How to connect Beats wireless headphones and Powerbeats earbuds to your iPhone

Apple Beats 10Hollis Johnson

AirPods aren't the only earphones you can get from Apple.

If you buy Apple products with education pricing - like getting a Mac or iPad for college - you can even get a pair of Beats headphones for free.

Beats by Dre is an Apple subsidiary and it's easy to pair these Hi-Fidelity, wireless earphones with your iPhone and other Apple devices.

Check out the products mentioned in this article:

iPhone Xs (From $999 at Apple)

Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones (From $349.99 at Best Buy)

Get free Beats when you buy an iPad or Mac for college

How to connect Beats wireless headphones to your iPhone

When you get new Beats earphones, it's easy to connect to your iPhone.

1. Turn on the power. On Beats - the over-the-ear headphones - the power button is on the cable under the right earphone. On Powerbeats - the earbuds - the power button is on the left earpiece.

2. The power light should flash on and off. This indicates it's in pairing mode. If it doesn't flash, it may have connected to another nearby device. You might need to turn Bluetooth off on other devices in order to connect to your iPhone.

3. If you don't get a flashing light at first, hold the power button for several seconds to go into pairing mode.

4. Open Settings > Bluetooth on your iPhone. Make sure Bluetooth is on.

5. Select your new Beats or Powerbeats earphones from the list of Other Devices.

powerbeats in Other Devices menu, waiting for connectionLaura McCamy

6. Your Beats wireless will be added to the My Devices list and it should say Connected.

Bluetooth screen   beats connectedLaura McCamy

Once you have paired your Beats device with your iPhone, it will automatically connect in the future. Beats and Powerbeats connect, by default, with the last device they were paired with.

If you use your earphones with multiple devices, you may need to go into Settings again to connect to your iPhone.

How to troubleshoot if your Beats aren't connecting to an iPhone

If you have trouble connecting your Beats wireless device to your iPhone, here are some things to try.

  • Make sure your Beats or Powerbeats earphones are close to your iPhone and other Bluetooth devices are not. Other electronic devices, such as wireless routers and microwaves, can also get in the way of your Beats connection.
  • Go to the Settings > Bluetooth menu and make sure that your Beats are selected.
  • Tap the lowercase "i" icon next to your device in the Bluetooth menu. On the next screen, choose Forget This Device. Then pair your Beats with your iPhone again.

Powerbeats screen   disconnect or forget deviceLaura McCamy

  • Make sure that both your Beats and iPhone are charged and turned on, and that the volume is loud enough to hear.

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