How to configure Bluetooth in Linux

How to configure Bluetooth in Linux

With the increasing prevalence of Bluetooth devices such as mice, keyboards, and headsets, it can be hard to imagine sometimes using wired versions of these devices. On some Linux distributions, Bluetooth is perfectly configured for you right out of the box. Distributions like Ubuntu and Elementary allow you to easily configure and work Bluetooth on your machine. However, other distributions like Fedora and Arch Linux require you to do some configuration before you can fully enjoy the benefits of Bluetooth on your machine. Here is how to configure Bluetooth in Linux.

How to configure Bluetooth on your Linux machine

The steps will vary slightly from one distribution to another, but the basic steps are the same. If your distribution has not already configured Bluetooth for you, you will need to install first Bluez, which contains the driver stack for the Bluetooth adapters as well as utilities for the Bluetooth CLI administration.

After installation Bluez, you may need to install a Bluetooth manager. Some office environments have built-in Bluetooth managers. For example, KDE Plasma has the KDE Bluetooth client. Gnome also has a built-in client. If you are using a desktop environment without an integrated client, you can install the Blueman customer.

How to install Bluez

Below are instructions on how to install Bluez on a few different distributions.

Debian

OpenSUSE

With OpenSUSE, you need to install bluez with the Open Build service.

Felt

Arch Linux

Bluetooth Setup Linux Installer Bluez

Other package managers

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Bluez works with all Linux distributions. If you have a package manager different from the above distributions, fear not. You just need to search your package manager for bluez, then install anything that includes the term bluez.

How to install Blueman

Find out how to install Blueman on different Linux distributions below.

Debian

OpenSUSE

Felt

Arch Linux

Other distributions

To install Blueman on your Linux distributions, you need to find the package manager in the distribution used for Blueman and then install all the appropriate packages.

Activate bluetooth

After installation, you will need to enable and start the Bluetooth service. If you are using a Bluetooth dongle, you will need to run the following command first:

To activate the Bluetooth service, run the following command:

To start the Bluetooth service, use this command:

Linux Bluetooth configuration Start the Bluetooth serviceLinux Bluetooth configuration Start the Bluetooth service

After that, you can start using Bluetooth on your system.

Connecting to devices using Blueman

The connection process varies depending on the desktop manager you are using. However, we’ll show how it works using Blueman, as it’s pretty representative of the process across the board.

To connect to a device, open “Bluetooth Manager” in your applications and click Search. Make sure the device you want to connect to is discoverable. When you see it in the list of devices, right-click on it and press “Connect”. You may need to enter a passcode, but this information will be included in the user manual for your device.

Bluetooth Linux Blueman Connect 1 configurationBluetooth Linux Blueman Connect 1 configuration

Wrap

Now that you’ve set up Bluetooth on your Linux system, here are some fixes if Bluetooth won’t connect.

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William elcock
William elcock

William has been playing with technology for as long as he can remember. It naturally turned into helping friends solve their tech issues and then blogging about tech.

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