Bluetooth headsets are widely used accessories for people who move with the times and are often on the go. With a Bluetooth headset paired to your phone, you can make and receive calls without touching or holding a phone in your hand. The Bluetooth headset is therefore super handy for commuting, shopping, and even if you go out early in the morning for your daily run. If your phone is suitable to be connected to Bluetooth, then the pairing itself is a breeze.
Part 1 of 2: Getting your Bluetooth headset ready for use
Step 1. Charge your headset
When your phone and headset are fully charged, you can be sure that the pairing cannot be interrupted by an empty battery.
Step 2. Put your headset in 'pairing mode'
This step is basically the same for all Bluetooth headsets; there may be minor differences depending on the model and brand.
- For almost all headsets, you start when the headset is off, after which you press the multifunction button (the button you press when you answer a phone call) for a few seconds. First, the light will flash letting you know the headset is on (keep holding the button), and a few seconds later the headset's LED will flash in different colors (often red-blue, but can be other colors as well). The flashing lights indicate that the headset is ready to be paired.
- If your headset has an on/off slider, slide it to the 'on' position before holding down the multifunction button.
Step 3. Place the headset close to your phone
The devices must be close to each other in order to be paired. The distance required may vary, but try to keep the devices within 1.5m of each other for best results.
Part 2 of 2: Getting your phone ready
Step 1. Charge your phone
Using Bluetooth can quickly run out of battery, so start with a fully charged battery.
Step 2. Start Bluetooth on your phone
If your phone was made after 2007, it probably has Bluetooth on it. If you see a Bluetooth menu on any of the following operating systems, you're all set.
- If you have an iPhone, tap the 'Settings' icon, and search for 'Bluetooth' in the menu. If you find it there, then your device is Bluetooth enabled. If it says 'off' next to Bluetooth, tap it so it's on.
- Android users tap the icon for 'Settings' and search for Bluetooth there. If the word 'Bluetooth' is in the menu, then your phone is Bluetooth enabled. Open the Bluetooth menu by tapping it and sliding the button to 'on'.
- Windows phone users open the app list and select Settings' to get to the Bluetooth menu. If you see a Bluetooth menu, your phone is Bluetooth enabled. Open the menu to turn on Bluetooth.
- If you are using a Bluetooth enabled phone but not a smartphone, navigate to the 'Settings' menu on your device to find the Bluetooth menu. Turn on Bluetooth in that menu.
Step 3. Scan for Bluetooth devices from your phone
Once you've turned on Bluetooth on your phone, it should automatically start searching for Bluetooth devices to pair with. When the search is complete, you will see a list of devices to which you can pair your phone on your screen.
- Some regular feature phones (phones without the features of a smartphone) and older Android models require you to manually search for devices. If the Bluetooth menu contains an option 'Scan for devices' or something similar, tap that option to start scanning.
- If you don't see any available devices even though you have Bluetooth turned on, your headset may not be in pairing mode. In that case, turn your headset back on and put it back into pairing mode. Read the instruction manual of the Bluetooth headset again to make sure that your headset does not have a different way to be connected to Bluetooth.
Step 4. Select your headset so that it can be paired
In the list of devices that can be paired with Bluetooth, tap the name of your headset. This can be the name of the manufacturer (e.g. Jabra, Plantronics), or simply the word 'Headset'.
Step 5. Provide a PIN if prompted
If the phone has 'found' the headset, it sometimes happens that a PIN code is requested. Enter the PIN code if prompted, and tap 'Pair'.
- For most headsets, the code is "0000", "1234", "9999", or "0001". If none of those codes work, try the last 4 digits of the serial number on your headset (it's under the battery pack, and labeled 's/n' or 'serial number').
- If your phone is paired to the headset without a code, it simply means that no code is required.
Step 6. Tap on 'Pair'
Once the headset and phone have been paired together, you will see a confirmation on your phone. It should be something like 'Connected' (the exact text depends on the device you have).
Step 7. Call hands-free
The headset and the phone are paired. The headset's features depend on your phone's software and operating system, but by putting the headset comfortably on your ear, you can now make and receive calls without touching your phone.
- Make sure you are aware of the laws and regulations regarding the use of mobile phones. Bluetooth headsets may be banned under certain circumstances or in certain places.
- Although a Bluetooth headset helps those who are behind the wheel in the car not to get distracted, it is still possible that a conversation can distract you from your attention on the road. The safest way to drive is without any distractions.