How to Fix Google Pixel 7 won’t pair/connect to Bluetooth

Smartphones nowadays have been improved from performance to aesthetics. And these improvements have contributed a lot in minimizing various types of firmware issues including performance glitches. Such improvements typically manifest in many high-end smartphones including Google’s newest Pixel 7 variants.

With the latest chipset designed only for the new Google flagship phones, along with upgraded camera setup, Google Pixel 7 boasts a promising performance that is surely a great value for your money. But despite all these system augmentation, the Google Pixel 7 smartphone still succumbed to some random problems. Among this is a failure to pair or connect to a Bluetooth-enabled accessory.

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Though it is not a dreaded issue, it may still affect the phone’s overall performance and user experience as some devices, especially headsets, would rely much on Bluetooth connectivity as it doesn’t have any headphone jack. If you are encountering the same issue in which your Google Pixel 7 won’t pair or connect to a Bluetooth device, then you can try these outlined solutions to rule out the common culprits.

There are plenty of factors that you need to consider when troubleshooting Bluetooth pairing issues in mobile devices. Among the common factors include proximity between the devices to pair, system compatibility, and connectivity settings.

If the devices are out of range, or aren't in pairing mode, then they’re likely unable to pair or connect successfully. Every device has a designated distance requirement in order to become discoverable by the other compatible Bluetooth device. Thus, both devices must be within the specified Bluetooth range in order to pair and connect.

If proximity isn’t an issue and your devices are still unable to pair, then you can try the following solutions to rule out other factors.

  1. Solution #1: Restart Your Pixel 7 (Soft Reset).



    It is pretty normal for smartphones to incur hiccups while being used. Continuous usage may eventually slow down the CPU and GPU performance, which could lead to poor system output and affect connectivity features with the likes of Bluetooth. 

    That is why it is recommended to turn it off once in a while to recalibrate the system and freshen it up. If you haven’t done it yet, then restart your Pixel 7 now  to maintain its performance and keep it running smoothly.

    Here's how it's done:

    – Press the power button and the volume up button simultaneously. 
    – Select Power Off. Once the Pixel is turned off, let it rest for about 20-30 seconds. 
    – Turn on the Google Pixel 7 by pressing and holding the power button on the side of the device.
    – If prompted for a security code, enter the PIN code and choose the arrow symbol at the bottom right.
    – Swipe your finger over the screen to unlock it. 


    Your Pixel phone is now ready to use. Try to connect it to a Bluetooth device and see if it successfully connects.

    Restarting the Bluetooth accessory can also help so be sure to do that as well.

  2. Solution #2: Verify If Accessory Is In Discoverable Mode & Recognized.



    The next thing to do if the phone still won’t pair or connect to Bluetooth after a soft reset is to manually check if the phone’s Bluetooth is able to recognize the accessory that you are trying to pair or connect. 

    Just follow these steps: 
    Go to the Home screen and open the menu by swiping up on the screen.
    – Scroll down and choose Settings. 
    – Scroll down and tap on Connected devices.
    – Choose Connection preferences and select Bluetooth. 

    – Turn on Bluetooth and wait for it to scan the devices.
    Make sure that the accessory  you are trying to pair is also turned on and Bluetooth is enabled on that device. 

    If you are able to find the accessory listed on the phone’s lists, tap on it to manually connect/pair. If it is still not pairing, proceed to the next step.

  3. Solution #3: Forget Devices on Pixel 7.



    There are instances that the memory that stores the connected devices gets corrupted and may hinder successful Bluetooth pairing on your Google Pixel 7 phone with a new Bluetooth accessory. 
    To rule this out from the underlying causes of this issue, forgetting and re-adding the Bluetooth device can help.
    Forgetting means deleting the device from the Bluetooth system storage on the Pixel 7 and then adding it back like the first time.

    Just follow these steps:

    Go to Settings and tap on Connected Devices.
    – Choose See all. 
    – Saved devices will appear. Tap on the gear icon beside the accessory name.
    – Under Device details, select Forget. 
    – Tap on the Forget device once prompted to remove it on your Pixel 7.


    Repeat this process on other connected devices that you see listed on the phone. 

    Once done, turn it off and on and then attempt to re-connect using the steps on Solution #2. 

    If this still fails, then try pairing your Pixel 7 with any other compatible Bluetooth devices within range. Doing so will help you determine whether or not the problem is with the current Bluetooth device you’re trying to pair. 

    If your Pixel 7 won’t pair or connect to any of your Bluetooth devices, then there’s a good chance that you’re dealing with a total Bluetooth system function on your Google smartphone.

    This is when you’ll have to consider opting for drastic solutions like a full settings reset, if not, a system reset.

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Other Options & Potential Solutions

Though minor Bluetooth issues caused by connectivity bugs can be fixed with the aforementioned procedures, there are instances that the issue is caused by a fatal software error that results in your phone’s Bluetooth system being corrupted. Should this be the case, resorting to system resets can be considered among the last options.

Factory Data Reset Pixel 7/Bluetooth Accessory (optional)

A factory reset would delete all saved files including photos and notes saved on your phone. If you are willing to do this, make sure to backup your files. You can follow the steps below to reset your Google Pixel 7 device: 

  • Access to Settings
  • Scroll down and select System
  • Scroll down and select Reset options
  • Tap on Erase all data (factory reset)
  • Tap on Erase all data at the lower right corner. 
  • Enter PIN once prompted. 
  • A prompt will appear to confirm action. If you are ready, tap on Erase all data at the lower right corner. 

Allow your phone to complete the process. Set it up again and once ready, attempt to connect or pair your Bluetooth accessory to the Pixel 7. 

Also consider resetting the Bluetooth accessory, if applicable. This is often needed if the Bluetooth accessory encounters a fatal system error resulting in malfunction.

Get More Help

Your last resort if all else fails is to visit the official help center of Google Pixel phone at support.google.com/pixelphone. There are a few options that you can try based on the suggestions posted on the support page. You can consider doing this before applying the fourth solution, if you are skeptical about resetting the device to its default factory configurations. 

Alternatively, you can search for other Pixel users’ suggestions on how to deal with this issue from the Google Support/Help Community.

Another option you’ve got is to file a claim ticket especially if your phone is still under warranty. Warranty claims can be filed through the Google Support website, if applicable. Just be sure to provide all required information, including the steps that you have already performed for a faster resolution.


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