How to Pair Bluetooth Devices to Samsung HW-J8500R

Introduction

The Samsung HW-J8500R Soundbar is capable of pairing with Bluetooth-enabled devices, which allows you to stream music from them. Bluetooth is the most common type of wireless technology used to connect devices over short distances. This guide will show you how to establish that Bluetooth connection.
Samsung Logo.

1 Pair Bluetooth

  1. Press the Source button on the remote.
    remote with source highlighted
  2. BT should then be displayed on your soundbar.
    diagram of speaker with BT on display

? What type of Bluetooth device will you be using?

  1. Android
  2. iOS
  3. Windows
  4. macOS

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The Samsung HW-J8500R Soundbar is capable of pairing with Bluetooth-enabled devices, which allows you to stream music from them. Bluetooth is the most common type of wireless technology used to connect devices over short distances. This guide will show you how to establish that Bluetooth connection.
Samsung Logo.
  1. Press the Source button on the remote.
    remote with source highlighted
  2. BT should then be displayed on your soundbar.
    diagram of speaker with BT on display

Depending on what device (Smartphone or Tablet) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar to all Android devices and generations.

From any Android Device

  1. Open the App Drawer.
    App drawer icon

    Newer versions of Android's operating system may not have the app drawer button. If you do not see the button, you will simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen to get to your apps.

  2. Go to Settings.
    Android Settings.
  3. Tap Bluetooth. You may need to select Connections first.
    Bluetooth
  4. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  5. Ensure Bluetooth is On and then select your device from the list below.
    Bluetooth toggle switch highlighted in Android settings.

    Some Bluetooth accessories are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its manual. Check your Bluetooth accessory manual for the correct PIN or passkey.

Depending on what device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be the same across all iOS devices and generations.

From any iOS Device

  1. Open Settings.
    iOS Settings.
  2. Tap Bluetooth.
    iOS Bluetooth.
  3. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  4. Ensure Bluetooth is On then select your device from the list below.
    Bluetooth toggle switch highlighted in iOS settings.

    Some Bluetooth accessories are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its information manual. Check your Bluetooth accessory documentation for the correct PIN or passkey.

Some Bluetooth devices are configured to require a PIN or a passkey. If this is the case, check your Bluetooth device's documentation for the correct default PIN or passkey.

  1. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  2. Click the Start button.
    Windows 10 Start Menu
  3. Tap on Settings.
    Windows 10 Settings
  4. Then click on Devices.
    Devices Settings
  5. Select Bluetooth & other devices from the left-hand column and ensure the Bluetooth switch is in the On position to the right.
    Bluetooth & other devices and the Bluetooth toggle highlighted
  6. Click Add Bluetooth or other device.
    Add Bluetooth or other device highlighted
  7. Select Bluetooth from the list.
    Bluetooth highlighted
  8. Select the device you want to pair the system with.
    Bluetooth device highlighted
  9. If asked to enter or verify the passcode showing on the other device, do so.
    Bluetooth PIN highlighted
  10. Click on Done.
    Done highlighted
  11. After the pairing was successful the device will show the Paired status under its name.
    Paired device highlighted
  1. Click on the speaker icon in the notification area.
    Speaker icon
  2. The current playback device is now displayed. Click the current playback device.
    Playback device
  3. Select the playback device you would like to use.
  1. Set your device to pairing mode. The way you do this may differ from device to device.

    In many cases, you can place your device in pairing mode by having the device off, then pressing and holding the power button to start it up. Usually, after a few moments, it will indicate it is in pairing mode (flashing its indicator light, for example), and you can release the power button.

  2. On the menu bar, click the Apple menu, then System Preferences.
    macOS Apple Menu with System Preferences highlighted.
  3. Select Bluetooth.
    System Preferences with Bluetooth highlighted.
  4. Ensure that it says Bluetooth: On. Turn it on with the button if it isn't.
    Screenshot of the Bluetooth properties box. Annotation that shows how to turn the Bluetooth radio on.
  5. Your computer will search for any Bluetooth devices in range.
  6. Once your device is located, click Pair.
    Bluetooth properties box with directions to click the Pair button next to the device you wish to connect to.
  7. Once the pairing process is complete, your Mac will automatically connect to the device whenever it is in range.
  1. Click on the speaker icon and click on Sound Preferences.
    Screenshot of speaker menu selected with Sound Preferences highlighted.
  2. Click on the Input tab and then select the device you wish to be your default recording device.
    Screenshot of Sound Preferences window and input tab is selected and then input device is highlighted.
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