Connect Bluetooth Headphones to an iPhone or iPad

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Connect a Bluetooth headset to your iPhone or iPad from the settings app or the control center. You can also connect Bluetooth headphones or speakers via your device's control center, more easier access. With Apple removing the physical headphone jack, starting with the iPhone 7 series, it's essential to know how to pair a Bluetooth enabled device quickly.

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Whether you prefer Apple's AirPods or some other brand of wireless headphones/speakers, you'll need to be familiar with your iPhone or iPad's Bluetooth settings.

In the following Visi tutorial, we're going to cover how to enable and pair a Bluetooth headset to an iPhone or iPad. For this article, we used an iPhone 7 running iOS 13.3.1.

Connect a Bluetooth Headset to iPhone From Settings

Make sure your Bluetooth headset or speaker is turned on and has a decent battery charge.

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    Tap the Settings app.
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    Tap Bluetooth.
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    Tap the toggle switch to enable Bluetooth
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    Once enabled, your iPhone will begin to search for available Bluetooth devices.
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    Once your iPhone finds your Bluetooth device, tap on it.
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    Once your Bluetooth headset gets paired, it will say Connected.
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    To disconnect your wireless headphones/speakers, tap the I icon to the right of the device's name.
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    Tap Disconnect
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    To remove the device, tap Forget This Device.
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    When Bluetooth headphones are connected, a little icon appears in the upper right corner of the screen, between battery % and the time of day.
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Connect a Bluetooth Headset to iPhone From Control Center

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    Swipe upwards from the bottom edge of your device.
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    Tap+Hold the Bluetooth icon.
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    Tap+Hold the Bluetooth icon a second time.
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    Locate your device in the list, then tap it
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    Once your wireless headphones get paired with your iPhone, it will say Connected .
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    To access Bluetooth options from the Control Center, tap Bluetooth Settings
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    Tap the I icon to either disconnect or remove the device.
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Tips, Tricks, and Warnings

  • Always ensure both your iPhone or iPad has a decently charged battery when connecting and using wireless headsets and speakers. Good battery life is more critical when you're streaming audio/video over the internet while using Bluetooth headphones.
  • Always ensure your Bluetooth device (headsets, speakers, etc.) are also charged with substantial battery life. There is nothing worse than getting set up at the beach, only to have your speakers die after the third song.
  • If you're having issues connecting to your wireless headphones/speakers, go to; Settings > Bluetooth, tap the I icon to the far right of your device, then tap Forget This Device.

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