How to Fix My Bluetooth
How to Fix My Bluetooth
We've come a long way from the ages when Bluetooth usage was one of the primary forms of file transfer across devices. Touted as a new motif in the file-sharing procedure, Bluetooth was all set to take the world by a storm, and it did so too, albeit with a fair share of problems.
While on one end, it made file sharing much easier when compared to its predecessors; on the other hand, the bugs and glitches were so great in accordance and frequency that the turn off among users was huge.
You'd still be able to find forums with a plethora of complaints on Bluetooth issues, ranging from broken radios to simply disconnections for no reason. Despite everything negative that Bluetooth brought with it, it is an amazingly handy and arguably reliable tool to have in one's arsenal.
Despite years of criticism, Bluetooth has stood the test of time and even found favor among some manufacturers. Nowadays, almost everything is Bluetooth enabled, from dishwashers, washing machines, and automobiles, to smaller devices like optical mice and Bluetooth headphones/earphones, and so, hand in hand with it go its issues.
For better or for worse, the blue Bluetooth logo has been imprinted on everyone's minds owing to its everlasting presence in our electronic lives.
How it works
To better understand the issues that plague Bluetooth connectivity, we must first make sure we have some idea as to how this service works. It is quite similar to your old radio set, in that both operate via radio waves, communicating by sending out and receiving these waves via air. Hence the chip which enables Bluetooth on a device is termed as a Bluetooth radio.
Issues with Bluetooth
Like we've already said before, Bluetooth brings with it, its own fair share of problems. A very common issue would be the case of a Bluetooth radio simply wearing out, either due to repeated usage or due to overheating and excess power input.
While it may sound dumb, a large number of problems were simply the cause of users not turning on their Bluetooth radios. Most of the time, the problem is of a more inexplicable nature, especially when a person not acquainted with the technical side faces it.
These problems include signal strength being inexplicably weak (sometimes as low as one meter); a simple refusal to connect between devices in range; random stutters or lags between transfers; mid usage connection hang up, among many others. And unfortunately for us, most of these problems are not very easy to fix.
Causes of problems
Usually, it is not very easy to single out what is causing the problem in a Bluetooth radio. A lot of attempts in trying to figure out the problem have simply result in a dud. However, these are a few common issues that cause problems concerning Bluetooth.
- A lot of times, the Bluetooth radio is simply not turned on. A small blue-colored Bluetooth logo on your taskbar or notification bar on your device will let you know if your radio is switched on or not.
- There are obstructions along the transfer path of the two Bluetooth devices in participation. This is also a very common issue. Metallic and electronic objects are known to cause issues with respect to Bluetooth connectivity.
- There is a version mismatch between devices in use. Technically, there are four versions of Bluetooth, simply named 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0. This does not include the many inner versions these devices have. While apparently these versions are made to be both forward and backward compatible, it has been reported that connecting different versions with each other is easier said than done. Among older versions, connectivity among devices is a recurring issue.
- There are also heavy issues when attempting to connect different kinds of devices, or similar devices on different platforms. A laptop will generally tend to be buggy in connection with a mobile phone. Across platforms, an Android phone will not so easily mate with an iPhone where Bluetooth is considered.
- There are various driver issues in Bluetooth devices. Old or corrupted drivers tend to have issues.
Bluetooth issues can generally be very tough to solve on one's own, without the help of a knowledgeable technician. Whenever possible, it is advised to try to and let a technician take care of it, rather than trying to solve it on your own, especially when the problem is hardware related. Nevertheless, here are a few basic handy solutions you can try before sending your device for repair.
- Make sure your Bluetooth radio is turned on. It might feel stupid to stress this so much, but one look on Bluetooth-related internet forums will tell you how common this issue is.
- Remove any kind of obstructions from the radio travel path of your devices. Be sure there are no metallic and electronic devices in the vicinity as these cause extreme interference.
- Make your device is discoverable in your Bluetooth settings.
- Bring your participating devices closer to each other. This is a good tip considering mobile phones , but impractical when larger devices are in question.
- Switch your device on and off.
- Make sure the devices you're trying to connect are compatible with each other. Just because two devices are Bluetooth enabled doesn't mean that they can be connected. For example, a Bluetooth-enabled mouse cannot be connected to a Bluetooth enabled camera.
- Update your device driver software via the settings on your devices. Older and corrupted drivers should either be upgraded or reinstalled.
- Wherever possible, try to upgrade the Bluetooth version of your device. A lot of devices allow you to upgrade from an older version.
- Note your Bluetooth signal strength. It is usually read between 0 to -60, 0 being a very strong signal.
- Also, try deleting your old Bluetooth connection name on your devices, rediscover your devices via the radio and reconnect.
We hope you've solved whatever Bluetooth problem you had. May your devices be issue free for years to come!