What’s Google Quick Pair and the way does it work?

(Pocket-lint) – When Apple launched the AirPods, individuals had been blown away by the easy pairing between the iPhone, iPad or Mac and the wi-fi earbuds. Merely open the case for the primary time and a useful pop-up graphic seems on display screen letting you pair actually simply. 

It is not the one firm to work on such an interface nevertheless. Google has additionally created a function referred to as Quick Pair for Bluetooth gadgets. The tech big calls it a “hassle-free course of to pair your Bluetooth gadgets on all supported Android gadgets”. It was just a little clunky to start with and never extensively supported, however in 2022 it is getting a serious replace. 

What’s Google Quick Pair?

Quick Pair is a brand new method that makes use of Bluetooth Low Power and your Android cellphone’s location to routinely uncover Bluetooth equipment in shut proximity after which join with a easy faucet. It even exhibits an image of the product you’re connecting – identical to AirPods.

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How does Google Quick Pair work?

While you put a Quick Pair-enabled accent in pairing mode close to your Android smartphone, the cellphone will serve up the accent’s product picture and title in a big pop-up window.

Then, when you hit join, you will see a affirmation telling you the pairing’s profitable. Android may even supply to obtain the accent’s companion app from the Play Retailer. That is all performed with out you having to fumble by means of the Bluetooth settings.

Google has even made it simple to attach Quick Pair-compatible equipment to the gadgets related together with your Google Account. Quick Pair will now register any linked equipment to your Google account which then hyperlinks it to all of your present and future Android telephones (6.0+).

In different phrases, your Google Account can keep in mind headphones you’ve used and routinely switch the connection to a different cellphone.

Methods to use Google Quick Pair

Here is the method, step-by-step:

  1. Activate a Quick Pair-enabled accent and put it in pairing mode.
  2. You’ll obtain a notification asking you to “Join” to the gadget in your cellphone display screen.
  3. While you faucet on “Join”, Android makes use of Bluetooth to determine a connection.
  4. A hit notification will likely be proven with a hyperlink to obtain the companion app (if there’s one). 
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What else does it allow? 

Straightforward pairing is only one benefit of Quick Pair, it additionally makes it simple to handle your Bluetooth accent, significantly if it is a pair of Bluetooth earphones/headphones or a speaker. At the least, it does in case you’re operating Android 10 or later in your smartphone. 

When linked you’ll be able to see correct battery ranges for headphones. In the event that they’re true wi-fi earbuds – just like the OnePlus Buds, Beats Studio Buds or Pixel Buds – the menu exhibits the battery stage of every earbud plus the battery stage of the charging case. This identical menu additionally permits you to personalise the earbuds by renaming them and adjusting audio settings. 


You additionally get Discover My System help, so in case you’ve misplaced one and it is linked to the cellphone you may get the headphones/earphones to ring, making them simple to search out. Or, failing that, you’ll be able to hint the final identified location. 

Which equipment help Quick Pair?

Bluetooth equipment

The next equipment help Quick Pair (plus many extra):

  • Beats Studio Buds
  • Google Pixel Buds headphones
  • Libratone’s Q Adapt On-Ear headphones
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones
  • OnePlus Buds
  • Fitbit health trackers

Google is now working with greater than a dozen producers together with JBL, Harman Kardon, OnePlus, Bose, Sony, Libratone, Fitbit and extra.

Matter-enabled smarthome devices

One of many main inclusions in its 2022 replace noticed Google announce that you can shortly arrange and connect with Matter-enabled merchandise out of your cellphone simply too. Discover out extra about Matter right here. 

Which gadgets help Quick Pair?

Android telephones

At launch, all supported Android gadgets (operating Play companies 11.7+ with compatibility again to Android 6.0) can use Quick Pair. This consists of all of your present and future Android telephones (6.0+) related together with your Google Account. For the superior personalisation function and ‘Discover My System’ integration you want an Android gadget with Android 10 or later. 

What about Chromebook gadgets?

In 2022, Google introduced that it will be rolling out help to Chromebooks as nicely. Which means, when you’ve got a Quick Pair-enabled pair of headphones in pairing mode close to your laptop computer, you’ll be able to shortly join and pair to it out of your Chromebook. 

Google TV and Android TV merchandise

One other vary of merchandise to be up to date in 2022 consists of TVs and streaming dongles operating Android TV and Google TV. These will likely be up to date to help Quick Pair, permitting fast pairing out of your tv. 

Wish to know extra?

Try the Android Developers’ blog post for extra particulars.

Writing by Maggie Tillman and Cam Bunton.