Setting bluetooth in Ubuntu needs some prerequisite. I guess all of you people are aware about Ubuntu package manager `apt`. I am using this package manager to install bluetooth.

We have to install 2 package

1) bluez-utils

2) gnome-bluetooth

Open a terminal window type the commands below.

sudo apt-get install bluez-utils

This will prompt for the user password, enter your admin password. Package bluez will be installed. You have to configure couple of things to make your bluetooth up and running. Restart your bluetooth device.

sudo /etc/init.d/bluez-utils restart

(In some machine it may be sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart)

You have to check whether the bluetooth module and associated drivers are working fine. Type a command `lsusb`. This will display the hardware address and manufacturer name.

The second package we are going to install is the `gnome-bluetooth` which contain all application that are used for file sending and receiving.

sudo apt-get install gnome-bluetooth

Enter the password of the admin and hit enter key. This will start installing the package gnome-bluetooth. After installing the package restart your bluetooth hardware and if possible your system.

Restarting you hardware driver is simple. Type the command

sudo /etc/init.d/bluez-utils restart

(In some machine it may be sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart)

Your system is now ready with bluetooth. . I will explain the steps involved in the configuration in my next post. Thats all for today !!!!

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3 comments on “Set up bluetooth in Ubuntu

  1. Thank you for your very concise and to the point instructions! After screwing around for about an hour, I came across your info, followed it to a tee, and it worked the first time out! I am a happy camper! Thanks again!


  2. Robert F.Dudley on said:

    I have both of these packages now installed.My LG 600G cameraphone seems to find my pc just fine but,when I attempt to “add” it,my phone asks me for a “passcode”.Is there any chance that you can help me with this ? I have no idea what this is.I’ve done some research & have tried 2 different codes 0000 & 00000 to no avail.

  3. Sanil S on said:

    Just give the same passcode in Phone & System…for instance 121

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