How Do You Get Bluetooth to Work on Samsung Phones?

by Amy McClain

Many Samsung phones come with Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth allows you to connect to other Bluetooth enabled devices without wires over short distances -- up to 33 feet. You can use Bluetooth on your Samsung phone to connect to a wireless accessory, such as a headset or speaker, to give you hands-free call capability. You may also connect to another phone and exchange information, such as a photo or sound clip. In both instances, you'll need to create a connection through the pairing process.

Bluetooth Power Settings

1

Open the main menu and choose "Bluetooth."

2

Highlight the "On" option to turn Bluetooth on.

3

Press the "Select" key. Choose "Discoverable" if you wish other nearby Bluetooth devices to be able to locate your phone.

4

Choose "Off" to turn off Bluetooth. This conserves battery life when the feature is not in use.

Pairing With Other Devices

1

Press the "Menu" key and choose "Bluetooth." Select "Add New."

2

Select the appropriate device type such as headset, car kit, phone etc. from the list that appears.

3

Check that the device you are pairing with has Bluetooth set to "On" and is either in pairing or discoverable mode. You can usually put headsets or other accessories in pairing mode by pressing the "Power" button for about ten seconds. See your user guide for details.

4

Highlight the device from your Samsung when the name appears in the list of discovered devices. Press "OK."

5

Enter the pairing passkey if prompted. For accessories, the passkey is usually "0000" or "1234." For other devices with a keyboard -- such as a phone or PC -- you will need to enter a matching passkey of your choosing on each device. Press "OK."

Connecting to A Paired Accessory

1

Turn on the accessory and make sure it is within range of your phone.

2

Open your phone's menu and choose "Tools," and then "Bluetooth." Set Bluetooth to "On."

3

Press "Accept" when prompted to connect to the accessory.

4

Turn the accessory off to disconnect it from your handset.

Sending Items With Bluetooth

1

Press "Menu" and choose the folder containing the item you wish to send. (Select "Contacts" to send a phone book contact via Bluetooth, or choose "Photos" to send a picture using Bluetooth.)

2

Pair your phone with the device you are sending the item to. The recipient device should be on, in range and set to "Discoverable."

3

Check the desired contact by highlighting and pressing "OK," or highlight the desired picture and press "OK," etc.

4

Press "Send Contact" or "Options," "Send via Bluetooth" for photos. Your phone will search for nearby devices.

5

Select the name of the recipient device from the list of found devices. Choose "Yes" to begin the file transfer.

6

Accept the file transfer on the receiving device when prompted.

About the Author

Amy McClain has worked as both a feature writer and a copy editor for a prestigious daily newspaper. She also enjoys writing as a hobby and takes creative writing courses in her free time. She has worked in sales and marketing for a wireless company for over seven years.

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