We take a quick look at connecting Bluetooth devices to the Nexus 7. Bluetooth technology allows you to wirelessly connect keyboards, speakers or headsets to your Nexus 7. It’s quick to do and convenient to use.
Connecting a Bluetooth Device
It should be a straight forward process to get your Nexus 7 connected:
- Switch on Bluetooth, you’ll find this under Settings -> Wireless and Networks -> Bluetooth. To switch on, simply slide the off slider over to the right.
- Pair with your device. Touch Bluetooth to see the list of available devices. Some will have a button on them that you will need to press before it shows up on this page, if so, hit the pairing button and refresh the list.
- Select the device to pair with. You should then see listed as connected.
Supported Nexus 7 Bluetooth Profiles
When selecting a Bluetooth accessory, you might need to check compatibility. Thankfully the Nexus 7 supports a wide range of protocols, but if you need to check, the Nexus 7 supports Bluetooth 3.0 with the following profiles (source Google support):
- A2DP 1.2
- AVRCP 1.0
- PAN 1.0
- HID 1.0
- OPP 1.0
- PBAP 1.0
- SPP (RFCOMM)
- HDP 1.0
Change your Nexus 7’s Bluetooth name
By default the N7 will have a default name, but you can change the name so that it is more recognizable.
- Settings > Wireless & networks, ensure Bluetooth is turned on.
- Tap Bluetooth.
- And then the Menu icon > Rename tablet.
- Enter your new name and hit Rename.
Configure or unpair a Bluetooth device
Bluetooth devices can be paired to perform different functions such as transmitting conversations, playing music in stereo, or transfering files. The following will help you to select the require profile, rename it or unpair it:
- Under Bluetooth settings, press the Settings icon next to the connected device
- The following screen provides options to change the device’s name, unpair it, or select profiles. Press Back to finish.
What BT devices are you using with your Nexus 7? Let us know in the forum!