How to solve the most common Android Bluetooth problems

Before tinkering with your Android, you need to check two things: that the device you’re connecting to is discoverable and that it’s within Bluetooth range. If the device is discoverable, it should appear in the Bluetooth list. To check this, here are the steps to follow (via Google):

  1. Open your quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of your screen.
  2. Tap the Bluetooth logo to turn it on.
  3. Press and hold the Bluetooth logo to open the list of paired devices.
  4. Select ‘Pair new device’. You should see the device you want to connect to under ‘Available devices’.

If you can’t find it in the list, it’s probably because it’s not currently findable. Go to your other device’s settings and make it discoverable or visible. If you connect to a speaker or earbuds that are always discoverable by default, but you still can’t find them in the list, they may be out of range. According to Samsung, smartphones and most consumer electronic gadgets have a maximum Bluetooth connection range of 10 meters (32 feet). Make sure your other device is placed somewhere within that range with no obstacles.

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