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How to use Bluetooth

Updated on December 1, 2014

What is Bluetooth?

I had no idea what Bluetooth was until my friends started talking about their Bluetooth-capable devices and how they had no idea how to use it. I decided to look it up, and here is what I found:

Bluetooth is a way to connect and transfer information between things like cell phones, laptops and PCs, printers, digital cameras, and video game consoles using radio frequencies securely.

According to the official Bluetooth site, "Bluetooth wireless technology is a short-range communications technology intended to replace the cables connecting portable and/or fixed devices while maintaining high levels of security. The key features of Bluetooth technology are robustness, low power, and low cost. The Bluetooth specification defines a uniform structure for a wide range of devices to connect and communicate with each other."

It's nice because it's cheap, automatic, and doesn't require annoying wires!


How to use Bluetooth - by Nokia

To set up Bluetooth on your phone

1. Go to Menu, select Connect or Connections or Connectivity:

Note! If the above steps do not work, please consult the user manual.

2. Bluetooth - Select On to enable Bluetooth.

3. My telephone's visibility - Select Shown to all if you want your device to be found by other Bluetooth devices. If you select Hidden, your device cannot be found by other devices.

4. My Bluetooth name - Define a name for your device. After you have activated your Bluetooth service and changed My phone's visibility to Shown to all, your phone and this name can be seen by other Bluetooth device users.

Sending data via Bluetooth

If your phone supports the Bluetooth 1.1 specification or earlier, you can only have one Bluetooth connection running on your phone at any one time.

1. Select or open the file you wish to send. For example, to send a photo to another device, open the Gallery application.

2. Select the file you wish to send, then select Options > Send > via Bluetooth.

3. The phone starts to search for devices within range.

Devices using Bluetooth technology that are within range will appear on the display. You should see a device icon, the device's name, the device type, or a short name. (A paired device is one where a Bluetooth connection already exists between your phone and the other device.)

• To interrupt the search, press Stop. The device list freezes and you can start to form a connection to one of the devices already found.

If you have searched for devices earlier, a list of the devices that were found previously is shown first. To start a new search, select More devices. If you switch off the phone, the list of devices is cleared and the device search needs to be started again before sending data.

4. Scroll to the device you want to connect with and press Select. The item you are sending is copied to Outbox and the note Connecting is shown.

5. Pairing (if this is not required by the other device, proceed to step 6.)

• If the other device requires pairing before data can be transmitted, a tone sounds and you are asked to enter a passcode. • Create your own passcode (1-16 characters long, numeric) and agree with the owner of the other device to use the same code. This passcode is used only once and you do not have to memorise it. • After pairing, the device is saved to the Paired devices view.

6. When the connection has been successfully established, the note Sending data is shown. Data received via Bluetooth can be found in the Inbox folder in Messaging. Tip: Pairing is a means of authentication. The users of the devices using Bluetooth technology should agree together what the passcode is, and use the same passcode for both devices in order to pair them. Devices that do not have a user interface have a preset passcode.

Checking the status of the Bluetooth connection

• When the Bluetooth icon is shown in standby mode, Bluetooth is active.

• When the Bluetooth icon is blinking, your phone is trying to connect to the other device. • When the Bluetooth icon is shown continuously, the Bluetooth connection is active.

Receiving data via Bluetooth

When you receive data via Bluetooth, a message alert tone is played and you are asked if you want to accept the message. If you accept, the item is placed in the Inbox folder in Messaging.

Disconnecting Bluetooth

A Bluetooth connection is disconnected automatically after sending or receiving data.



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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all for your comments! Hezekiah, I didn't know that!

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      Hezekiah 5 years ago from Japan

      Thank for the details info and know how. Did you know that Ninento Wii controllers are Bluetooth? You can configure them to work with the PC.

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      Karina 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Great explanation. Very informative and useful!

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      KC Gupta 5 years ago

      How to use blue tooth on acer laptop. Whenever I press relevant button the system does not accept

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      rashed 5 years ago

      Just saying hi and try for this post.

      Learn more

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      veebeeyes 6 years ago

      I purchased a bluetooth Nokia BH 503. But now I am not able to connect it to my mobile, Micromax X235. So what are the precautions we should take before buying a bluetooth ?

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      louromano 6 years ago

      Nice hub ! Bluetooth is difficult to install without a proper manual.

