Connecting/Establishing Bluetooth with Bluesound




If you have a classic Bluesound Player, a Bluetooth 4.0 adapter can be connected to the rear USB port of any Bluesound Player. Bluesound Gen2 Players are equipped with Bluetooth internally and do not require a Bluetooth 4.0 adapter. Bluesound Players with Bluetooth will allow any Bluetooth enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer to stream music to the Bluesound player. Now you can stream music from Pandora®, Beats 1®, Sirius/XM®, Apple Music®, Concert Vault®, Songza®, Last.FM® and many more to your Bluesound system. This music can be played in a single room or grouped with other rooms to play house-wide. Instructions for connecting the Bluetooth adapter are below.

The IOGEAR GBU521 is the supported Bluetooth 4.0 adapter for use with the classic Bluesound Player. The use of other Bluetooth 4.0 adapters may not be fully supported by Bluesound. Bluesound Gen 2 Players do not require a Bluetooth Adapter.

Should you have any questions about the firmware and app updates, or if you encounter technical problems, please contact the BluOS Support Crew by clicking on the "SUPPORT" button in the bottom right of this page, or by opening the Navigation Drawer in the BluOS App and select Help, Send Support Request.

How to Use Bluetooth

The use of Bluetooth requires “pairing” it to your Bluetooth enabled control device (smartphone, tablet or computer).  Please refer to your device’s Bluetooth pairing instructions for more details.  You will see the name of your Bluesound Player plus the letters “BT” (i.e. Kitchen BT, Living Room BT or Vault BT) in your list of available Bluetooth devices.

Here is the process for connecting the Bluetooth 4.0 adapter:

Insert the Bluetooth 4.0 adapter into the rear USB port on the Classic Bluesound Player. This is not required for a Bluesound Gen 2 Player.

“Pair” the smartphone, tablet or computer to the Bluesound Player by selecting the name under the Bluetooth settings of the device (e.g. KitchenBT).

In the BluOS App, open the Players Drawer and select the player that has the Bluetooth adapter inserted into the rear USB port.

Open the Navigation Drawer and select Bluetooth from Local Sources.

Adjust volume to a moderate level.

Open the music source on the smartphone, tablet or computer and start playing music.

 If you are moving the Bluetooth adapter from one Bluesound Player to another you must “unpair” it from the first player before you remove it, then connect it to the new Bluesound Player and follow the connection instruction above.

To return to other sources, simply select them from the Navigation Drawer.

If you would like to group the Bluetooth streamed song to other Bluesound Players, simply open up the Players Drawer and press the Group button. Select your other Rooms using the + button and press Done.  Adjust volume and enjoy!

BluOS Bluetooth Settings 

To select your preferred Bluetooth method, with the Player connected to Bluetooth selected, in the Navigation Drawer, open the Settings menu and select Bluetooth. This option will not appear on Classic Bluesound Players without a Bluetooth adapter inserted.


Three modes are available with descriptions.

Manual: Allows you to switch between Bluetooth as a Local Source in the Navigation Drawer.

Automatic: Allows Bluesound to playback Bluetooth automatically when your connected Bluetooth device starts playing audio (Default Option).

Guest: Like Automatic, Bluetooth is started in your player as a source when a connected device starts playing audio, but changing sources in Bluesound disconnects the Bluetooth connection. It does not reflect Bluetooth as a Local Source in the Navigation Drawer. This configuration is ideal for situations in which multiple devices may want to link up and provide playback.


  • Using the same Bluetooth adapter in multiple Classic Bluesound Players can confuse your smartphone, tablet or computer. Please delete or remove the pairing relationship in your phone or tablet before moving a USB Bluetooth Adapter
  • When using Apple iOS, if the Bluetooth adapter status says “Not Connected”, navigate to the Bluetooth adapter information page and select Forget this Device. Then reselect the Bluetooth adapter and pair it with the Bluesound Player. When the Bluetooth adapter is paired with a Bluesound Player, its status will be “Connected”.
  • When using Android, if the Bluetooth adapter name is incorrect, refresh by searching for devices and the name will be corrected.  If the Bluetooth adapter status is blank, or does not show as “Connected”, navigate to the Bluetooth adapter information page and select Unpair. Then reselect the Bluetooth adapter and pair it with the Bluesound Player. When the Bluetooth adapter is paired with a Bluesound Player, its status will be “Connected”.
  • If you are experiencing connection problems with the Bluetooth 4.0 adapter, remove power from Bluesound Player, wait 30 seconds, power it up again and follow the connection instructions above.
  • When grouping using Bluetooth, the Player with the USB adapter installed MUST be the Primary Player of the Group.
  • Bluesound Players are not equipped with a Microphone. Bluetooth cannot be used for two way communications such as a telephone headset or Skype.
  • The IOGear GBU521 Bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter and Targus 4.0 Micro USB Adapter are both BluOS certified and approved by Bluesound for classic Bluesound Players. All other adapters may have performance issues or not work at all.
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