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Bose is one of the world’s leading audio brands and makes some of the best headphones in the world, including the tried-and-tested QuietComfort range, which sounds great and features the company’s groundbreaking noise cancellation technology, among other features.

If you’ve picked up a pair of Bose headphones or earbuds recently (we recently reviewed their newest addition, the QuietComfort Ultra Earbuds) or aren’t yet familiar with them, chances are you’re here I’m looking for a step-by-step guide on how to connect it to an iPhone. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide that shows you different ways to pair your Bose headphones, whether you use wireless or wired Bose headphones or earbuds. Let’s begin.


Using iPhone Bluetooth Settings

If you don’t feel like downloading additional tools to connect your Bose headset to your iPhone (we’ll cover that method in a moment), you can easily pair your Bose device with your iPhone or another iOS device, by using the built-in iOS feature -in the Bluetooth settings.

Before you begin, you must do this Put your Bose headphones into pairing mode. Here’s how to do this for each Bose type headphones:* Over-the-ear model: You need to either toggle the switch on the right earcup from red to green or press and hold the power button until you hear the “Ready to pair” announcement. * Bose earbuds: The headphones should automatically enter pairing mode when you open the charging case for the first time. If you need to manually access pairing mode, the process differs depending on which earbud model you have (more on this below). * Bose QuietComfort and sports products: Press and hold the button on the front of the charging case until the front-facing Bluetooth indicator starts flashing. On Sports Open and Soundsport models, press and hold the button on the right earbud until A) you hear the “Ready to connect” prompt or B) the light on the right earbud turns solid blue.

Once you’re in pairing mode, you can begin:

Step 1: Start that Settings app on your iPhone and select Bluetooth from the list of options.

Step 2: Your Bose product should be listed below Other devices. Tap the model you want to connect. It will then be added to yours My devices panel.

Step 3: When you see the word Connected appears next to the name of your Bose device, the pairing process was successful.

Using the Bose Music app

The Bose Music app is the company’s latest iOS and Android app that lets you connect, control and customize Bose headphones, earbuds and speakers. This is also one of the best ways to pair your Bose headset with your iPhone and even allows you to download firmware updates to ensure your Bose product is bug-free.

Please note that Bose currently offers two different apps: Bose Music and Bose Connect. If you’re using an older Bose audio product, you may need to download the Bose Connect app instead (which we’ll cover below). Currently, the Bose Music app supports the following Bose headsets:

  • Noise canceling headphones 700 and 700 UC
  • QuietComfort 45 headphones
  • QuietComfort earbuds
  • QuietComfort Earbuds II
  • QuietComfort Ultra earbuds
  • QuietComfort Ultra headphones
  • Sports earbuds
  • Open sports earphones

How to pair your Bose device to your iPhone using the Bose Music app.

Step 1: Turn on your Bose headset (or earbuds) and make sure it is in pairing mode.

Step 2: Launch the Bose Music app and select Set up new product at the bottom of the first screen.

Step 3: Choose Headphones and frame.

Step 4: The app will then search for your Bose headset. Once the device is found, select it and pairing will begin. After you go through the rest of the setup wizard, play music to make sure the pairing was successful.

Bose QuietComfort Ultra headphones in white.

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With the Bose Connect app

The Bose Connect app is an intuitive (albeit slightly older) companion app for your Bose Bluetooth headphones or earphones that allows you to control and customize many different aspects of your Bose device. It’s also an easy and convenient way to connect your Bose product to your iPhone. Currently the Bose Connect app supports the following Bose headsets:

  • QuietComfort 35
  • QuietComfort 35 II
  • QuietComfort 35 II gaming headset
  • Quiet control 30
  • SoundLink Around Ear II
  • SoundSport free
  • SoundSport Pulse
  • SoundSport

Here’s how to pair your Bose headset with your iPhone using the Bose Connect app.

Step 1: Turn on your Bose headset and make sure it is in pairing mode.

Step 2: Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone.

Step 3: Download and launch the Bose Connect app.

Step 4: The Bose Connect app automatically scans the environment for compatible Bose hardware. After the app detects your headphones, you should see an icon with three downward-pointing arrows (called “.”). Pull to connect) appear below the headset image.

Step 5: Drag the arrows down to start pairing.

Step 6: Once pairing is complete, a will appear Ready to play The button appears at the bottom of the screen. After selecting this option, your Bose product and your iPhone will be paired. Simply play music or a podcast to test your audio quality.

A look at the USB-C port on the green iPhone 15.

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Build your own headphone jack

If you plan to connect your Bose wired headphones to an iPhone, pay attention to which iOS device you are using. It may be old news, but Apple hasn’t had a 3.5mm headphone jack since the iPhone 7, when it ditched it in favor of the Lightning port. From then on, if you own an iPhone, you can have one of these on hand Lightning to 3.5mm adapter to connect any wired headphones or earbuds to a Lightning-only iPhone.

But wait, there’s a new twist. With this year’s latest and greatest iPhone 15, Apple has finally replaced the Lightning port with the much more universal USB-C port. Luckily there is one too USB-C to 3.5mm adapter for that too.

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