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      Gama 6 years ago

      I want to knw that how to retrive the device name which are recently connected or paried with my mobile.. Have any software for it? Tel me pls cal on +919764350158

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      Java Programs 6 years ago from India

      I have Samsung Galaxy Tablet , knowingly or unknowingly I use bluetooth technology the most when i want to share music, videos , multimedia.... etc .....

      Great info .... keep the good work up ......

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      ap100 6 years ago from India

      Great Info for the starters.. Very well explained..

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      coastairchief 6 years ago

      You miss the most obvious of all pieces of information - the hardware necessary to connect the devices with blue tooth capability

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      Laura 6 years ago

      How do I use my blue tooth to play pandora through my Envoy? I keep emailing GMC to ask if my make and model is compandible, but they want to charg me $15 to answer my question.. shouldn't that just be a curtiousness?

      If you can help great


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      p. 6 years ago

      ok gota question. I have a lgenvy that is ragged so my boyfriend picked me one up at a local thrift type store just like it. I am always iffy on using these phones with an unknown past. I havnt activated it yet so just messin around i decide to pair em up to try and transfer some pics... I notice that on the newer phone the old phone is named lg and and on the old phone the newer one is named jabra vrt4050. that's what it said when paired. is that normal or could this phone be spyin on me? just wonderin with all the noseys out there.

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      miley 6 years ago

      I love bluethooth it works a lot. Thxs

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      NewOrleansFlair 6 years ago from Louisiana

      Great topic. Seems I can't live without it...especially in the corporate world (always on the go). Thanks.

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      strubin10 6 years ago

      thnx!that waz so helpful!

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      lemmy 6 years ago

      so how do you get bluetooth to work on your laptop?

    • profile image 6 years ago

      how do i use my bluetooth on my lenovo laptop? It says 'make sure that your bluetooth radio is turned on or plugged in and try this operation again' ????????????????????????????????????

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      pratik 6 years ago

      bogas item 6

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      Smab 6 years ago

      Omg! Thnk u sooo much! We were about 2 find out that my hubby's phone sux 4 Bluetooth BUT @ the same time we found out that he was eligible 4 an upgrade!! Thnx 2 U???? so we're count'n down 2 the day 4 his upgrade coz well pay $0.01!!!????

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      TheNsa 6 years ago

      Very Useful hub. One thing bothers me when I use my bluetooth which is sometimes people think I am talking to myself, since they sometimes can't see the bluetooth on my ear.

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      Brown 6 years ago

      Does anyone know how to activate the bluetooth on Samsung S5230 Tocco Lite? I got this phone recently but unable to activate the bluetooth!

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      David 6 years ago

      Please my dear friends am rili confused now. When i search my friends blueetooth with my nokia2700classic phone it won't get the other device but all d devices are visible. PLEASE HELP ME OUT. HOW CAN I MAKE IT TO SEARCH AN RECOGNIZE OTHER BLUETOOTH DEVICES. I WIL REALY APPRECIATE IF U WILL HELP ME. THANKS ALOT

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      jerry 6 years ago

      is there a bluetooth module that can enable bluetooth for mobile phones without bluetooth?

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      UNKNOWEN 6 years ago

      K when i go to bluetooth on a phone and pick the options of the highlighted device the options menu shows up and u can pick device info. okay now here's the problem its from another phone in the room and i want to call the phone that the bluetooth device is showen but it dosent show a number in the device info. how elas would i get the number of the other phone? could i use the Bluetooth address in google to find out the number or something? need help to get the number of the phone that i paired with.

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      Lilane 6 years ago

      Am trying to transfer my movies from laptop to my iphone guys,but it says.service file transfer is not on device iphone,although both devices are already connected.

      Anyone can tell me ? Cheers guys !

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      Ravi Singh 6 years ago from India

      Nice and handy info.thanks and voted up!

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      Rose  6 years ago

      How do you create a passcode for both a phone and laptop..?

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      BestAbsWorkouts 6 years ago

      A Great introduction to Bluetooth. It's a fantastic technology and really easy to use but so many people are confused by new technology so it's good to see such an easy to understand article on the topic.

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      Hemant Babel 6 years ago

      ear sir,

      I have bought Samsung Wave II GT-S8530 on 5/2/2011. This handset is

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      henry 6 years ago

      really do not know to to use bluetooth. I have ever used red infrared to pass document through cell phone. This article is useful. I will try to use it according to your explaination.

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      james 6 years ago

      am trying to send a video from a samsung to my computer, but the program on the phone says no devices found. Wondering what i need to do

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      sonogroupteam 7 years ago from SONO Group Team

      Well! very nice and completely covered all questions related bluetooth.... Thanks!!!

