If you’re like me, you have multiple Bluetooth speakers scattered around your house. Maybe one in the living room, one in the kitchen, and one in your bedroom.
But when you want to listen to music or a podcast, you have to switch between speakers depending on where you are in the house.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to connect all of your Bluetooth speakers together so that you could easily play audio from any room?
Well, there is, In this blog post, I’m going to show you how to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers for a better listening experience. Enjoy.
A Guide to How to Connect Multiple or two Bluetooth Speakers:
- First, check your phone’s Bluetooth settings and make sure that the speaker you want to connect is discoverable. In other words, make sure it’s ready to pair with another device. This is usually the default setting for all Bluetooth speakers released in recent years.
- After you’ve made sure your speaker is discoverable, turn on the second speaker and make sure it’s in pairing mode (i.e., ready to pair with another device). Consult your speaker’s manual for more information about how to put your speakers into pairing mode.
- Now that both speakers are discoverable and in pairing mode, open your phone’s Bluetooth settings. Then tap the speaker you want to connect to (i.e., which one you’ll be using as the audio output).
- After a few seconds, your phone will discover the second speaker. Tap on the second speaker when it appears in your list of devices.
- When you tap on the second speaker, your phone will attempt to pair with it. Now tap “OK” when the pairing is successful.
- Finally, open your media player and start playing some music or a podcast! You should hear audio coming through both speakers at this point. If you’re not happy with the audio levels of your speakers, you can adjust them using your media player’s settings.
What Do You Need To Get Started?
A smartphone or tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher
Two Bluetooth-enabled speakers, each with a power source and a manual for reference
Bonus: you could also use this method to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to a Mac computer! Speakers connected via Bluetooth will show up in System Preferences → Sound → Output. From there, you can adjust your audio levels.
How To Connect Your First Bluetooth Speaker?
Turn on the speaker and make sure it’s in pairing mode.
Open your phone’s Bluetooth settings from its main menu.
Tap on “Add” when a pop-up appears asking if you want to add a device.
Your phone will now find any Bluetooth devices around you that are discoverable and in pairing mode.
Tap on the speaker you want to connect to when it appears in your list of devices.
Your phone will now attempt to pair with the first Bluetooth speaker. You will get a pop-up message asking if you wish to pair your devices. Click “OK” on this message box and your phones should be paired.
To confirm that your first Bluetooth speaker is connected, go back to your phone’s home screen and open your Bluetooth settings. You should notice a new device listed under “Paired devices” the first speaker should be listed as paired!
Adding a Second Bluetooth Speaker:
Turn on the second Bluetooth speaker and put it into pairing mode.
Turn on your phone’s Bluetooth settings from its main menu.
Tap “Add” when a pop-up appears asking you if you want to add a device.
Your phone will discover any available speakers in range that are in pairing mode.
Tap on the second Bluetooth speaker when it appears in your list of devices.
Your phone will attempt to pair with this new device. Click “OK” on the pop-up message box to confirm pairing.
To confirm that you’ve successfully paired both speakers, check your phone’s Bluetooth settings again under “Paired devices.” Both speakers should appear under this list.
How to Adjust the Volume of Your Bluetooth Speakers:
Open your media player or other application that is playing music or a podcast. The application needs to have focus, so it’s playing not paused or stopped before you can adjust its speaker output levels.
Adjust the volume level of your first speaker using your phone’s volume controls.
Open the media player again and this time adjust the volume of your second speaker using your phone’s volume controls .
Repeat this process until both sound levels are satisfactory! Once you’re happy with both speakers, there’s no need to keep adjusting their volumes changing the slider in one speaker’s settings will adjust the same volume level for both speakers.
If your phone is unable to find a second Bluetooth speaker, make sure that it’s in pairing mode and not already connected to another device. Make sure you’re looking at your phone’s Bluetooth settings you only want to pair new devices!
Tips for Getting the Best Sound Quality From Your Setup:
Keep your speakers as close as possible. The more apart they are, the less sound will reach both devices.
Test your setup with a range of different audio content, music, movies and TV shows, podcasts, voice calls even video games. You might find that some types of audio sounda better on one speaker over another if so, use that one for those types of media.
Experiment with the placement of your speakers for example, putting one speaker behind your computer monitor may sound better than having it right in front of you! Plus, you can use that extra space to store books or DVDs.
Put down your phone and get back to work!
Troubleshooting Common Problems:
If your phone disconnects from its first Bluetooth speaker, you can usually reconnect it by opening the Bluetooth settings on your phone again.
The problem may be with your second or subsequent speakers. Try turning them off for a few seconds if they are already paired with your phone and have no problem being detected.
If you’ve paired any speakers with your phone using Bluetooth and they stop working, make sure to unpair them from your phone by going to its Bluetooth settings.
You might have paired a speaker with another device already, or one speaker could be faulty try testing your setup after each step in this article to see where the problem is.
If the steps in this article don’t seem to be working, make sure that your phone’s Bluetooth is turned on and its visibility setting is set to “On.” Some phones require you to change this from a default of “Off” if none of your paired devices are nearby.
Does the issue only occur with a certain type of audio content? If all your speakers are producing crackling or popping sounds, for example, it’s likely that the problem is in the file itself not in your Bluetooth setup. Try opening another track or podcast instead.
By connecting Bluetooth speakers to your phone, you can get a better listening experience from the music and other audio content that you play on it. Keep in mind that many types of media sound better when they’re listened to through one speaker over another you may find yourself favoring certain devices for specific types of music or movies, but this flexibility is what makes connecting multiple speakers well worth the effort.