phone.

    Bluetooth, device to connect to, Connected message in iOS Settings

    If you haven't paired the device with your phone, it is either listed in the Other Devices section or its status says Not Paired. If you have paired with this device before, it reads Not Connected.

  5. At this point, what you see on the screen will vary depending on a few things: what the Bluetooth device is and how it pairs with devices, and whether this is a new device or one that you've connected to before.

    For a new device, a pairing request prompt asks you to confirm a code provided by the Bluetooth device. When the codes match, press Pair.

    For an existing Bluetooth device, the device plays a sound to indicate a successful connection. Once paired, the Bluetooth screen on the iPhone displays Connected next to the device.

  6. Play music on the iPhone to hear it through the Bluetooth device.

Playing music over Bluetooth works no matter where the sound comes from: videos from YouTube, a music streaming app, a podcast, or online radio.

Having Problems Playing iPhone Music Over Bluetooth?

There are several things to check if the device has problems connecting to the iPhone or if the devices are connected but music doesn't play over Bluetooth.

  • The iPhone doesn't see the Bluetooth device: Move the phone closer to the device, make sure that the wireless function of the device is enabled and working.
  • Can't hear music from the Bluetooth device: The volume on the phone must be turned up to transmit sound to the device, and the Bluetooth device needs its volume set reasonably, too.
  • The Bluetooth device is turned off. Bluetooth must remain on during the entire music streaming session. The moment you disconnect Bluetooth or walk too far away from the device, the music stops.