How to Work Wireless Speakers: Turn On Bluetooth on iPhone

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Bluetooth is a feature on most smartphones that allows you to stream things wirelessly. It's become a staple in many people's daily lives but it can be tricky to turn on and off if you don't already know. Luckily, it's simple to turn Bluetooth off and on. Here's how!

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Turning Bluetooth on and off is the first step in being able to stream your favorite music to a speaker or watch videos on a larger screen.
  • You can quickly connect and disconnect your iPhone from a device by turning Bluetooth on or off.
  • If you can't get audio to play directly from your device, turning Bluetooth off might solve your problem.

How to Turn Bluetooth On or Off

There's nothing better than connecting your phone to a nice speaker to play your favorite tunes completely wirelessly. If you like tips about using your iPhone, be sure to sign up for our free Tip of the Day! Here's how to turn Bluetooth on and off.

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Turn On Bluetooth from Settings

The first way to enable or disable Bluetooth is in Settings.

  1. On your iPhone, open Settings.

    On your iPhone, open Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.

    Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Toggle Bluetooth on or off. It will be green and toggled to the right when enabled or gray and to the left when disabled.

    Toggle Bluetooth on or off. It will be green when enabled or gray when disabled.

Turn Off Bluetooth via Control Center

The second and quicker way to use Bluetooth on iPhone is by using the Control Center.

  1. From your iPhone Home Screen, swipe down from the top right.

    From your iPhone homescreen, swipe down from the top right.
  2. Tap the Bluetooth icon to turn Bluetooth on or off. It will be blue when enabled and white when disabled.

    Tap the Bluetooth icon to turn Bluetooth on or off. It will be blue when enabled and white when disabled.

Pro Tip: To quickly access Bluetooth Settings via the Control Center, press and hold the Bluetooth icon to open a larger, more detailed menu. Then, press and hold the Bluetooth button again to access the full list of paired devices. This will make connecting to your device much faster!

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Rachel Needell

Rachel Needell is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and a poet and author. With 10-plus years of experience working with Apple devices, she specializes in all-things iPad and is a Notes App expert, having worked on both the 2023 iPad Guide and the Notes App Guide. You can usually find her writing in the Daily Tip newsletter as one of our senior Tip writers. Rachel received her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2021 and her most recent work appears in the Winter ’21 edition of New Note Poetry. When she’s not obsessing about Apple products, you can find her voraciously reading fantasy books with her cat in Asheville, North Carolina.