Google makes it easier to connect Android phones to Bluetooth-enabled headphones and speakers

Google makes it easier to connect Android phones to Bluetooth-enabled headphones and speakers
Google announced it made an update to its Fast Pair feature to improve the way Android smartphones connect to headphones and smart speakers. Fast Pair was rolled out to phones powered by Android 6.0 and higher about a year ago and only works with compatible devices like Google Pixel Buds, Libratone Q Adapt On-Ear, and Plantronics Voyager 8200.

The latest update added to the feature is meant to make it even easier for people to connect Fast Pair compatible accessories to devices associated with the same Google Account. In this regard, Google announced that companies like Jaybird, Anker, and Bose will bring Fast Pair compatible devices to market over the coming months.

To pair your Android phone with a Fast Pair-enabled headset or smart speaker, enable Bluetooth and switch either of them to pairing mode. You should receive a high priority notification asking you to “Tap to pair” to the device, which will also contain the product name and image.

Once you tap on the notification, Google will use classic Bluetooth to establish a connection. Finally, a success notification will be shown which includes a link to download the companion app (if there is one).

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3 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 3964; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Who has problems instantly pairing headphones in this day and age?? This issue was gone years ago.

2. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

To be honest I have no clue. Pairing is something you do one time on a device ... and it's stupid easy on Android and if you have W1, it's equality fast on iOS.

3. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Very true, I rented a car for the Thanksgiving weekend an I paired my phone easily and only one time with the rental cars stereo system. Easy peasy as they say.

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