How to Get Bluetooth Up and Running on a Raspberry Pi 3

Dave LeClair 05-04-2016

Did you recently get a Raspberry Pi 3 How to Upgrade to a Raspberry Pi 3 Upgrading from an older Pi to the new Pi 3 is almost as simple as swapping out the microSD card. Almost - but not quite. Here's what you'll need to do first. Read More ? One of the more exciting features the new hardware is Bluetooth The Raspberry Pi 3: Faster, Better, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Today, the Raspberry Pi foundation announced the release of the Raspberry Pi 3. It's the most significant update to the popular line of low-cost computers yet. Read More connectivity, as it allows you to connect all kinds of wireless devices to your mini computer!


Make sure you have the latest version of Raspbian 5 Ways New Raspbian Jessie Makes Raspberry Pi Even Easier to Use Following the release of Debian Jessie in July, the Raspberry Pi community has been blessed with a new release of the Raspbian variant, based on the "parent" distro. Read More  installed on your Pi before you get started. Open the command line and type the following:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade -y
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y
sudo rpi-update

Once you have the latest version installed, you can actually connect to devices via the menu on the top-right of the screen. It’s quite simple, but if you want to do it from the command line, you need to know a few commands.

Open the command line and type bluetoothctl. Next, enter Power On, followed by agent on. Now, you’ll need to scan for the device you want to connect by typing scan on.


You’ll see all of your in-range Bluetooth devices with the device name and the MAC address. Make note of that address, then type connect [your device’s MAC address]. 


That should leave your device all set up and ready to use with your Pi.

What are you using your Raspberry Pi 3 for? Any cool projects you have up and running? Share in the comments!

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