BlackBerry Apps

BlackBerry Supports Bluetooth Smart Ready to Drive M2M Application Development

Help, How-To & Tips

How to use Bluetooth with a BlackBerry 10 device

News & Rumors

BlackBerry Z10 in-car Bluetooth integration with Voice Control

Help, How-To & Tips

Dear Berry: How do I change the email address associated with my BlackBerry ID?

Help, How-To & Tips

Dear Berry: How do I add contacts to the ignore list in BlackBerry Messenger?

Help, How-To & Tips

How to delete applications from BlackBerry App World

Help, How-To & Tips

Dear Berry: How do I stop syncing my gmail contacts on my BlackBerry?

News & Rumors

BlackBerry 10 smartphone (RFH121LW) now certified for Bluetooth 4.0

News & Rumors

Are these the next batch of Bluetooth accessories from Research In Motion?

Help, How-To & Tips

Quick Tip: Take a screenshot before you reload or upgrade your OS - Just in case!

Help, How-To & Tips

How to save a contact to your SIM phone book

Help, How-To & Tips

Dear Berry: Can I swap between multiple email drafts on the BlackBerry PlayBook?

Help, How-To & Tips

How to add a Level 1 notification on your BlackBerry

News & Rumors

How to add an Outlook.com email address to your BlackBerry

BlackBerry Accessories

BlackBerry Music Gateway Review

Help, How-To & Tips

Quick Tip: Press the Alt + Back key on your BlackBerry to quickly multitask

Help, How-To & Tips

Troubleshooting BlackBerry data issues

Help, How-To & Tips

How to change the backlight timeout on your BlackBerry

Help, How-To & Tips

Why is my BBM contact still pending?

Help, How-To & Tips

How to swipe between messages on your BlackBerry smartphone

< >

BlackBerry First Steps: Pairing your Bluetooth device

BlackBerry First Steps: Pairing Your Bluetooth Device
By Kerri Neill on 22 Mar 2011 03:12 pm EDT
0
loading...
1
loading...
55
loading...

Every day, thousands will pick up a new BlackBerry. For a good many of them, this will be their first BlackBerry; maybe even their first smartphone. We've all had that first day; poking and prodding a new BlackBerry, trying to figure out how it works. This series aims to make that process a bit easier.

So, you got a Bluetooth device to use with your BlackBerry. Fantastic, you can now talk on your BlackBerry while driving without worrying about getting a ticket! And that's just one example of its use.  Now the question is: how do I get it to work?

Follow these simple steps and you'll be hands-free in no time!

What's a Bluetooth device? 

A Bluetooth device is usually a small ear piece or headphone that is able to connect with your BlackBerry device. It allows you to use certain functions of your BlackBerry without actually touching it.

Pairing Mode on your Bluetooth device

Setting your BlackBerry in pairing mode allows your device to be "found" by other Bluetooth devices like your headset. In order to pair a BlackBerry device with a Bluetooth device, the Bluetooth device must also be in pairing mode (Most Bluetooth devices are not set to pairing mode by default. You'll need to refer to your Bluetooth device manual for instructions on how to set the device to pairing mode).

On Your BlackBerry

First, on your BlackBerry, find Setup. You can also use Universal Search to find "Setup."

Click or touch to open, then select Bluetooth 

Bluetooth Setup  
Next, turn the Bluetooth option on by highlighting the box next to it and pressing the trackpad. This will bring up the options On or Off. Select On and press the trackpad once again. Turn Bluetooth Pairing on   
Below the enabled the Bluetooth option, you'll see another option to make the device discoverable. You won't need to enable this to pair a headset, but you would use it to pair with a computer or another BlackBerry. Leave this set to No No need to set discoverable mode   
Now you can scroll to the 3rd box that says Add New Device and press the trackpad. This will bring up a menu with three options: Search, Listen & Cancel. Select Search on your BlackBerry. Search for a bluetooth device   
Your BlackBerry will search for any devices that are either in "pairing" mode or are set to "discoverable". The dialog box will tell you how many devices your BlackBerry has found. Bluetooth device found  
Once your BlackBerry has completed the search, a dialog box will pop up and tell you which devices it has found. Scroll to the device name you are trying to connect with and press the trackpad to select it.
Bluetooth devices found  
At this point, you may have a box pop up that says you need to enter a numeric passkey (see your Bluetooth device manual for the code or try the universal code of 0000). Enter the code in the box and press the trackpad once again. You should see a dialog box that looks similar to the one below.
Waiting for device...  
Once that is done you should see a dialog box like this.  Pairing complete  
     

This means your Bluetooth device & BlackBerry are now "paired". You can either select the option Yes to connect and start using your Bluetooth device or you can select No. Either way, your two devices are paired together. You won't have to repeat this process again - unless you replace one of the devices, of course.

Congratulations, you have now successfully paired your Bluetooth device to your BlackBerry! Why not hop in the car and go for a ride just to test it out...

5 comments

Reader comments

BlackBerry First Steps: Pairing your Bluetooth device

5 Comments
Sort by Rating

Not true, You will be using Blackberry Bridge and you'll just scan the QR code on the PB and it'll handle the rest....

Who is in charge of your graphic design around here? I don't understand what the image associated with this article has to do with anything. Is that Blackberry preserves on top of apple slices? Not to mention the font choice is terrible.

It's Blackberries on top of pears actually...a play on the "pairing your BlackBerry". I asked for something creative & I liked this. Everyone has different tastes so you're entitled to your opinion.