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Audio Won’t Enable in My Bluetooth Android: Get Connected Fast

Bluetooth audio issues are fairly common, and this also extends to a Bluetooth Android phone. Thankfully, there are many options to try if you have an Android phone that won’t connect or pair with Bluetooth and are looking for solutions to fix it. So what are some causes as to why the audio won’t enable correctly on a Bluetooth Android?

Bluetooth Android: Why Won’t My Audio Enable?

When you pair Bluetooth devices successfully, data can be transferred easily from one to another. But if the pairing is unsuccessful or you cannot pair the devices, then there is a problem with either the hardware or software of any of the two devices.

In this guide, we will identify the reasons for Bluetooth issues and look at the solutions that can help you fix the problem. 

Quick Fixes to Correct Audio Issues in Bluetooth Android

To begin with, let us get the basics straight and the most obvious things sorted. Bluetooth is a technology that allows you to connect two devices wirelessly so that data and information can flow between the two devices.

An important thing to realize is that your phone or the device you will pair it with is not always in pairing mode. Let us take the example of connecting a headset to your phone using Bluetooth.

You have to make sure that the headset is in the mode where it can be paired. That is, your headset should be in pairing mode. And your phone should be ready to scan the Bluetooth devices around it.

If they are not in the correct mode, the devices won’t be able to connect. Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your smartphone and on the device you want to pair with your phone.

Let’s take a look at some quick troubleshooting tips. 

Businessman Calling On Mobile Phone With Bluetooth Handsfree

Ensure you have sufficient power

Consider charging both devices above 15% before creating a connection. 

Ensure your Bluetooth is on

You may have mistakenly disabled Bluetooth and have forgotten to re-enable it. If the Bluetooth icon is blue, that means it’s ON.

Ensure Bluetooth devices are within 30 feet 

Devices need to be close enough to each other before connecting. Consider moving the devices closer.

Ensure that the device does not require a pairing app

Some devices like Samsung earbuds and smartwatches need to be connected through the Galaxy Wearable app. Check the device’s support page to learn more about its Bluetooth pairing. 

Test With Other Devices

To help narrow down the problem, consider pairing with other devices in your household or nearby. If other devices connect, the problem might be the Bluetooth device itself.

With the obvious out of the way, we can now concentrate on troubleshooting steps to help you fix problems even after establishing a Bluetooth connection by switching on Bluetooth on both devices.

Toggle the Bluetooth Connection

If the Bluetooth connection cannot be established or you fail to pair two devices, the first and most basic troubleshooting step is to toggle the Bluetooth connection. Pull down your phone’s notification shade and look for the Bluetooth icon.

Switch Off the Bluetooth connection, wait for 10 seconds and switch it on again. Now try to check if the phone can pair with the Bluetooth device or not.

Switch Off toggle mode, wait for 10 seconds, and switch it on again

Reset network settings on your Android

This will restore all the network settings to factory defaults (including the ones related to Wi-Fi and mobile data). Here is how to reset network settings:

  • Navigate to Settings > General management
  • Now tap Reset > Reset network settings
  • Tap Reset settings
  • Enter a Pin or pattern
  • Tap Reset settings to confirm the action.

Before we begin troubleshooting the Android or the tablet, it is essential to rule out that the device is not the cause of the problem. To check if the device is working or not, connect it to another device like a different phone or a laptop and check if it works properly on the other devices.

If the Bluetooth device is working fine on other phones or tablets, the problem lies in your phone, and further troubleshooting should be done. 

But suppose the device does not connect to a different phone or another device either.

In that case, the problem lies with the device, and you may have to follow the device manual for troubleshooting that particular device, or you must take it to the manufacturer to get it checked or replaced.

This is critical to ensure that the troubleshooting steps below are worthwhile for fixing your Bluetooth problems.

Restart Your Android Phone and the Device

Adult hispanic person with mobile phone and wireless bluetooth headset, talking on telephone in the street out office buildings

Begin with restarting your phone. A restart fixes simple errors and helps your phone start afresh. Switch on Bluetooth by pulling down your phone’s notification shade and tapping on the Bluetooth icon after your phone restarts.

Make sure that the device is in pairing mode. Keep it close to your phone and give your phone some time to scan all the nearby devices.

Once your phone shows the name of a device on the screen, tap on it, and connect. If the connection is successful and the pairing works, the problem is now gone, but if the problem persists, try restarting the device you are trying to connect to.

Restart the device, put it in pairing mode, and check if the connection is established.

Allow your phone to get a fresh start. You can do that by removing all the devices paired before. You are looking at a list of devices you paired with just once, and you would never be pairing again.

