How to Pair Apple iPhone SE 2021 with Samsung Galaxy Note 20 | iOS and Android Bluetooth Pairing

This post will walk you through the entire pairing process with the recently rolled out Samsung and Apple smartphones. Read on to learn how to pair an Apple iPhone SE 2020 with the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.

Pairing Android and iOS Devices

With the leading manufacturers’ constant effort to improve wireless file sharing capability in smartphones and tablets, modern flagship devices are already capable of syncing contents with other devices, even those that are running a different operating system. That said, it is now possible to connect an iPhone to a Samsung device and start moving and sharing contents using Bluetooth file sharing. 

Connecting an iPhone to a Samsung smartphone like the Galaxy Note 20 can be done in a handful of ways. Depicted in this quick video is the actual process of pairing an Apple iPhone SE 2020 and the Note 20 using the built-in Bluetooth technology.

And here’s how it works.

Easy Steps to Pair an Apple iPhone SE 2020 with the Galaxy Note 20

Time Needed : 8 minutes

The following steps are also applicable when pairing the Galaxy Note 20 with other iOS devices that run on the same iOS version with that of the iPhone SE 2020. In this demo, the iPhone is running on the iOS 14 interface.

  1. To get started, go to your Note 20 Home screen and then open the Settings menu either through the Apps viewer or notification panel.

    To execute the former method, simply swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen to launch the Apps viewer and then tap the Settings icon.

    To do the latter, swipe down from the top center of the screen and then tap the Gear icon on the upper-left side of the notification panel.

    Either ways will route you to the same settings menu of your device.

    bluetooth pairing galaxy note 20 and iphone-settings

  2. From the Settings menu, locate and then tap Connections.

    Wireless features including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will populate the next display.

    bluetooth pairing galaxy note 20 and iphone-connections

  3. Tap to enable the Bluetooth switch, if it isn't already. Then, tap Bluetooth to access the Bluetooth menu.

    On the Bluetooth menu, you will see the main on and off switch to activate and disable the feature. 
    To proceed with this demo, toggle the Bluetooth switch ON to enable the feature and then wait for it to finish scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices.

    bluetooth pairing galaxy note 20 and iphone-bluetoothON

  4. If the Bluetooth switch is already turned on, just wait until it's finished scanning nearby Bluetooth-enabled devices.
    Also make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your iPhone SE. 

    When enabled, you should see the name of your Galaxy Note 20 listed among other Available Devices on the iPhone's Bluetooth menu.

    bluetooth pairing galaxy note 20 and iphone-iOSbluetoothON

  5. The iOS device will also appear on the Note 20's Bluetooth list. Simply tap to select the iOS device on your Note 20's Bluetooth menu to proceed.

    The pairing process between the two devices will then instigate.

    bluetooth pairing galaxy note 20 and iphone-tapiosdev

  6. If prompted with the Bluetooth pairing code pop-up on your iPhone, take note of the code and then tap Pair to accept pairing.
    On your Note 20, tap OK from the pop up message to continue.

    Make sure that both the devices are within the required Bluetooth distance or proximity.

    bluetooth pairing galaxy note 20 and iphone-confirm

  • Android 10
  • iOS 14
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  • Apple iPhone SE 2020

If the pairing is successful, the iPhone will be listed under Paired Devices. Just tap on it if you’d like to connect your Android and iPhone.

Aside from sending files, you can also share your Note 20’s internet connection to your iPhone using Bluetooth tethering.

To make this happen, simply tap the Gear icon next to your iPhone’s name on the Note 20 and then toggle to turn on the Internet access switch on the next screen.

Please note that you will need to turn Wi-Fi off beforehand in order to use Bluetooth tethering on your phone.

Unable to Pair Your Devices?

Should you bump into some error and cannot pair the devices, performing a soft reset on both devices can help. Carrying out the Airplane Mode trick can also be deemed among other potential solutions. 

And that covers everything in this quick tutorial.

To view more comprehensive tutorials and troubleshooting videos on different mobile devices, feel free to visit The Droid Guy channel on YouTube anytime.

Hope this helps!

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