Pair a Bluetooth device to your Galaxy phone or tablet

Little girl using a Bluetooth headset with tablet

Galaxy phones and tablets can be connected to many different devices thanks to Bluetooth. If you want to be a DJ for the day and blast music for everyone, connect to Bluetooth speakers. When you want to relax with an audiobook, 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

Most Bluetooth devices will pair to your Galaxy the same way, however some devices may require a support app to connect or operate. Check the instructions for your accessories for anything that may be specific to that device.

  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.

    Bluetooth icon highlighted on the Quick settings panel
  3. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on the phone or tablet, scroll down to Available devices, 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.

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 tap Connections. Tap the switch next to Bluetooth to turn it off.

A quicker way to turn off Bluetooth is through the Quick settings 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, tap Connections, and then tap Bluetooth. Tap the Settings icon next to the device you wish to unpair, 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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