Bluetooth Pairing Problems: Connecting Your Smartphones

Bluetooth enabled devices are everywhere now. It’s estimated that by 2017, the average consumer will own five connected devices. The technology that took off in 1994 offers up a wireless alternative to data cables by exchanging data using radio transmissions. Got that? Sounds like a whole ’nother language to me, and sometimes it can be hard to figure out what the heck it’s saying.

Whether you’re trying to connect your Smartphone to your car or sync your Fitbit to your phone, these tips should help you decipher the language of pairing.

Is this thing on? First things first. Make sure that the devices you are attempting to pair are charged and turned on and that your Bluetooth connection is switched on as well. The connection setting can be found under “Settings” on most devices. When your connection is turned on, you should see the little Bluetooth symbol displayed on your device at the top of the screen. When it is flashing it means it is in the process of connecting and once the process is complete the Bluetooth symbol will be lit up.

Compatibility. Make sure that the two devices you are trying to link work well with one another. Depending on what two items you are trying to pair, the process for syncing them up can vary greatly. You may have to enter a code into your phone to connect it to the device you are trying to pair while others simply require you to have the two devices physically touch and the rest will be done for you. Most devices will walk you through the process by giving you prompts on your cell phone for next steps.

Start over. When all else fails, power down the devices you’re trying to pair and restart them. If you’re having an issue connecting with a device you’ve already paired, try deleting the device from your phone or “forgetting the device” and then rediscover and pair again.

Move away from the Wi-Fi. If you are too close to your Wi-Fi router it can get in the way of the pairing process. Make sure to move devices at least five feet away from the potential obstruction. There are other things that can be causing the connection to not work as well, such as other devices around you automatically connecting if their connection has been previously established, so shut those other devices Bluetooth connection off and try again.

Get Closer. Last, but not least if you’re still struggling to connect, you need to make sure the two devices you are attempting to pair are within 5 feet of each other. If they are not close enough the connection will not work, move closer and your Bluetooth connection should now be strong enough to secure a connection between your Smartphone and other gadget.

You’re not alone when it comes to the challenges of connecting. Humans aren’t naturally fluent in the language of pairing, but with these basic tips and the support of the Internet at your fingertips, you’ll be able to pair like a pro.