Connect Your Android to Your Bluetooth Devices

Do you ever feel like you’re living in a sea of tangled cords? Try Bluetooth—a convenient, wireless way to connect your devices to your phone. Bluetooth lets you control your wireless speaker, go hands-free with your GPS, and stay up today with your fitness tracker—all from your phone. Here’s how to use it.

Keep in mind: Each Bluetooth device has different requirements for connecting, so make sure you read its instructions.

  1. On your phone, open Settings and tap Bluetooth (or Settings > Connections > Bluetooth).
  2. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on .
  3. Check your Bluetooth device and make sure it’s in discovery mode. Wait for it to show up under Available Devices on your phone.If you’re not sure how to put your Bluetooth device in discovery mode, check the instructions for the right steps. You may need to download a specific app or wait for a signal—like a code, a light, or a sound—before it’s is ready to pair.
  4. Tap the name of your Bluetooth device under Available Devices.
  5. Your device is ready to use when it says “Connected.”

Are You Connecting to Your Car?

If you’re connecting to your car, the steps are slightly different. Select Bluetooth Audio (sometimes labeled BT Audio) as the source on your car stereo.

Steps for pairing will vary depending on what kind of car you have, so check your user manual for specific instructions. Most likely, you’ll have to use your car’s display screen to connect your phone and enter a PIN or code.

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