Pair a Bluetooth device to your Galaxy phone or tablet

Little girl using a Bluetooth headset with tablet

Bluetooth lets you connect your Galaxy phone or tablet to many different devices. Turn it into a concert hall by connecting it to Bluetooth speakers, or forgo the tangled mess of headphone wires and pair with some Bluetooth headphones.

Note: The available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version.

Connect to a Bluetooth device

Got a Bluetooth device you want to pair with? You have two ways to do it: through Settings or the Notification Panel.

  1. First, make sure your Bluetooth device is in pairing mode and that your phone is tablet turned on.

  2. On the phone or tablet, open the Quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of the screen. Touch and hold the Bluetooth icon to open the Bluetooth settings menu.

  3. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on the phone or tablet, and then select the device you want to pair to.

  4. It may be necessary to tap OK on the phone or tablet to confirm the pairing. Additionally, some devices may require a PIN or verification step. Check the Bluetooth device's manual for any additional requirements.

Bluetooth connection list on a Galaxy phone

You can control connected Bluetooth devices like earbuds or a smart TV using the built-in Media and Device panels on your phone or tablet.

Turn off Bluetooth

When you're finished using your Bluetooth devices for the day, it’s a good idea to turn off Bluetooth to save some battery life.

To disable Bluetooth, open Settings, and then search for and select Bluetooth. To turn off Bluetooth, tap the switch.

A quicker way to turn off Bluetooth is through the Notification panel. Swipe down from the top of the screen, and then tap the Bluetooth icon.

Bluetooth is disabled on a Galaxy phone


Unpair a Bluetooth device

Sometimes, you'll need to unpair a Bluetooth device in order to add a new device. Unpairing a device may also help with connectivity problems.

From Settings, search for and select Bluetooth, and then tap Bluetooth. Select the device you wish to unpair. Tap Settings, and then tap Unpair.

Unpair highlighted on a Galaxy phone

My Bluetooth device won't connect

If you are having trouble connecting your Bluetooth device to your phone or tablet, there are a few things you can try to help make the connection complete.

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