How to enable Bluetooth on a BlackBerry smartphone and connect to a Bluetooth enabled device

Article ID: KB32280

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 08-31-2012


Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry 7 OS and earlier
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  • BlackBerry smartphone

In order to be able to connect a BlackBerry smartphone to another Bluetooth enabled device, i.e. a laptop, both devices must be paired first.

For the pairing to take place both devices must have the Bluetooth functionality enabled. If the Bluetooth functionality is not enabled on either device then it will not be detectable by the other. Also if the Discoverable option on the BlackBerry smartphone is not set to Yes the BlackBerry smartphone will not be detected either.

To pair the BlackBerry smartphone with a Bluetooth enabled device before it can connect to it, the following needs to be done on the BlackBerry smartphone:

For BlackBerry smartphones running 4.0 and 5.0 software

  1. On the Home screen, click the Manage Connections icon.
  2. Click Set Up Bluetooth.
  3. Click Search.
  4. Click a Bluetooth enabled device.

For BlackBerry smartphones running 6.0 and 7.0 software

  1. On the Home screen, click Manage Connections icon.
  2. Check Bluetooth box
  3. Under Options and Status select Networks and Connections
  4. Select Bluetooth Connections
  5. Make sure Bluetooth is set to On and Discoverable set to Yes.

 If necessary, perform one of the following actions:

• If the Bluetooth enabled device does not have a keyboard (for example, a headset),on your BlackBerry device, type the pairing passkey that is in the documentation that came with the Bluetooth enabled device. The passkey is often a numeric or alpha-numeric code.

• If the Bluetooth enabled device has a keyboard (for example, a laptop), type a pairing passkey of your own choosing on both devices.

For more information about preparing the Bluetooth enabled device for pairing, see the documentation that came with the Bluetooth enabled device.


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