How to Use Bluetooth with the iPad

By Robin Noelle

The new Apple iPad has many features similar to a MacBook computer. However, it doesn't have USB ports with which to connect external devices. You can connect devices such as printers, scanners, keyboards, headsets and speakers to your iPad using Bluetooth technology. You can add multiple devices and Bluetooth to your iPad and use them together, such as printing to a wireless printer while typing using a Bluetooth keyboard.

Step 1

Set your Bluetooth device to "discoverable." This procedure varies by device, so check the instructions that came with it. Typically, to set headphones or a keyboard to Discovery mode, you press and hold a button until the blue light is solid.

Step 2

Go to Bluetooth settings. From the home screen on your iPad, go to "Settings" > "General" > "Bluetooth" to view Bluetooth options. Use the slider to turn Bluetooth on. Your iPad will search for Bluetooth devices that are in Discovery mode.

Step 3

Select the desired device and enter the passcode, if required. Some devices require a passcode, which will be included in the device documentation. Generally, 0000 is a working default code. If you have lost your documentation and 0000 doesn't work, you will need to contact the device manufacturer for the proper code. Once the code is entered properly, the two devices will work together.