How to Fix Bluetooth Pairing Problems for Android & iPhone Easily

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In earlier times, we used to share files from one device to another using Bluetooth technology. With time, we saw several advancements to the technology, and today you can pair wireless headphones with your device as well. It is one of the most used wireless technologies these days, and the popularity of wireless headphones is increasing day by day.

However, there are times when people face issues connecting their wireless headphones with their devices. Fortunately, these issues can easily be fixed. But how to fix Bluetooth pairing problems? Well, you can do a few things in order to fix Bluetooth connectivity problems, and we are going to discuss them in this article. So, without any further ado, let’s see how you can fix Bluetooth pairing problems.

How to fix Bluetooth pairing problems easily?

1. Check your Bluetooth settings and make sure it’s turned on

If your headphones aren’t getting connected with your device, you should check your Bluetooth settings. You will need to check whether your device’s Bluetooth is turned on or not. If it’s turned on, you will see the Bluetooth symbol on the screen of your device, and if you aren’t seeing it, turn on the connection in settings.

Do the same with your headphones and make sure they are in pairing mode. You won’t have to follow a lot of steps here as most wireless headphones get into pairing mode automatically when you turn them on. So, make sure they are turned on as well, and if they aren’t, just hold the power button for a few seconds.

2. Make sure both devices are in the Bluetooth range

Yes, you don’t have to keep your smartphone in your pocket if you want to listen to music on your wireless headphones. But you will need to keep both devices in the Bluetooth range. If the headphones aren’t in the range, you may not be able to pair them with your phone.

Also, if you walk out of the range while using the headphones, they may disconnect with your phone. If you are pairing your headphones with your device for the first time, it will be better to keep them within five feet of one another.

3. Turn both devices off and back on

Another useful trick of solving pairing problems is to turn both devices off and back on again. If you aren’t able to pair the devices and the issue is unknown to you, this trick can do the job for you at times. If you are trying to connect your headphones with your smartphone, you may consider turning on the ‘Airplane’ mode once. Wait for a few seconds and turn it off again.

In the meantime, you should turn off and back on your wireless headphones, and get them to pairing mode again. If you are facing the same problem, you should consider restarting your smartphone, as it may help. You will need to follow the same steps if you are trying to pair your wireless headphones with your laptop.

4. Remove old Bluetooth connections from your device

It is a very common reason why people face pairing issues when they buy new wireless headphones. Whenever you turn on Bluetooth on your device, it tries to connect with an already paired device if it’s in the Bluetooth range. This can cause problems while pairing your new headphones, but the good thing about this issue is that it can easily be fixed.

You will just need to turn on the device that is getting connected with your smartphone, and the problem will automatically be solved. Moreover, if you aren’t planning to use that previously paired device in the near future, you can remove it from the list of paired devices to prevent the same problem in the future. Doing it is very easy, and you will just need to follow a few steps.

1. For Android

  • Open ‘Settings’ and go to ‘Bluetooth’

On your Android smartphone, open settings and go to ‘Bluetooth’ in order to remove a device from the list of paired devices. Now, you will need to find the device on the list that you want to remove.

  • Tap on the device name

Once you find the device, tap on it, and click on ‘Unpair’. Congratulations, your job is done, and you have successfully removed it from the list of paired devices.

2. For iPhone

If you want to remove a device from the list of paired devices on your iPhone, the first step is going to be the same as we discussed for Android smartphones. You will need to open ‘Settings’ and look for the list of paired devices. After opening the list, find the device that you want to remove, and tap on it. Now, you will need to tap on ‘Forget This Device’ and your job will be done.

Well, this is how easy it is to remove a device from the list of paired devices on both iPhone and Android smartphones. Once you have removed the old Bluetooth connections, you will be able to pair a new device easily.

5. Make sure both the devices are charged

If your wireless headphones aren’t charged, you won’t be able to turn them on, and if you aren’t able to turn them on, you won’t be able to pair them with your smartphone. In such a case, you should consider charging your headphones and once they are charged, you will be able to pair them.

On the other hand, if your smartphone isn’t charged, you may face the same kind of issues. Some smartphones have smart power management features that may turn off Bluetooth and other functions if the battery level is below a specific level. You won’t be able to pair your device with your headphones in such a case. If you notice such an issue, just charge your smartphone and your problem will be solved. Sometimes, such small issues lead to pairing problems, but the good thing is that you can easily combat these situations.

6. Delete and rediscover the device that you want to pair

If you are not able to pair the headphones with your smartphone, you should consider deleting and rediscovering them. This trick can prove helpful, and the best thing about it is that you just need to follow a few steps. You will need to follow the same steps that we mentioned above for iPhone and Android smartphones. But, in this case, you will need to remove the device that you want to pair, and rediscover it.

7. Make sure your device is discoverable

You will need to turn the discoverable mode of your smartphone in order to pair it with your headphones or any other device. Some smartphones may have this feature, and they may not be visible to unrecognized devices.

If your smartphone also has this feature, you will need to make it visible by turning on the discoverable mode. But make sure that you pair it soon after turning it on as the device may stay in discoverable mode for a few minutes only. If you don’t pair it within this time period, you will need to start over again.

8. Keep a distance from your WiFi router

WiFi routers are designed in such a way that they don’t commonly interfere while pairing devices using Bluetooth technology. However, if you are pairing a wireless device with your smartphone, you should move away from the WiFi router as it may help. Since these devices use the same spectrum, you should keep a distance from them while pairing two devices.

9. Clear the Bluetooth cache

This trick works for Android smartphones only, but it has proven helpful over time, and this is the reason why we are mentioning it. So, if you are facing issues while pairing your headphones with your Android smartphone, consider clearing the Bluetooth cache.

10. Make sure the devices are compatible with each other

These days, most Bluetooth devices are designed to connect with each other. However, if you aren’t able to connect your devices with each other, there is a possibility that they are not compatible with each other. To be sure, you should check the user manual, as you may be able to check the compatible devices there. If both devices are compatible with each other, you should try out the methods that we discussed above.

We hope you understood how to fix Bluetooth pairing problems. If you face issues while pairing a new pair of headphones with your device, you will know how to deal with them. You can try out the tricks that we have mentioned, and your job will become easier.


If you have read this article carefully, you might have understood how to fix Bluetooth pairing problems. Pairing problems are very common, but you can easily fix them by using the tricks we have mentioned. All the tricks of fixing Bluetooth pairing problems that we have mentioned are tried and tested, so you can rely on them. We also have a guide on fixing sound delay in bluetooth headphones if you have that issue you can read the article here:


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