Google Fast Pair is a unique feature that facilitates quick connectivity and pairing between gadgets (mostly wireless earphones) and smartphones. However, it might be difficult for you to find if your phone or truly wireless earphones actually support the Fast Pair feature. Therefore, in this article, we will tell you how to check if your phone or TWS earphones support Google Fast Pair.
What is Google Fast Pair?
Google Fast Pair is a connection service by Google that uses Bluetooth Low Energy to detect Bluetooth devices nearby your smartphone. It uses your phone’s location service to discover Bluetooth devices around you. The Bluetooth device you connect to should also have Google Fast Pair support for obvious reasons.
Fast Pair does not consume the device battery for pairing like regular Bluetooth pairing. You will see the device name and photo on your phone’s screen when Fast Pair detects a device.
Google Fast Pair is supported on Android phones running Android version 6.0 and newer and Bluetooth devices with Bluetooth version 4.2 and later.
How Does it Work?
When you turn on pairing on a Fast Pair-supported accessory like TWS near your smartphone with Fast Pair, a pop-up window will automatically prompt on the screen. It will show the device name, photo, and a button to connect.
Pressing the connect button will pair your phone with the device. And for some devices, it will also prompt you to download the companion app from Play Store. Moreover, on Android 6 or later, you can save the device to your Google Account for quick access on different smartphones.
On smartphones running Android version 10 or later, you will get more options like the device’s battery level and Find My Device integration. Thanks to the latter, you can also find your wireless earbuds if lost, just like you track a lost Android phone, albeit with less prowess.
Advantages of Google Fast Pair
There are several advantages you get with Google Fast Pair. If your phone and accessories support Fast Pair, you can enjoy several convenient benefits as follows:
- Easy and Quick Pairing
- Saves Devices to Your Google Account
- Automatically Prompts to Connect on Different Devices with the Same Google Account
- Personalize Device Name
- Check Device Details on Notification Panel (Android 10 and later)
- Find Lost Earbuds/TWS
- Battery Efficient
- Offline Pairing Available in Low Network Situations
How to Check for Google Fast Pair Support on Your Phone?
If you don’t know whether your phone has Fast Pair support, you can follow the ways mentioned below to find it out.
Check the Brand’s Website/E-commerce Platform
To begin with, you can check out the manufacturer’s website to find out if your phone supports Google Fast Pair. You can open your phone’s product page on the brand’s website and go to the features section. There, you can find out whether Google Fast Pair support is available on your phone.
Alternatively, you can check your device features on any e-commerce platform like Amazon, Flipkart, etc. You can go to the device page of your phone on these shopping sites and check the features section. You can find out the support of Google Fast Pair if available on your phone.
Is Your Phone Running Android 6 or Newer?
The second way to check the Fast Pair support on your phone is to check the Android version of your phone. Since Google Fast Pair is available on Android 6 and later versions, your smartphone should run on the same.
You can check your smartphone’s Android version in the about phone section of the phone settings. And, if your phone is running Android version 6 or later, it indeed supports Google Fast Pair.
How to Check Google Fast Pair Support on TWS?
You can also check whether your TWS earphones support Google Fast Pair or not. Follow the ways mentioned below to check it.
Check on Manufacturer’s Website
You can check the manufacturer’s website to see if your TWS supports Google Fast Pair. Go to the product page of your earphones on the manufacturer’s website, and go to the features section. There, you will find out Google Fast Pair support written if it is available on your device.
Check the Retail Box
Another way is to check the retail box of your TWS. Brands generally mention it specifically on the retail package if the TWS earphones support Google Fast Pair. You can check for the Fast Pair logo printed on the rear of the box or sides.
Check the Bluetooth Version
You can check the Bluetooth version of your TWS earphones to confirm if it supports Fast Pair. Google Fast Pair is compatible with Bluetooth version 4.2 and later devices. Therefore, your TWS should have Bluetooth version 4.2 or up to use the Google Fast Pair service. You can check the Bluetooth version of your TWS on the brand’s website, product box, or e-commerce websites.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do iPhones Support Google Fast Pair?
No, iPhones do not support Google Fast Pair. It is only available on Android phones.
Q. Which Android Phones Have Google Fast Pair?
Android phones running Google Play services version 11.7+ with Android version 6.0 or later have Google Fast Pair support. Although, some advanced features and find my device integration are only available on Android phones with Android version 10 and later.
Q. Can You Use Google Fast Pair for Data Transfer?
Google Fast Pair is a quick device-pairing service that uses Bluetooth Low Energy to discover devices. It cannot be used for any data transfer. For that, you can use Nearby Share on your Android phone.
Q. Can You Turn Off Google Fast Pair on Your Phone?
Yes, you can turn off Google Fast Pair on your phone. To do it, search Fast Pair in Google Play Services > select Devices > tap on Saved Devices. There, you can turn off the Automatically Save Devices toggle.
Q. Is Bluetooth and WiFi Necessary to Use Google Fast Pair?
Google Fast Pair can discover devices using Bluetooth Low Energy. Therefore, Bluetooth is necessary to use Google Fast Pair, but WiFi isn’t required.
These were how to check if your phone or TWS supports Google Fast Pair. It is definitely a useful feature having its own advantages that you can check in this article. Let us know your experience using Google Fast Pair on your phone and TWS in the comments below. And stay tuned with WearablesToUse for more helpful articles!