How do I pair Bluetooth headphones on Android?

With Apple getting rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the new iPhone, there has been some speculation as to what's next for Android. Luckily, there is no one, proprietary port that could replace the headphone jack on Android phones… For now. So, whether you want to future-proof yourself or you just want the convenience of wireless headphones, getting a pair of Bluetooth cans isn't a bad idea at all.

All you have to do is pair them with your Android phone and away you go. Here's how!

How to pair Bluetooth headphones to your Android phone

Whether you have a Samsung device or something a little more "pure Android", the process is pretty much the same.

Before you get started, turn on your headphones and make sure they're in pairing mode. Instructions will come with the headphones.

  1. Launch Settings from the Notification Shade, your home screen, or the app drawer.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
  3. Tap the switch to turn Bluetooth on.
  4. Tap the headphones under Available devices.

    Tap Bluetooth, tap the switch to turn it on, tap your headphones in the list of available devices

Your headphones should automatically pair. For some headphones, you may have to hold a pair button during pairing, but for most, you'll just put them into pairing mode, tap them on your phone, and that'll be it. They'll show up in your known devices and automatically connect from then on.


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