Zoom has become a valuable tool for people’s everyday lives, particularly for those who have managed to have the opportunity to work from home as opposed to having to go into the office. There are a number of different devices that can be made to work with Zoom, one of the most common being a Bluetooth speaker. A good Bluetooth speaker does a world of good to make others on Zoom more legible than your device may be able to be. But how do you connect a Bluetooth speaker to Zoom?
If you have a Bluetooth speaker set on your computer, this is simple, as you just need to open Zoom, go into Settings, select Audio, and finally, Speaker. Once here, just select ‘Same as System’. However, if you intend on using a non-default Bluetooth speaker, you would need to select that manually.
But how do you select a Bluetooth speaker manually? And are Bluetooth speakers the only thing you can connect to Zoom via Bluetooth?
How do I Connect Bluetooth Speaker to Zoom?
Before you can properly set up your Bluetooth speaker to Zoom, you need to make sure that everything is working correctly and set up appropriately. If you have not yet paired your Bluetooth speaker to your respective device, the good news is that it is not a difficult process to get going. Press and hold whichever button is used for pairing (you can find out in the manual), which is usually either the Power button or the Pairing button. Hold it until the appropriate indicator comes on, and then go to the device you want to pair it to. For a Windows PC, search for Bluetooth, and select ‘Bluetooth and other device settings’. Select ‘Add Bluetooth or other device’, and then wait for the device to show up. Select that, and Zoom should be able to select it.
If you want to make your Bluetooth speaker the default audio output method, you need to open Settings, and go to System – Sound. You will see a drop-down list of audio output devices, where you can then select the Bluetooth speaker to serve as your audio output. You may need to reset your device, but this should work for all devices.
Set Zoom to work with the default Bluetooth speaker
This is the simplest process, assuming your Bluetooth speaker is set as the default speaker on your device. All you need to do is open Zoom, open Settings, and select Audio. Select Speaker from this menu, and select ‘Same as System’.
Automatic connection to Bluetooth speaker
When you connect to a Zoom meeting, Zoom has the ability to connect to a Bluetooth speaker automatically. After adding a Bluetooth speaker to your device, it should succeed in connecting, although it sometimes has trouble with this. If this does not seem to work, manually set up the Bluetooth speaker instead. You can simply select either ‘Same as System’ if it’s your default speaker, or ‘Remote Audio’.
Add the Bluetooth speaker to Zoom manually
If your Bluetooth speaker is not set as the default speaker for your device, you will have to manually select the speaker instead. To do this, all you need to do is select the Bluetooth speaker you want to use from the drop-down list on the “Speaker” section of Audio settings.
Use the Bluetooth speaker for Zoom on your phone
If you are on a mobile device while using Zoom, such as a phone, there is no way to actually select a Bluetooth speaker in such a way as you would on Windows 10. Instead, Zoom will use the speaker you are currently using on your phone, whether that is the built-in speaker or a connected Bluetooth speaker. If you need to switch from the phone speaker to a Bluetooth speaker, you can tap the speaker icon in the app to switch speakers to a connected Bluetooth device.
Why doesn’t my Bluetooth speaker connect to Zoom?
If your Bluetooth speaker is having difficulties getting connected to your Zoom account, there are multiple reasons why this may be the case. For one, you may have Bluetooth disabled on the device you are using. Re-enabling it should be enough to deal with that issue, at the very least. If you are using Zoom on Windows 10, for example, you can turn on Bluetooth by searching for Bluetooth and selecting ‘Bluetooth and other devices settings’. From here, just switch Bluetooth from ‘Off’ to ‘On’.
If the speaker is not being detected by the computer, there are multiple reasons why this may be the case. The most common reason is that your speakers may be connected to another device. In most cases “Forgetting your speakers from your other device’s Bluetooth list will solve the issue.
Additionally. Make sure that the Bluetooth speaker is also adequately charged, as an uncharged speaker will not be detected by your computer.
What other Bluetooth devices can be connected to Zoom?
Zoom, being an online chat service, is a good fit for any Bluetooth device, but there are three which are particularly useful. The first is the aforementioned Bluetooth speaker, but the other two are a Bluetooth microphone and a Bluetooth webcam. This enables you to communicate with others on Zoom more effectively, not only by enabling you to speak out loud to them, but for them to be able to see your expressions while you do. Connecting these devices is similarly easy to do, as doing the steps you took to connect Bluetooth speakers to Zoom will also work for these.
Can you connect Bluetooth headphones to Zoom?
While having a Bluetooth speaker connected to your Zoom calls is nice, sometimes you want to ensure that you have privacy during such a call. Or perhaps you may want to not have to worry about your microphone picking up the audio from your Bluetooth speakers. The good news is that Bluetooth headphones can also be used with Zoom, and added the same way as the other Zoom-compatible Bluetooth devices.