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In addition to using the iPhone's built in ear piece, its speaker phone or the included ear bud headsets to make your phone calls. You can also pair the iPhone with any Bluetooth headset from any 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 headsets 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 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 basically sends out a I'm here and ready to be paired signal to any nearby phones. I have a Bluetooth headset that I've put into pairing mode here. And now I'll go to my iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth.
And if it's not already on make sure Bluetooth is on. And in a moment I see the headset I've set as discoverable. This is also where you will 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 want you can keep one Bluetooth set in you car, one in your home, one at work and so on. So now I tap the headset I want to pair with. With some models, you may be prompted to enter a passkey by tapping it into a keypad that will appear on your iPhone's screen. The passkey will be in your headset's instruction manual. Commonly though, it's something easy like zero, zero, zero, zero or one, two, three, four.
The point isn't to have a secure passkey but to make sure that you manually enter it into your phone to confirm that you want to pair with this headset. Not all Bluetooth devices require a passkey, though. But this one does, so I'll type it in, so now I'm paired with my head set. Now let's talk about how to use the Bluetooth head set. When you connected to your Bluetooth device, you see a Bluetooth icon at the top of the iPhone screen. This tells you that your phone and device are connected. So let's say a call comes in while your Bluetooth headset is connected. To answer the call and have it routed to your headset, press the answer button on your headset.
Check your headset's manual to see which button that is. Even with your headset connected, you can still the iPhone's connected earpiece to answer the call. Just don't answer with your headset's button and instead answer using the iPhone's controls. Notice the button normally labelled Speaker now says Audio Source. This button allows you to switch the call between your phone and your Bluetooth headset. So if you initially answer with your headset but want to switch over to your phone, tap Audio Source, and then select your iPhone. So if you're on your headset and find that its battery is dying, you can tap Audio Source and switch the call back to the iPhone and then take off your headset to charge it while staying on your phone call.
Now, as I mentioned, you compare your iPhone with multiple Bluetooth headsets. Just set your device to be discoverable, and return to the Bluetooth settings on your phone. Again, this is where you can also delete any devices you no longer use. Just tap the i button next to the device, and tap Forget This Device. Confirm it by tapping Forget Device And now your headset and iPhone are no longer paired together. Also know that you are 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'll just have to hunt around and do some research to find the right devices for yourself.
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