Getting your iPhone and Bose speaker working together is a breeze. This guide will walk you through the simple steps to connect them and enjoy your music on a bigger, better soundstage.

Understanding Compatibility – iOS Version for Bluetooth Connectivity – Checking Bluetooth Compatibility

Before we dive in, let’s ensure your iPhone and Bose speaker are compatible. Most Bose speakers use Bluetooth for wireless connections. iPhones typically have no problem connecting to Bluetooth speakers. However, if your Bose speaker is an older model, it’s a good idea to check the user manual or Bose website to confirm compatibility.

Steps to Connect Your Bose Speaker to Your iPhone

Here’s how to get your iPhone and Bose speaker singing in harmony:

1. Turning on Your Bose Speaker

Locate the power button on your Bose speaker and press it to turn it on. The speaker should give an audible indication that it’s powered up, like a chime or a light turning on.

2. Enabling Bluetooth on Your iPhone

You have to swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen and this will give you access to Control Center. Look for the Bluetooth icon. If it’s gray, tap it to turn Bluetooth on. It will turn green, indicating Bluetooth is active.

3. Pairing via Bluetooth

As soon as you enable Bluetooth on your iPhone, your device will automatically start searching for available Bluetooth devices.

  • You have to find the name of your Bose speaker on the list of Bluetooth devices that would be present on your iPhone screen. It typically follows the Bose brand name and a model number.
  • Tap on the name of your Bose speaker to initiate pairing.

Your iPhone and Bose speaker may exchange a confirmation code during pairing. If prompted, you have to enter the code on your iPhone screen and this would complete the connection.

4. Using the Bose App for Enhanced Experience (Optional)

While connecting via Bluetooth allows basic playback control, consider downloading the Bose app for your iPhone from the App Store. The app offers additional features specific to your Bose speaker model, like sound EQ adjustments or battery level monitoring.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you’re facing issues connecting your iPhone to your Bose speaker, here are a couple of things to try:

1. If Your Speaker Doesn’t Appear in the Bluetooth List

  • You need to ensure that your Bose speaker is in pairing mode. Refer to your speaker’s user manual for specific instructions on entering pairing mode, typically involving holding down a button on the speaker.
  • Also, verify whether the Bluetooth on your iPhone is turned on and it is set to being visible to other devices. Double-check by going to Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone.
  • You can try to restart both the devices, your iPhone and Bose speaker. Sometimes a simple restart can resolve connection glitches.

2. Ensuring No Other Device is Connected

If your Bose speaker was previously connected to another device, it might still be paired to that device. Turn off Bluetooth on any other phones, tablets, or laptops that might be connected to the speaker. This will free up the speaker for pairing with your iPhone.


With these simple steps, your iPhone and Bose speaker should be ready to rock. Remember, if you encounter any difficulties, refer to your Bose speaker’s user manual for specific troubleshooting steps related to your model. Happy listening!