Jan 02

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.

11 Responses to “How to connect a pair of bluetooth speakers to your iMac, Macbook or Macbook Air”

  1. I tried pairing Bluetooth speaker with my MacBook air but it’s not appearing in the Bluetooth devices section so u can’t click on it to get it connected. Any idea where the fault is from?

  2. Ric cannon says:

    Ok with one but I can see two on the list but it will only pair with one. Trying to connect the second one disconnects the first, you article is about a pair os speakers, what am I doing wrong?

    • Wayne says:

      Not really from the bluetooth menu. You can only connect to one bluetooth audio device at a time. There is a workaround. You can ‘join’ several devices together into 1 device. Go to your utilities folder and find an application called ‘Audio and MIDI setup.’ Press the plus button and select ‘Create Multi-Output Device.’ Select the 2 devices you want to link, and they will be mirrored to each other. This is so you can send the same audio to various devices at the same time. You can mirror to bluetooth devices and also to non bluetooth devices.

  3. Bon says:

    Why can’t get the volume to go very loud on my iPod & my iMac yet my iPad goes real loud? Thx

  4. Christine says:

    Thank you for making me not have to call my partner on his business trip because of the incredibly, technologically incompetent human that I am.

  5. Emily says:

    For the people who are connected but hear no sound, you have to go to “system preferences”, click on the “Sound” Icon and go to output and double tap on your Bluetooth device (NAME). You guys should hear sound coming from your device now!

  6. Sean says:

    When I try to connect Bluetooth speaker to with my PC, it shows connected but with no sound, is there is any setting issues to with my PC or I need to change the speakers.

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