There are a stack of bluetooth speakers available. Here’s how to pair one to your Apple laptop for better sound quality and volume.
Step 1: Turn on bluetooth
Open ‘System Preferences’ (from the Apple Menu at the top left of your laptop screen) then click on ‘Bluetooth.’
Click on ‘Turn Bluetooth On’ to turn it on. Don’t close the Preferences window yet – keep it open for Step 3 below.
Step 2: Put your speaker into ‘Pairing Mode’
The very first time that you use a speaker with a new computer or iPhone you need to ‘pair’ it so that it knows which computer to receive music from. You’ll need to look in the device user manual to find out how to do this. It varies from speaker to speaker but generally you are holding down the power or bluetooth button for a certain time until something starts blinking.
For a Marley speaker you press the bluetooth button and a blue light flashes.
For a JBL extreme speaker you turn it on then press and hold the POWER button again until it starts blinking.
For a Bose Soundlink you need to press and hold the Bluetooth® button on the speaker for three seconds.
Step 3: Select the speaker in your bluetooth preferences.
When the speaker is in pairing mode it should appear in the ‘Devices’ section of your Bluetooth Preferences Pane. You need to select the device and then it will say ‘Connected’ like the screenshot above. If it doesn’t’ appear, which sometimes happens, try some of the following: wait, turn the device off and on again, put the speaker into pairing mode again, restart your computer, turn bluetooth off and on again on your computer, wait longer, move the bluetooth speaker closer to your computer etc until it works.
Step 4: Show volume in Menu bar.
Go to system preferences, select the Sound preference panel, and select the box that says ‘Show volume in menu bar.’ Now a new icon will appear in the top right of your Menu bar.
Step 4: Select the Bluetooth Speaker as your audio out device.
Now you need to tell the computer to output the audio to your new connected speaker. Go to new volume icon in your menu bar and select the bluetooth speaker. In the example below I will be selecting ‘Marley Get Together.’ This will send the audio output from my computer to the bluetooth speaker.