How to connect and manage Bluetooth devices in Android

We live in the era of digital communication, which means that everything develops faster than ever. 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 technologies. You can use it to wirelessly connect headsets, speakers, keyboards, mice, and other devices. In this tutorial, we show you how to connect Bluetooth devices to your Android smartphone or tablet:

NOTE: Our guide covers smartphones and tablets with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Android 7 Nougat, and Android 8 Oreo. If you do not know the version of Android you have, read this tutorial: What version of Android do I have? 3 ways of checking!

Step 1. Turn on Bluetooth on your device, and on your Android smartphone or tablet

No matter if you want to connect a Bluetooth headset, external speaker, keyboard, or a mouse or a headset, the process is similar and you need to start with enabling Bluetooth on your Android smartphone or tablet, and on the Bluetooth device that you want to connect to it. Here is how to turn on Bluetooth on Android devices: 3 ways to enable or disable Bluetooth, on Android smartphones and tablets.

Enabling Bluetooth on accessories is a different process, that varies between devices. For example, on Bluetooth headsets and speakers, you need to press and hold a button for turning on Bluetooth discoverability. Read the user manual for your Bluetooth device, turn on Bluetooth on it, and move to the second step.

Step 2. Connect the Bluetooth accessory to your Android smartphone or tablet

Depending on the version of Android that you have, you need to choose different things. To help you out we made two sets of screenshots, one near the other: the ones on the left are for Android 8 Oreo, and those on the right are for Android 7 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

First, open Settings, on your Android smartphone or tablet. On Android 8 Oreo, choose “Connected devices,” and then Bluetooth. On Android 7 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, select Bluetooth, right under Wi-Fi.

On Android 8 Oreo, you are shown Bluetooth devices that are already paired, while in Android 7 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow you see both the devices that are paired and those that are available for pairing. To pair a new Bluetooth device in Android 8 Oreo, press “Pair new device.”

In the list of Bluetooth devices that are available for pairing, tap on the name of the device that you want to connect.

Your Android smartphone or tablet pairs with it and then connects to the device, automatically, in just a few seconds. If you chose to pair a Bluetooth keyboard, you are also asked to enter a Bluetooth pairing code on the keyboard. Type the numbers that you see on your Android device, on the Bluetooth keyboard and press Enter. The pairing is then finalized.

That’s it! You are now connected to the device, and you can use it as you see fit.

How to disconnect a Bluetooth device from your Android smartphone or tablet

Go to the list of Bluetooth devices, as shown in the earlier sections.

Then, tap on the name of the Bluetooth device that you want to disconnect. You are asked to confirm your choice. Tap OK, and that Bluetooth device is disconnected.

Bluetooth devices are not forgotten. You can always connect them back to your Android smartphone or tablet, with a simple tap on their name, in the list of available Bluetooth devices.

How to forget a Bluetooth device, or change its permissions, on your Android smartphone or tablet

Forgetting a Bluetooth devices means that Android disconnects it and also deletes its connection data. Therefore, Android will no longer use that Bluetooth device, unless you pair it and connect it again. You can also change the permissions of a Bluetooth device, and set how Android handles it. Both tasks are performed from the same place.

Go to the list of available Bluetooth devices, as shown earlier in this guide. Then, tap on the icon on the right of the device’s name. That icon may look like a settings icon or an information icon. Do not tap on the name of the Bluetooth device, but only on its icon. Now you see its permissions, and buttons for actions, including forgetting or unpairing the device.

If you want to change the permissions of that Bluetooth device, use the available switches to do that. If you want to forget it, tap Forget or Unpair, and you are done.

What kind of Bluetooth devices do you connect to your Android smartphone or tablet?

As you have seen, connecting Bluetooth accessories and devices to your Android smartphone or tablet is an easy thing to do. Before closing this tutorial, we would like to know what kind of Bluetooth devices you use with your Android smartphone or tablet. Comment below and let’s discuss.