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How To Video: Pair a Bluetooth device with your Android phone

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How To Video: Pair a Bluetooth device with your Android phone

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Everything uses Bluetooth these days and connecting devices to your Android phone should be easy, but if you're a bit confused, Antuan shows you how to pair a Bluetooth device in this how-to.

-It seems like everything uses bluetooth to connect these days from wireless headsets to speakerphones to whole car audio systems and connecting these devices to your Android phone should be easy, but if you're a bit confused, that's also okay. I'm Antuan Goodwin with cnet.com and I'm here to show you how to pair almost any bluetooth device with your Android phone. The first thing you'll need to do is make sure bluetooth is actually active and enabled on your handset. From the home screen, hit the Menu button and then select Settings. In the resulting list, select Wireless and Networks, look for an option for Bluetooth and make sure that check box is filled. Now, power up your bluetooth device. Today, we're using the Motorola Roadster bluetooth speakerphone. Once it's powered up, pick your phone back up and head back to that same screen you were just on. Now, select Bluetooth settings. The handset should then begin scanning for bluetooth devices in the area, so give it a moment or two. Now, if there are a lot of devices around, say you're in an office or big public environment, you may have to scroll through the list to find the device that you're looking for. When it appears, simply tap it. Now, some devices will automatically pair at this point. Others will ask for a four-digit pin. The safe bet usually is 0-0-0-0 but, sometimes, car audio system may provide a unique four- to five-digit pin that you'll need to input. Now, after a moment of wireless communication, you should be all synced up and ready to use your new bluetooth device. For subsequent connections to already paired devices, the Android should automatically repair and allow you to resume using your bluetooth speakers or a headset or whatever, but if you have multiple paired devices running in the same area, you may have to manually connect to one of them, simply return to that Bluetooth setting screen you were just on and find your paired device in the list of previously paired devices. Now, click on it and you should be paired up. You can even press and hold to gain access to more options; for example, some bluetooth speakerphones can also be used for audio streaming. Well, there you have it. The world of wireless connectivity is open before you. Experiment with pairing your Android phone to all sorts of bluetooth-enabled devices from headsets to headphones to cars to computers. Check out the Android Atlas blog for even more tips and tricks and CNET TV for even more how-to videos. I'm Antuan Goodwin with cnet.com showing you how it's done.

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