How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones with an Android Phone

For on-the-go individuals, Bluetooth headphones are the most comfortable and convenient phone accessories. With these headphones, you can make and receive calls without having to hold or touch your Android device. You can even listen to music while commuting or going for a morning jog. As long as your Android device is Bluetooth-enabled, you can pair Bluetooth headphones with it.

In case you don’t know how to connect Bluetooth headphones with an Android phone yet, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. We’ll start with how to switch on your device’s Bluetooth.

How to Switch on Your Device’s Bluetooth

Before you can start Bluetooth pairing with Android, you need to switch on Bluetooth on your Android device. Here’s how:

  • Access the Notification shade of your device by swiping down from the top or swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Scroll sideways or downwards to see the Bluetooth icon.
  • Switch on your device’s Bluetooth feature by tapping it.
  • If you want to switch off Bluetooth, perform steps 1 to 3, again.

How to Pair Your Bluetooth Headphones with an Android Device

If you purchased your first ever Bluetooth headphone, we suggest you charge it first before you initiate pairing. Once it is ready, switch it on and prepare it for pairing by following the instructions that came with your purchase. Then, do the steps below:

  • On your Android device, open the Notification shade, which you can access by sliding up or down of your screen.
  • Press and hold the Bluetooth icon to open the Bluetooth settings.
  • Select Pair New Devices. At this point, some Android devices will start scanning for visible devices nearby, but others will require you to tap the Scan button.
  • Select the name of the Bluetooth headphone you want to pair with your device. Sometimes, a PIN code will be asked for pairing. You can verify this in the user guide that came with your Bluetooth headphone.
  • Your Android device and headphone will attempt to pair and connect. When it is successful, both will stay connected, and you will see a headphone icon appear on top of your Android device’s screen.

How to Pair Your Bluetooth Headphone Through NFC

Ever heard of NFC or Near-Field Communication? This fantastic feature is used by some manufacturers of Bluetooth headphones to make pairing a breeze. NFC tags that contain the name of the device’s name are implanted inside Bluetooth headphones. When a pairing request is initiated, you can easily connect without having to go to your device’s Bluetooth settings. Believe it or not, pairing an NFC-enabled Bluetooth headphone is easy as 1, 2, 3. Here’s how you do it:

  • Go to Settings -> Connected Devices.
  • Tap Connections or scroll down to find NFC.
  • Switch on NFC by toggling the switch.

Now, if you cannot find the NFC settings anywhere on your device, chances are, your device does not support NFC. So, you need to switch it on manually.

  • Make sure your Android device is near your Bluetooth headphone. Next, tap the NFC icon on your Bluetooth headphone.
  • A message will pop on your Android device’s screen asking if you agree to pair your device with the headphone. Tap Yes.
  • That’s it. You have paired your Bluetooth headphone with your Android device via NFC.

Here is an important reminder. NFC only works within a short range. Thus, if you position your phone near the NFC icon on the headphone and it still does not work, you might need to slide your phone a bit closer to it. The NFC sensor is often located near the middle of the headphone and somewhere near the top of the back of an Android device.

How to Unpair Your Bluetooth Headphone with Your Android Device

Bluetooth headphones can be paired with different devices, but there are times when you need to unpair it with a particular device first so that others can use it. Here’s how to unpair a Bluetooth headphone from your device:

  • Open the Notification shade on your Android device.
  • Select and hold the Bluetooth icon to open Bluetooth settings.
  • Find the name of the Bluetooth headphone in the list and tap the settings gear next to it.
  • Select Unpair or Forget.
  • A message will pop asking you to confirm unpairing. Press Yes.
  • Your Android device should already forget the pairing. If you need to listen to your favorite song again, you will need to pair, back, your Android device.

Other Useful Tips

As you enjoy good music using your newly paired Bluetooth headphone, your Android device might experience lag issues. It is especially true if you’ve got a lot of files on your device. Don’t let these files ruin your listening experience. Download and install Outbyte Android Care now. This app will close the background programs and apps that are slowing down your device, ensuring it performs best at all times.

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