How to Connect Bose Headphones to iPhone


Bose headphones are known for their exceptional sound quality and noise-cancellation features, making them popular among audiophiles. If you own a pair of Bose headphones and want to connect them to your iPhone, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll show you how to connect your Bose headphones to your iPhone via Bluetooth or cable, along with some troubleshooting tips.

Bose Headphones Models

Bose offers a variety of headphone models, including the QuietComfort series, SoundLink series, and Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. Each model may have slightly different methods of connecting to an iPhone, but the general process is similar for all.

Connecting via Bluetooth

Step 1: Enable Bluetooth on iPhone

First, make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and toggle the switch on to do this. You can also enable Bluetooth by swiping down from the top right corner of your screen to access the Control Center and tapping the Bluetooth icon.

Step 2: Turn on Bose Headphones

Power on your Bose headphones by sliding the power button to the “on” position. The power indicator should light up, indicating that the Bose headphones connect and are ready for pairing.

Step 3: Put Headphones in Pairing Mode

Depending on your Bose headphones model, putting them into pairing mode may vary. Below are the steps for some pairing Bose headphones for popular models:

Bose QuietComfort

QC 35 and QC 35 II: Slide the power button to the Bluetooth symbol and hold for a few seconds until the indicator light blinks blue. The headphones are now in pairing mode.

Bose SoundLink

SoundLink Around-Ear II: With the headphones powered on, slide the power button towards right earpiece over the Bluetooth symbol and hold for a few seconds until the indicator light blinks blue.

SoundLink On-Ear: Press and hold the multifunction button on the right earcup until the indicator light blinks blue. The headphones are now in pairing mode.

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

NCH 700: Press and hold the Bluetooth button on the right earcup until the indicator light blinks blue. The headphones are now in pairing mode.

Step 4: Pair from iPhone

Return to your iPhone’s Bluetooth and settings menu with your Bose headphones in pairing mode. Under “Other Devices,” you should see your Bose headphones listed. Please tap on the name of your headphones, and your iPhone will connect to them. Once connected, the indicator light on your headphones will turn solid blue.

Connecting via Cable

Suppose you prefer your bose headphone with a wired connection or your Bose headphones model does not support Bluetooth. In that case, you can connect them to your iPhone using a cable. Depending on your iPhone model, you may need an adapter.

Using a 3.5mm Audio Cable

Some Bose headphones come with a 3.5mm audio cable for wired connections. Plug one cable end into the already connecting bose headphones and the other into your iPhone’s headphone jack. If your iPhone does not have a headphone jack, you will need a Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter.

Using a Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Adapter

Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter allows you to connect headphones with a 3.5mm plug to iPhones without a headphone jack. Plug the adapter into your iPhone’s Lightning port, then connect your Bose headphones to the adapter using the 3.5mm audio cable.

Troubleshooting Tips

Sometimes you may experience issues while connecting your Bose headphones to your iPhone. Here are some troubleshooting tips to help you resolve common problems:

Bluetooth Connectivity Issues

  1. Ensure both your iPhone and Bose headphones have sufficient battery life.
  2. Ensure your iPhone’s Bluetooth is enabled and your headphones are in pairing mode.
  3. Move your iPhone and headphones closer to ensure they are within the required Bluetooth range.
  4. Restart your iPhone and headphones, then try pairing again.
  5. Forget the headphones from your iPhone’s Bluetooth settings and re-pair them.

Audio Quality Issues

  1. Check that the volume on both your iPhone and headphones is set to an appropriate level.
  2. Ensure the headphones and iPhone are appropriately connected, whether it’s via Bluetooth or cable.
  3. Inspect the cable and adapter for any damage if using a wired connection.
  4. Update your iPhone to the latest iOS version.
  5. Reset your Bose headphones to factory settings, then reconnect them to your iPhone.


Connecting your Bose headphones to your iPhone is simple, whether Bluetooth or a cable. Following the steps outlined in this article will ensure a seamless connection between your devices, allowing you to enjoy your favourite tunes or podcasts without hassle. If you encounter any issues, don’t hesitate to try the troubleshooting tips provided.

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1. Can I connect bose wireless headphones or multiple Bose headphones to one iPhone?

Yes, depending on the two pair bose headphones’ compatibility, you can connect two pairs of Bose headphones to one iPhone using the Bose Connect app or Apple’s Audio Sharing feature.

2. Are all Bose headphones compatible with iPhones?

Most Bose headphones are compatible with iPhones through Bluetooth or a wired connection. However, always check the specific model of bose device’s compatibility to ensure a seamless connection.

3. How can I control my music using my Bose headphones?

Many Bose headphones feature inline controls or buttons on the earcups that allow you to play, pause, skip tracks, or adjust the volume directly from the headphones.

4. Can I use my Bose headphones to make phone calls with my iPhone?

Yes, many Bose headphones have built-in microphones that allow you to make and receive phone calls when connected to your iPhone. Press the appropriate button or use voice commands to answer or end calls.

5. How do I update the firmware on my Bose headphones?

Download and install the Bose Connect app on your iPhone to update the firmware on your Bose headphones. The bose app will automatically check for updates and guide you through the update process if a new firmware version is available.

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