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How do I connect my headphones/earbuds via Bluetooth?

Yes, your new Bluetooth headphones or earbuds have arrived. From now on, the music you'll be playing from your smartphone or tablet will always have good sound quality. First, though, you'll have to connect the 2 devices. In this article, you'll read how to do this in a simple way. Below, select your smartphone's or tablet's operating system:

How do I connect my iPhone to Bluetooth headphones/earbuds?

The following steps explain how to connect an Apple smartphone with iOS to your Bluetooth headphones/earbuds.

Preparation

Preparation
  • Make sure the latest updates have been installed on your iPhone.
  • Charge your iPhone to at least 60%.
  • Fully charge your Bluetooth headphones or earbuds.

Step 1: open Settings

Step 1: open Settings

Go to your smartphone's Settings menu. Tap the gray gear icon to access Settings.

Step 2: tap Bluetooth

Step 2: tap Bluetooth

Bluetooth is 1 of the first options you'll see after opening the Settings menu. Tap this option to continue.

Step 3: turn on Bluetooth

Step 3: turn on Bluetooth

At the top of the Bluetooth menu, you'll see whether Bluetooth is active on your iPhone. If the switch is green, that means Bluetooth is on. If it isn't, tap the switch.

Step 4: turn on your headphones/earbuds

Step 4: turn on your headphones/earbuds

Turn on your headphones/earbuds. Usually, you'll need to hold the power button for a while to turn on the headphones or earbuds. Check the manual if you're not sure how to turn them on.

Step 5: set your headphones/earbuds to discoverable mode

Step 5: set your headphones/earbuds to discoverable mode

If your headphones or earbuds are new, you can skip this step and go to step 6. If you've connected the headphones or earbuds to another device before, you'll need to manually set them to discoverable mode. In this mode, they can be detected. In many cases, you can turn on this mode by pressing and holding the power button. If this doesn't work, look in the manual for your headphones or earbuds.

Step 6: hold your iPhone close to your headphones

Step 6: hold your iPhone close to your headphones

After a while, you'll notice the headphones or earbuds have appeared on screen. This is displayed under 'Other devices'. In most cases, it'll show your headphones' or earbuds' model or brand. Tap the name and your iPhone will establish a connection to the headphones.

Last step: enter the PIN code if necessary

In some cases, you'll be asked for a PIN code or access code. You'll find this standard code in your headphones' manual. You can also always try entering the code '0000' or '1234'. The devices are connected now. The next time you turn on your headset, it will automatically connect to your phone.

How do I connect my Android smartphone to a pair of Bluetooth headphones/earbuds?

The following steps explain how to connect an Android smartphone to your Bluetooth headphones/earbuds.

Preparation

  • Make sure the latest updates have been installed on your smartphone.
  • Charge your smartphone to at least 60%.
  • Fully charge your Bluetooth headphones or earbuds.

Step 1: open All Apps

Step 1: open All Apps

Connecting Bluetooth devices is done in the Settings menu. This menu can be found in the list of all apps. Tap the icon with the dots on the bottom of your screen to open the list of all apps.

Step 2: open Settings

Step 2: open Settings

Tap the gear icon to access the Settings menu.

Step 3: tap Bluetooth

Step 3: tap Bluetooth

Bluetooth is 1 of the first options you'll see after opening the Settings menu. Tap this option to continue.

Step 4: turn on Bluetooth

Step 4: turn on Bluetooth

At the top of the Bluetooth menu, you'll see whether Bluetooth is active on your smartphone. If the switch is green, that means Bluetooth is on. If it isn't, tap the switch.

Step 5: turn on your headphones/earbuds

Step 5: turn on your headphones/earbuds

Turn on your headphones/earbuds. Check the manual if you're not sure how to turn them on.

Step 6: set your headphones/earbuds to discoverable mode

Step 6: set your headphones/earbuds to discoverable mode

If your headphones or earbuds are new, you can skip this step and go to step 7. If you've connected the headphones or earbuds to another device before, you'll need to manually set them to discoverable mode. In this mode, they can be detected. In many cases, you can turn on this mode by pressing and holding the power button. If this doesn't work, look in the manual for your headphones or earbuds.

Step 7: hold your smartphone close to your headphones

Step 7: hold your smartphone close to your headphones

After a while, you'll notice the headphones or earbuds have appeared on screen. This is displayed under 'Available devices'. In most cases, it'll show your headphones' or earbuds' model or brand. Tap the name and your smartphone will establish a connection to the headphones.

Last step: enter the PIN code if necessary

In some cases, you'll be asked for a PIN code or access code. You'll find this standard code in your headphones' manual. You can also always try entering the code '0000' or '1234'.

You're done!

Both devices are now connected. Next time you turn on your headphones, it'll automatically try to connect to your phone. Check if the connection is successful by playing a music file on your smartphone. The sound should now be played through your headphones or earbuds. Don't hear anything at all? Turn up the volume on both your smartphone and your headphones.


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