How to Add a Bluetooth Device to a Cell Phone

by C. Taylor
Bluetooth technology allows wireless connection to headsets for hands-free operation.

Bluetooth technology allows wireless connection to headsets for hands-free operation.

Bluetooth technology connects your smartphone to Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as headsets, keyboards and even other phones. Most phones can maintain a list of previously connected Bluetooth devices for subsequent use, but you can only connect to one device at a time. The procedure for adding a Bluetooth device varies slightly between iPhone, Android, Windows and BlackBerry phones, but each operating system makes the procedure simple to easily connect to peripheral devices.

iPhone

Turn on your Bluetooth device and put it in discoverable mode, if applicable.

Tap "Settings" from your iPhone's Home screen and select "Bluetooth." The iPhone searches for Bluetooth devices.

Tap the listed Bluetooth device and enter the PIN, if required. Not all devices require this PIN or passkey number.

Android

Turn on your Bluetooth device and enable discoverable mode, if required.

Tap "Settings" from the Home screen and "Bluetooth" from the Wireless & Networks section.

Tap "Off" to turn on Bluetooth. If you already see a blue "On" icon, skip this step.

Tap the listed Bluetooth device and enter its PIN, if applicable.

Windows

Turn on your Bluetooth device and put it in discoverable mode, if applicable.

Tap "Start | App | Settings | Bluetooth."

Tap "Off" to turn Bluetooth on, if necessary.

Touch the listed Bluetooth device.

Enter the PIN, or pairing code, if required, and tap "Done."

BlackBerry

Turn on your Bluetooth device and enable discoverable mode.

Click "Options" from the Home screen and then "Bluetooth." Press the dotted icon and click "Enable Bluetooth" to turn on Bluetooth. If Bluetooth is already enabled, skip this step.

Click "Options" again and select "Bluetooth."

Highlight the listed Bluetooth device, press "Menu" and click "Connect."

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