How to Connect to your Cell Phone Using Bluetooth
In a previous post, I told you how to get Bluetooth for about 12 bucks. Now, how do you use Bluetooth to connect your VX8300 to your computer? If your Bluetooth dongle works with Bluesoleil software, here are the steps to set up a Bluetooth connection.
- Plug in your USB dongle and start Bluesoleil. Click My Bluetooth > Security. Check "Set default passkey" and type in a short numeric code.
- On your LG VX-8300, from the Settings & Tools menu, select Bluetooth. Select Add New Device. The name assigned to your computer show show up. Press "Pair". Enter the security passcode you set in the previous step. Press OK. Choose "Always Connect" if you want to be able to easily connect in the future...
- Back in Bluesoliel, a cell phone icon should have appeared. Double click on it and your computer will determine which Bluetooth services your phone is capable of. We are only interested in one of these right now.
- Right click on your cell phone icon. Click Connect > Bluetooth Serial Port Service. In the lower right hand corner of your screen, a little yellow box should say "My Bluetooth COM Port * (COM*) is connected to a remote device." Make note of the number (*) of the COM port that has been assigned to your phone. Mine is COM5, for instance.
- When you're done using Bluetooth to connect to your PC, press "Off" on the Bluetooth menu of your phone in order to lengthen your battery life. Next time you want to connect, turn it back on through the Bluetooth menu, and repeat steps 3 and 4. If the cell phone icon ever disappears from Bluesoleil, put your cell phone on discoverable mode through Bluetooth > Settings, and click the orange globe in Bluesoleil.
Now your cell phone is hooked up to your computer as a serial port through Bluetooth. The next step is to use BitPim to communicate between your PC and your VX8300.