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Connect to Bluetooth

To connect to a Bluetooth device, first turn on your phone or tablet's Bluetooth. Then, the first time you use a new Bluetooth device, pair it with your phone or tablet so that both devices know how to connect to each other. After that, they can connect automatically.

Important: If you're using a tablet with multiple users, each user can change the overall Bluetooth settings.

Note: Android isn't the same on all devices. These instructions are for devices running Android 5.0 and up. See what version of Android you have.

Turn Bluetooth on or off

  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the On/Off switch.

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

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

Pair & connect a Bluetooth device

Before you can connect to a Bluetooth device, you need to pair your phone or tablet with it. After you pair your phone or tablet with a Bluetooth device, they'll stay paired until you unpair them.

Phones and tablets running Android 5.0 and up are visible to nearby devices while Bluetooth settings is open.

Step 1: Pair a Bluetooth device
  1. Open your phone or tablet's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap Bluetooth.
  3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on and your device is set to visible.
  4. Your phone or tablet will scan for and display all available Bluetooth devices in range. If your Bluetooth device doesn't show, tap More More and then Refresh.
  5. Tap the name of the Bluetooth device you want to pair with your phone or tablet.
  6. Follow the on-screen steps.
    • When the pairing succeeds, your phone or tablet connects to the device.
    • If you're asked for a passcode, try 0000 or 1234 (the most common passcodes), or see the instructions that came with your Bluetooth device.
Step 2: Connect to a Bluetooth device

After pairing with a Bluetooth device, you can connect to it manually. For example, you can connect manually when you want to switch devices or reconnect after a device comes back in range.

  1. Open your phone or tablet's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap Bluetooth.
  3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. In the list of paired devices, tap a paired but unconnected device.
  5. 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 device

Some Bluetooth devices have multiple profiles.

Your device has a Bluetooth name that is visible to other devices when you connect them by Bluetooth. You can change your device's default Bluetooth name.

Unpair, rename, or pick profiles for a Bluetooth device
  1. Open your phone or tablet's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap Bluetooth.
  3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. Next to the paired device you'd like to change, tap Settings .
  5. On the screen that opens, you can change the device's name, pick profiles, or forget (unpair) the device.
Change your phone or tablet's Bluetooth name
  1. Open your phone or tablet's Settings app Settings.
  2. Under "Wireless & networks," tap Bluetooth.
  3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. Tap More More.
  5. Tap Rename this device, Rename phone, or Rename tablet.
  6. Enter a new name for your device.
  7. Tap Rename.
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