Using a bluetooth device: 6 steps (with pictures)

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Using a bluetooth device: 6 steps (with pictures)
Using a bluetooth device: 6 steps (with pictures)

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that has been around for more than 20 years. It allows multiple devices to connect, communicate and sync with each other without having to set up complex networks and passwords. Bluetooth is everywhere these days, from cell phones to laptops and even in car sound systems. Bluetooth supports a wide variety of different devices and can be set up in just a few minutes. See step 1 below to learn how this works.


Use a Bluetooth Device Step 1

Step 1. Understand how bluetooth works

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows two different devices to connect. Each bluetooth device has one or more profiles installed. These profiles determine what the device is capable of, such as 'Hands-Free' (mobile headsets) or 'Human Interface Device' (computer mouse). To connect two devices, they must both have the same profile.

You can generally tell which devices work with each other by considering them logically. You cannot pair a mouse with a camera because the camera is not designed to be controlled by the mouse. On the other hand, it would make sense to connect a headset to a mobile phone, as they are designed to work together

Use a Bluetooth Device Step 2

Step 2. Learn the most common links

If you are not sure whether your devices can work together, you can assume different cases where bluetooth is often used. Knowing these will help you determine how to link the devices together.

  • Connect a hands-free headset to a mobile phone.
  • Connect wireless mice, keyboards and printers to laptops and other computers.
  • Connect portable media players and smartphones to speakers and car stereos.
  • Connecting video game controllers to computers and game consoles.
Use a Bluetooth Device Step 3

Step 3. Pair your devices

The method of connecting to devices will be different in each situation, but in general you follow the same basic process. You need to make one device discoverable and then search for devices using the second device.

For example, if you want to connect a headset to your smartphone, make the headset visible (see the documentation) and then search your smartphone for discovered devices

Use a Bluetooth Device Step 4

Step 4. Enter a PIN (if prompted)

You may be prompted to enter a PIN when you pair the devices. If you don't know the PIN, it's usually 0000, 1111, or 1234. This may vary for some devices, and if you can't find the device, you may need to reset the device.

Use a Bluetooth Device Step 5

Step 5. Use the device

Once your devices are connected, you can use them together. For example, you may have connected your smartphone to some wireless speakers so that you can play music through those speakers. You may have connected a mouse to your laptop and can now use your mouse to move the cursor.

  • When pairing a Bluetooth device with a computer, you may need to install the device drivers. This is usually done automatically, although the device may come with a driver installation disc. You can also download drivers from the manufacturer's website.
  • There is no general 'bluetooth driver', only drivers for specific devices.
  • If you want to pair a Bluetooth device with a desktop PC, chances are the desktop PC doesn't have Bluetooth functionality. you need to buy and install bluetooth usb dongle to connect devices to PC. Most laptops and virtually all Macs have built-in Bluetooth support.
Use a Bluetooth Device Step 6

Step 6. Read manuals for specific pairing instructions

If you're having trouble pairing your devices, there are several articles on wikiHow that explain how to do this. Below are some of the most popular articles:

  • Turn on Bluetooth with Android
  • Pairing a mobile phone with a bluetooth headset
  • Pairing a Bluetooth enabled device with your iPhone
  • Using a bluetooth adapter
  • Connecting an iPad to Bluetooth devices
  • Articles about sending files to a mobile phone via bluetooth


  • A master bluetooth device can be paired with up to seven other devices, but not all devices work this way.
  • Bluetooth has an effective range of about 10-30 m.

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