How to Add a Bluetooth Device to a Cell Phone

by C. Taylor

    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

    Step 1

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

    Step 2

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

    Step 3

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

    Android

    Step 1

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

    Step 2

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

    Step 3

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

    Step 4

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

    Windows

    Step 1

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

    Step 2

    Tap "Start | App | Settings | Bluetooth."

    Step 3

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

    Step 4

    Touch the listed Bluetooth device.

    Step 5

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

    BlackBerry

    Step 1

    Turn on your Bluetooth device and enable discoverable mode.

    Step 2

    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.

    Step 3

    Click "Options" again and select "Bluetooth."

    Step 4

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

    About the Author

    C. Taylor has been a professional writer since 2009. He has written for online publications and the "Journal of Asian Martial Arts." Taylor specializes in martial arts, traveling, sciences and computer repair. He received a Master of Science in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the College of Charleston.

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