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How To: Fix Android Oreo Bluetooth Problems

Getting Bluetooth problems after updating your device to Android Oreo? Then this article is for you. Follow this guide to solve and fix any Bluetooth related issues you may be facing on your Android 8.0 devices. Android Oreo ran as beta builds for several months, but still new issues have been found in the stable release for the Google Pixel / Nexus phones. Android 8.0 Oreo as a whole, brings more of stability and performance enhancements to the OS, instead of bringing new user interface or completely redesigned features. But sometime new updates start crashing things instead of fixing but we cannot blame Google for that. This is how software works!

There are millions of devices running on stock Android or slightly modified ones from OEM but Google is now doing a great job in improving overall experience for everyone. It is collaborating with companies like Samsung, LG, Sony etc to bring updates and fixes faster, unlike before. Unfortunately, there was a bug related to Bluetooth in Android Oreo even in the developer preview, due to which devices kept dropping Bluetooth connections. And there were several disconnecting issues and speed / performance problems as well.

How to Fix Bluetooth Problems on Android 8.0 Oreo Devices

How to Fix Bluetooth Problems on Android 8.0 Oreo Devices

Google is working on bringing the fix for masses, but in the mean time you can try the following few methods, solutions and fixes to temporarily solve the issue.

Fix #1 – Reboot Your Device:

If you are unable to connect to your Bluetooth device, for e.g. watch, speakers, headphone or anything else with your Android phone, first thing to try is to restart both devices. There may be several factors why that happened, and a usual reboot-trick does the job.

Fix #2 – Restart Bluetooth Connection:

If you are able to connect with the Bluetooth device, but still facing some minor problems, such as voice scrambling or poor connection, you can try toggling Bluetooth on and off. You can do this for a few seconds and see if that makes nay difference in improving the overall Bluetooth connection quality.

Fix #3 – Reset Bluetooth Device:

Sometimes, there may be issues with your Bluetooth device such as headphones, speakers or other gadgets. One way of solving this issue is to completely reset your Bluetooth device and start pairing it again with your phone. This is similar to “clearing the cache” in Android phones, but this is for the wireless Bluetooth connection.

You might also want to check out the following Android Oreo related posts:

Fix #4 – Remove Paired Device:

Another fix you can try is, to unpair every Bluetooth device that has been connected to your Android device. Remove the pairing and connect them again. This time, start with the device that was having issues in the first place. This comes in handy if you paired stops working i.e. doesn’t play music on a Bluetooth speaker.

Fix #5 – Reset Network Settings

Since Android Marshmallow, Google has added the option to reset your entire phone network settings. This helps when you have added or modified a lot of network related settings in your phone, but now you just want to get back to defaults. This is how you can reset network settings:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to Backup & reset.
  • Now tap on the “Network settings reset” option.
  • Hit the “Reset Settings” button.
  • You will be given another warning, hit the “Reset Settings” button again.

For more details, read: How to Reset Network Settings on Android.

Fix #6 – Update System Software:

The last thing I will recommend you is to try updating your phone system software as well the Bluetooth device software you are trying to connect. With a bit of luck and known issues, updates can bring nice bugs fixes and makes your life much easier.

On another note, if nothing else works, you can always do a full phone reset and install everything again to check what could be the problem with your Android 8.0 Oreo device. This is the last option when everything else fails.

I hope this guide will help you in solving your Bluetooth issues.

About the author

Uzair Ahmad

Uzair loves technology, internet and gadgets. Follow him at Twitter @uzairfreak for daily interesting Android apps and guides. He is a regular contributor at other tech publications.

1 Comment

  • Thank you so much!
    Two days ago my OnePlus 3 received the Android 8.0 Update and the sync with my wristband stopped.
    I searched the OnePlus forums to no avail but your hints did the trick!

    Again: thank you!

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