You enjoy the ease of wireless communications if you have a Bluetooth-enabled device. However, there are occasions when you do not want to maintain a connection and opt to disconnect and forget a device. When there are problems with Bluetooth connections, you could neglect to reconnect the two devices.
You may mistakenly click “Forget” and now wish to re-establish the connection so you may continue to use the wireless connection. Continue reading to find out more.
How to Recover a Bluetooth Device That Has Been Forgotten
Resetting your network settings and then reconnecting the Bluetooth device is the simplest approach to unforget a Bluetooth device. Although your Android or iOS smartphone makes it more difficult to unforget a device, it is still possible.
On iPhone and Android smartphones, there are a few simple ways to unforget a device.
On iPhone, don’t forget about a Bluetooth device.
The simplest approach to getting your iPhone to remember a device is to reset the network settings. Because your smartphone lacks a simple button that allows you to unforget a device, you must reset your phone to recover the forgotten item. The procedure is straightforward, and it allows you to back up your data while just undoing any recent settings.
On your iPhone, go to Settings >> General to unforget a device. There are a variety of alternatives here, including “Reset.” Reset all settings, reset contact settings, and reset network settings are among the choices available from the reset tab.
Choose Reset network settings from the list of alternatives. You’ll see a message asking you to confirm that you want to reset all of your network settings. After you confirm, the reset procedure will begin.
The reset procedure may take a few seconds, but it will restore your Bluetooth and WiFi settings to their factory defaults. You may reconnect your Bluetooth device this way.
Following the reset, you will see an Apple logo on your screen before the screen goes blank. After a few seconds, the Apple logo will emerge again, followed by your usual screen. You know the reset procedure is complete when the phone displays your home menu.
As the system reboots, it will restore all of the lost data, including the device you left behind. You may now see if the forgotten device has returned.
Open Settings >> Bluetooth by pressing the Home button on your iPhone. You may see a list of devices that have connected to your device in the past, including the one you forgot about.
You can check for available devices and reconnect the device if it doesn’t appear in the list of previously connected devices. Because your phone does not have the memory of forgetting the device, it will easily locate it after scanning.
On Android, you can unforget a device.
Android smartphones, like the iPhone, do not have an “Unforget” button that you may use. Once you’ve forgotten a device, it won’t appear in your Bluetooth device list.
You must reset the network settings to unforget the device. To do so, go to Settings on your phone and scroll down to “System.” The “Reset Options” section of the System tab is where you should reset the phone.
Reset the options by clicking Reset Options. DRM Reset, Reset App Preferences, Reset All System Settings, Factory Data Reset, and Reset WiFi, Mobile, and Bluetooth are among the choices available. Select “Reset WiFi, Mobile, and Bluetooth” from the drop-down menu, and then confirm in the following box.
After you confirm, your device will prompt you to enter the password to begin the reset procedure. You will be notified when the settings have been reset. You will never have to wait more than a few seconds for the procedure to complete.
Your Android will not restore the list of all devices you forgot after the reset. Rather, it allows you to reconnect to these devices for the first time. Scanning for a list of accessible devices and connecting to them after the reset
If your gadget still won’t connect, you’ll have to come up with a different solution. Consider the following options:
Turn on and off your devices, as well as your Bluetooth.
If your device still won’t connect after resetting the network settings, try turning it off and on again. This is a basic troubleshooting procedure that you may use on any device to resolve minor software issues.
Depending on the gadget you use, the process is simple. To turn off your iPhone, press and hold the power button while sliding the button that appears on the screen. After the iPhone has turned off for roughly 30 seconds, press and hold the power button to turn it back on.
You can try to connect to your device after your iPhone has started.
To restart an Android smartphone, tap and hold the power button while swiping up the screen. Allow the phone to turn off and on before entering your password to turn it back on. Check to see if reconnecting the Bluetooth devices fixes the problem.
If the problem persists, try turning your Bluetooth connection on and off. Toggle the On/Off button under Settings >> Bluetooth. When Bluetooth is turned off, the toggle switch goes gray, and when Bluetooth is turned on, the toggle switch changes blue.
Connect your device again after turning it off and on to see whether the problem has been resolved.
Turn on and off the device pairing mode.
A minor software issue may be the cause of your device’s failure to connect. You can avoid this by turning on device pairing and then turning it off again. This phase of the troubleshooting process should get your device connected without any serious complications.
On most Bluetooth devices, a switch or a button allows you to connect it to another device. Locate the switch or button on your Bluetooth speaker, headset, or earphones and turn to pair off and on.
Wait around 30 seconds after turning off pairing before turning it back on.
Is it possible to fix the problem with iPhones using a DFU Restore?
If you still can’t connect to your Bluetooth after attempting all of the above, you’ll need to perform a more thorough repair. You can try a Device Firmware Update (DFU) restoration if you have an iPhone. This is a more intensive restoration that necessitates the creation of a backup of your data before you begin.
You’ll be able to restore your factory settings and rejoin all of your forgotten Bluetooth devices after you put your iPhone in DFU mode. To begin, back up all of your data to iTunes, iCloud, or another platform of your choice.
Connect your phone to your computer to get started. If you have a PC or macOS Mojave 10.14, open iTunes. You’ll need to launch Finder if you’re on macOS Catalina 10.15 or later. You may turn your phone on or off.
If you have an iPhone 6s or older, hit the Sleep/Wake button and then the home button at the same time. If you have an iPhone 7, simultaneously tap the Sleep/Wake button and the volume down button. On your computer, your phone should display in Finder or iTunes.
Once the phone appears, you need to release the buttons and the phone’s display will turn black. If the screen doesn’t turn black, you need to redo the process again. From there, restore your phone through Finder or iTunes.
You can still put your iPhone in DFU mode if you have an iPhone 8 or above. To do so, swiftly push and release the phone’s volume up button, then quickly press and release the volume down button. Then tap and hold the side button on your phone until the screen goes dark.
While you’re doing this, you may turn on or off your phone. Press and hold the volume down button while continuing to press and hold the side button when the screen turns black. After five seconds, release the side button but maintain holding the volume down button until your phone appears in Finder or iTunes.
Your phone is already in DFU mode if you see it on iTunes or Finder. If you press and hold the volume down button for too long, the Apple logo will display on the screen, and you’ll have to start over.
Note that entering DFU mode will wipe all of the code from your phone’s hardware and software, allowing it to start over. However, if your phone is already broken, DFU mode may exacerbate the problem.
If everything else fails, try a factory data reset on your Android device.
You can try a factory reset if your Android smartphone still won’t connect to a device after you reset network settings. This should only be used as a last resort if all other options have failed. Because a factory reset might result in data loss, you should back up your data first.
Open Settings >> System >> Backup and Restore to reset your phone. Back up your data to an SD card before beginning the factory data wipe. Open Settings >> System >> Reset Options >> Factory Data Reset to reset the device.
When you click Factory Data Reset, the device will prompt you to confirm your action by entering your device password. The procedure will then begin. The procedure might take a few minutes to finish.
This procedure restores the phone to its factory settings. When you turn the phone back on, you’ll have to reset everything, including the time and date. Then, in your phone, input your accounts and anything else you need, before reconnecting your Bluetooth device.
You could forget a Bluetooth gadget by mistake or on purpose. Whatever occurs, the unforgetting procedure should be simple. You should only restore factory settings if all other options have failed.
A simple network reset will not wipe off your data or information, but it will restore normalcy to your system. Good luck with your resets.