Connect to Bluetooth devices

Some of this information applies only to devices running Android 4.3 and higher. If your device is running 4.3 or lower, the Settings icon is different.
Important: If you're using a tablet with multiple users, each user can change the global Bluetooth settings.

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

Tip: To extend the life of your battery between charges, turn off Bluetooth when you’re not using it. You may also be required to turn Bluetooth off in some locations. Bluetooth is turned off when you switch to Airplane mode.

A System bar icon indicates Bluetooth status.

Turn Bluetooth on or off

  1. Go to Settings > Wireless & networks.
  2. Slide the Bluetooth switch on or off.

Change your device's Bluetooth name

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 is more recognizable.

  1. Under Settings > Wireless & networks, make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. Touch Bluetooth.
  3. In the Bluetooth screen, touch Menu > Rename [tablet/phone].
  4. Type a new name and touch Rename.

Pair your device with a Bluetooth device

You must pair your device with a Bluetooth device before you can connect to it. Once you pair your device with a device, they stay paired unless you unpair them.

If the device you want to pair with isn’t in the list, ensure that it's turned on and set to be discoverable.

  1. Under Settings > Wireless & networks, make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. Touch Bluetooth. Your device scans for and displays the IDs of all available Bluetooth devices in range.
  3. If your mobile device stops scanning before your Bluetooth device is ready, touch Search for devices.
  4. Touch the ID of the Bluetooth device in the list to pair with it.
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the pairing. If you’re prompted to enter a passcode, try entering 0000 or 1234 (the most common passcodes), or consult the documentation that came with the device. If the pairing is successful, your device connects to the device.

Connect to a Bluetooth device

Once you've paired with a Bluetooth device, you can connect to it manually—for example, to switch devices or to reconnect after it is back in range.

  1. Under Settings > Wireless & networks, make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. In the list of devices, touch a paired but unconnected device.

    When your device and the Bluetooth device are connected, the device is displayed as connected in the list.

Configure or unpair a Bluetooth device

Some Bluetooth devices have multiple profiles. You can also change the name of the Bluetooth device as it appears on your device.

  1. Under Settings > Wireless & networks, make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. In the Bluetooth settings, touch the Settings icon beside the paired Bluetooth device you want to configure.

    A screen opens that allows you to change the device's name, unpair it, or select profiles. Touch the Back button when you're finished.

Connect to Bluetooth Smart devices

Note: Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and select Google Play edition devices are certified Bluetooth Smart Ready devices. Other Nexus and Google Play edition devices support only traditional Bluetooth technology at this time.

Bluetooth Smart technology uses the low-energy feature of Bluetooth 4.0 and allows phones and tablets to connect to low-power sensors and other devices. To connect to a Bluetooth Smart device, you’ll need to use an app designed to be compatible with it; many device manufacturers develop dedicated apps for this purpose.

If you’ve purchased a Bluetooth Smart sensor or device, and the manufacturer doesn’t have an app to go with it, you can browse the Google Play store for compatible apps.

Related settings

To turn Bluetooth on or off, go to Settings > Wireless & networks > Bluetooth.