How to Pair Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds?
It wasn’t that long ago that Bluetooth earbuds were symbolic of the corporate milieu. But times have changed. Nowadays, wireless Bluetooth earbuds are vogue. Before you know it, wires will be obsolete, and wireless earbuds will be the new normal.
And that’s the thing about normalizing new technology: it’s super intuitive and easy to use. When it comes to Bluetooth earbuds, a few taps is all it takes to connect them to your phone.
Pairing Bluetooth Earbuds to Your Phone
These days, almost all modern phones are Bluetooth compatible. While the procedure may vary slightly between different phones, the premise is the same.
So how does it work exactly? First, you need to pair your phone with your Bluetooth earbuds. Pairing is the process of syncing your devices so that they can register each other’s information.
Think of pairing as exchanging phone numbers with friends. You can later use this contact information at any time to call or text them.
After your Bluetooth earbuds pair with your phone, you can go ahead and connect them to complete the setup. It’s that simple.
So how exactly can you go about pairing your earbuds with your phone? The process involves three easy steps: setting up the earbuds, setting up your phone, and connecting the devices.
1- Preparing Your Bluetooth Earbuds for Pairing
Setting up your earbuds is the first thing you need to do. You have to make sure they are in pairing mode. All you have to do is switch on the earbuds and wait for the indicator. This varies from brand to brand and model to model. It could be a voice or a chime.
Some Bluetooth earbuds will automatically go into pairing mode after switching on. For others, you need to switch them to Bluetooth pairing manually. If it’s the latter, you need to locate the Bluetooth pairing button on the earbuds and switch it on.
Some contemporary models like ReduxBuds have integrated intuitive touch activation and control into their designs. This means that you don’t have to search for the pairing button. It’s all touch control.
Again, you might hear a voice or a chime to indicate that your earbuds are now ready to be paired. However, the standard indicator is the blinking LEDs.
Remember, you can not pair your earbuds with your phone until and unless they’re ready to be paired.
Sometimes your earbuds will refuse to go into pairing mode. Don’t worry, though. I will delve more into troubleshooting later in this article.
2- Pairing and Connecting Your Phone With the Bluetooth Earbuds
Now that your earbuds can ‘send out’ their pairing information, you need to set up your phone to apprehend it. The procedure is straightforward:
- First, you need to access the Bluetooth settings of your phone. There are many ways you can do this. The pull-down menu has some essential functions pinned to it by default. For most phones, this usually includes Bluetooth.
- To pair a device for the first time, you need to hold down the Bluetooth button until the Bluetooth settings window pops up.
- If you tap on the Bluetooth symbol once, it will only switch on your phone’s Bluetooth. If you don’t go into the settings and specify the next action, your phone will automatically connect to any available paired device. Or it will keep on waiting for an available device.
- Another way to turn on the Bluetooth is through your phone’s settings. It’s usually listed under the ‘connections’ tab.
- Now, scroll down to see the list of ‘available devices.’ These are the Bluetooth devices nearby that are ready to pair. If your earbuds are set up, their name should appear on this list.
- Tap on the name, and wait for your phone to pair with the earbuds. This should take a few seconds only.
- Next, you can set up a connection by clicking on your earbuds name.
And that’s it. You are now ready to stream music or any other audio through your wireless earbuds.
In addition, you can perform other functions on your Bluetooth earbuds, depending on the model’s functionality. This includes playback, tracking navigation, adjusting volume, managing phone calls, and other voice commands.
You only have to pair your Bluetooth earbuds with your phone once. After that, it will remain paired up. However, you can also unpair them if you want to.
Unpairing Your Bluetooth Earbuds
Before we get into the ways to unpair your device, let’s first try to understand why unpairing may be necessary.
Sometimes, the Bluetooth headsets will act up and refuse to connect to your phone. In this case, you’ll have to unpair your device, that is, remove it from your phone, and go through the whole pairing process again.
Mostly, it’s a precautionary thing. You’ll find yourself pairing with other phones more often than you’d think. So it’s always a good practice to not only disconnect but also unpair your Bluetooth earphones or headphones from the other device.
The process of unpairing is straightforward. Let’s have a look at the steps below:
- Go to the Bluetooth setting window on your phone, as mentioned above.
- Locate the device options next to the name of the earphones. This will be an ‘i’ icon in iPhones, or a generic settings icon otherwise. Here, you’ll see the option to ‘forget’ or ‘unpair’ your device.
Troubleshooting Pairing Problems
What to do when your devices refuse to pair with each other? There may be a problem with either your earphones or your phone. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which, so you just have to troubleshoot.
- Make sure that your phone and earbuds are near each other. A good rule of thumb is to have them within a five feet range. The closer they are, the better.
- Remove all other paired devices from your phone. If there is another paired device nearby, your phone might try to connect with that instead.
- Not just the phones, unpair the earbuds from other devices if they are closeby. Your earbuds might connect with those devices as well. While multipoint Bluetooth is catching on, mostly your phone can only connect to one device at a time.
- Sometimes, your phone might ask for a passcode before pairing. If you have never reset your passcode, then by default, it’s usually ‘0000’, ‘1111’, or ‘1234.’
- Make sure your phone’s smart power management settings don’t restrict Bluetooth functionality. Alternatively, try charging your phone over the threshold first.
- Your devices should have Bluetooth compatibility. Generally, Bluetooth is backward compatible, but it is a possibility that your Bluetooth devices just aren’t compliant.
- If all else fails, try the good old "IT Crowd" style, ‘power it off and then back on again’ method for both the earphones and the phone.
Bluetooth earphones have quickly become the hallmark of the digital age. Even if you weren’t previously comfortable with its technicalities, I hope you’ve realized how easy it actually is after reading this article. Just follow the steps correctly, and you won’t face any trouble!
You don’t have to be tech-savvy to enjoy one of the most revolutionizing technologies of our time. You just need a phone and a pair of amazing wireless Bluetooth earbuds.