Remove devices from your list and allow your phone to pair with the device again. To remove all paired devices, follow these steps:

  • Head into the Settings 
  • Tap Connections > Toggle Bluetooth On
  • Tap on Bluetooth
  • You will see a list of devices that you had paired with
  • There is a settings icon next to the name of each device. Tap on the icon and unpair the device.
  • Do this for all the devices till you have no devices on your list.

Once all the devices are removed, your phone will begin scanning again for devices to connect. It should show the device you want to connect. Try pairing now and check if it works. If the Bluetooth on your phone has worked properly before, but you have started noticing Bluetooth problems very recently, then you must consider clearing the cache files of your phone’s Bluetooth. 

The cache files can get corrupt over a while or due to specific system tweaks.

Removing these files is harmless because they only contain data that helps your phone make your Bluetooth experience smooth. These files are created once you start using Bluetooth again. To delete the Bluetooth cache, follow these steps:

  • Navigate Settings
  • Tap on Apps
  • You will find a whole list of applications on the next screen. Tap on the Sort icon (Then Tap Show System Apps) 
  • Look for Bluetooth and tap on it.
  • On the next screen, Tap Storage. 
  • Next, tap on Clear Cache and confirm your selection by tapping OK.

Once the cache is cleared, restart your Android and try connecting again. Check if your phone can establish the connection and if the connection works appropriately or not.

While clearing the cache removes cache files only, clearing the Bluetooth data is somewhat like resetting your Bluetooth connection so that it starts anew.

If you had any Bluetooth connections or pairings on Bluetooth’s list of paired devices, all of those connections would be lost entirely.

You will have to pair the devices again after the data is cleared. We clear the data so that any corrupt files are removed. The Bluetooth will get a chance to start fresh. Follow these steps to clear the Bluetooth data:

  • Navigate Settings
  • Tap on Apps
  • You will find a whole list of applications on the next screen. Tap on the Sort icon (Then Tap Show System Apps) 
  • Look for Bluetooth and tap on it.
  • On the next screen, Tap Storage. 
  • Next, tap on Clear Data and confirm your selection by tapping OK.

Once the data has been wiped, restart your phone and switch on the Bluetooth connection. With the other device in pairing mode, let your phone or tablet search for the device and establish the connection.

Once the pairing is complete, check if the connection is working smoothly and if the problem is gone.

Update the Android Software

Your Android device may be due for an update that can include releases for specific applications that may be causing a problem with the Bluetooth. Many things can be fixed with the help of an update.

Also, check for updates for the Bluetooth device you are trying to connect to your phone or tablet. There is a possibility that the device may be outdated, and it may be causing problems because of this. Try establishing the connection and check if it works as expected

Toggle Safe Mode

safe mode

When you use your phone in Safe Mode, it disables all third-party apps and works in the most basic way. It helps you identify problems that may be related to third-party applications.

Sometimes third-party apps can be the culprit when it comes to the malfunctioning of your device.

The Bluetooth may be affected by one of the third-party applications, and the best way to identify the problem is to use the phone in Safe Mode and check if the Bluetooth works in Safe Mode.

  • Press and hold the Power button on your device till you see the Power menu > Tap Power Off
  • Press and hold the Power and the Volume Down buttons at the same time, to turn the device on. 
  • Once the Samsung logo appears on the screen, you can let go of the power button. Ensure you keep holding the Volume Down Button
  • Safe Mode will now appear at the bottom left of the screen

When the phone or tablet restarts, you will see Safe mode on the screen.

Try using the Bluetooth in Safe Mode and check if it works. If you are successful in doing so, an application on your device may be interfering with the Bluetooth connection.

You can restart your phone to find the application, and it will go back to normal mode. Then you can begin uninstalling the apps that you think may be causing the problem.

Resetting the phone to factory settings is a way of starting with a clean slate. This removes all data and third-party applications from your phone. When you reset your device to factory settings, you must perform a backup.

Note: Android devices already have the option to back up the phone data. Still, it is always preferable to transfer all-important photos, videos, and files to a computer before you choose to reset your phone.

  • Go to the Settings > General Management 
  • Tap Reset >  Factory data reset.

Your phone will begin resetting your device by deleting all information and data stored on your device. Once the reset process completes, you can try using Bluetooth to check if it works. If your problem is gone, you can restore all the data to your device.

On the other hand, if your Bluetooth problem persists, the chances are that there may be a problem in the physical connections, which can be causing the issue.

Take your phone to a professional or the manufacturer to solve the problem. For phones under warranty, you may be able to get a replacement.