While you'll never get a surround sound experience from a Bluetooth speaker connected to your iPhone, there are ways of improving the system. One such way is to try and connect more than one Bluetooth speaker to a single iPhone, which begs the question of whether this is even possible or not. So, is it?
You can connect two Bluetooth speakers to later model iPhones or use an app that allows the speakers to piggyback off of each other. With that said, you won't be able to do it if you have a much older model.
Put simply, you can connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to some iPhone models, particularly the newer ones like the iPhone Pro Max 12, for example (on Amazon). Additionally, you have the option of using a connect feature, though it’s not compatible will all mobile devices. Here’s what you need to know about connecting more than one Bluetooth speaker to your iPhone, but if that isn't enough, we have another article on the subject.
If you have one of the latest iPhone models, it probably comes with Bluetooth 5 which allows you to easily connect 2 speakers as well as a projector if you need it to (our guide). This includes S8 models (like the Samsung Galaxy) and iPhones that run iOS 11.4 and later versions of the operating system. However, if your mobile device only supports Bluetooth 4.2, you have a limited audio range of 10 to 30 meters.
You can also only sync one speaker with your mobile phone. Thankfully, there are other options if you don't have the type of mobile phone or Bluetooth speaker that you need to pull this off properly. For example, it's very possible to connect an additional speaker with an application like Bose Connect, AmpMe, or Ultimate Ears.
As I already mentioned, if your mobile phone doesn’t boast the easy connectivity of Bluetooth 5, there are still ways you can add another speaker. You will need to download an app and follow a few set-up steps. However, keep in mind that they're not all created equal, so the best option for you often depends on the type of iPhone you’re using.
Since the AmpMe app isn’t exclusive to one speaker or phone brand, it’s the most versatile to use. How it works is a little different than other connect apps and you will need friends and family to participate in the installation with you. Even strangers can join the party if they’ve already downloaded the app.
How AmpMe works is simple. Once you’ve downloaded the app, the next step is to link it to your Google or Facebook account. If any of your contacts are on AmpMe, they can send requests to join your party. It also applies to strangers that have the app’s location services activated. You can also use the service to join someone’s else online musical party by sending an invitation request.
While the app doesn’t allow you to connect another Bluetooth speaker to your iPhone, it does allow you to pair with multiple devices. Basically any that are on the app. You can create playlists and become the guest DJ where others request songs and give you access to theirs. Everyone can listen to the same music from their personal device.
It only takes 4 simple steps to start a party once you’ve installed the app.
There are limitations with both of these apps but you can connect two speakers to your iPhone if it’s the right manufacturer and model. Bose connect is only compatible with the company’s speakers and headphones, but you can connect two at once. The app’s Party Mode function streams audio to the two synced speakers.
With Ultimate Ears comes with two apps to choose from, Boom and MegaBoom. Either will allow you to stream audio to two speakers. However, not all speakers or smart phones are compatible with the app. The Google Play and App Store list the compatible devices. You might want to double-check before you install the Ultimate Ears app.
You don’t need Bluetooth 5 to connect two speakers to your smartphone if it’s a Galaxy S8, S+, or a newer model. The phones come with Bluetooth Dual Audio which is a breeze to set up. It’s also compatible with most Bluetooth headphones and speakers. If you're unaware of how to set it up, follow the steps shown below:
After completing these steps, you can now pair two headphones, speakers, or one of each to your phone and stream audio to both. Keep in mind that if you try to add another speaker, the first one will be automatically replaced. Adding a third speaker won't work because you can only connect two speakers at a time.
To use this app, your iPhone must have the iOS 11.4 or higher operating system. You also need to purchase the HomePod speakers if you don’t already have a set. To pair the speakers with the mobile phone, both must be in the same room. After that, you can place one in a different area and stream the same music to both.
You can connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to your iPhone but there are limitations and restrictions. The devices and components must be compatible with each other and the app unless you use AmpMe. Before you download an app or run out to buy additional speakers, check the model of your iPhone so you know exactly what your options are.