How to enable or disable Bluetooth on Android

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If you need to connect short-range wireless peripherals to your Android device, Bluetooth has you covered. Also, you may need to disable Bluetooth at times. Here’s how to do both on Android.

How to activate Bluetooth on Android

The quickest way to enable Bluetooth on an Android device is by using the Quick Settings dropdown menu, which you can open by swiping down from the menu bar twice.

On Android, swipe down from the menu bar.

Once the quick settings menu appears, tap the “Bluetooth” button until it’s highlighted. It will say “Bluetooth on” when Bluetooth is on.

In Android quick settings, tap

Bluetooth is now active and ready for connections. To pair devices, open Settings and go to Settings > Connected Devices. That’s it!

You can also turn on Bluetooth in the Settings app. To do so, open Settings and navigate to Connected devices > Connection preferences > Bluetooth and toggle the switch next to “Use Bluetooth” to the on position.

In Android settings, turn on the switch next to

After that, you can go back two menu levels and pair devices with your Android device or just exit Settings.

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How to turn off Bluetooth on Android

Disabling Bluetooth on Android is as easy as enabling it. First, open the Quick Settings menu by swiping down from the top of your device screen twice. In the menu that appears, tap the “Bluetooth” button until it’s no longer highlighted.

In Android quick settings, tap

When Bluetooth is disabled, the text inside the button will say “Bluetooth Off”.

It’s also easy to disable Bluetooth from the Settings app, but it takes a few more taps. To do so, open Settings and navigate to Connected Devices > Connection Preferences > Bluetooth and turn off the switch next to “Use Bluetooth”.

In Android settings, turn off the switch next to

When you’re done, exit Settings and you’re ready to go. At any time, you can quickly turn Bluetooth back on through the Quick Settings menu. Good luck!

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