Bluetooth Pairing and Solutions to Common Pairing Problems

Cases abound of Bluetooth speakers working erratically, acting up or failing. Issues include audio hiccups, failure to pair and dropped connections. The situation typically involves your Bluetooth device say a tablet or a phone failing to “pair” with the speakers. The good news is that we have an idea of what is going on, and what to do so that everything works out as planned.

What is Bluetooth Pairing?

This is simply the process of establishing a connection between a pair of Bluetooth-enabled devices, in this case Bluetooth speakers and your tablet, phone or any other Bluetooth enabled gadget. The devices search for the Bluetooth connection and create a connection after you enter a passkey. You can also set up a connection with more than once Bluetooth device, a concept called multipoint pairing.

Why Does Pairing Fail?

Failure to pair is the most common problem that leads to audio hiccups and other issues. Here are some of the solutions:

1. Turn Your Devices to Discoverable Mode

The device and the speaker have to see each other for pairing to be successful. You have to go into the Bluetooth settings on the phone or tablet and switch the discoverable mode on. Use the controls on the speakers to make it look for the device.  Once it discovers your device, it might require you to input a numeric key to confirm pairing. The discoverable mode doesn’t take long; you need to make sure you pair the devices within the set timeframe.

2. Reset the Bluetooth Settings

At times, either your device or the Bluetooth speakers are already connected to another Bluetooth point. To solve this, place both devices within close proximity as you troubleshoot. Reset the Bluetooth connection on the device, and then do the same for the Bluetooth speakers. Create a new connection anew and you are good to go.

3. Turn Competing Bluetooth Devices Off

You might spend the whole day trying to connect to the speakers, even think that they are faulty when in real sense one of your friends has blocked your connection. Make sure you turn off any other devices in the area that might “steal” the signal. Another option is to find a space where other devices are out of range before you troubleshoot.

4. Minimize Interference

Just like other wireless signals, the performance of your Bluetooth is affected by various factors. The following factors can affect the way your Bluetooth connection behaves:


Having your phone in your pocket and moving from one room to the next can affect the signal. The walls reduce the active Bluetooth performance distance. The further you go, the harder it becomes for the Bluetooth to connect. Try to maintain the Bluetooth enabled device in the same room as the Bluetooth speakers for better connection.

Nearby Wireless Signals

If you have other devices competing for Bluetooth signals in your home, the rivalry for the signal becomes high. Other wireless signals might affect the way you connect to the speakers. Additionally, you might find that there are areas in the house with “signal pockets,” whereby the Bluetooth signal is poor.

Avoid Body Barrier

Your body makes a bigger “wall” as compared to a solid wall. In fact, it is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to blocking of signals. A group of people standing between the device and the speakers might obstruct the pairing signals.

Get the Driver

Pairing problems might be a result of a missing Bluetooth driver. Cross check to make sure you have the right drivers installed.

Final Words

If after you have done all this and the problem persists, read here to find out more about Bluetooth speakers and browse the profiles of each.  Understanding your speakers makes it easy to troubleshoot problems.

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