How to Switch Bluetooth Devices in Control Center with iOS 11

You can pair multiple Bluetooth devices to your iPhone and easily switch between them from Control Center. But Control Center in iOS 11 is quite different, so we’ll go over where in 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 Control Center.

Related: 10 Best Wireless Bluetooth Speakers & Headphones for iPhone

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How to Switch Bluetooth Devices in Control Center with iOS 11

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

  • Open Control Center.

    • On the iPhone X, this is a swipe down from the top right of screen. On every other iPhone, it’s a swipe up from the bottom of your screen.

  • Locate the music player in the top right box in Control Center. 3D Touch to pop out the box.
  • Now tap the circle icon in the upper right corner of the music player. It looks like a triangle with a three concentric circles atop it.
  • This will reveal your device options. You’ll see your iPhone and any available Bluetooth devices. You may also see Apple TV if you have one in range. If you’re currently connected to a speaker, you’ll see the speaker name and a little check mark next to it.

  • To switch devices, locate the name of the device you want to switch to on the list. Tap on the device’s name.

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

 
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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.