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      vinner 7 years ago from India

      Very useful and working instructions. Thanks for your works and expecting more. Now following

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      Ankush Kohli 7 years ago from India

      Really useful. Many of my friends curious to know how to use bluetooth on their laptops as they love to listen songs & grasp pics. Worth to share...

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      ash 7 years ago

      can i get free bluetooth for my pc..??

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      afzal df 7 years ago

      claude from KIE 3 months ago

      Thank you for those good info.What can I add is that Bluetooth is occurred in the distance of 100m.Ok thank you again

      Beston 2 months ago

      Thanks for all the info,pls can a pregnant women know that she is pregnant with the help of bluetooth? I confuse

      billrobinson 2 weeks ago

      Technology is always a good help for us. But let's make use of it properly. Thanks for this post.

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      Beston 7 years ago

      Thanks for all the info,pls can a pregnant women know that she is pregnant with the help of bluetooth? I confuse

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      claude from KIE 7 years ago

      Thank you for those good info.What can I add is that Bluetooth is occurred in the distance of 100m.Ok thank you again

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      toddlergirlcloth 7 years ago

      Hi! Blue tooth is small but very useful. Your Hub is really nice I like it so much. I Rated, Bookmarked, Followed and Shared it. Thanks for sharing information. If you have a chance visit me on my new Hub Page. It will be a great pleasure to me. =)

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      adorababy 7 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      Bluetooth is now really popular and keeps getting popular as time passes by. It is now widely used across countries and almost by everyone.

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      Shelco 7 years ago

      How do i connect my acer laptop to my phone and send pics using bluetooth, i am new to all this and when i press the bluetooth button it just says 'No Device' Can someone help,,,, PLEASE, thanks all :)

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      Taylor Moore 7 years ago

      My friend sent me some thing via bluetooth and i checks but nothing was in my inbox. is there any place else that they can send them

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      Dave353 7 years ago

      Great Hub full of useful info. i only recently got into using Blue-tooth on my phone because every time I started up my laptop it tried to connect to it which was really annoying so eventually i had no choice but to take the manual out and figure out how to turn the darn thing off & this is how I discovered all the great things you can do with Blue-tooth :). I've bookmarked this hub. Great work!!!

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      U Neek 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Great information in language I can understand. Thanks!

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      mandyfelix16 7 years ago

      hey i have bluetooth on my phone but i cant receive any info from other people and their bluetooth would be on too...can anyone help me

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      Me, myself, and I 7 years ago

      how the heck does it work on a motorola hint??

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      lovella 8 years ago

      why does my bluetooth keeping cutting off

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      Moulik Mistry 8 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      I did not know much about blue tooth, thank you for sharing this...

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      Isabelle22 8 years ago from Somewhere on the coastline

      Some great info here, you made it really easy to understand something I never quite understood but was interested in. Thanks.

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      kalaiarasan 8 years ago

      just understand bluetooth

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      Unique Kids Stuff 8 years ago

      I'm a little late getting into the blue tooth game. Great info.

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      jonty 8 years ago

      Very well written hub .....

      very much informative ......

      Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

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      ciidoctor 8 years ago

      thanks for the guide - my use of bluetooth always seems to be accidental!

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      creativeMind 8 years ago from Cochin

      very good information..thanks for it.

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      Someone 8 years ago

      thanx for the info!! i really needed to know this!:D

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Bluetooth was a Danish King who united disparate groups of people in his country.

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      John 8 years ago

      very much powerful technology ........ governing mobile and related accessories ....

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      Richard 8 years ago

      Ive never used bluetooth, does anyone have a Samsung Highnote, how do i transfer music to my friends LG CF360?

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      Avare 8 years ago

      Thanks for great info. Bluetooth is a really usefull thing.

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      Camping Dan 9 years ago

      Thanks for this info. I have to admit that I am a little behind on this and I just got a new phone that uses a Bluetooth headset so I needed a primer.

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      naruto  9 years ago

      fuck this

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      jasonstevens 9 years ago from California, United States

      Thanks, this is a very comprehensive explanation of bluetooth!

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      getanswers 9 years ago

      create some content on bluetooth security too..

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      mtb 9 years ago

      cool thanks for the instructions.. Now I am wondering what type of data I can get with BT at a reasonable speed.

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      That Girl 9 years ago

      I just bought a virgin mobile phone and tried to receive a song from a friend via bluetooth and every time she tried to do it, it would fail and say something about my phone. I really want to get some music on my phone!!!! How do I do it?

