How to Pair Your Phone to a Bluetooth Device

Bluetooth technology allows for hands-free mobile phone use, listening to stored music and audio files on your Android device, and for a proliferation of Borg sitings. Pairing your smartphone with a Bluetooth device, such as a headset, increases your phone's usability. Just because your smartphone can detect a Bluetooth device doesn’t mean it can access the devices features; an iPhone might recognize a keyboard or printer, but it can’t pair with either to type or print. Most smartphones have a built-in detector for recognizing fellow Bluetooth-enabled devices, but there are some bumps in the process.

Android

1. Go to Home--Menu--Settings--Wireless & Networks--Bluetooth Settings to find this feature.

2. Select the Bluetooth box to turn on enabling. Hold the headset near the phone. Tap Scan for Devices.

3. Wait for the name of your headset to appear, then tap it. This connects the headset to the phone. On the G1 the path is Home--Menu--Settings--Wireless Controls--Bluetooth Settings.

4. If the phone doesn't automatically pair, enter the passcode given with your headset.

Apple iPhone

1. Go into Settings--General--Bluetooth and set Bluetooth to On on the iPhone.

2. If you have the iPhone Bluetooth headset, connect the iPhone Dual Dock or the Bluetooth travel cable via the USB port on your computer. This process automatically pairs the Bluetooth device to the iPhone.

3. For third-party headsets, first check to make sure the headset is compatible with the iPhone. Browse to Settings--General--Bluetooth. Follow the instructions included with the headset to put the headset into discoverable mode (this usually involves holidng down the power button for a few seconds). The headset should soon appear in the list of devices on the iPhone; select it to pair with the iPhone. If the iPhone asks for a security code, enter 0000 and select Connect. If 0000 doesn't work, other common security codes are 9999 and 1111.

Check the third-party device's user manual for additional instructions on setting up or pairing if the above does not work.

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