Why Your Soundbar Isn’t Connecting to Bluetooth (And How To Fix It)


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Soundbars have become a staple of modern households. They are an excellent way to improve sound quality for most televisions, as well as provide for better audio when watching movies or sports on your television.

However, if you’re having trouble connecting your soundbar to Bluetooth-enabled devices (such as your smartphone), don’t worry! In this article, we will discuss the reasons why you might be experiencing difficulty and how to resolve them.

Why Is My Soundbar Not Connecting To Bluetooth?

Bluetooth can be tricky to troubleshoot at times, and even in the modern age, it still causes many issues. There are a couple of reasons why it may not be connecting via Bluetooth.

Oftentimes, the soundbar is having trouble pairing because it’s in range of other Bluetooth devices. This can be remedied by disconnecting other Bluetooth items and/or powering them off before trying again to pair.

Another common issue may be that the soundbar and your Bluetooth device are not set to discovery mode. This can be remedied by going into settings on both devices, finding “Bluetooth” or “pairing” in the list of available connections, and making sure it is turned on for each one. This is similar to the WPS button on your router to connect the wifi to another device.

It can take up to two minutes for a device to go into pairing mode after been turned on. If that is the case, you may need to wait until it does so properly before trying again.

Another thing worth mentioning is that wireless devices have varying ranges, and if there are physical obstacles such as walls or metal objects present between the soundbar and your connected wireless device, then Bluetooth won’t work either. In these cases, you will need a wired connection or connector cables which are typically provided with your soundbar purchase.

How To Fix Soundbar Not Connecting To Bluetooth?

It sounds silly, but trust me, we’ve all been there! Ensure that both devices are switched on a have Bluetooth enabled. Whether that’s connecting your Soundbar to your TV, PC, Mobile, or any other device – It’s the same principle. Once you have ensured they are all plugged in and have power, check if you can see the device on the Bluetooth settings.

Have a look at the following image for an LG TV. If you go to ‘Bluetooth settings’ on whatever device you have, you should see your Soundbar listed if it is turned on.

Bluetooth Pairing with tv
Credit: Toms Guide

If you see it, great! Click on it and it should start connecting. If you don’t it could be a few issues causing it.

  1. The soundbar may be too far away from the device you are connecting to. Even if you see it appear on your device, the signal might be weak. Move it closer and try again.
  2. You may have too many Bluetooth devices on at once. This can cause issues with connecting and pairing, so try to avoid doing this when possible. Check the user manual for more information.
  3. There may be a problem with one of the devices. Try pairing it with a different device such as a mobile, laptop, or something else and see if it works.

Sometimes interference around your soundbar can cause connectivity issues, try moving it away from other electronics.

Whatever device you are connecting it to, turn them off, unplug them if possible and leave them for 30 seconds. Sometimes there can be a build-up of interference, static, or just some other weird issue. You’d be surprised at how many times I’ve fixed electronics just by unplugging them for 30 seconds and trying again!

Another thing you need to make sure of is that your soundbar actually supports Bluetooth. This goes for the device you are connecting to as well as I know some TVs don’t support Bluetooth. This could be a reason why you are not picking up any Bluetooth signal.

If you are still having issues, it’s best to get in touch with customer support and see if they can help or possibly see if it’s still in warranty.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reset my soundbar?

Check to see if your soundbar has a reset button at the back of it, or underneath.

It’s rare that soundbars need a hard reset, and usually, all you have to do is unplug them for 30 seconds and then plug it back in again.

Both TVs and audio receivers can suffer from excessive heat problems, which sometimes makes them misbehave. Sometimes an appliance just needs to be left alone for a while (soundbars typically require no maintenance).

You might also want to consider not using external speakers with your soundbar; video noise from these speakers will usually work its way into whatever other device it’s attached to (TV or receiver). 

Why won’t my subwoofer connect to my soundbar?

1) Check the power cable, if it’s plugged into both the subwoofer and the soundbar. If they are not connected firmly, try plugging them in more securely.

2) You won’t be able to use a subwoofer if there is no setting for “subwoofer.” Check your soundbar manual.

3) Double check that you’ve got the right ports – some soundbars have inputs and outputs on different sides of the device, while others will leave one input or output completely blank.

Conclusion

Solving a soundbar Bluetooth pairing issue can be a painful process. However, it’s an impossible task to resolve.

Some of the main culprits of Bluetooth issues with soundbars are loose connections, interference from other devices, build-up of static in either of the devices, too many devices connected or they are just not compatible. It’s always good to try to pair with other devices to rule out compatibility/hardware issues.

Follow the steps laid out above to see if you can solve your issue. If you are still having problems, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the brand support team and see if they can be of any help.

I hope this article helped you solve your soundbar connectivity issues with Bluetooth.

Shawn Shepherd

Hi, I'm the owner of the Hifi Guide and have been an audio lover enthusiast for over 16 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Sound Engineering and I work on producing content for the Hifi Guide in my spare time. My love for audio stemmed from my Dad who was an audio technician, and now I share my knowledge here on this website!

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