How to Connect a Bluetooth Device to a ThinkPad Tablet

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The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet supports Bluetooth connections to a variety of external devices. Computer peripherals, such as a keyboard and mouse, provide the tablet with faster typing abilities and a computing experience similar to a desktop PC. Connecting to a smartphone or a computer over a Bluetooth connection allows for wireless file exchanges.

1 Turn on Bluetooth

The Bluetooth settings are found on the Settings screen, which you can access by tapping the "Settings" icon on the Lenovo Launch Zone or by tapping "Applications" and then "Settings." Tap "Wireless & Networks" and then "Bluetooth" to turn on the feature. A green checkmark appears in the box next to Bluetooth, indicating the service is turned on.

2 Connect to Devices

To connect a Bluetooth device to the Thinkpad Tablet, you need to place the device in pairing mode. Each device has a different method for starting pairing mode. Some are automatically placed in pairing mode when they are powered on, while others require a series of button presses. Once the device is ready, tap "Discoverable" and then "Find Nearby Devices" on the Wireless & Networks screen of the Thinkpad to display a list of available Bluetooth devices. Select the name of the device that you want to connect and then tap "Pair." You may receive a prompt to enter a PIN; most devices use "0000" or "1234." If you see the message "Paired but not connected" under the device name, tap the device and follow the onscreen instructions to connect to the device.

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