Bluetooth Instructions

By Ann Mapleridge

Bluetooth technology is an easy way to wirelessly connect two devices. The most common use of Bluetooth is to wirelessly connect a cell phone to a hands-free device such as a headset so you can use your phone without having to hold it. In addition to a headset, Bluetooth can also be used with laptops to transfer data back and forth between your phone and the computer and to connect peripherals, such as a mouse or keyboard. If you're new to Bluetooth, setting it up is fairly easy to do and should only take a few minutes.

Power Bluetooth On

Make sure both devices you want to connect have the Bluetooth function turned on. In the case of cell phones and laptops, the Bluetooth function typically defaults to being powered off to conserve battery power in the device.

Pair Devices

Have one of the devices "search for new devices" to find the other. Typically you want a cell phone to search for your laptop, GPS or computer rather than the other way around. The Search function is typically located within a special Bluetooth menu in the options settings in your phone. Once your phone finds the other device enter the "pairing code" for the device to link the two together. The pairing code is typically located on a sticker on the back of a headset or in the instruction book for a device. Many computers will randomly generate a pairing code for you to connect a device to your computer when prompted.

Stay Close

Try to keep the two devices you are connecting through Bluetooth close together while they are in use. Most Bluetooth headsets have a range of 10 meters. If possible, try to keep your phone on a chair beside you or nearby while talking on your headset to ensure the best connection. When using your computer, try putting your phone on the desk beside your monitor to ensure the best connection possible.

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