How to Connect Bluetooth Speakers to your iPhone or Android Smartphone

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With Bluetooth technology, the worry about the right auxiliary cable compatibility or whether your portable speakers need a 5 mm or a 3.5 mm jack is gone. Headphone wires getting tangled up, when not in use, are a thing of the past. Now, we don’t have to worry about being close to a power outlet when heading outdoors or carrying multiple batteries to enjoy great music. Modern-day speakers equipped with Bluetooth technology have combined great sound quality with super-easy portability.

A Bluetooth Speaker is usually connected to a smartphone or in some cases other smart devices such as tablets or laptops. What makes it so useful is that it is durable, affordable by most, is usually wireless and portable, and the latest ones function on AI models. The efficiency of such technologies however lays in the simplicity of its nuances, for instance – the user-friendliness. 

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How to Connect a Bluetooth device to a Smartphone  

  • Turn on the Bluetooth device or speaker by simply pressing or holding the power button. 
  • Then go to Settings on your smartphone, and open the Bluetooth menu.
  • Turn on the smartphone’s Bluetooth, to access a list of available Bluetooth devices.
  • Select the Bluetooth speaker on your smartphone to pair and connect the two devices.
  • Most smartphones will additionally ask the user the applications to which it is allowed access, such as receiving calls, or only operating as a media output device.
  • In case the Bluetooth speaker is not listed, make the Bluetooth speaker discoverable by following the instructions in the user manual.

Things to Note: 

  • Usually, a Bluetooth speaker has a separate button to make the device discoverable. If not, for some devices, holding the power or play button makes the Bluetooth device discoverable, and ready to pair. 
  • Also, in case the Bluetooth Speaker asks for a passkey to pair the devices; the passkey is usually mentioned in the manual or generally is 0000 / 1234. 
  • Once a Bluetooth Speaker is paired with a smartphone, the same steps do not have to always be followed. Your devices will connect automatically once they’re switched on and within range.
  • A typical Bluetooth speaker has a battery life of 6-8 hours playback, and 20-30 hours standby time. Once the battery runs out, the device needs to be charged and in most cases re-connected to the smartphone.
  • In some cases, the two devices get paired, but upon playing a media file no action takes place. In such cases, it is best to disconnect the two devices (by selecting forget device on the smartphone) and to re-pair the devices following the same steps.
  • For individuals who would use the same Bluetooth speaker as a single media outlet for multiple devices, it would be advisable to pair all of them the first time, and then easily switch between auto-connecting each device, as per the use. 

So, if you’re planning to buy a Bluetooth speaker to enjoy your music or movies or already have one, the above-mentioned ways will help you connect it to your smartphone. 

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