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Connect via 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. After pairing, devices can connect with each other automatically.

Important: On a tablet that multiple people use, each person 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 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 must pair your phone or tablet with it. After you pair your devices, they stay paired until you unpair them.

While Bluetooth settings is open, nearby devices can see phones and tablets running Android 5.0 and up.

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.

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

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.

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

If your Bluetooth devices have multiple profiles, you can pick which profile to use.

Your phone or tablet has a Bluetooth name that other devices see when you connect them via 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 unpair ("forget") 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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