What to Do When Your Bluetooth Speaker Won't Pair with Your iPhone

What to Do When Your  Bluetooth Speaker Won't Pair with Your iPhone

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I selected to forget my iPhone on my Bluetooth radio.  Now it will not pair with the iPhone.  What can I do?


Forgotten and Blue

Dear Blue,

When you disconnect your iPhone from a Bluetooth device, you're not actually unpairing it. When you told your Bluetooth radio to forget your iPhone, you did unpair them. It is way too easy to accidentally select "forget" when you are merely trying to disconnect your iPhone from Bluetooth. To re-pair your iPhone and Bluetooth speaker, you'll need to put your speaker in discovery mode. (Google the device's manual online if you don't have the paper one anymore.) It should then be discoverable again by the iPhone. The Bluetooth radio name will appear in the list of available Bluetooth devices in your iPhone's Bluetooth settings. Tap on it to pair the devices once more.
Based on my own personal experience with finicky Bluetooth, I would also recommend turning the phone and the device off and then on again before trying this.
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