Connecting Devices
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While the specific Bluetooth® user interfaces implemented by manufacturers may differ from device to device, there are still some very basic steps to go through in connecting two Bluetooth® enabled devices for the first time. Users should always conduct the pairing process in a secure environment.
Charge the Devices
If the devices are new Bluetooth® devices, often they must be charged before they can connect or turn on. This is particularly true of new Bluetooth® headsets, which must be charged before use.
Power Up the Devices
After you charge your device. Power up the devices you are trying to pair. With some devices, like Bluetooth® wireless headsets, powering up the device also initiates the pairing process. Also initiation of the pairing process can also occur by pressing and holding the device you are trying to pair.
Turn the Bluetooth Functionality On
The Bluetooth® functionality in a device may or may not be turned on when you receive the device. For many computers, users will need to turn the Bluetooth® radio on from the control panel or system preferences. This is also true with cellular phones. You must access the connectivity option on your phone and turn on the Bluetooth application prior to initiation of the pairing process.
Make the Devices Visible
As a security measure, some devices allow the Bluetooth functionality to be off, hidden, or visible. When trying to connect devices, users should make the devices visible so the devices can discover one another. After the devices are paired, users can set the devices to hidden if they have concerns about their devices being discovered by others.
Place Both Devices in the Connection Mode
After both devices are charged, powered up, and the Bluetooth functionality is turned on, each device needs to initiate a communication session. Typically, in a connection between two devices, one device acts as the “host” and the other device acts as the ”guest.” The device in the host role is the one with the user interface from which most of the connection setup will take place. A device can be in the host role with one device and in the guest role with another device. For example, in a phone and wireless headset pairing, the phone is the host. However, in a phone and laptop pairing, the laptop is the host.
Enter the Passcode
After the two devices have discovered one another, the user will be asked to enter in a passcode in one if not both of the devices. In some cases, like with wireless headsets, the passcode is a fixed passcode assigned to the headset by the manufacturer. In those cases, the user enters the assigned passcode into the host device. The user will find this passcode in the user manual. In other cases, the user will be able to enter in his/her own passcode. In these cases, the user will enter the passcode once into each device. It is highly recommended that users employ an eight character alphanumeric passcode for the one-time pairing process.  After the passcode is entered, the devices will validate one another and complete the establishment of a trusted connection.
Deleting or Disconnecting Trusted Devices
When should a user delete or disconnect a trusted device? If one of your Bluetooth enabled devices is lost or stolen, you should unpair that device with all the devices to which it was previously paired. This will ensure that there is no pop-up issues with connectivity and privacy.

How do you unpair or delete a trusted device? For devices like a mobile phone or computer, the user should go into the device connectivity settings and find the list of trusted devices. The user should then have the option of adding a new device or deleting a trusted device. Highlight the device you want to delete and push the delete button. A device like a keyboard or mouse, which only has a button or switch as a user interface, can only connect to one device at a time. To delete its previous trusted device, the mouse or keyboard just needs to be connected to a new device

Need More Direction? Watch it Happen.
Take a look at the photocasts brought to you by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. This provides step-by-step video walkthroughs of the pairing process. See how the different user interfaces will appear and how to complete the connection process. Currently, these photocasts are only available in the English language.
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Specific Pairing Scenarios
Bluetooth Wireless Headset to Bluetooth Mobile Phone
  1. Charge headset (2-6 hours).
  2. Power up the mobile phone.
  3. Find the connectivity settings of the phone (Tools/Settings). Make sure Bluetooth connectivity is on and visible.
  4. Choose to add new Bluetooth device.
  5. Initiate connection session on both devices. To initiate the pairing process on the headset, the user will typically have to press (and possibly hold) a button. For directions more specific to your device, please check the device’s user manual.
  6. Mobile phone will prompt user for passcode. Enter in the passcode assigned to the wireless headset. Usually 1234 or 0000.
  7. Allow devices to complete the pairing process.
  8. You should see some sort of success message.
Bluetooth Personal Computer to a Mouse or Keyboard
  1. Power up the personal computer (PC).
  2. On the PC, open up the control panel and find the Bluetooth Device Wizard. This will assist the user in setting up a Bluetooth connection between the PC and trusted devices.
  3. Ensure the Bluetooth connectivity is turned on in the PC.
  4. Choose to find and add a specific Bluetooth device.
  5. Place the mouse or keyboard in pairing mode. Depending on the device, the user may be pushing a button on the device or the on/off switch in order to place the device in pairing mode.
  6. As the PC discovers devices, it will inform the user which Bluetooth devices it has found.
  7. From the list of devices discovered by the PC, choose the device that the user wishes to establish a trusted link with.
  8. Initiate the pairing process to establish a connection.
  9. A PIN code will be generated by the PC. The user will be prompted by the PC to enter in the PIN code.
  10. If prompted on the PC to choose the Bluetooth services, for the keyboard or the mouse it will be Human Interface Device.
  11. After completed, the user should click Finish.
Bluetooth Stereo Headphones to Bluetooth Mobile Phone
  1. Make sure that both the Bluetooth stereo headphones and the Bluetooth mobile phone support the same Bluetooth audio profiles. In order for the two devices to work together to stream audio, they need to support the same Bluetooth profiles.
  2. Power up the Bluetooth mobile phone.
  3. Find the connectivity settings of the phone. Make sure Bluetooth connectivity is on and visible.
  4. Choose to add new Bluetooth device.
  5. Initiate connection session on both devices. To initiate the pairing process on the stereo headphones, the user will typically have to press a button. For directions more specific to your device, please check the device’s user manual.
  6. Phone will prompt user for a passcode. Enter the passcode assigned to the stereo headphones. This passcode can be found in the user’s manual.
  7. Allow devices to complete the establishment of a trusted link.
Bluetooth Mobile Phone to Bluetooth Personal Computer
  1. Power up both the mobile phone and the personal computer.
  2. On the PC, open up the control panel and find the Bluetooth Device Wizard. This will assist the user in setting up a Bluetooth connection between the PC and trusted devices.
  3. Ensure the Bluetooth connectivity is turned on in the PC.
  4. Find the connectivity settings of the phone. Make sure Bluetooth connectivity is on and visible.
  5. On the PC, choose to find and add a specific Bluetooth device.
  6. Of the devices found, pick the mobile phone with which to pair.
  7. PC will generate a PIN code.
  8. Mobile phone will ask if you wish to be connected to the PC.
  9. After the user answers in the affirmative, the user will be prompted for the PIN code on the mobile phone. Enter the PIN code into the mobile phone, which the PC generated.
  10. Allow devices to complete the establishment of a trusted link.
  11. If prompted on the PC to choose the Bluetooth services, the user may have several services available. The user may be able to sync the phone and PC. The user may be able to set up dial-up networking (DUN) preferences so that the user can use the mobile phone as a modem for the PC over the Bluetooth connection. The user may be able to transfer files, like pictures or business contacts, between the mobile phone and the laptop.
  12. After choosing which services the user wishes to enable, the user can then finish the connection