Bluetooth technology was created to make lives easier. Today, we use it for wireless headphones, hands-free talking, connecting to speakers, and many other things. It has become a staple in our technological society. Nearly everyone has at least one device connected to their smartphone through Bluetooth.
With all the devices out there that require a Bluetooth connection, it must be easy to connect them right? Yes! It is very easy for anybody to connect something to a device, but for some less experienced individuals, it can be kind of confusing. So, let us take you step by step on the process of how to pair Bluetooth devices with a smartphone.
How to Connect Bluetooth Devices
Most electronic technology made in the last few years has the ability to connect to a smartphone through Bluetooth. Anything from headphones, to printers, to even wall plugs. The idea of this is to eliminate wires from getting in the way of enjoying our electronics and make our lives easier when using these devices. You don’t need to know how Bluetooth works to use this convenient technology.
To begin the process of connecting one of these devices to a smartphone, you first need to do the obvious thing and turn them on. Some things automatically begin searching for other devices to connect through Bluetooth, and some have a button on them that begins the searching process. This button is referred to as the “discovery mode” button. You might need to hit that before you can pair it to a phone.
If you are having trouble finding the discovery mode button, every device will come with a manual to directions which will clearly show you where the button is. After it’s on and you began the connection process, you need to open your phone and follow the steps below.
How to Connect Bluetooth to Android Phones
Follow these simple instructions to pair a bluetooth device to an Android smartphone:
- Open settings.
- Tap “Wireless and Networks”
- Tap “Bluetooth Settings”
- Tap “Connect Bluetooth Device” to turn on connectivity.
- Look for the name of the device on your phone and tap it to connect.
Some devices use pass codes or other security functions to connect to smartphones, but they will be displayed on the device when it’s time to connect.
How to Connect Bluetooth to iPhones
To pair a Bluetooth device with an iPhone, follow these simple steps:
- Open Settings
- Tap “Bluetooth”
- Turn the Bluetooth toggle on
- Look for the name of the device under “My Devices” and tap it to connect.
Some devices have trouble connecting with iPhones and some aren’t compatible. Make sure you check the product details to see if that specific device can be connected to an iPhone.
Disconnecting a Device
Sometimes you have so many devices connected to your phone that you don’t need. For example, if you have a car that connects to your phone through Bluetooth, then you get a new car with the same ability, the old car’s name will still appear on your phone for connectivity. You might want to “clean up” your device and remove some things that your phone remembered it’s connected to.
The first thing you want to do is open that Bluetooth page on your phone, the same place you went to connect the device originally. An iPhone will list all of the devices that were connected to this phone at one point. Find the name of the device you want to disconnect from, and click the small “i” next to the name. A new settings screen will appear and you want to hit the tab that says “Forget this Device”. The device will be removed from the connected device list and you will be free of the clutter.
You might be having trouble with connecting a device, or have trouble reconnecting a device to a phone. Like we previously stated, make sure the device is on discovery mode and the phone has the Bluetooth setting turned on.
Something else you want to make sure of is that your device isn’t trying to connect to anything else. For example, your phone might not be able to connect to a pair of new headsets because it’s still trying to connect to the old one. Make sure you go through and remove all old devices that you don’t need a connection to so you can avoid this situation.
Lastly, sometimes everything seems on and should be connecting but it just isn’t working. When this happens, try the classic technology trick. Turn your phone off and back on again. Turn the Bluetooth settings on and off again. It’s a simple solution, but it usually works.
Final Thoughts on How to Pair Bluetooth Devices to a Smartphone
At this stage in our technological world, Bluetooth connectivity is involved in nearly every device. From headphones, speakers, cars, laptops, and even printers, knowing how to connect things to Bluetooth is a must. Upgrade your life and connect everything possible to your smartphone!