How to Use a Bluetooth Headset for a Bluetooth MP3 Player

By Shawn McClain

A Bluetooth headset lets you listen to audio material anywhere.
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For businesspeople looking to stay up-to-date while on the move, an MP3 player can hold a vast amount of audio seminars, audiobooks and podcasts concerning your business or industry. If your MP3 player can utilize Bluetooth technology, it can allow you to listen to the device through a wireless Bluetooth headset. To use the headset and MP3 player together, you first have to establish a connection between the two devices, a process called pairing.

Charge both your Bluetooth headset and MP3 player for about 20 minutes to ensure that they have enough of a charge to complete the pairing process.

Place your Bluetooth headset into pairing mode. This process will vary according to your headset model, although most modern Bluetooth headsets will automatically enter this mode when you turn them on if they don't locate a previously paired device in the area. Consult your Bluetooth headset's manual for specific instructions on getting the headset into pairing mode.

Access the main menu on your MP3 player, then enter the Bluetooth menu. On some devices, the Bluetooth menu may be located under the "Settings," "Tools" or "Audio" menus.

Activate Bluetooth technology on the MP3 player, if necessary.

Select the "Find," "Search," "Add" or "Headset" options, depending on your model of MP3 player, to have the player start searching for nearby Bluetooth devices.

Select your Bluetooth headset from the list of devices that appear on the MP3 player's screen. When asked for a passcode, enter the pairing code to complete the process. The specific pairing code will be included in the user manual, but many headsets use "0000" by default. Your headset, when powered on, will now automatically connect to your MP3 player.


Some MP3 players may require that they also be in pairing, or discoverable, mode to operate. Turn this mode "On" from the device's Bluetooth menu.