How to Hook Speakers Up to an iPhone

By Gregory Scott

Your iPhone is a great device for enjoying multimedia. While the ear buds provide great sound quality when you're on the go, you may want to plug your iPhone into your home or car stereo system. Since the iPhone audio jack is a fairly standard size, you can easily set up your favorite audio system to play your iPhone or iPod media files.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod or iPhone
  • stereo with available input channels
  • connector/adapter cable

Step 1

Find the input or auxiliary input jack on your stereo. In some newer cars, this is easy to find on the dashboard. On home audio systems, the input may be the white and red audio cables. Make note of the input cables you need.

Step 2

Purchase a "male-to-male" audio wire for your iPhone. These can be procured at most electronics stores and will have the insert component on both ends. For car audio, this wire will likely have two ends that look the same (for inserting into your iPhone's headphone jack and the car's "AUX" input).

Step 3

Insert one end of the audio cable into your iPhone's headphone jack and place the other end into the appropriate audio input or auxiliary input jacks.

Step 4

Set your stereo to play audio from the auxiliary source and turn on your iPhone/iPod. You can now enjoy music in your car or home.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some automobile stereos do not have audio input jacks. Car audio specialists can often create a new jack or other audio attachment to allow you to play your iPhone in the car.

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