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

With Bluetooth enabled in Ubuntu Linux, you will be able to stream music, connect to devices such as speakers, headphones, keyboards, mice, send data, and communicate with nearby devices wirelessly with ease.

Before you can use a Bluetooth device such as a mouse or headset, you must first connect or pair your computer to the device. During pairing, you will need to confirm the connection, usually by accepting a connection PIN, and the steps below will show you how.

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

To start pairing Bluetooth devices with 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 apps”At the bottom left or press the Super key (TO WIN) on your keyboard.

An overview panel of activities, start typing Bluetooth. Select the setup application to open the panel.

Make sure Bluetooth is enabled – the switch at the top should be on Upon. With the panel open and the switch on, Ubuntu will start searching for devices.

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

Some devices require a PIN to pair. If necessary, confirm the PIN on your other device that you are pairing with Ubuntu. The device should show you the PIN that you see on the Ubuntu screen.

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

After that, the device should be paired and connected.

For most devices, you must finish your login in about 20 seconds or the connection will not complete. If that happens, go back to the device list and start over.

How to unpair or disconnect Bluetooth device from Ubuntu Linux

If a device is already connected via Bluetooth to the Ubuntu machine and you want to disconnect it, click Show apps in the lower left as shown above or press the Super key (TO WIN) on your keyboard.

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

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to connect or disconnect Bluetooth devices in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any errors above, please use the comment form below to report.

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