Picture of an iPhone beside the Harman Kardon Invoke Bluetooth speaker.

How to Connect Harman Kardon Speakers to iPhone

This post shows how to connect common Harman Kardon speakers with the iPhone.

How to Connect Harman Kardon Speakers to iPhone, Step by Step

Using the Invoke speaker for this demo, we note that this particular unit has no Power button.  In fact, it has no batteries, and runs exclusively on AC power.  So to power up this particular speaker, you just plug it in.

Picture of the Harman Kardon Invoke Bluetooth speaker, with its AC adapter unplugged from wall and powered off.
The Harman Kardon Invoke Bluetooth speaker, with its AC adapter unplugged from wall and powered off.

1. Bring Up the Home Screen on the iPhone

At the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom to bring up the phone’s Home screen, or press the Home button if your phone is older.

2. Find the Settings App

We found ours on the second page of the home screen, shown next.

The -Settings- app icon on the iPhone 12 Pro Max -Home- screen.
iPhone -Home- screen showing the -Settings- app.

3. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

Screenshot of the -Bluetooth- option on the iPhone 12 Pro Max -Settings- page.
iPhone 12 Pro Max -Settings- page, showing the -Bluetooth- option.

The phone then displays the first page of its settings, as we see.

4. Go to the  Bluetooth  Page to Continue with How to Connect Harman Kardon Speakers to iPhone

Tap the Bluetooth item.  Our Bluetooth screen then displays, similar to the following.

Screenshot of the -Bluetooth Settings- page on an iPhone 12 Pro Max smart phone.
The iPhone  -Bluetooth- page.

Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. If yours shows as OFF, then move the switch item to the ON position as ours is in the last picture.

Now since our test Harman Kardon speaker (the Invoke model in this scenario) is currently not in pairing mode, it does not show up in the Bluetooth devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired this speaker with this iPhone before.





5. Turn On your Bluetooth Speaker

Now if you haven’t done this already, plug your speaker into AC power.  It then boots and the light on the top glows in various patterns.

Picture of a Harman Kardon speaker booting, with the light island on top displaying the starting-up pattern.
Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana smart speaker, reboot in progress.

 

The speaker then powers up and makes some sort of power-on sound after about a minute.  Then the light island goes dark and the speaker is now ready to accept incoming pairing requests from source devices.

But since the iPhone does not know about this speaker, the phone will not pair with the speaker automatically. The Pairing  button denotes this not-paired state by either remaining dark, or by flashing.

Picture of the Bluetooth button at the rear of the Harman Kardon Microsoft Invoke smart speaker, highlighted by the purple arrow.
Harman Kardon Invoke speaker, back view, with the Bluetooth button highlighted.

6. Put your Harman Kardon Speakers into Pairing Mode

Now, to see your speaker on your mobile device, place the speaker into pairing mode. To do that, press and release the Pairing button, located on the back near the bottom of this particular speaker..

Picture of the glowing / flashing Pairing button on the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker.
The glowing / flashing Pairing button on the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker.

Thee speaker then plays another, but different, rising notes sound, and the Pairing button starts fast blinking white.

7. Find your BT Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with How to Connect Harman Kardon Speakers to iPhone

See the screen shot next. We found our speaker, as pointed at by the dark blue arrow.

Screenshot of the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker shows as Discovered on the iPhone.
The Harman Kardon Invoke speaker shows as Discovered on the iPhone.

8. Next, Connect with your Speaker

Tap the listed speaker in the Other Devices section of the BT devices list.

Your iPhone then connects with the speaker (named “HK Invoke_C33656” in this scenario). The mobile device’s Bluetooth screen then changes to look something like the following.

Screenshot of the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker showing as Connected on an iPhone.
The Harman Kardon Invoke speaker showing as Connected on an iPhone.

Typical Harman Kardon speakers like the Invoke plays a set of notes to let you know that pairing mode has begun.

9. Done with How to Connect Harman Kardon Speakers to an iPhone !

AT last, we have now successfully linked this BT speaker. Similar routines work with pairing iPod Touch players, iPad Pros, and any iPhones as well so long as they support Bluetooth. Pairing with Android devices works like this too.

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References 

    1. Apple iPhone Official Product Page at Apple.com

Revision History

    • 2022-09-18: First published.
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