If you haven’t already got a pair of wireless headphones, what are you waiting for? From smashing your goals at the gym to breaking up the daily commute, they make everyday life much more bearable. If you’ve already treated yourself to a shiny new pair, read on to get set up… and clued up.
How to connect Bluetooth headphones
Okay, so you’ve unboxed your new headphones, and you can’t want to pair them up with your smartphone or one of your other favourite devices. The first thing you need to do is put your headphones in ‘pairing’ mode.
If you’re not sure how to do this, check the instruction manual. The exact method varies, but it usually involves switching your headphones on, and holding the multi-function button for a few second (that’s the button you press to answer a call).
Now you need to turn on your phone’s Bluetooth settings.
- If you’ve got an iPhone, you can do this in Settings > Bluetooth
- If you’ve got an Android phone, go to Settings > Device Connection
When your phone’s Bluetooth is switched on, it’ll be able to communicate with other nearby Bluetooth devices. So make sure your phone and headphones are nice and close together, wait for just a few seconds, and the name of your headphones should appear on your smartphone display. Tap on the name, and when you’re successfully paired you’ll see a confirmation message like“connection established” or something similar.
Your headphones will also do something to confirm a successful connection. You’ll probably either hear a noise or see a flashing light.
Can I pair multiple Bluetooth devices?
It all depends on your device. Some phones, such as the Huawei P30 or Samsung Galaxy S10, let you connect two different pairs of Bluetooth headphones. So you and your friend can enjoy listening to the same tunes together – or even watch a movie if you’ve got a big-screen smartphone like the Google Pixel 3 XL.
There are also a few apps which let you connect multiple Bluetooth speakers to one device, like AmpMe. Check it out if you’re interested.
Why is my Bluetooth not working?
If your Bluetooth isn’t working, there are a few things you can try to get it up and running again.
1. Turn both the Bluetooth and your device off and on again (yes, we know it’s an obvious one!)
2. Double-check that your devices are paired and connected (you might need to search for it on your smartphone again)
3. Restart your device
Hopefully, one of those suggestions should solve the issue!
Just to round things up, here are a few common Bluetooth issues, with tips on how to solve them.
Location, location, location
Some devices have a shorter range of connectivity than others. So if you think your devices might be a little too far away from each other, try moving them closer together.
If your Bluetooth is playing up, try ‘unsaving’ the saved connection on the device you want it to connect to. Then re-pair the devices again.
If all else fails, double check that the devices are compatible with each other. For example, some devices might be Bluetooth-enabled but not compatible with Android devices – it does happen!
We hope we’ve given you some useful advice about connecting Bluetooth headphones to your phone. If we’ve missed anything out, go ahead and ask a question below.