Want to Connect Multiple Bluetooth Speakers? Here’s How
Do you have a party coming up and want to be able to blast your music throughout a big room or even the whole house?
Maybe you just want to be able to seamlessly listen to your music throughout your house, or you just want full stereo sound with a left and right speaker.
Whatever your situation, you’re going to want to learn how to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers.
It’s not as difficult as you might think! In this article, we’ll outline the different ways that you can connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to your audio source. We have outlined them all below, so you’ll be able to choose the one that works for you.
What You Need to Pair Multiple Bluetooth Speakers
There are a few options for connecting two or more Bluetooth speakers. Choose the one that’s best for you:
- Bluetooth speakers that are compatible and will pair with each other.
- A smartphone with dual pairing technology, like the Samsung Galaxy or newer iPhone. Not all phones have this technology.
- Wireless Bluetooth transmitters can be used to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers.
If you’re going to be making a speaker purchase, then our advice would be to go with Bluetooth speakers that pair with each other. It keeps things simple, and you could even have the option to play your music in full stereo.
On the other hand, if you already have two or more Bluetooth speakers, then one of the other options will still let you connect your Bluetooth speakers and expand your audio experience.
How to Connect Portable Bluetooth Speakers
These are the different ways you can connect multiple Bluetooth speakers for additional reach or full stereo sound:
- Via an app
- Two or more compatible Bluetooth speakers
- Smartphone dual connect features
Will Two or More Bluetooth Speakers Produce Stereo Sound?
If you have two (or more) Bluetooth speakers that are the same brand and can pair with each other, they can produce stereo sound, as long as your audio source is providing stereo output.
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Connect to Multiple Bluetooth Speakers via a Wireless Transmitter
Another way to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to each other is by using a wireless Bluetooth transmitter. This can be an ideal solution for pairing multiple Bluetooth speakers that are of different brands or models and don’t pair with one another.
These transmitters do have limitations, though, so be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for more information on how they work.
You’ll want to make sure that any Bluetooth transmitter you’re considering has Bluetooth 5.0 or newer. Bluetooth 5.0 implements some serious upgrades that improve streaming.
Most Bluetooth transmitters will only allow two Bluetooth speakers to be connected at a time, and they will allow music or audio to be broadcasted in stereo. You’ll need to make sure all devices are compatible and are using the same codec, such as aptX low latency, for example.
If you want to connect more than two Bluetooth speakers at once, the options are somewhat slim.
There is a product by Avantree called Audioplex, which is a transmitter-receiver system that can connect up to 100 Bluetooth speakers or headphones together.
The issue here is: you need to buy a receiver for each speaker you would like to connect, so it can end up being costly, although if you just want to add three or four speakers, it could be viable.
Another way is to use Alexa to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers. This can be done with the Amazon Echo multiroom audio feature, which allows you to group multiple Bluetooth speakers together and play music or audio in sync throughout your house.
And the last way is to buy compatible Bluetooth speakers that are from one manufacturer.
Most of the larger manufacturers like Sonos, JBL, and Bose offer compatible Bluetooth speakers that can connect with each other in a daisy chain.
This is one of the most cost-effective ways to set up and control multiple Bluetooth speakers.
Connecting Multiple Speakers with your Smartphone
iPhone Dual Audio Feature
If you have an iPhone 8 or newer, you should be able to connect two Bluetooth speakers or headphones together, with a few exceptions.
An iPhone 8 or newer version will have at least Bluetooth 5.0, which is a requirement for dual audio to work.
The other problem that may arise is that some Bluetooth speakers, headphones, and earbuds don’t seem to work when using this feature on your iPhone. One reason for this may be that the speaker you’re trying to use doesn’t have Bluetooth 5.0 or later.
Bluetooth speakers, earbuds, and headphones with Bluetooth 5.0 or better should be usable with dual audio. Remember, though, this will only allow you to connect two speakers or headphones at the most.
If you need in-depth instructions on how to do this, you can find them in our article about connecting multiple Bluetooth speakers to an iPhone.
Samsung Dual Audio Feature
All Samsung devices with Bluetooth 5.0 or later have dual audio features, which allows you to connect two speakers or pairs of headphones.
As long as your Bluetooth speakers or headphones are equipped with Bluetooth 5.0 or newer, this feature should work for sharing music with two Bluetooth speakers.
Just like the iPhone, you will only be able to use this with two Bluetooth speakers, headphones or earbuds, and we have detailed instructions in our Samsung dual audio article.
Android Dual Audio Feature
Android devices, apart from Samsung devices with Bluetooth 5.0 or newer, don’t have a dual audio feature that you can use to connect two Bluetooth speakers.
The only way to enjoy a multiple Bluetooth speaker connection on these devices is by using an app or connecting a Bluetooth transmitter.
If you opt for a Bluetooth transmitter, make sure it is also Bluetooth 5.0 or newer, just like your device and Bluetooth speakers.
Free Apps that Connect Multiple Bluetooth Speakers
Depending on the device you’re using, there are a few free apps available that can connect multiple Bluetooth speakers for streaming audio.
- Sound Seeder (Android)
- Bose Connect App
- JBL Portable App
- Boom & Megaboom App
- Sonos App
Bluetooth Speakers that Connect to Each Other
Here’s a list of some of the more popular, well-known Bluetooth speaker brands that offer compatible speakers that connect with one another. All of these brands allow not just two Bluetooth speakers to be connected simultaneously, but many more.
- Ultimate Ears
- Altec Lansing
If you need to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers together, then purchasing multiple speakers that are compatible with one another is the best way to go.
Troubleshooting Common Problems
Here are a few common problems you may encounter, and how to resolve them to enjoy multi-Bluetooth speaker entertainment.
This will most likely sort out any questions you may have.
Does Bluetooth allow you to pair more than one speaker?
All Bluetooth speakers, earbuds, and headphones that have Bluetooth 5.0 or later should have dual pairing abilities. It only works with certain smartphones, however, and it allows the pairing of just two Bluetooth speakers. Older versions of Bluetooth won’t work with dual pairing.
Is the Bose Connect App necessary to connect multiple speakers?
No, the Bose Connect App is not needed to connect multiple Bose Bluetooth speakers. You can still connect your Bose speakers directly without it. The app just gives you more control and some extra features.
We have a whole article on the topic: Can You Link Two Bose Soundlink Speakers? This article will explain the different ways Bose Bluetooth speakers may be paired to give you enhanced sound and even stereo sound.
Why are my two speakers connected but still playing in mono?
There are a few things that can cause this problem. Here are a few reasons why your connected Bluetooth speakers may not play in stereo.
- Audio not recorded in stereo
- The streaming device is not in stereo
First off, check that you have your device set to play in stereo. Next, make sure that your audio is recorded in stereo. Then double-check your music app settings are set to play in stereo.
A less likely culprit is that the codecs on your playback device may not be present on an older Bluetooth speaker or headphones and may also cause your music to play in mono.
If you have new Bluetooth speakers with Bluetooth 5.0 or later and a streaming device of the same era, you are less likely to encounter this issue.
Resetting and reconnecting the Bluetooth speakers could also be a simple fix.
If you are looking for a way to connect multiple Bluetooth speakers together, you are now aware of them all, and hopefully, you’ve figured out which one is right for you.
We’ve outlined the best ways you can do this and also provided a list of Bluetooth speakers that are compatible with each other, which simplifies the process.
We have also listed some common problems and their solutions.
So, now you know the different ways to connect Bluetooth speakers to each other and can decide which one best suits your needs.