How to Connect a Bluetooth Speaker to Your Phone

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.

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.

Begin by placing your Bluetooth device in pairing mode.
On your iPhone, open Settings.
Select Bluetooth.
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.
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.
Note: Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is still in pairing mode during this time.
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.

Begin by placing your Bluetooth device in pairing mode.
On your device, swipe down from the top of the screen to show the notification center.
Swipe down from the top of the screen again to expand your notification center into full view.
Press and hold Bluetooth to open your device’s Bluetooth settings.
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.
Tap Pair new device to begin looking for new devices.
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.
Note: Make sure your Bluetooth speaker is still in pairing mode during this time.
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.