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How to set a cell phone to discoverable

Hi, this is Kelly.
If you're wondering whether your phone is Bluetooth® enabled, it probably is. Even though it's not often used, all but the most basic cell phones have it installed. Unfortunately, there is no universal way to turn it on since each cell phone has different intricacies. Here are specific instructions for Android and iPhones, and some general instructions for other phone operating systems.

Android phones

  • From your home screen tap the menu button
  • From the menu that pops up select "System Settings"
  • Select Bluetooth (not the On/Off switch but the word itself)
  • The name of your device will be listed at the top next to a phone icon. Click on the device name to make your phone visible for five minutes.
  • Your phone may ask you for a passkey during the signup process. If it does enter 0000.

iPhones or iPads

  • From the home screen select the Settings app
  • Select "General" from the left hand column
  • Select "Bluetooth" and make sure it is set to the On position
  • While you are in this settings menu, your phone's Bluetooth is discoverable. Leave this open until you are finished signing up.
  • Your phone may ask you for a passkey during the signup process. If it does enter 0000.

For other phones (in general)

  • Go to your cell phone's Settings or Preferences (in some cases it may also be under Wireless or Networks).

  • Select "Bluetooth" or "Bluetooth Settings" or something similar.

  • Select 'discovery mode' or 'visibility.'

  • Set the mode to 'temporarily visible', 'discoverable', or something similar.
  • Your phone may ask you for a passkey during the signup process. If it does enter 0000.

After OlderSibling has detected your cell phone's address, you should set your phone's Bluetooth® setting to 'hidden' or 'undiscoverable' if it doesn't do so by itself. Failure to so could leave your phone open to hackers. (Those of you who follow pop culture may remember that this happened to Paris Hilton a while back.)

For OlderSibling locators to be able to find your device, your Bluetooth® must be turned on, but this is not the same as discoverable. To turn your phone's Bluetooth on or off, looking under your phones settings.

As always, feel free to email me at kelly@oldersibling.com


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