Bluetooth is a staple utility for using wireless audio headsets and transferring files; every BlackBerry user should be able to know how to use it. Those that are picking up the BlackBerry Z10 as their first smartphone may need a hand figuring things out. It's not very hard to get up and running with Bluetooth, but things may be a bit tricky if you're new to BlackBerry or BlackBerry 10. Keep reading and we'll show you all there is to know about using Bluetooth on BlackBerry 10!
The first step is making sure you have Bluetooth turned on. If it is, there should be a symbol in the top-left corner of the screen that looks like a blocky "B" with some sticks coming out from its back-end. If it's not there, swipe down from the top pane while you're on the home screen, and there should be a Bluetooth button there you can tap to turn it on. Once that's done, tap the actual word "Bluetooth" and it will launch you into the settings menu.
From here, you pair up with other Bluetooth devices. Those other devices also have to have their Bluetooth on, and many will need to go into a pairing mode. For most Bluetooth headsets, this usually involves holding down a button for a few seconds. On other devices (such as smartphones), you only need to make sure that both are set to be discoverable (that is, visible as a connection option to others nearby). From there, you'll need to type in a Bluetooth pairing code for most audio devices. By default that code is typically 0000 or 1234. Smarter devices will simply require the confirmation of a common pairing number that pops up on both screens.
Now that that's done, what can you do with the paired devices? Audio devices can take calls or play music stored on your BlackBerry. Bluetooth can also be used to transfer files between devices. New to BlackBerry is the Z10's Bluetooth 4.0 specification. This doesn't do a whole lot for users just yet, but it opens the door to a new family of low-energy peripherals, especially small biometric ones that need to be always on to keep track of what your body's up to.
How to use Bluetooth with a BlackBerry 10 device
- Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the settings drawer
- Ensure Bluetooth is turned on by tapping the icon, then tap the Bluetooth text
- From the Bluetooth settings, tap on other discoverable Bluetooth-enabled devices to pair, and either ensure the pairing code pop-up is identical on both devices, or type in the pairing code (usually 0000 or 1234)
- From the system-wide Share menu, pick paired devices in range to share files, pictures, videos, contacts, and other content
- Take calls or enjoy music with Bluetooth audio devices