Have you been trying to pair a Bluetooth device to your Android phone and struggling? Like you, even we have often wondered why a simple pairing of devices leaves us perturbed. That’s why we’ve compiled six (6) troubleshooting solutions to help you fix the problem. Follow the instructions keenly, and you should have your Bluetooth device connected in no time.
Before you tweak your device settings or other complex solutions, you need to run some vital preliminary checks. Most especially on the Bluetooth device. First off, does the device have sufficient battery juice? Some battery-powered Bluetooth accessories won’t connect to your smartphone when they are low or hit a certain percentage.
If the device isn’t battery-powered, make sure it is properly plugged into a power source. You should also confirm that the device is set to pairing mode, and no other device is connected to it. Should the problem persist after implementing these checks, here are some other things you could try.
1. Re-Enable Bluetooth
This should be your first port of call whenever you can’t seem to pair Bluetooth devices to your Android phone or tablet. Turn off Bluetooth, turn it back on after some seconds, and reattempt the pairing process.
2. Forget Device
If you’ve previously paired and used the Bluetooth device, but it suddenly refuses to connect to your Android smartphone after some time, forgetting the device might help.
This entails deleting the Bluetooth device from your smartphone’s Bluetooth connection memory and reconnecting it from scratch.
Step 1: Launch your device’s Settings menu and select Connected devices.
Note: Based on your device’s brand and model, this option may be labeled as Bluetooth, Bluetooth Settings, or other similar variations.
Step 2: In the ‘Previously Connected Devices’ section, tap the gear icon next to the affected Bluetooth device.
If you don’t find the device on the list, tap the See all drop-down arrow and click the gear icon on the device you want to forget.
Step 3: On the Device details page, hit the Forget icon and select Forget Device on the confirmation prompt.
Now, return to the Bluetooth settings page (see step #1) and tap ‘Pair new device’ to reconnect the Bluetooth device. By the way, put the Bluetooth device in pairing mode. And if you’re prompted to confirm or enter a pairing confirmation code, click on Pair or OK.
3. Restart Device
This applies to both devices in question. Power cycle your Android device and the Bluetooth device. If you still cannot pair both devices when they come back on, try resetting the Bluetooth device.
4. Reset Bluetooth Device
Due to a distinction in design, features, and types, the process of resetting Bluetooth devices may vary. To reset some Bluetooth devices, you’d have to hold power button for some seconds. Others may require you to hold the power and volume button simultaneously. We strongly recommend that you consult the device’s instruction manual or visit the product’s website for accurate instructions.
If your Android smartphone still doesn’t establish a connection with the Bluetooth device that you just reset or any other Bluetooth device, you should reset its network settings.
5. Reset Network Settings
Performing a network reset is recommended when your phone won’t connect to any Bluetooth device, but other devices can. All Bluetooth connections, devices, and configurations will be deleted from your device when you reset network settings. This also applies to other network-related protocols like Wi-Fi, cellular connections, VPN, etc. Learn more about resetting network settings on Android.
Step 1: Launch your device’s Settings app and select System.
Step 2: Next, tap the Advanced drop-down button and select Reset options.
Step 3: Select ‘Reset Wi-Fi, mobile, & Bluetooth.’
Step 4: Tap the Reset Settings button.
Step 5: Enter your phone’s passcode/password/PIN/pattern and click Reset Settings to proceed.
6. Update Device
Android updates have a history of ruining certain device functionalities. And you know what they say about history repeating itself. If you recently updated your Android device or it runs on an old Android version, a Bluetooth bug may be responsible for this glitch. Interestingly, these bugs can be squashed by installing a new, bug-free update.
So, if none of the recommended solutions above fix the problem, try updating your device to the latest Android version. Go to Settings > System > Advanced > System Update and click the ‘Check for updates’ button.
Bridge the Gap
Proximity also plays an important role in Bluetooth connectivity. When pairing a Bluetooth device to your Android smartphone, make sure the distance between both devices isn’t beyond 5 – 10 meters — or the recommended connection range specified by the device manufacturer. And if the Bluetooth device still won’t connect to your phone or other devices, there’s a high chance of hardware damage. Contact the customer center or visit the store to purchase the product to get it fixed or replaced.
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Last updated on 13 July, 2021
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