31 Oct How To: Pair Your Smartphone with a Bluetooth Device
There are a whole range of Bluetooth devices out there, waiting to help you get more out of your smartphone or tablet.
Follow these simple steps to connect your Bluetooth device to your Android, iOS or Windows smartphone.
Keep devices in close proximity
For your Bluetooth device to successfully connect to your mobile device, both devices need to be within a close proximity of each other.
Unfortunately, smartphones and tablets (which are considered class 2 devices) only have a range of approximately 10 metres.So, if your two devices are further apart than this range, the Bluetooth connection may not work.
Enable Discoverable Mode On The Bluetooth Device
For the Bluetooth device to pick up a connection with your mobile device, you have to enable discoverable mode.
Once enabled, the mobile device will be able to detect the Bluetooth device and connect to it. To ensure a successful connection, check if your Bluetooth device is connected to power and charged.
NOTE: Make sure your mobile device is running the latest OS, otherwise the Bluetooth device may not successfully connect.
Activate Bluetooth on Your Mobile Device
To turn on Bluetooth on your device:
Apple: Settings > General > Bluetooth > Turn toggle to ON
Android: Settings > Wireless and Networks > Bluetooth Settings > Tick YES
Windows: Settings > Bluetooth > Turn status to ON
NOTE: Make sure your smartphone is updated to the latest version of software otherwise the Bluetooth device may not successfully connect.
Select The Bluetooth Device
Once Bluetooth is activated on your mobile, a list of discoverable Bluetooth devices will be displayed. Select the Bluetooth device you would like your mobile to pair with.
Some Bluetooth devices require a passcode prior to connecting. If the Bluetooth device you are using requires a passcode then a screen will appear on your smartphone asking for the passcode of the Bluetooth device.
NOTE: If your device requires a passcode it most likely will be found in the Bluetooth device’s manual.
If you are having trouble connecting your Bluetooth device with you mobile device, try these troubleshooting steps:
- Disable then re-enable Bluetooth on your mobile device.
- Restart your smartphone/tablet.
- Restart your Bluetooth device (if possible).
- Move your Bluetooth device and mobile device closer together.
- Remove any cases, stands or other accessories from your Bluetooth device and mobile device that may be preventing a connection.
- Remove any existing pairings from your Bluetooth device. This includes other smartphones or tablets that had been previously paired.
- Check the Bluetooth device’s manual for troubleshooting steps.
- Ensure the Bluetooth device’s firmware is using the latest version. Once again, refer to the device’s manual for instructions on how to do this.
- Check if you have to register your Bluetooth device prior to being able to connect it to your mobile device.
What Bluetooth device do you connect to your mobile device? Let us know in the comments below!