Connect through Bluetooth on your Android device

You can use Bluetooth to connect some devices to your phone without a cord. After you pair a Bluetooth device for the first time, your devices can connect automatically. If your phone is connected to something through Bluetooth, at the top of the screen, you'll find a Bluetooth icon Learn how to connect a Bluetooth device.

Important:

Turn Bluetooth on or off from the Settings app

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Tap Bluetooth .

Tip: To save battery, turn off Bluetooth when not in use. Bluetooth is off in Airplane mode.

Step 1: Pair a Bluetooth accessory

Important: Your devices stay paired until you unpair them.

Option 1: Use the Settings app (all Bluetooth accessories)
  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Touch and hold Bluetooth .
  3. Tap Pair new device.
    • If you don't find Pair new device, check under "Available devices" or tap More and then Refresh.
  4. Tap the name of the Bluetooth device you want to pair with your device.
  5. Follow any on-screen instructions.
Tip: If you need a passcode and don't have it, try "0000" or "1234" (the most common passcodes).
Option 2: Use notifications (Fast Pair accessories only)
  1. Make sure:
    • Your Bluetooth accessory works with Fast Pair. Accessories that work with Fast Pair say so on their boxes. Many also say "Made by Google" or "Made for Google." Find accessories in the Google Store.
    • Your phone or tablet is using Android 6.0 or higher.
    • Your phone or tablet has Bluetooth and Location turned on.
  2. Turn on your Fast Pair accessory and put it in pairing mode. Make sure your accessory is near your phone or tablet.
  3. When you get a notification, tap Tap to pair.
  4. You'll get a "Device connected" or "Pairing complete" notification.
  5. If your accessory needs to be set up, tap Set up now.
Tip: If you don’t get a notification, open the Settings app on your phone or tablet and tap Connected devices. Under “Available devices,” select the device you want to pair. To learn more, go to Find Fast Pair accessories.

Step 2: Connect

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  3. Touch and hold Bluetooth .
  4. In the list of paired devices, tap a paired but unconnected device.
  5. When your phone and the Bluetooth device are connected, the device shows as "Connected."

Set up, unpair, or find a Bluetooth accessory

Unpair, rename, or pick actions for a Bluetooth accessory
  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  2. Touch and hold Bluetooth .
    • If your accessory is listed under "Available media devices," next to your device's name, tap Settings .
    • If no accessories are listed under "Previously connected devices," tap See all. Next to your accessory's name, tap Settings .
  3. Make your change:
    • To change the accessory's name, at the top, tap Edit Edit setting, pencil icon.
    • To disconnect, tap Disconnect .
    • To remove the device from your phone completely, tap Forget .
    • On some devices, you can turn other settings on or off.
Tip: On a tablet that people share, each person can change the overall Bluetooth settings.
Change your phone or tablet's Bluetooth name
  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices And then Connection preferences And then Bluetooth.
  3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. Tap Device name.
  5. Enter a new name.
  6. Tap Rename.
Find Fast Pair accessories
Important: When you connect with Fast Pair, your Bluetooth accessories are associated with your Google Account. Your other connected devices can recognize newly added accessories and prompt you to pair with the accessories automatically.
  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Google and then Devices & sharing and then Devices and then Turn off Scan for nearby devices.
Tip: To save devices automatically, turn on Automatically save devices.

How Fast Pair handles your data (Fast Pair accessories only)

Google collects certain info to quickly pair your Bluetooth devices with devices that use your Google Account. Some of this functionality uses Google Play services. For example, Fast Pair collects:

  • Personal info for functionality purposes, like the name you call a Bluetooth device during setup.
  • Performance data and usage info for analytics purposes.

Opt out of Fast Pair

The data that Fast Pair collects is encrypted in transit. You can delete collected data when you opt out of Fast Pair.

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Google and then Devices & sharing and then Devices and then Turn off Scan for nearby devices.

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