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How to Connect Bluetooth Accessories to Your iPhone 6

The world is overflowing with Bluetooth accessories, with products like headphones, speakers, keyboards and mice. Here’s how to connect them to your iPhone 6.

Bluetooth is one of the most popular forms of wireless, and most users prefer Bluetooth peripherals over RF wireless simply because there’s no receiver dongle that they have to deal with; they just connect a Bluetooth accessory to their device and off they go.

However, Bluetooth is kind of a scary world for those that are unfamiliar with it. Connecting and pairing Bluetooth devices to your computer, iPhone or iPad can be a confusing endeavor, but once you know how it works and the steps that it takes to pair a Bluetooth device, it’s easy sailing. In this guide, I’ll show you how to connect a Bluetooth accessory to your iPhone 6.

Turning On iPhone 6 Bluetooth

There are two ways that you can turn on and off Bluetooth on your iPhone 6. The easiest way is to swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up Control Center and then tap on the Bluetooth icon to toggle it on or off. However, this only turns it on and off and can’t be used to set up a Bluetooth accessory. Instead, you’ll want to go into the settings.

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To access the Bluetooth menu on your iPhone 6, open up the Settings app and tap on Bluetooth. Next, tap on the toggle switch to the right of Bluetooth to turn it on if it isn’t already. This area will also be where you’ll set up your Bluetooth accessories to get them to work with your iPhone 6.

Setting Up Bluetooth Accessories

Connecting your Bluetooth accessories to your iPhone 6 is called “pairing,” so whenever you see that word, it means connecting any Bluetooth accessory to your phone or tablet, like headphones or a speaker.

To pair a Bluetooth peripheral to your iPhone 6, open up the Settings app and tap on Bluetooth. Doing this will automatically make your device “discoverable,” meaning that your iPhone 6 can find any Bluetooth accessories that are currently looking for a device to connect to that are in range.

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However, simply just turning on your Bluetooth accessory isn’t enough to pair it with your iPhone 6. You have to put the accessory into what’s called “pairing mode.” This will allow it to connect to your iPhone.

Every Bluetooth product is different, but most of them require that you hold down the power button long enough for the lights to start blinking. That means it’s in pairing mode. Check the accessory’s manual for specific steps on how to put it in pairing mode if you can’t get it to work yourself.

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Once it’s in pairing mode, you should see the accessory show up on your iPhone with Not Paired showing up next to it. Just tap on that accessory in the list and the two devices will begin pairing to each other.

Some Bluetooth accessories require a PIN to connect to your iPhone. You can look this up in the manual of the Bluetooth accessory, but it’s usually an easy PIN like 0000 or 1234. Once you enter that in, the two devices should successfully pair up and you can start using them right away.

From there on out, you can turn on and off Bluetooth whenever your not using it, in order to save battery. Doing this will not erase any saved Bluetooth devices that you’ve paired with your iPhone 6.

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23 Comments

  1. chuck

    05/28/2015 at 5:12 pm

    Thank you ….i am now paired to my JBL speaker

    Reply

  2. Mark

    06/10/2015 at 4:09 am

    Can this be done to 3 separate speakers in the same room?

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  3. Alvin

    06/10/2015 at 5:53 am

    very helpful

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  4. chris

    06/11/2015 at 7:08 am

    my iphone 6 has the devices searching but never finds anything – i have had numerous devices with my old iphone 3gs – but the new phone just keeps searching – any ideas?

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    • zykta

      06/21/2015 at 3:36 pm

      I have exactly the same problem did you find out how to fix it ?

      Reply

    • Elizabeth House

      07/06/2015 at 5:08 am

      my iphone 6 has the devices searching but never finds anything – i have had numerous devices with my old iphone 3gs – but the new phone just keeps searching – any ideas?

      Reply

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  5. bob k

    07/15/2015 at 3:04 pm

    I am paired w/my 2015 forester. How do I sync my Iphone 6 contacts to the Bluetooth?

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  6. Ali

    08/25/2015 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks this really helped. I like the fact that you go step-by-step and you focus both in the iphone and on the Bluetooth assessory not even Apple does this. Thanks again

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  8. mike

    10/10/2015 at 6:12 am

    i just got the iphone 6s plus and it wont recognize my jay bird freedom spirit blue tooh earbuds or my sony mdr-10rbt bluetooth headphones the circle by devices just keeps spinning and nothing comes up

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  9. Telula Johnson black

    10/13/2015 at 9:35 am

    its crap

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  10. Nancy Oyer (@nancyoyer)

    10/16/2015 at 9:37 pm

    Oh! I get it! I had to hold the button on my JBL speaker down for a few seconds…it made a noise…and then it was in pairing mode and THEN my iphone 6 found it. Got it. Thanks!

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  11. barb

    12/06/2015 at 6:37 pm

    thank you so much i now have my daughters wireless earbuds paired and working great i spent over an hour trying to connect them to her iphone6 then i googled it and had them working in less than 5 mintutes, thank you very much again

    Reply

  12. Anne

    12/22/2015 at 8:18 am

    Using male to male connectors between my iPhone 6 and an older Kicker on AUX. It works, but I get terrible feedback noise. Any suggestions?

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  13. Karen

    02/01/2016 at 6:06 pm

    Like the clarity of the pairing. Wished other downloads, etc. went this smooth!

    Reply

  14. Chella

    02/29/2016 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you❤️ Extremely helpful

    Reply

  15. Cherry

    03/10/2016 at 6:46 am

    If ur pairing any headset..press the start button of the headset for a very long time..and while doing this keep on checking the Bluetooth settings and pairing window..the device name will appear..

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  16. Emily

    03/14/2016 at 12:26 pm

    Hi guys, I’m in a bit of a pickle!

    My boyfriend used to have an iphone 5 which he linked via Bluetooth to his 400w panasonic speakers. He recently bought an iPhone 6 ’cause his 5 broke and won’t turn on. His iPhone 6 now can’t connect to the speakers, when he turns the Bluetooth on he phone it can’t find the speakers on ‘nearby devices’. Does anyone know what has gone wrong and how it can be fixed?

    Thanks!

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  17. Tina

    05/23/2016 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks, this was super helpful

    Reply

  18. Sherri

    05/25/2016 at 5:42 am

    Awesome, thanks! Worked like a charm when I held down the power on/off button on my Bluetooth.

    Reply

  19. SUREBOY

    06/30/2016 at 4:38 pm

    OH THIS IS SO HELPFUL, I JUST PAIRED MINE WITH MY iPHONE 6PLUS , BEEN SEARCHING FOR THE DEVICE FOR DAYS AND COULDN’T PAIR IT, BUT I READ THE POST AND COMMENTS AND DID THE PRESS AND HOLD WITH MY BLUETOOTH, IT AUTOMATICALLY CAME UP AND I AM NOW PAIRED, THANKS GUYS….

    Reply

  20. Martin Arroyo-Feliciano

    12/16/2016 at 1:00 pm

    This has been the most intelligent, practical and effective explanation I have ever found while searching for advice on an issue.

    Reply

  21. Azeem....

    05/01/2017 at 5:32 am

    Ohh….!!

    Tq…….!!

    Reply

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