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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 securely to each other. After that, they connect automatically.

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

Note: Some of this information may not apply to all devices because Android isn't exactly the same on every device. These instructions are for devices with 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 to switch Bluetooth On or Off.

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 and connect a Bluetooth device

Before you can connect to a Bluetooth device, you need to pair your phone or tablet with it. Once 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 device will scan for and display all available Bluetooth devices in range under "Available devices." If your Bluetooth device isn't showing in the list, 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.
    • If the pairing is successful, your phone or tablet connects to the device.
    • If you're asked to enter a passcode, try entering 0000 or 1234 (the most common passcodes), or see the documentation 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, to switch devices or to 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 is displayed as connected in the list.

Configure, unpair, or rename a Bluetooth device

Some Bluetooth devices have multiple profiles.

Your device has a generic Bluetooth name by default, which is visible to other Bluetooth devices when you connect them. You can change the name so that it's more recognizable to you.

Configure or unpair 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. Pick the Bluetooth device you'd like to configure.
  5. Next to the paired device you'd like to configure, tap Settings .
  6. On the screen that opens, you can change the device's name, unpair it, or select profiles. Tap Back when you're finished.
Change your device'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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