How to Switch between Bluetooth Devices in the iPhone & iPad Control Center

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You can pair multiple Bluetooth devices to your iPhone or iPad and easily switch between them from the Control Center. We’ll go over where in the Control Center you can switch which Bluetooth device is currently playing your sound. This is handy if you need to switch from a speaker to headphones and in other similar instances. Here’s how to switch Bluetooth devices in the Control Center.

Related: 10 Best Wireless Bluetooth Speakers & Headphones for iPhone

How to Switch Bluetooth Devices in the Control Center 

For this tip, we’re assuming you already have multiple devices paired to your iPhone or iPad and that both devices, as well as Bluetooth, are turned on. We’ll simply be switching which device is currently connected. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Control Center.
    On the iPhone X and later, this is a swipe down from the top right of the screen.
    On the iPhone 8 and older iPhones, it’s a swipe up from the bottom of your screen.

    open control center on iphone x and lateropen control center on iphone 8 and later
  2. Touch and hold the network settings card on the top left of your control center with four icons in it.
  3. Now, touch and hold the Bluetooth icon.

    switch bluetooth devices in the control centerbluetooth icon in control center
  4. This will reveal your device options. You’ll see your iPhone and any available Bluetooth devices. You may also see your Apple TV or HomePod if you have one in range. If you’re currently connected to a speaker, you’ll see the speaker's name with Connected under it.
  5. To switch devices, locate the name of the device you want to switch to on the list. Tap on the device’s name.

    turn on bluetooth in control center

Your sound should immediately transfer from the previous Bluetooth device to the one you just selected.

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