Most of the smartphones we have, for instance, have the Bluetooth feature that can be used to connect to other devices. The idea is to make data transfer easier and hassle free. However, when you want to pair your devices, there are some initial steps and stages that you need to take. If you are completely new at this, these are the stages.
Discovery Mode Activated
Before you can make any pair up an action, you need to activate the Bluetooth first. You see, most devices have this Bluetooth feature, but the feature isn’t constantly on. It’s designed that way to save up battery. You can’t pair any devices – no matter how close they are put next to each other – if the Bluetooth isn’t turned on.
The first thing you need to do is to activate the Bluetooth in discovery mode. How do to do it depends greatly on the type of device you have. if it is a mouse or keyboard, you may be required to hold a certain button for a while until you see a light signal is turned on. The same thing may apply to a headset. In most smartphones, you only need to click on the available feature and it will be automatically on; it is mostly found in the setting section. If you are totally clueless about how to operate your device, it won’t hurt to check the manual. You can also watch the videos below.
In most computers, tablets, or smartphones, the Bluetooth section is basically easy to find, although the placement is different from one device to another.
On Mac, you need to access the Bluetooth setting screen
On Windows, choose the Control Panel and look for Bluetooth option. Click on the option “Change Bluetooth Setting” and make sure that you enable the option for “Allow Bluetooth device to find this computer/PC”
Keep in mind that you only need to make the device discoverable when you are going to connect to it; not from it. for instance, you want to connect the Android phone to a headset. Make sure to activate the discovery mode on the headset, not the phone.
Once you have activated the discovery mode, go to the Bluetooth device screen or settings. You should be able to see lists of nearby devices. Make sure that the device is enabled or turned on. The method is quite easy in some of the popular OS:
iPad and iPhone. Go to Settings and click the Bluetooth icon located on the top part of the list.
Go to Settings, choose Wireless & Networks, and you should see the Bluetooth option. Click on it.
Go to Control Panel, go to Devices and Printers, choose “Add a Device”.
Mac OS X. Go to Apple menu and choose System Preferences. Simply click on the available Bluetooth icon there.
Chrome OS. You should be able to see the status area, generally located on the bottom side right corner. When a pop-up appears, choose the Bluetooth status.
It depends on the type of desktop and distribution. If you are using Ubuntu’s Unity device, you should be able to see a gear menu located on the top right side of the screen. Choose System Settings, and click on Bluetooth icon there.
Other devices. The Bluetooth is basically easy to find. Simply go to the Setting screen and you should be able to figure it out.
When you are presented with a list of discoverable devices, you only need to choose one. However, you may be required to enter a PIN code so pairing up action can be executed. In most devices, the code is displayed on the screen. For instance, when you have to pair up your phone to the computer, the code will be displayed on the phone’s screen. All you have to do is typing it on the computer.
In most cases, the code will be provided and displayed. However, when you can’t find the code, simply enter the code “0000” – it mostly works in most devices. But if it still fails, you can search around the web or consult your device’s documentation. After both the devices are paired up, they should be able to ‘see’ each other and communicate. In case you want to connect them again next time, you don’t have to repeat these stages from the beginning anymore. These stages are only applicable when you want to connect to other devices or you remove the data that were previously stored. It’s not that hard, is it? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist just to pair up devices with Bluetooth.