How to Activate Bluetooth on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab - dummies

How to Activate Bluetooth on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab

By Dan Gookin

Computer nerds have long had the desire to connect high-tech gizmos to one another. Thanks to those nerds, you can connect your Galaxy Tab to other devices via Bluetooth, as long as the other device is also Bluetooth enabled.

Bluetooth devices are marked with the Bluetooth icon. It’s your assurance that the gizmo can work with other Bluetooth devices.


Though Bluetooth is wireless communication, it’s not the same as wireless networking. It’s more about connecting peripheral devices, such as keyboards, mice, printers, headphones, and other gear.

Bluetooth is a peculiar name for a wireless communications standard. Unlike Wi-Fi networking, with Bluetooth you simply connect two gizmos.

When you’re done using the device, you simply turn it off. Because the Bluetooth gizmo is paired with the Galaxy Tab, it’s automatically reconnected the next time you turn it on (that is, if you have Bluetooth activated on the Tab).

To make the Bluetooth connection, you turn on the Galaxy Tab’s Bluetooth radio. Obey these directions:

  1. On the Apps screen, open the Settings icon.

  2. Choose Wireless & Networks.

  3. Place a green check mark by the Bluetooth option.

When Bluetooth is on, the Bluetooth status icon appears.


To turn off Bluetooth, repeat the steps, removing the check mark in Step 3.