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In addition to using the iPhone's built-in earpiece, its speakerphone or the included earbud headset to make your phone calls, you can also pair the iPhone with any Bluetooth headset from a third-party manufacturer. A Bluetooth headset gives you the advantage of having no wires between your headset and your phone allowing you to keep your phone in your pocket or elsewhere nearby and you don't have to worry about your earbuds getting yanked out of your ears by accident. You can find Bluetooth headset at any electronic store these days. In order to use a Bluetooth headset with your iPhone, you have to do what's called pairing them together.
Essentially, this lets the two devices recognize each other so you don't have to go through any kind of lengthy setup process after the initial pairing. This is also how your iPhone will distinguish your Bluetooth device from any other Bluetooth devices that might be nearby. To pair your headset with your iPhone, follow the instructions that came with it. Specifically you're looking for the instructions for making your headset discoverable which is a special mode that sends out a, 'Hey, I'm here and ready to be paired' signal to any nearby phones. For this particular headset I put it into Discoverable mode by holding down the Power button for a few seconds.
Now I go to my iPhone and I go into Settings and Bluetooth. If it's not already on I turn Bluetooth On. At this point I see the headset I've set as Discoverable. This is where you'll also find a list of any other Bluetooth devices you've paired with your phone. You can pair multiple devices with your iPhone. So if you wanted to, you could keep one Bluetooth set in your car, one in your home, one at work and so on. Now, I tap the headset I want to pair with. With some models, you may be prompted to enter a passkey by tapping in into a keypad that will appear on your iPhone screen.
The passkey will be in your headset's instruction manual. Commonly it's something easy like 0000 or 1234. The point isn't to have a secure passkey but to make sure you manually enter it into your phone to confirm that you want to pair with this particular headset. So now I'm paired with my headset. Now, let's talk about how to use the Bluetooth headset. When you're connected to your Bluetooth device, you'll see a Bluetooth icon at the top of the iPhone screen. This tells you that your iPhone and device are connected. If the Bluetooth icon is gray, it means Bluetooth is turned on, on your phone but no device is currently connected.
So let's say a call comes in while your Bluetooth headset is connected. (ringtone playing) To answer the call and have the call routed to your headset, press the Answer button on your headset. Check your headset's manual to see which button that is. Even when your headset is connected, you can still use the iPhone's built-in earpiece to answer the call. Just don't answer it with your headset's buttons and instead answer using the iPhone's controls. Notice the button that's normally labeled Speaker now says Audio. This button allows you to switch the call between your phone and your Bluetooth headset.
So if you initially answer with your phone, tap audio and then select your headset to switch the call over to Bluetooth, or if you're on your headset and find it's battery is dying, you can tap audio and switch the call back to the iPhone and then take off your headset to charge it. As I mentioned, you can pair your iPhone with multiple Bluetooth headsets, just so your device to be discoverable and return to the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone. This is also where you can delete any devices you no longer use. Just tap the device and tap Unpair.
Also note that you're not limited to pairing your iPhone with just Bluetooth headsets. You can find Bluetooth car speaker phone kits, Bluetooth GPS devices, stereo Bluetooth headsets for listening to your music and even Bluetooth motorcycle helmets. Just about any Bluetooth device made to communicate with mobile phones will work with your iPhone. You just have to hunt around and do some research to find the right devices for yourself.
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