Wireless connections are convenient if you have a Bluetooth-enabled device. However, there may be occasions when you do not want to maintain contact and opt to disconnect and forget a device. You may also forget when Bluetooth connections fail, and you need to reconnect the two devices.
You may mistakenly click “Forget” and now want to re-establish and continue using the wireless connection. Continue reading to find out more.
How to Make a Bluetooth Device Not Forget It
The simplest way to reconnect a forgotten Bluetooth device is to reset your network settings and reconnect the Bluetooth device. You won’t be able to unforget a device if you use an Android or iOS device, but you can still do it.
The methods listed below are simple ways to unforget your device on an iPhone or an Android device.
On iPhone, don’t forget to connect a Bluetooth device.
The most straightforward approach to getting your iPhone to remember a device is to reset the network settings. Because your smartphone lacks a simple button for unforgetting a machine, you must reset your phone to retrieve the forgotten device. The procedure is straightforward, allowing you to back up your data and undo any settings you’ve made in the last few days.
To remove a device from your iPhone, go to Settings >> General. You’ll find a range of alternatives here, including “Reset.” The reset tab includes options such as resetting all settings, resetting contact settings, and resetting network settings.
Choose Reset network settings from the list of alternatives. You will receive a message asking you to confirm that you want to reset all network settings. When you confirm, the reset procedure will begin.
The reset process maybe takes a few seconds, but it will restore your Bluetooth and WiFi to factory settings. This allows you to reconnect your Bluetooth device.
You will see an Apple logo on your screen following the reset before it goes black. After a few seconds, the Apple logo will emerge again, followed by your standard screen. When the phone displays your home menu, the reset process is complete.
As the system resets, it will load all of the forgotten data, including the device you forgot. You may now see if the misplaced gadget has returned.
Open Settings >> Bluetooth by pressing the Home button on your iPhone. You can see a list of past devices connected to your device, including the one you forgot about.
If the device does not display in the list of previously connected devices, you can scan for and reconnect it. Because your phone lacks the memory to forget the device, it will simply find it after checking.
On Android, don’t Forget a Device.
Android smartphones, like the iPhone, do not feature an “Unforget” button. If you forget a device, the phone will not show it in the list of Bluetooth devices.
You must reset the network settings to Unforget the device. To do so, go to Settings on your phone and then scroll down to “System.” You’ll notice “Reset Options” on the System tab, where you should reset the phone.
Click the Reset Options button. The options provided are DRM Reset, Reset App Preferences, Reset All System Settings, Factory Data Reset, and Reset WiFi, Mobile, and Bluetooth. Select “Reset WiFi, Mobile, and Bluetooth” and then confirm in the following box.
Your device will prompt you to enter your password to begin the reset procedure when you confirm. You will be notified when the settings have been reset. You never have to wait more than a few seconds for the process to complete.
Your Android will not show a list of all the devices you forgot about. Instead, it enables you to reconnect to these devices. Following the reset, look for a list of available devices and connect to them.
If your device refuses to connect, you must seek another option. Consider the following options:
Turn your devices and Bluetooth on and off.
If your device still does not connect after resetting the network settings, you should try turning it off and then back on. This simple troubleshooting procedure you may use with any device to resolve minor software issues.
Depending on the gadget you use, the process is simple. To turn off the iPhone, press and hold the power button and move the button that appears on the screen. Wait around 30 seconds after the iPhone turns off before pressing and holding the power button again to turn it back on.
When your iPhone boots up, you can try to connect to your device.
To restart an Android device, tap and hold the power button while swiping the screen. Allow the phone to turn off and on again, then enter your password to turn it back on—test reconnecting the Bluetooth devices to check whether it works.
If the issue persists, try turning off and on your Bluetooth connection. Toggle the On/Off button in Settings >> Bluetooth. When Bluetooth is turned off, the toggle switch goes grey, and when Bluetooth is turned on, it turns blue.
Try connecting your device again after turning it off to check whether the problem has been resolved.
Turn off and then back on the device pairing mode.
Sometimes a slight software issue prevents your device from connecting. You can avoid this by turning on device pairing, then off, and then again. This troubleshooting step will most likely connect your device without any severe complications.
Most Bluetooth gadgets have a switch or a button that allows you to connect them to other devices. Locate the switch or button on your Bluetooth speaker, headphone, or earphones and toggle pairing on and off.
When you turn off pairing, wait around 30 seconds before turning it back on.
Can a DFU Restore Fix the iPhone Problem?
If you still can’t connect to your Bluetooth after doing everything else, you should try a more thorough restoration procedure. Using an iPhone, you can do a Device Firmware Update restore, also known as a DFU restore. This more intensive restoration necessitates backing up your data before proceeding.
When you enter DFU mode on your iPhone, you will be able to restore your factory settings and rejoin all of your lost Bluetooth devices. Back up all of your data on iTunes, iCloud, or any other platform of your choice.
To begin, plug your phone into your computer. If you have a PC or macOS Mojave 10.14, launch iTunes. You must launch Finder if you are running macOS Catalina 10.15 or later. Your phone can be turned on or off at any time.
If you have an iPhone 6s or lower, at this point, push the Sleep/Wake button and then the Home button simultaneously. If you have an iPhone 7, tap both the Sleep/Wake and Volume Down buttons simultaneously. Your phone should be visible in the Finder or iTunes on your computer.
When the phone appears, remove the buttons, and the phone’s display will go black. The screen does not go black; you must repeat the operation. Then, using Finder or iTunes, restore your phone.
You may still put your iPhone 8 or later into DFU mode. To do so, quickly push and release the volume up and volume down buttons on your phone. Then, hold down the side button on your phone until the screen goes dark.
Your phone can be turned on or off while doing this. When it goes black screen, press and hold volume down and side buttons simultaneously. Count five seconds and then remove the side button, But keep down the book down button and see your phone in Finder or iTunes.
If you see your phone in iTunes or Finder, it is already in DFU mode. If you press the volume down button for an extended period, the Apple logo may show on the screen, requiring you to restart the process from the beginning.
It should be noted that entering DFU mode will delete all of the code on your phone’s hardware or software, allowing it to restart from scratch. However, DFU mode can exacerbate the problem if your phone is already damaged.
Try a factory data reset on your Android device.
If, after resetting network settings, your Android device still won’t connect to a machine, you can conduct a factory reset. However, all other options have been exhausted; this should only be a last resort. Because a factory reset can result in data loss, you should back up your data.
Open Settings >> System >> Backup and Restore to reset your phone. Back up all of your data to an SD card before beginning the factory data wipe. To reset the device, navigate to Settings >> System >> Reset Options >> Factory Data Reset.
When you click Factory Data Reset, the device will prompt you for confirmation, at which point you must enter your device password. The procedure will then begin. The process maybe takes a few minutes to complete.
This procedure restores the phone to its original state. When you turn the phone back on, you’ll have to reset everything, including the time and date. Then, enter your accounts and everything else you need on your phone, and then rejoin your Bluetooth device.
You may forget a Bluetooth device inadvertently or on purpose. Whatever happens, the process of forgetting should be straightforward. You should avoid restoring factory settings unless all other options have been exhausted.