How do I pair Bluetooth headphones with my Android phone?

Whether you already have Bluetooth headphones lying around, or you are planning on purchasing a pair, you can easily pair them with your Android device to enjoy all of your favorite sounds.

How to turn on Bluetooth on Android

Before you can pair anything, you will need to make sure your Android device has Bluetooth on.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
  2. Tap on the Bluetooth symbol.

    Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade and then tap on the Bluetooth symbol.

You can turn off Bluetooth at any time by following the same steps. If the Bluetooth symbol is grayed out, as pictured in the middle screenshot above, that means Bluetooth is currently off. If the symbol is colored in (usually white or green) — like the right screenshot displayed above — that means it's on.

How to pair Bluetooth headphones on Android

Before you get started, make sure your Bluetooth headphones are turned on and in pairing mode. Each pair of headphones will probably be a little bit different, so consult the information that came with your pair before you proceed.

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade. Depending on which Android phone you have, you may have to swipe twice.
  2. Tap on the word Bluetooth.

    Swipe down from the top of the screen to reveal the Notification Shade and then tap on the word Bluetooth.

  3. Tap on More Settings button.
  4. Tap on the name of your Bluetooth headphones.

    Tap on More Settings button and then tap on the name of your Bluetooth headphones.

Your headphones should now pair with your phone automatically.