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Connect via Bluetooth

To connect via Bluetooth, first turn on your phone or tablet's Bluetooth. When you use a new Bluetooth accessory, pair it with your phone or tablet. After pairing, devices can connect with each other automatically.

Important: On a tablet that people share, each person can change the overall Bluetooth settings.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Turn Bluetooth on or off

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices.
  3. Turn Bluetooth on or off.

At the top of your screen, a Bluetooth icon Bluetooth shows when Bluetooth is on.

Tip: To save battery, turn off Bluetooth when you're not using it. Bluetooth is off in Airplane mode.

Pair & connect a Bluetooth accessory

Before you can connect to a Bluetooth accessory, you must pair it with your phone or tablet. After pairing, your devices stay paired until you unpair them.

While Bluetooth settings are open, nearby devices can see your device.

Step 1: Pair a Bluetooth accessory

Option 1: Use the Settings app

  1. Open your phone or tablet's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices and then Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  3. Tap Pair new device.
    Note: If you don't see "Pair new device," you're running a different Android version. Look under "Available devices." If needed, tap More More and then Refresh.
  4. Tap the name of the Bluetooth device you want to pair with your phone or tablet.
  5. Follow any on-screen steps.

Tip: If you need a passcode and don't have it, try 0000 or 1234 (the most common passcodes).

Option 2: Use notifications (Pixel 2 only, fast pair accessories only)

  1. Make sure:
    • Your Bluetooth accessory works with fast pair.
    • Your Pixel 2 phone has Bluetooth and Location turned on.
  2. Turn on your fast pair accessory near your Pixel 2.
  3. Tap Tap to pair.
  4. You'll get a "Pairing complete" notification. If your accessory has an app, tap Tap to get the app on Google Play.

Tip: Accessories that work with fast pair say so on their boxes. Many also say "Made by Google" or "Made for Google." See headphones recommended for Pixel 2. Or see accessories in the Google Store.

Step 2: Connect to a Bluetooth accessory
  1. Open your phone or tablet's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices and then Bluetooth.
  3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. In the list of paired devices, tap a paired but unconnected device.

When your phone or tablet and the Bluetooth device are connected, the device shows as "Connected" in the list.

Configure, unpair, or rename a Bluetooth accessory

If your Bluetooth accessories can do more than one thing, like calls and music, you can pick which actions to take with each accessory.

Your phone or tablet has a Bluetooth name that other devices see when you connect them via Bluetooth. You can change your device's Bluetooth name.

Unpair, rename, or pick actions for a Bluetooth accessory
  1. Open your phone or tablet's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices and then Bluetooth.
  3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. Next to the paired accessory you'd like to change, tap Settings .
  5. Change the accessory's name, disconnect, pick actions ("profiles"), or unpair ("forget") the accessory.
Change your phone or tablet's Bluetooth name
  1. Open your phone or tablet's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Connected devices and then Bluetooth.
  3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. Tap Device name.
    Note: If you don't see "Device name," you're running a different Android version. Tap More More and then Rename this device.
  5. Enter a new name.
  6. Tap Rename.

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