Connecting a Bluetooth Scanner to Profit Bandit for Android

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**This post was updated 3/13/2017
Connecting a bluetooth scanner to Profit Bandit is easier than you might think. Today I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how to connect Profit Bandit to your Android phone.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. An Android phone or tablet. Note that depending on your phone or tablet, your Android operating system may appear slightly different.
  2. Profit Bandit with an enabled Bluetooth add-on. Tap the puzzle piece icon profit bandit settings  in Profit Bandit and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Serial Magic Gears installed on your Android device.
  4. A scanfob. Most of our users use the OPN-2002 or the SerialIO Scanfob 2002.
  5. The instructions that came with your Scanfob. I’ll be connecting an OPN-2002 and will be using these instructions. You’ll need to print them out in order to scan the barcodes on them.
  6. Any item with a barcode to test that everything’s working.

Let’s get started:

1. Navigate to your Android device’s settings and then Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is on as shown here:

bluetooth settings

2. Scan the SPP Mode Barcode found on your instructions.


3. Scan the barcode on your instructions to reset your PIN to 0000.

setting up a pin code

4. Hold down the Clear/Function key on the scanner for 5-10 seconds or until a blue light begins flashing. It’s the smaller of the two buttons on the scanner.

opn bluetooth scanner

5. Your phone should discover the scanner:

opn2002 on android

6. Tap the discovered device and enter your PIN of 0000 (OPN-2005/2006 scanners may not ask for a PIN). You should now see that the device is paired.

pairing the opn2002

7. Open Serial Magic Gears. And tap connect.

serial magic gears

9. Hold down the Clear/Function key on the scanner for 5-10 seconds or until a blue light begins flashing. It’s the smaller of the two buttons on the scanner. If necessary tap “Re-connect” in Serial Magic Gears.

10. Serial Magic Gears should find and connect with your scanfob.

connectic serial magic gears

11. Return to Profit Bandit and scan your test item.

Please let me know if you have any trouble following these directions!

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  1. Chris McKechney

    Why do I need SerialMagic Gears at all? Why can’t I use the device in HIB mode?

    • Paul Cole


      At this time, on Android, Profit Bandit currently requires SSP Mode and connecting through SerialMagic Gears. This is something that we’re looking into changing, but at this time, there are no options for HIB mode.


  2. Rob

    Can you use bluetoothconnect instead of serialmagic? I am so tired of the unlicensed serialmagic error. I am using a unitech scanner

  3. Juan

    Hello, anybody was try “Linea Pro 4 scanner” with profit bandit?

    thank you

  4. Tom Holmes

    Just wondering… where can you purchase a backup battery for the OPN-2002 scanner?

  5. Arthur

    I can connect with my opticon 2002 through sermagic gears, but when i go into profit bandit it won’t recognize anything i scan.

    Any suggestions? I’m using a Galaxy S4. I got a used opticon so i’m not sure if it needs any kind of software update.

  6. Harrison

    Is Linea Pro 4 scanner compatible with profit bandit?

  7. michael

    Is profit bandit compatible with the ct-20 scanner? If so, guess I need the magic gears?

  8. Sara

    I asked a question previously and you replied. However, my CT20 barcode scanner is still not connection with Serial Gears. In the specs it says the CT 20 supports SPP, HID so it should be able to connect, right? I’ve followed all the instructions, CT20 is paired with my android phone but when Serial Gear searches for it I always get a ‘fail’ notification. Can someone please help me before I send the scanner back?


    • Maria

      Hi Sara,

      Try to uninstall and reinstall SerialMagic Gears, seems like a problem with your smg. I hope it helps.


  9. Is there not an option just to use your phone to scan?

    • Iulia Talanga

      Hi Theresa,

      Thank you for your message and for following our blog!
      You can for sure use your phone to scan items. You don’t necessarily need a bluetooth scanner, that is an alternative.
      To use your phone, while in Profit Bandit, tap the “Scan” button that you see in the upper left corner of your screen. It will bring up the camera and you will then need to just scan the barcode.

      I hope this helps! Please feel free to write in at anytime you have questions and concerns and my colleagues will be happy to help!

      Thank you,
      SellerEngine Team

  10. Robert

    Is Socket sm-j700p scanner compatible?

    • Kate Neal

      Hi Robert,

      We have not tested this scanner with our app, but as long as the scanner has Bluetooth it should work. If your phone is using Android, you should use SPP Bluetooth connection, and if the phone is using iOS, you should use the HID Bluetooth connection. If you need any help or further assistance, please feel free to reach out to our Profit Bandit Support team at



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