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Switch Bluetooth Devices On iPhone & iPad

Switch Bluetooth Devices On iPhone & iPad
Written by Hassan Abbas

Switch Bluetooth Devices On iPhone: Want to know the quickest way to modify and switch Bluetooth devices on iPhone or iPad? What about switching Bluetooth accessories directly from Control Center? Everything is possible and that’s possible too. Many of us have various Bluetooth peripherals that we use along with our iPhones and iPads. However, as a result, we might find ourselves switching between various devices regularly. For example, you have a pair of AirPods or AirPods Pros for listening to music. Podcasts and make phone calls, but also have an infotainment system in your car doing the same, and every time you switch to it while driving.

Earlier, users go to the Bluetooth section in the Settings app whenever they used to switch to other Bluetooth peripherals. However, it’s not exactly quick (but it does work). Well, that has modified with the latest updates to iOS and iPadOS. Now you can switch between different Bluetooth devices without even having to leave your home screen or the app you’re using.

The functionality made possible with the help of the Control Center. Also, it has received some amazing updates with the recent iteration of iOS. Apple constantly adding the latest features to the Control Center with each latest version of iOS ever. However, it first came out in 2013, having a major redesign just a few years ago. You can now switch Bluetooth devices too, quite similar to the ability to switch wi-fi networks from Control Center on iPhone and iPad. Also, it’s just as handy.

If you’re trying this out for yourself then you are at the right place. In this guide, we’ll be explaining how you could switch between various Bluetooth devices directly from the home screen of your iPhone and iPad, using Control Center. Without further ado, let’s get to the procedure.

How to Change Bluetooth Devices on iPhone & iPad from Control Center

First of all, since this functionality is limited to devices running iOS 13 / iPadOS 13 and later. You need to make sure your iPhone and iPad has been updated to the latest version. Here, we’re under the supposition that you’ve paired various Bluetooth peripherals to your device before.

However, accessing Control Center may vary depending on the iOS device that you’re using, so just follow the steps below.

Step 1:

While using an iPad, iPhone X or latest device, you can also access the Control Center by swiping down from the top-right edge of the screen. Also, if you’re using iPhone 8 or older, just swipe up from the bottom of your screen to access it.

Step 2:

In the Control Center simply long-press the Bluetooth icon at the top-left section having other toggles for Wi-Fi, Airplane mode and Cellular. You’ll also get haptic feedback from the display as you do this. This is Apple’s “Haptic Touch” feature replaced 3D Touch across all their devices with the iOS 13 software update.

Step 3:

You’ll now view a pop-up that displays a list of all the Bluetooth devices that you’ve paired before. Just click tap on the device name you want to switch to.

Step 4:

Now, it’ll take a few seconds to make the connection as usual. But once done, the device shows up as “Connected”. However, in the menu, if you click on “Bluetooth Settings”, your device will directly take you to the Bluetooth section using the Settings app.

Step 5:

This step is necessary not for switching between various Bluetooth devices. But if you like further customize some Bluetooth peripherals like CarPlay infotainment systems and AirPods. Then you’ll have to move over to this section.

That’s all you like to do to switch between various Bluetooth devices on your iPhone and iPad directly from the Control Center.

You could do this while you’re in the center of playing games by switching from an Xbox One controller to a PS4 controller on an iPhone or iPad. However, using a mouse with an iPad:

  • While browsing the internet in Safari
  • Working on a Pages document
  • Listening to music with a Bluetooth speaker
  • anything else…

The possibilities are limited only by your Bluetooth accessories.

Like the new capability, users can also use the Control Center to instantly switch between Wi-Fi networks too. Also being said, this latest method to switch between various Bluetooth devices could take some time to get used to. Especially if you’ve opened used the Settings app to perform the same operation to juggle Bluetooth hardware connections.

Special thanks to Haptic Touch, Apple could add more functionality to the Control Center and make it convenient to access some features. These features required you to dig through the Settings app. Also, future iOS and iPadOS launch more features like this?

Conclusion:

What do you think about this trick to instantly switch between various Bluetooth devices on your iPhone or iPad? Do you think you’ll use it often, or need some time to get used to it? Let us know your thoughts and suggestion on the updated Control Center quick access features in the comments section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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