Picture of the Ultimate Ears UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker, front view.

How to Pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air Instructions

This post teaches how to pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air tablets. Start with your Ultimate Ears speaker (UE) shut OFF (all dark top panel LEDs). Then, follow these instructions to pair it to an iPad Air.

How to Pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air Instructions

1. Visit the Home Screen on your iPad Air

Press the Home button to get to the  Home   iPad page.  See our  Home  screen as shown next.

2. Find the iPad  Settings  App

We found ours on the second page of the  Home  screen on our tablet.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
iPad Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted. How to pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air.

3. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

The iPad Air then displays the first page of its  Settings  screen, as shown in the next screenshot

Screenshot of the iOS 11 Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted. How to pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air.
iOS Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted. How to pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air.

4. Go to the  Bluetooth Settings  Page

Tap the  Bluetooth  item, as pointed at by the dark green arrow in the last screenshot above.

Our  Bluetooth Settings  screen then appears as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is switched ON here. But since the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is currently OFF, it does not show in either the  My Devices  or  Other Devices  lists on the tablet yet,  Why?  Because we’ve never paired it with this iPad before.  Plus, the speaker is not yet broadcasting its BT connection information. See this situation, that looks something like as shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list.
iPad Air tablet showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. How to pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air.

Note in this picture that there’s no Wonderboom listed yet.

5. Turn On your UE Wonderboom Speaker

Turn on this UE by quickly pressing its  Power  button. See this button, circled in green, in the next picture.

Picture of the UE Wonderboom speaker powered OFF, top view, showing the -Power- button circled. How to pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air.
UE Wonderboom speaker powered OFF, top view, showing the -Power- button circled.

The speaker then comes on.

Picture of the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom BT speaker, powered ON, showing the top view, with the Glowing -Power- button circled.
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom BT speaker, powered ON, showing the top view, with the glowing -Power- button circled. How to pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air.

6. Put your Wonderboom into Pairing Mode

Now, to see your Wonderboom UE speaker on your iPad Air, place the Wonderboom into BT pairing mode. For that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as circled in the next picture.

Picture of the UE Ultimate Ears Wonderboom BT speaker, top view, showing its -Bluetooth- button circled.
UE Ultimate Ears Wonderboom BT speaker, top view, showing its -Bluetooth- button circled.

When you press this Pairing button, the speaker makes a distinctive sound several times. Plus, a lamp in this button starts rapidly flashing white. See this in the last picture above.

7. Find your UE Wonderboom on your iPad Air

See the picture next. We found ours, as circled in green.

Screenshot of the iOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the UE Wonderboom speaker as discovered But not paired, circled. How to pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air.
iOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the UE Wonderboom speaker as discovered But not paired, circled. How to pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air.

8. Pair with your Wonderboom Wireless Speaker

Tap the listed speaker in the  Other Devices  section of the  Bluetooth Devices  list, shown above.

Your iPad Air then pairs with the Wonderboom (appears as “WONDERBOOM” in this demo).

The  Bluetooth Settings  screen then changes to display something like the following.

Picture of the iOS Bluetooth Settings page, Showing the Wonderboom UE speaker as paired, and circled. How to pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air.
iOS Bluetooth Settings page, Showing the Wonderboom UE speaker as paired, and circled.

Note that the Ultimate Ears speaker now shows as paired, as circled inside the green oval in the last picture.

9. Done!

We have now successfully paired our UE Wonderboom Bluetooth speaker with our iPad Air iOS device.  Audio output from that iPad now plays on this wireless UE speaker, which presumably, is what you want to accomplish.  Enjoy!

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References

Revision History

  • 2019-05-15: Tweaked the targeting for ‘How to Pair UE Wonderboom with iPad Air’ and added tags and related posts links.
  • 2019-02-11: First released.