Simple steps to connect Bluetooth headphones to your phone. Nowadays, you can connect Bluetooth headphones to almost any modern phone and tablet to talk and listen to music wirelessly without lifting a finger. Below is a walkthrough on how to pair Bluetooth headphones to a phone, something that's pretty simple to do once you get the hang of it.
However, there are some things you should consider before buying a Bluetooth headset, such as making sure your phone also supports Bluetooth.
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The information below should be valid regardless of who made the phone, so you can follow these steps if you have an iPhone or Android phone, such as a Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. However, the directions vary greatly between devices, so pay close attention to the tutorial that follows.
How to use Bluetooth headphones with a phone
The steps involved in connecting Bluetooth headphones to a phone or any other device aren't actually an exact science as all makes and models are a little different, but some improvisation and inferences will do the rest of the work. These steps work with iOS 13, 12, 11, and 10, as well as Android 10, 9.0, 8.0, and 7.0.
1. Make sure both your phone and headset are well charged for the pairing process. A full charge is not required, but the fact is we don't want both devices to turn off during the pairing process.
2. Enable Bluetooth on your phone if it's not already on, then stay there in settings for the rest of this tutorial. Bluetooth options are normally found in the app Settings of the device, but see the first two tips below if you need specific help.
3. Turn on the Bluetooth adapter or press and hold the pairing button (if present) for 5-10 seconds. For some devices, this just means turning on the headphones as Bluetooth turns on at the same time as the power supply. The light may blink once or twice, but depending on your device, you may need to hold down the button until the light stops blinking and turns solid.
Some Bluetooth devices automatically send a pairing request to the phone immediately after switching on, and the phone may also automatically search for Bluetooth devices without asking. If so, you can go to step 5.
4. On your phone, in the Bluetooth settings, search for Bluetooth devices with the button SCAN or an option with a similar name. If your phone automatically searches for Bluetooth devices, wait for it to appear in the list.
5. When you see the Bluetooth headphones in the device list, tap them to pair the two together. Alternatively, select the option Pair new device o Associate if you see it in a pop-up message, then select your headphones. See the tips below if you don't see your headphones or if you're prompted for a password.
6. Once the phone has connected, a message will probably tell you that the pairing was successful, on the phone, on the headset or both. For example, some headphones indicate “Device connected” every time they are paired with a phone.
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Bluetooth connection tips and more information
1. On Android devices, you can find the option Bluetooth via the Settings, in a section called Connected devices, Bluetooth, Wireless and networks o Network Connections. If your phone supports it, the easiest way to get there is to open the menu from the top of the screen and tap and hold the Bluetooth icon to open the Bluetooth settings.
2. If you are using an iPhone or iPad, the Bluetooth settings are located in the app Settings, within the option Bluetooth. You can also activate Bluetooth via the Control Center.
3. Some phones need to be explicitly authorized to be seen by Bluetooth devices. To do this, open the Bluetooth settings and tap on that option to enable discoverability.
4. Some headsets may require a special code or password to fully pair, or even to be able to press the button Associate in a special sequence. This information must be clearly defined in the documentation that comes with the headphones, but if not, try it 0000 o 1234 or consult the manufacturer for more information.
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5. If your phone does not see the Bluetooth headphones, turn off Bluetooth on your phone and then turn it back on to refresh the list or keep tapping the button SCAN, waiting a few seconds between each tap. You may also be too close to the device, so stand some distance away if you still can't see the headphones in the list. If all else fails, turn off the headphones and start the process again; some headsets are only discoverable for about 30 seconds and must be restarted for a phone to see them.
6. If you keep your phone's Bluetooth adapter turned on, your phone will automatically pair with the headset whenever they come close, but usually only if the headset is not already paired with another device.
7. To unpair or permanently disconnect the Bluetooth headset from a phone, go to the phone's Bluetooth settings to find the device in the list and choose theCancel association option, dimentica o disconnect. It may be hidden in a menu next to the Headphone entry.
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