Bluetooth function is in ever device nowadays. Open your mobile phone and you can instantly sync it with the help of Bluetooth. Smart devices and assistants also run on Bluetooth and of course so do fancy earphones and earbuds we use to get our tunes flowing through. I don’t think I have ever put much stock into knowing what more about the built in Bluetooth until I’ve had to pair an accessory.
Like many people, I assumed that having the function was a one-size-fits-all type of deal. Clearly, it was not.
After struggling to pair my device with the Bluetooth accessory in question, it turns out that the two weren’t a match. To avoid this from happening again, I did some research and learned how to check bluetooth version on my android phone. It is really easy, here is how I did it.
On your android device, locate the Bluetooth settings. Make sure you have it switched on. Switching it on enables it to allow syncing and pairing with devices that are Bluetooth compatible.
Next, tap on your android phone’s settings.
Click on the applications tab and then select the “ALL” option.
Scroll down and look for the Bluetooth icon. Tap on this too. This should be labeled as Bluetooth Share.
A screen should pop up and you should be able to find the version of your Bluetooth under the app info. Simply take note of the version and cross-check with the device or component you are looking to pair with.
In general, Bluetooth is backward compatible. Meaning, it is possible to use an older version of a Bluetooth accessory with a newer phone model. While it will still function, any improvements in the newer version won’t likely be visible when paired with the old models. That said, if you are looking to experience all the perks of the latest Bluetooth generation, then make sure your devices all match up.
Unlike firmware or software, users cannot upgrade their Bluetooth to a newer version without fully replacing the device in question. The reason behind this is because the SOC is part of the wireless radio. If the hardware can only support a specific Bluetooth version, there is nothing anyone can do to change it internally.
The wireless connectivity that Bluetooth function affords users has made it incredibly efficient to share information and files with peers. The best part is that it works over distances albeit slower than improved tech such as a WiFi connection.
Sometimes even with strangers. Which leads me to the importance of using your Bluetooth option in a safe manner. It may not seem like a threat but Bluetooth hacks and attacks are very real.
Enable Only When Needed
It is so easy to switch on the Bluetooth and leave it be. The biggest mistake you can make is not only leaving it on all the time but also allowing anyone to pair with your device. Switching off your Bluetooth when not in use keeps hackers from discovering your device which in turn makes it difficult for them to harvest your information.
Be Mindful of the Info you Input or Share
This is just like when we were little and our folks told us not to talk to strangers and not to accept candy from strangers. This warning still applies so don’t just click on any link or file sent to you by an unknown number.
Update Firmware on the Device Regularly
As I have previously discussed, upgrading Bluetooth is not an option. However, updating the firmware of your gadget is. Updates provide users with improvements and fixes for any issues discovered by programmers. Updating regularly will keep your device protected.