How to connect the iPhone 5 to a Beats Pill

Which cable to use to play music and streaming music using bluetooth.

iPhone 5

These instructions assume you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPhone 5. The following list of instructions show you how to connect to Beats Pill 2 speakers to the iPhone 5. Note that this page refers to the Beats Pill 2 and not the original Beats Pill first generation, visit the Beats page for the full range of Beats bluetooth speakers. Before you connect Beats Pill 2 speakers to anything we recommend downloading the latest Beats Pill 2 firmware update from the official Beats Pill support site [2] using the Beats update tool.

How to pair the iPhone 5 to a Beats Pill using Bluetooth

Simple instructions on how to connect the iPhone 5 to a Beats Pill wirelessly.

  1. Follow these steps to pair the iPhone 5 with a Beats Pill. First you need to turn on the Beats Pill by holding the power button, the power button is located the top of the speaker. Hold the 'b' for 3 seconds until the Bluetooth LED found at the back of the Pill blinks white. This indicates that the Beats Pill is in pairing mode.
  2. From the home screen on the iPhone select the Settings control panel, then go to the Bluetooth menu and turn on the Bluetooth option.
  3. Underneath select Beats Pill from the list of nearby devices to connect to the iPhone, it will then say "Paired" next to the name of the device.
  4. The Beats Pill and the iPhone 5 are now ready to be used to play music. Tapping on the AirPlay icon in any iOS application that plays audio will bring up a list of devices where you will be able to toggle between headphones, the loudspeaker and a Beats Pill. When the Beats Pill has been paired correctly the Bluetooth LED will glow solid white.
  5. In future you can turn on the Bluetooth speaker and it will automatically connect to the iPhone 5 without needing to pair again, just turn both devices on and wait for the light to glow. The Beats Pill can pair with up to 8 Bluetooth devices, when you turn it on it will try to connect with the the iPhone 5 unless you connection another device.
  6. For more details download the Beats Pill instruction manual [3] from the official Beats Pill support site [2].
How to pair the iPhone 5 to a Beats Pill using Bluetooth

How to play audio on a Beats Pill from the iPhone 5 using a standard cable

Instructions on which cable to use to connect the iPhone 5 to a Beats Pill.

  1. These instructions show you how to hook up the iPhone 5 to a Beats Pill using a cable to play audio. Locate the headphone socket at the bottom of the iPhone 5.
  2. With the Beats Pill turned off locate the IN port located at the back of the speaker to the left of the power button.
  3. Connect the headphone socket on the iPhone 5 to the IN on the Beats Pill port using a 3.5mm stereo male to 3.5mm stereo male cable [4].
  4. Any audio from the iPhone 5 will stop playing on the phone speaker and play on a Beats Pill instead.
  5. After switching on the speaker you will be playing music from the iPhone 5. You can now play audio on a Beats Pill from the iPhone 5.
How to play audio on a Beats Pill from the iPhone 5 using a standard cable

See also

  1. https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1565/en_US/iphone_user_guide.pdf - Official iPhone user guide
  2. https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/speakers/pill - official Beats Pill support site
  3. https://www.beatsbydre.com/content/dam/beats-support/global/quick-start-guides/pill-quick-start-guide-americas.pdf - Beats Pill instruction manual
  4. 3.5mm stereo male to 3.5mm stereo male cable - The mini stereo 3.5mm (1/8") stereo audio cable is a common cable used to connect audio devices together