Monday, November 14, 2011

How To: Set Up a Bluetooth Device

Setting up Bluetooth to work on your Android device for the first time can be very tricky. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as just pressing a button to turn Bluetooth on. First of all, you need to understand that in order for your Android device to see (or be seen) by another device, it must be put in a special mode and likewise for the device you are trying to pair it with. When you are trying to pair a device like a Bluetooth headset you must first put the headset in "discovery" mode, then you can tell your Android device to "scan for devices". The opposite is true when you are trying to pair your Android device with a Bluetooth capable computer (the Android device is put in "discovery" mode and the computer scans for it).  To adjust your Bluetooth settings:

1. From your home screen, tap your menu button.
2. Enter "Settings".
3. Select "Wireless and network"
4. Select "Bluetooth settings".
5. Turn on Bluetooth.

If you are trying pair a device with your Android device:
6. Put the device into "discovery" mode (refer to your device's instructions on how to do this).
7. In "Bluetooth settings" on your Android device, select Search (or scan) for devices.
8. Your Android device will detect the device you are pairing it with and it will appear on screen, select it to finish setup.

If you are trying to pair your Android device with a computer:
6. Put your Android device in "discovery" mode in Bluetooth settings.
7. On your computer, scan for devices (refer to your computer's instructions on how to do this).
8. Select your Android device on your computer to pair the two devices.

(Some devices require a pin number, check your instructions for it. Common pin numbers are; 0000, 1111, 1234, last 4 digits of the serial number).

Once you have finished the initial setup you should be able to just turn your Bluetooth on and your two devices should automatically pair. If those settings are lost for any reason then you have to go through the entire setup process again. I hope this helped solve any confusion with Bluetooth setup and as always, if you have any questions feel free to email or comment below.


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