How to fix Galaxy S20 Bluetooth issues, pairing errors

Couldn’t get your new Galaxy S20 to pair with your Bluetooth accessory? Find out why and how to deal with this problem. Here’s a quick guide on how to fix Galaxy S20 Bluetooth issues.

Samsung’s newest Galaxy S smartphones do offer a lot of advanced features including the new option to allow multiple Bluetooth connections at the same time. In other words, the Galaxy S20 is able to act as sort of a Bluetooth hub for other wireless devices whenever it’s connected to them. This feature is otherwise known as the extended Bluetooth connectivity feature on the Galaxy S20 series. All you need to benefit from this promising Bluetooth experience, you have to do the basic pairing beforehand. 

Bluetooth pairing with the Galaxy S20 is fairly easy. For as long as you’ve met all Bluetooth pairing requirements, the entire process should be effortless. However, bumping into some Bluetooth pairing problems is inevitable due to several factors on either devices you’re trying to pair. Mapped out below are the steps depicting an effective solution to common Bluetooth pairing problems on the new Samsung handset. Feel free to refer to this context in case you would need more help fixing Galaxy S20 Bluetooth issues.

Easy fix for Galaxy S20 Bluetooth issues and pairing errors

Time Needed : 10 minutes

Before you begin troubleshooting, verify and ensure that your Galaxy S20 and Bluetooth device are within the specified Bluetooth range. The Bluetooth device or accessory must be turned on, in discoverable mode, and most importantly, compatible with your Galaxy S20. Also ensure that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi features are enabled. Once you've got all these requisites met, you can start fixing the problem using these subsequent steps.

  1. Refresh your Galaxy S20 Bluetooth system.

    Random system errors, particularly those affecting the phone’s Bluetooth system are usually the main factors that can hinder the pairing process. To deal with these minor flaws, refreshing the phone’s Bluetooth system can be deemed among the first potential solutions.

    To do this, simply navigate to Apps-> Settings-> Connections-> Bluetooth menu. Then toggle the Bluetooth switch off for a few seconds and then back on again.

    On your Bluetooth accessory, restarting it will help refresh its operating system and eliminate any existing conflicts that might have resulted in the previous Bluetooth pairing errors. 

    fix galaxy s20 bluetooth issues - turn bluetooth off and on

  2. Use the Airplane Mode trick.

    Performing the so-called Airplane mode trick has already been proven effective when dealing with wireless connectivity issues in mobile devices. It works by giving the phone’s wireless features like Bluetooth, a simultaneous restart and thereby eliminates random issues. It doesn’t affect any saved information on the phone and therefore it’s safe to carry out even without creating backups. 

    To carry out the Airplane mode trick on your Galaxy S20, navigate to Apps-> Settings-> Connections-> Airplane Mode menu. Then toggle the switch to turn Airplane mode on. While Airplane mode is enabled, restart or soft reset your Galaxy S20 to clear and refresh the operating system and internal memory. Random system errors are likewise cleared out during restart. After your phone restarts, head back to the Airplane Mode menu and toggle the switch to turn the feature OFF again.

    You can also access the same settings and turn Flight mode or Airplane mode on and off through the notification panel on your Galaxy S20.

    To access the notification panel, simply swipe down from the top of the Home screen and then find the Flight/Airplane Mode icon.

    Wireless features are now re-enabled and ready to use. Give your phone enough time to initiate system refresh and re-establish network connections. Ensure that the Bluetooth switch is turned on and then retry pairing to see if it is already successful.

    fix galaxy s20 bluetooth issues - airplane mode trick

  3. Remove (Unpair) other Bluetooth devices

    If your Galaxy S20 is currently paired with other Bluetooth devices, there is a tendency that any of these saved devices has caused conflicts and eventually barred the pairing process.

    To clear this out, remove all saved Bluetooth devices from your Galaxy S20 . This will give way for a new fresh connection to instigate.

    In order to get this done, you will need to unpair your Galaxy S20 from these devices.

    To unpair devices, simply head over to Settings-> Connections-> Bluetooth menu, then go to the list of Paired devices. Then , tap the Settings icon (wheel-like figure) next to each devices and tap the option to Unpair. Doing so will delete individual devices from your phone's Bluetooth directory.

    If you're having trouble following the aforementioned instructions, here's a visual representation of the entire process.

    fix galaxy s20 bluetooth issues - unpair-repair-bluetooth devices

  4. Reset network settings.

    Performing a network reset on the Galaxy S20 will erase all recent network settings including customized network options and then restores the original network configuration. 

    This reset is often used to eliminate any network settings conflicts or incorrect network configurations that are inflicting random issues to network-related services, particularly Bluetooth. It doesn’t affect any saved information on the phone though, so you don’t need to create backups. Just take note of your network password as you will need to re-enter it later to reconnect to Wi-Fi and get back online. 

    To reset network settings on the Galaxy S20, feel free to check out this
    step-by-step tutorial with screenshots and corresponding walkthrough video.

Tools
  • Android 10, One UI 2.0 and up
Materials
  • Galaxy S20
  • Galaxy S20 Plus

Still facing Bluetooth pairing errors?

If the above solution doesn’t work, you can resort to more advanced procedures including a factory reset (as last resort) on both your Galaxy S20 and the Bluetooth device you’re trying to pair with your phone. But before you do so, try to determine whether or not the problem is isolated to the Bluetooth device or your Galaxy S20.

To find out if the problem is with the Bluetooth device, try to pair your Galaxy S20 with another Bluetooth device or accessory available. If your phone successfully pairs with other Bluetooth devices, then that denotes that the problem is not with your Galaxy S20. Perhaps that device isn’t compatible with the S20 or something in it needs to be configured so that it will work properly with the phone. In this case, you have the option to either use another alternative Bluetooth device that serves the same purpose and is compatible with and seamlessly pairs with your Galaxy S20. 

If your Galaxy S20 won’t pair with any Bluetooth devices, then it’s likely due to some damage on the phone,like a dysfunctional built-in Bluetooth component. In that case, you should contact your device carrier or Samsung Support for further assistance and recommendations.

And that covers everything in this troubleshooting guide. Please keep posted for more comprehensive troubleshooting guides and tutorials that would help you make the most of what the new Samsung Galaxy S20 has to offer.

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