How to Install ELM327 Bluetooth OBD Scanner on Windows
Posted by Alex (Im) E. on 27 December 2012 06:03 PM
STEP 1: Plug Bluetooth into Car's OBD Port
It looks like this...
It's usually found on the driver side dashboard under the steering wheel.
Can't find it? Locate it here.
STEP 2: Turn ON Car Ignition
This is one step before engine is powered.
STEP 3: Add and Pair ELM327 Bluetooth to Windows
Right click on Bluetooth icon in task manager > Add a Device
Select ELM327 Bluetooth device. It'll come under different names like: OBDII, VLink, Can OBDII, etc.
NOTE: It can take up to 30 seconds for Bluetooth signal to show.
When you see list of pairing options like this:
(For Windows XP users, your option will be: Use the passkey found in the documentation)
Enter the pairing code:
Pair code: 1234
If above doesn't pair, then: 0000
Additional Step for Windows XP Users
Once it's paired, the wizard will display COM port numbers:
Write down the number of the Outgoing COM port. You will need it later to configure the OBD software.
STEP 4: Launch OBD Software and Connect to Vehicle
Launch your OBD Software. (We recommend TOAD software which is 100% compatible with Bluetooth.)
Click "Connect" and it should automatically detect your ELM327 Bluetooth device and connect to your car.
- If OBD software has trouble connecting to your car, then set baud rate of connection to: 38400 or 9600.
- With some OBD-II software, you'll need to to know the COM port number of your ELM327 Bluetooth scanner. You can find this out inside Device Manager, under "Ports (COM & LPT)".
Control Panel » System » "Hardware" tab » Device Manager » Ports (COM & LPT)
Control Panel » System » Device Manager » Ports (COM & LPT)
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