How to Activate Your Android's Bluetooth Radio - dummies

How to Activate Your Android’s Bluetooth Radio

By Dan Gookin

Your Android happens to have a Bluetooth wireless radio in its belly, so it can pal around with Bluetooth devices, such as keyboards, headphones, and even your car. You must turn on the Android’s Bluetooth radio before you can enjoy using any Bluetooth peripherals. Heed these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Choose Connected Devices.
    On a Samsung device, this category is titled Connections. If you see neither the Connected Devices nor Connections categories, skip to Step 3.
  3. Choose Bluetooth.
  4. Ensure that the Bluetooth master control is set to the On position.


When Bluetooth is on, the Bluetooth status icon appears. It uses the Bluetooth logo, shown here.

To turn off Bluetooth, repeat the steps in this section but slide the master control to the Off position in Step 4.

You’ll also find a Bluetooth activation button in the quick settings.


Bluetooth devices are branded with the Bluetooth logo, shown here. It’s your assurance that the gizmo works with other Bluetooth devices.