Why Is Bluetooth Speaker Not Connecting And How To Fix It

If you are experiencing connection issues with your Bluetooth speaker, please read on to find out what type of issue is causing this.

Most likely the problem may be due to a technical malfunction or software update. However, there are some other causes for this error message which include pairing problems and device incompatibility.

In this article you will learn why a Bluetooth speaker stopped playing music and how to fix that problem in just a few minutes with easy tips and tricks!

6 possible reasons why Bluetooth speaker is not connecting

Out of range

The most obvious reason why a Bluetooth speaker may not be connecting is that it’s out of range. The wireless range for the majority of Bluetooth speakers ranges from 10 to 30 feet and if the speaker is at one end of that range, then it will not be able to connect with your phone or device.

Error in pairing

Pairing is the process by which two Bluetooth-enabled devices are able to form a connection and communicate with each other. The pairing can be done either manually or automatically, and there’s a possibility that the Bluetooth speaker is not connecting because of an error in pairing.

Possible reasons for this could be:

  • The device was unable to find a paired device when scanning for nearby devices
  • The device is not within the range of a paired Bluetooth speaker
  • The device was not set up for pairing mode
  • The device is not compatible with the Bluetooth speaker
  • The paired devices have been unpaired

Its connected already to another device

Check if your Bluetooth is already connected to another device. If your Bluetooth is connected to another device, then you will have to disconnect it from that other device before being able to connect your speaker.

For example, you already connected it on your T.V, then connecting it on another speaker can cause issues until you disconnect it from the first one.

Low battery

One possible cause for a Bluetooth speaker not connecting is low battery. It can be difficult to tell if the device has enough charge because most models does not have an indicator light to show that it’s charging. One solution is to charge the device before using it, but if that doesn’t work, there are other solutions.

The user can try turning off power on the speaker and then back on, which might reset the speaker.

If that doesn’t work, try unpairing and re-pairing the device with your phone or other Bluetooth speakers.

Also, if both devices are Bluetooth enabled, try pairing the device with another speaker.

If none of these work, it’s time to get a new battery for your Bluetooth speaker.

Broken Bluetooth speaker

If your Bluetooth speaker is not connecting, the first step to take would be to check whether it is broken. If you think that the speaker might have been damaged during shipping or due to rough handling, it is possible that the Bluetooth speaker has been physically damaged.


The next reason why your Bluetooth speaker may not connect could be due to interference from other devices in the vicinity – for example, your microwave. If there is too much interference in the area, it can be difficult for these devices to locate each other and connect properly.

Troubleshooting steps and Fixes

Ensure both devices have Bluetooth turned on

If your Bluetooth speaker is not connecting, it means that they are not using the same profile. First, make sure both devices have Bluetooth turned on. Then, make sure they are using the same profile (such as PC).

Reboot both of the device

If you’re having trouble connecting your device to a Bluetooth speaker, try rebooting both devices just be sure. Rebooting is the best way to clear up many errors and problems. It’s good to reboot your device sometimes for a fresh start. Allowing it to sync up with another device can give you and your devices a fresh, blank canvas for any new connection needs.

Give them a charge

When Bluetooth devices are not connecting, it can be because the battery on both devices is low. Phone’s battery may also affect the connection, as well as make sure that everything is at least 50% charged.

Make sure that the devices are powered on

If your Bluetooth speaker is not connecting, make sure both devices are on and that you have checked the settings for both devices to ensure Bluetooth is turned on.

Does both device supports Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology that connects two or more devices. If one device does not have Bluetooth, then the other cannot connect to it. Check to make sure both of your devices are compatible with Bluetooth before setting up the connection.

Turn off Airplane/power-saving mode

If you’re experiencing problems with pairing, make sure airplane mode is turned off and the power-saving functions are turned off. Turning both of these features off will allow your Bluetooth speaker to work properly.

Avoid sources of potential interference

When you are troubleshooting a wireless speaker, the first thing you should do is identify potential sources of interference. It’s best to make sure your device doesn’t have to deal with obstructions that could interfere with a good connection. If these potential interferences aren’t the problem, try pairing your device up by moving it away from any wireless routers, microwaves, poorly shielded electronics cables and even garage door openers.

Delete the device you are trying to pair and restart discovery

Sometimes the discovery won’t work and you need to delete the device, restart it, then try to pair again. In addition, you can “forget” a device by clicking on Forget Device in the Bluetooth settings menu.

Check to see if all your devices are compatible with one another

When two devices with Bluetooth capabilities are trying to connect, they must be compatible. Check your manuals or device information screens to ensure both devices support the same protocols and that your device is compatible with the other device.

Visit the manufacturers websites

Bluetooth speaker, in some cases, will not connect to a device. If you are having this issue with your Bluetooth speaker, consult the manufacturer’s website for troubleshooting steps and fixes.

Why is my Bluetooth speaker connected but not playing?

When an audio device is paired to a Bluetooth speaker, it may not be playing. This could be due to the volume being too low or the speaker being muted. The device might also have been paired with another speakers and needs to be un-paired before it can connect again.

If the above is cleared for you, then you might want to check the other possible reasons below:

One cause may be the Bluetooth connection between the two devices is lost.

Another cause of this issue could be that the speaker’s battery has died or that you have accidentally switched off its power source.

Other possible reasons for why it doesn’t play music are that you are on a different network than your phone and therefore cannot connect over Bluetooth, or if you’re using an older phone that doesn’t support Bluetooth.


Can you force a Bluetooth connection?

Yes, Bluetooth connections can be forced. If you are trying to connect a device and it is not pairing or connecting for some reason, try turning the power off on both the speaker and your phone. Wait one minute, then turn the power back on to both devices and try connecting again.

Can you connect Bluetooth in multiple devices at once?

In general, you cannot connect Bluetooth in multiple devices at once. You can only pair one device with a Bluetooth speaker and the other devices will need to be paired manually. However, you can find models that are able to do this but they are not that common and expect them to be more expensive.

Is there a way to override Bluetooth?

The short answer is no, there’s not a way to override Bluetooth. The user has the ability to turn off their phone or tablet and turn it back on again without affecting anything else connected to Bluetooth. The user can also disconnect from the speaker and reconnecting to it again.