How to Connect iPhone to Bluetooth Speakers
Although technology is supposedly becoming more and more user-friendly and easier to use, I’ve learned that this does not always apply to me. Recently, I purchased one of the best bluetooth speakers and was very excited to connect my iPhone to the device and listen to all my music from a louder speaker than just my headphones.
Sadly, I had an incredibly difficult time connecting my phone to the Bluetooth speakers. After doing some research, I found that I was not alone. Many people have problems connecting their smartphones to Bluetooth devices, and it is usually just a small user error-that is the problem. Understanding the trouble-shooting techniques makes knowing how to connect iPhone to Bluetooth speakers a cinch.
First, let’s be a little technical. Bluetooth is a form of short-range connection that is wireless and allows for electronic devices such as computers, mobile phones, or tablets to connect to one another and share information.
Since it is a wireless form of connecting, both devices must have Bluetooth functions to communicate properly. Although this is seemingly obvious, one of the main user-errors is trying to connect two devices when one does not have Bluetooth capabilities.
Second, it is important to know what type of Bluetooth speaker you are using. The second most common mistake is that the Bluetooth speaker that was purchased is not actually compatible with the same iOS system as is on the iPad or iPhone.
The bottom of the Bluetooth speaker or its user manual will both inform you what operating system is needed for the devices to connect. If you can’t find this information on the device or in the manual, you can always google the speaker’s brand name and model. After you know this information, you’re ready to connect your devices.
Step 1: Turn on the Bluetooth device and your iPhone (the third common error is that one device is either not on or is dead).
Step 2: On your iPhone, go into the “Settings” and click on the “Bluetooth” option.
Step 3: Once in the Bluetooth settings switch on the Bluetooth setting.
Step 4: Your Bluetooth speaker should immediately pop up as one of the Bluetooth devices within range. Clicking on the device with “pair” the two together.
Step 5: Enjoy your music.
It is common for that phone do not immediately find the Bluetooth device. If this happens you have a few options to try and troubleshoot. Restarting the Bluetooth device should be your first course of action.
After you give the device time to turn on, it will often appear on the iPhone and be able to appear. If on your iPhone there is a spinning gear, restart the iPhone. Remember to make sure that you have the correct iOS system on your iPhone and that your iPhone is up-to-date.
If the two devices are connected but you are unable to hear music coming out of the Bluetooth speaker, try unpairing both devices and even restarting them both. Then, turn them both on and repair them.
Sometimes, if devices have been connected for a long period of time, it shows that they are still connected even if the connection is not fully functioning. This does not always mean that there is something wrong with either device, but rather this is just a common occurrence with wireless, Bluetooth connection.
If all else fails,Apple Support is more than happy to assist you in connecting your devices. They can be contacted either online through the chat feature or by calling the customer support line.
Connecting More Than One Device
It is possible to connect your iPhone to more than one Bluetooth device or even several Bluetooth speakers. A Bluetooth splitter can be plugged into the headphone jack of a phone and will connect multiple devices. Some iPhones will not allow you to use this option. You will be able to connect one sound device and one other Bluetooth device.
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Recommended Products – Best Bluetooth Speakers for iPhone 2018
Now that you know how to connect a Bluetooth speaker, it’s time to discuss what are some of the best bluetooth speakers currently on the market.
The UE MegaBoom speaker offers deep bass and an incredibly loud sound that comes out of a small cylindrical and stylish speaker. These speakers pack a huge punch and come in a variety of colors. Controlling the speaker can be done by your iPhone by downloading the speaker app. With over 20 hours of battery life and the ability to be submerged for over 30 minutes, this speaker is excellent for parties.
If you are looking for a cheaper option but still good quality, consider purchasing the JBL Clip 2. This Bluetooth speaker literally clips to a bag or purse by the triangular carabiner located on the top of the device.
Although it is small, it is surprisingly loud and has a decent base. The speaker is waterproof and has a battery life of 8 hours. With its design and features, it’s perfect to take to the beach or out on the dock.
The UE Boom 2 is one of the top rated portable speakers partially because of its wireless range with is over 30 feet. At a little over 1 pound, the speaker is loud and provides rich, full sound. Waterproof and coming in different colors, the speaker has a battery life of over 20 hours making it useful for a variety of situations and settings.
With one of the longest battery lives on the market, the Fugoo Style Bluetooth wireless speaker is only one pound and lasts up to 40 hours. The speaker has three different styles, sport, style, or tough which fit different settings. The performance and sound quality of this speaker are as excellent as its battery life, and it is actually quite affordable.
Although this tiny, size-of-a-donut speaker is small, don’t let its appearance fool you as it has incredible bass that can literally rock the table. The JBL Charge 3 is a little under 2 pounds and has over 20 hours of battery life. It is waterproof and has built-in subwoofers. This little speaker will cost you over hundred bucks but is worth it for the amount of base and its small size.
For something a little different: for those who aren’t looking for a Bluetooth speaker but would rather have one to place in the house, the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless is the speaker for you. Quickly becoming one of the hottest brands on the market, Bowers and Wilkins create super sleek and stylish speakers that look as great as they sound.
Their Bluetooth speaker has an oval shape and weighs just under fourteen pounds. The speaker is designed to have crystal clear sound and has built-in vibration eliminators.
The speaker also has a DSP (Digital Signal Processing) and a special class D amplifier which delivers beautiful precise sound. The Bowers and Wilkins also connect easily through AirPlay, Spotify, Apple Music, Sound Cloud and especially by Bluetooth.