iHome speakers were typically designed to work on iOS but nothing actually stops you from using them on your android smartphone. If you have been wondering whether or not iHome speakers would work with your android smartphone, wonder no more because they can. In fact, iHome speakers offer a better audio experience when you use them in conjunction with your android smartphone.
So, how do you connect an iHome speaker to an android smartphone? Very simple. You can connect an iHome speaker to your android smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. Turn on the Bluetooth on your android smartphone and switch the iHome speaker to pairing mode. Search for available Bluetooth devices on your iPhone and then pair the android smartphone with the iHome speaker.
Your iHome speaker connects to your android smartphone as long as the Bluetooth connection between the two devices is active. In this guide, I’ll be explaining in detail how this Bluetooth connection works, so make sure to read on till the end. I will also delve deeper into how we can activate the Bluetooth features on both devices, so relax and enjoy this guide while you learn how to connect your iHome speaker to android.
How Do I Connect My iHome to My Android Smartphone?
As I said earlier, you can always connect your iHome speaker to an android smartphone as long as your android OS has the Bluetooth feature. Connecting both devices is actually simple when you connect them via Bluetooth.
However, you can not just turn on the Bluetooth on your android smartphone and expect the iHome speaker to instantly connect to your phone.
You need to prepare the iHome speaker and put it in Bluetooth or pairing mode before you can connect the speaker to the phone.
To make things simpler for you, I’ve put together some simple steps that you can follow in order to get the two devices connected.
The steps are as follows:
- Prepare the iHome speaker
- Put the speaker in pairing mode
- Pair the iHome speaker with your android.
In the subsequent sections, I’m going to explain to you how you should go about the steps that I’ve mentioned above. So, get your iHome speaker and android smartphone ready for the next section.
1. Prepare the iHome Speaker
Your iHome speaker runs on a battery that may run out from time to time. So when I say to prepare the iHome speaker, I mean you need to power it up enough for the task ahead.
You can charge the batteries of your iHome using any electrical power source.
Usually, your iHome speaker will have a USB port and will also come along with a USB cable and adapter that you can use for charging the speaker.
What you should try to avoid is having your speakers turn off right in the middle of listening to your favorite music. That’s quite frustrating and embarrassing.
The deal is really simple here. Look for a power source near you or simply plug the USB cable into your PC and then connect it to the speaker to charge it.
Normally, iHome speakers will be fully charged after 6 hours or less, so you should expect to have their battery fully charged after that.
You’ll get to know if your iHome speaker is really charging up by observing the LED light on the speaker.
If the light keeps flashing or blinking red light, then the speaker is charging up.
Once the speaker’s batteries are done charging up, the LED will stop blinking.
2. Put the Speaker in Pairing Mode
The iHome speaker has different modes such as the Aux and Bluetooth modes. If the speaker is in Aux mode, it will not connect to other devices via Bluetooth.
Since both the speaker and the android smartphone support Bluetooth connection, we will use the Bluetooth feature to connect both devices.
In order to connect the iHome speaker to the android smartphone, you have to turn on your iHome speaker first.
There are several buttons on your iHome speaker which are used for various purposes. One such button is the power button.
Locate the power button and hold it down for some seconds. Release your finger after you hear a sound from the speaker.
Now that you’ve turned on the iHome speaker, you can now switch it to Bluetooth or pairing mode.
At the bottom panel of the speaker, you’ll see a switch that can easily be slid between the different modes of the speaker.
Slide the switch from the Aux mode to the Bluetooth mode. This gets the device almost ready for Bluetooth pairing.
Now, look up the top panel of your iHome speaker and you’ll see another button that has been labeled as Play, Pause, or Pairing.
Press this button and when you are able to do that successfully, you’ll see the light on your speaker flash twice.
This is an indication that your iHome has been put in the pairing and can now be accessible to other devices.
3. Pair the Speaker With Your iPhone
With the speaker fully charged and in pairing mode, you can now attempt to pair it with your android smartphone.
Get into the range of the speaker’s Bluetooth with your android phone. This should not be any distance of 30 feet away from the speaker.
Next, turn on your android smartphone and go to Settings. Navigate your way to the Bluetooth and then turn it on to enable the connection.
Tap on Pair With New Device and for the android to search.
The android smartphone will begin to search for available devices within the range of Bluetooth. When it’s done, your iHome speaker will be displayed in the list of available devices on your smartphone.
Tap on the speaker once you find it so that the pairing process can begin.
In case your iHome speaker does may not show up immediately in the list of devices, go to Other Devices and you may find it over there.
Just tap on it over there once you find it. If you’re prompted to enter a passcode, type the default code 1234 and you’ll be good to go.
When your iHome speaker and the android phone are paired successfully, the iHome speaker will confirm the pairing with a voice note and a green light which will show up on the speaker.
After you are through with the pairing, you can go ahead and play any audio content on your android smartphone, which will be played on the iHome speaker.
Why is My iHome Speaker not Connecting to My iPhone?
It’s common to see electronic devices fail to work as expected. Although these situations are inevitable, there are also workarounds for such situations which when applied will make your experience with electronic devices a pleasant one.
If your iHome speaker is refusing to connect to your iPhone, you can use some of the tips that I’m going to share over here to resolve the situation, and hopefully, everything should be fixed.
- Double-check your phone and the iHome speaker to see if the Bluetooth feature is active on both devices. If your iHome is not in pairing mode, make sure to press the Pairing button and wait for the light on the speaker to flash twice. On your android, reset your Bluetooth by turning it off and on again. After that go through the above steps again and hopefully, everything should be alright.
- It could be that your android or the iHome speaker may be connected to other devices while you try to connect the speaker to your android. If that’s the case, then the Bluetooth connection between the two will not work. So, you need to disconnect all other Bluetooth connections to the device by disconnecting them manually on your phone.
- Enable the Bluetooth on your iPhone first and then put the iHome speaker into the pairing after that.
- Make sure that the speaker and the android smartphone are within the range of Bluetooth so that they can discover each other. Get close enough to the speaker with your android during the process if you have to.
iHome speakers produce very good sounds when you connect them to smartphones. Although they were originally made for iPhones, you can use them with your android devices as well provided your android smartphone has Bluetooth.
If you want to connect the iHome speaker to your android via Bluetooth, you’ll need to first pair it up with your android smartphone.
Before you pair the devices up, you should charge the iHome speaker up to its maximum battery levels in order to prevent sudden shutdowns during your listening experience.
Once you charge your iHome speaker to sufficient levels, you will be ready to put it into pairing mode and then connect your android to it by using the steps that I described in this article.