How to Get a Bluetooth in Pairing Mode

By Si Kingston

Pairing mode refers to configuring a Bluetooth-enabled device so it is ready to accept the pairing or connection with another device. Although a device may have Bluetooth, this feature is not automatically available for pairing. Keeping a Bluetooth device out of pairing mode helps to secure the device and its data. The steps required to place a device in pairing mode varies per device type and model, but most devices require a similar process.

Step 1

Power on the device that is enabled with Bluetooth.

Step 2

Turn on the Bluetooth feature. To turn on Bluetooth in a headset, press the "Answer/Call" button in until the LED light comes on. For Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, access the Bluetooth menu, which is often located in Settings or Options menu in your phone's main menu. Then select to turn the Bluetooth on. The device is now in pairing mode.

Step 3

Search for devices. Some Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as headsets, only require that other devices find them; they don't need to search for devices themselves. Cell phones and computers, on the other hand, will need to search for Bluetooth-enabled devices. Select "Find New Devices," or a similar option, from the Bluetooth menu. Then select the device from the list of found devices, and the two devices will be paired.