Set up and use third-party Bluetooth accessories

Learn how to pair your iOS device with your Bluetooth accessories so you can stream phone calls, music, videos, and more.

You can pair your iOS device with most Bluetooth accessories, including headsets, headphones, keyboards, speakers, hands-free units, and more. If you need help with transferring files using Bluetooth, learn how to use Airdrop to share files between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.

Pair your device with a Bluetooth accessory

  1. Follow the instructions that came with your Bluetooth accessory or car stereo to place it in discovery or pair mode. If you aren’t sure how to do this, contact the manufacturer.
  2. On your iOS device, tap Settings > Bluetooth. You’ll see nearby Bluetooth accessories that your device can pair with. 
  3. Choose a Bluetooth accessory. You might need to enter the PIN or passkey. If you aren’t sure what your PIN or passkey is, check the documentation for your accessory.

When pairing is complete, you can use the Bluetooth accessory with your device. You can pair multiple Bluetooth accessories with your iOS device. Just follow the steps above to pair additional accessories.

Play audio to a Bluetooth accessory

If you want to play audio to a Bluetooth accessory, you'll need to select the accessory. You can do this by using the AirPlay option in Control Center. 

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While on a call you can tap audio and select the device you want to use.

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Check your Bluetooth connection

To see if a Bluetooth accessory is connected to your device, look for the Bluetooth icon   in the status bar of your device. If you see   (white), Bluetooth is on and a device is connected to your iOS device. If you see  (gray), Bluetooth is on but no device is connected. If you don't see a Bluetooth icon in the status bar, Bluetooth hasn't been paired with any devices.

You can also see which Bluetooth accessories are paired with your device, and whether they’re connected. Tap Settings > Bluetooth, and look under My Devices.

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Disconnect a Bluetooth accessory

To stop using a Bluetooth accessory with your device, you can either turn off the accessory or unpair it.

Turn off a Bluetooth accessory

If you turn off a Bluetooth accessory, it will still be paired to your device but you’ll need to turn it on again to use it.

Unpair a Bluetooth accessory

To unpair a Bluetooth accessory, tap Settings > Bluetooth, find the device you want to unpair, and tap   , then Forget this Device.

When you Forget this Device on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, that accessory is removed from the list of available Bluetooth devices. To add the Bluetooth accessory to your device again, place it back in discovery mode and repeat the steps above to pair it again.

Learn more

Learn more about Bluetooth connections, find out which Bluetooth profiles are supported by your device, or get help connecting your device to a car stereo

 

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