How to connect Bluetooth devices with your Android smartphone or tablet

We live in the era of digital communication, which means that everything develops really fast. Just a couple of years ago, being a technology fan meant “being wired”, but nowadays everything is going wireless. Bluetooth is one of the most versatile radio communications means. You can use it to wirelessly connect keyboards, mice, headsets and you can even use it to transfer files. In this tutorial, we will show you how to connect Bluetooth devices to your Android smartphone or tablet. Don’t worry, you only need to t ake a couple of easy steps!

NOTE: For this tutorial we used a OnePlus One smartphone running CyanogenOS 12.1 based on Android 5.1.1. This ROM is very similar to the stock Android experience, so you should have no problem finding the settings mentioned here. If your device’s interface is heavily modified, please refer to the device’s user manual or the manufacturer’s support website for additional information.

How to connect Bluetooth devices with an Android smartphone

No matter if you want to connect a Bluetooth keyboard, a mouse or a headset, the process is the same: you have to turn on Bluetooth, search for your peripheral and pair it with your Android device. Let’s see how you do that with a simple Nokia Bluetooth headset for example.

First, let’s turn on Bluetooth: start by tapping the All apps icon on the home screen.

Then tap Settings to access the device’s settings.

Right on top, under the Wireless & networks label you will find the Bluetooth setting: tap the switch next to it in order to turn it on.

After the Bluetooth chip is enabled, tap the Bluetooth label to access its additional options.

Once you have entered this menu, your Android device will immediately start looking for nearby Bluetooth devices, and you will see them displayed in the list of Available devices, as soon as they are found. Tap the name of the device you want to connect to: in our case, it is a Nokia headset.

Note that your other Bluetooth enabled device must be turned on and ready to connect. Sometimes there is a button you need to press on it in order for it to start accepting Bluetooth connections. Consult your device’s user manual if required.

After tapping the device’s name, your Android smartphone or tablet will pair with and then connect to the device.

That’s it! You are now connected to the device and you can see that in the Bluetooth menu. You can now use your device until you turn off Bluetooth or delete the pairing.

It’s good to know that your Android device will actively search for other Bluetooth devices only for a short period of time. But, even if you turn the other device on too late, you don’t need to exit and re-enter the menu to search again. Instead, tap the three dots in the top right corner.

Now tap Refresh. This will start a new search and find any Bluetooth devices nearby.