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      Jen 9 years ago

      HI just got a blackberry and i wanted to try to transfer my songs and pics from my sonyerrcsson to my blackberry. I tried bluetooth but couldn't. When i try to send via bluetooth from blackberry to sony it works but not vice versa, keeps saying connection failed. Can anyone help?

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      Taylorrrr. 9 years ago

      Okay, so some of my friends have been using a website ( to get free ringtones to their phones. I showed my mom it-she has a razr 2 and I have an LG Scoop- the website and she liked it just because she can get whatever ringtone she wanted. So, she made an account and so did I. I got a song, and myxer sends the songs in messages....well little did I know that LG phones can't save songs sent in messages as ringtones, but only as MP3s on the phone. It will tell me to save the song to my phone/card. I still doesn't work. I called my cousin who has the same phone as me, and I asked her about it and she told me all about the MP3 thing..and she also said that she sends songs to her dads phone (he has a razr) from myxer, saves the media on his phone and then bluetooths it to hers.

      So the next day I went on myxer, got a few songs I liked to my moms phone and saved them to her phone. Worked fine. Then I tried to bluetooth myself the songs.....her phone won't find mine, but mine will find hers.

      Any suggestions?

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      livelovecoffee 9 years ago from Georgia

      These are such great devices. Thanks for the help and great article.

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      woody 9 years ago

      im trying to send pic,s from my phone to my pc but my phone keeps asking for a pin no. how can i find out what the pin no. is if any one knows please tell me and i,ll love you 4eva

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      britneydavidson 9 years ago from united kingdom

      hi all hubers...i love this technology related to know lot about technology and new invention and all...i have one nice bluetooth dongel and would love inform all hubbers about this...try it on


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      mike 9 years ago

      wow...really nice information...thanx for sharing.

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      Michael 9 years ago

      Thanks for the great post GlassVisage, check out the Bluetooth products at Use coupon code MACPOD09 and get 20% off your purchase until 02/10/09.

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      Amber90 9 years ago

      Excellent write up on bluetoothes! I really do love these. But mostly because it keeps at least both hands (hopefully) on the wheel of the person driving next to me. I can't stand it when you see someone almost get in a wreck while on the phone. Love these!

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      Kubrat 9 years ago

      A real great article! One would think if a technology is widely used it is also easy to use and everyone understands just by trying it. Your article I believe is useful to many.

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      TJ 9 years ago

      Both devices must be bluetooth compatible to communicate with each other.

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      Tom 9 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Thanks for the guide! Bluetooth is difficult to install without a proper manual.

      Tom Lindstrom

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      katyzzz 9 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I have bluetooth on my new Dell inspiron laptop but I don't interconnect much but it should still be useful with music etd from the web and in my Vista music and games and sound effects. Agree or disagree. You certainly did your homework.

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      codebreakers57 9 years ago

      really nice article. i learnt a lot from it. thanks

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      Tonberryv1 9 years ago

      how can i use bluetooth to exchange videos and photos with messages? thanks i am trying to use for the first time.

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      em 9 years ago

      hi i just wanna ask how to retrieve my bluetooth device from my laptop.its acer.i keep on clicking the bluetooth button but can't figure out why its not appearing.please help..tnx

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      easywaytoincome 9 years ago

      Bluetooth means a wireless protocol utilizing short-range communications technology facilitating data transmission over short distances from fixed and mobile devices. For more informations visit

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      Yogendra karki 9 years ago

      lado kha

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      amich 9 years ago

      thanks for the guide - my use of bluetooth always seems to be accidental!

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks everyone. Everyone's phones are so different that I don't know if I could give specific advice for each kind... if it doesn't say "Bluetooth," then the phone might not be near enough, it might not be on the Bluetooth setting, the batteries might be out or not charged all the way... so many reasons!

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      Janice 9 years ago

      Hey, I have metro, how do i do all that kinda stuff? I really nedd to know because i travel and now the law is no phones. Thanks

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      betherickson 9 years ago from Minnesota

      Great information. Detailed and very helpful. Thumbs up! :)

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      Vinu 9 years ago

      great covered in detail...

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      lindsey![grr] 10 years ago

      i need to know how to use bluetooth on my acer laptop.i try pushing the stupid bluetooth button and it just keeps saying no devices...even when i have my phone right next to it and my bluetooth turned on on my phone.its driving me crazy i need help.

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      Sherilyn 10 years ago

      wow, this answered all my questions about bluetooth. thanks!