DSD TECH SH-HC-08 Bluetooth 4.0 shows up but cant connect

bjli

The pairing is done from the phone in your settings, and the password is entered there.

Also wondering if it matters that i used txo and rxi ports that arent right next to each other

This is incomprehensible, but not relevant to pairing anyway.

I was also using just a serial.begin(9600)

The same applies, but 9600 is the default speed for communications between Arduino and Bluetooth.