How to Use a Bluetooth Speaker with Your iPhone

Sometimes your iPhone’s speaker doesn’t cut the sound while listening to music, which is why Bluetooth speakers have become so popular. Here’s how to use one with your iPhone.

Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes and sizes and are pretty much a dozen these days. You can get one just about anywhere, and they range from really cheap to really expensive, so you can spend as much or as little as you want on a Bluetooth speaker.

The instructions that usually come with a Bluetooth speaker do an excellent job of explaining the setup process, but if you have an older Bluetooth speaker and can’t find instructions for it, here’s a quick guide to walk you through the process. Of course, every Bluetooth speaker is slightly different in how users should set them up, but most generally have the same overall setup process.

Here’s how to pair a Bluetooth speaker with your iPhone, and we’ve also included a few Bluetooth speaker recommendations below.


The first thing you will want to do is make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone. To do this, open the app and tap on it. Next, you’ll want to tap the toggle switch on the right until it turns green. Bluetooth is now enabled and can now discover Bluetooth devices in range.

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Next, turn on your Bluetooth speaker. Depending on the speaker, there may be a separate on/off button from the pairing button, or the power button may be located inside the pairing button. Usually such buttons, you hold for a second or two to turn them on.

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If the Bluetooth speaker is unpacked for the first time, it can enter pairing mode automatically. If not, press and hold the pairing button until the status light starts flashing or making a sound.

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Go back to the Bluetooth menu on your iPhone and you should now see the Bluetooth speaker appear in the list. Go ahead and tap on it to pair your iPhone with the Bluetooth speaker. When paired successfully, it will say next to the speaker. Now you’re ready to play music from the Bluetooth speaker and enjoy much better sound from the iPhone’s built-in speaker.

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If you leave the speaker’s range and come back, your iPhone will automatically reconnect to the speaker if the speaker is still on – sometimes it automatically turns off after a certain amount of idle time.

If you want to completely disconnect a Bluetooth speaker from your iPhone, tap the little icon on the right in the Bluetooth menu, then tap Forget This Device. If you do, you will need to re-pair the Bluetooth speaker if you want to use it again in the future.

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Bluetooth Speaker Recommendations

As mentioned earlier, Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen and there are hundreds of different models to choose from, which can make it difficult to choose which speaker to buy.

We’ve featured some of our favorite picks in the past, but the ones that stand out the most include: jawbone Jambox and Logitech Ultimate Ears Bluetooth speaker line (this is mentioned in the how-to section). Both offer great sound and bass for the small size they come in.

Of course, you get what you pay for when it comes to Bluetooth speakers, so spend as much money as you can comfortably spend on a Bluetooth speaker. You’d be surprised what $50 can get you these days.