The steps required to connect a Bluetooth headset to a phone or other device are not really an exact science, as all brands and models are a little different, but some improvisations and minor inferences will help to get the job done. These steps work with iOS 12, 11 and 10, as well as with Android 9.0, 8.0 and 7.0.
- Make sure your phone and headset are fully charged for the pairing process. A full charge is not needed, but the fact is that you do not want to turn off any device during the pairing process.
- Activate Bluetooth on your phone if it is not already activated, then stay in the settings for the rest of this tutorial. Bluetooth options are normally found in the Device Settings app, but see the first two tips below if you need help.
- Turn on the Bluetooth adapter or hold the pair button (if there is one) for 5 to 10 seconds.
- On your phone, in the Bluetooth settings, search for Bluetooth devices using the SCAN button or an option with the same name. If your phone is searching for Bluetooth devices automatically, just wait for it to appear in the list.
- When the Bluetooth headset appears in the device list, press to pair the two. Or, choose the Pair New Device option or Pair if it appears in a pop-up message, and select the headset. See the tips below if you do not see the headphones or if you are prompted for a password.
- Once your phone has established the connection, a message will probably tell you that the pairing has been successful, whether on the phone, through the headphones or both. For example, some headsets say "connected device" each time they are paired with a phone.
- Make sure both devices are turned on
Just about any synchronization will fail if any of the devices are turned off. This seems like an obvious step, but between power-saving modes and sleep modes, a device that needs to be turned on can actually be turned off. Make sure everything is turned on and ready to be connected, and not locked in standby or in power saving mode.
- Make sure both devices have and support Bluetooth
Start with the basics: Make sure both devices you want to use have and support Bluetooth technology. It's not because a headset is wireless or a stereo is new that Bluetooth is integrated. Look for the Bluetooth logo: a stylized B in an oval. Make sure it is on both devices you are trying to connect.
- Make sure your devices are compatible with each other
Now that we know that both devices have Bluetooth technology, we need to check and make sure both support the same version of Bluetooth. Bluetooth is supposed to be compatible with earlier versions, so an older headset needs to work with something like a new phone. However, there is also a newer protocol called Bluetooth Smart that works with items such as fitness bands. Bluetooth Smart may not be synchronized with older devices. Check your manuals or device information screens and make sure both devices support the same protocols.