How to Pair a Bluetooth Device to Ubuntu Linux

This post shows students and new users steps to pair or connect Bluetooth devices to Ubuntu Linux. Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows your computers, smart phones and mobile devices to connect to other Bluetooth enabled devices nearby.

With Bluetooth enabled on Ubuntu Linux, you will be able to stream music, connect to devices like speakers, headphones, keyboards, mouse, send data and communicate with nearby devices wirelessly with ease.

Before you can use a Bluetooth device like a mouse or a headset, you first need to connect or pair your computer to the device. During pairing, you’ll have to confirm the connection, usually by accepting a connection PIN, and the steps below will show you how to do that.

If you’re a new user or student looking for a Linux system to begin with, the easiest place to start is Ubuntu Linux OS. It’s a great Linux operating system for beginners. Ubuntu is an open source Linux operating systems that runs on desktops, laptops, server and other devices.

To get started with pairing Bluetooth devices to Ubuntu Linux, follow the steps below:

How to connect Bluetooth devices to Ubuntu Linux

As mentioned above, before you can use a Bluetooth enabled device with Ubuntu, you must first pair or connect it. To do that, click on the “Show Applications” button from the bottom left or press the Super key (WIN) on your keyboard.

One Activities overview dashboard, start typing Bluetooth. Select the settings app to open the panel.

Make sure Bluetooth is enabled: the switch at the top should be set to On. With the panel open and the switch on, Ubuntu will begin searching for devices.

To pair a device, click the device in the Devices list. The panel for the device will open.

Some device require PIN for paring. If required, confirm the PIN on your other device you’re pairing with Ubuntu. The device should show you the PIN you see on Ubuntu screen.

After confirming on the other device, click Confirm on Ubuntu computer as well for the pairing to complete. For mouse, keyboard and other device, you may simply connect without having to confirm.

After that, the device should be paired and connected.

You need to finish your entry within about 20 seconds on most devices, or the connection will not be completed. If that happens, return to the device list and start again.

How to unpair or disconnect Bluetooth device from Ubuntu Linux

If a device is already connected via Bluetooth to Ubuntu machine, and you wish to disconnect, click Show Applications at the bottom left as shown above or press the Super key (WIN) on your keyboard.

Then search and select the Bluetooth settings app. When the app panel opens, select the connected device and click Remove Device.

That should do it!


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