iHome Bluetooth speakers are typically top-quality speakers that you will not often have problems with. However, it is not unusual for you to experience some Bluetooth connection problems with the speakers. It could be a bit frustrating when your iHome Bluetooth speaker refuses to pair up with your audio devices.
If you are wondering what the cause of this problem might be, then you are at the right place. Usually, iHome Bluetooth speakers will not pair if they are not in the pairing mode or if the Bluetooth device is outside of the range of the iHome speaker. Also, the Bluetooth speaker may have been paired with another device already while you attempt to pair it with a new one.
In the above cases, the best solution will be to reset your Bluetooth but there are more workarounds as well. You can also try to get within the range of the Bluetooth speaker and you’ll be sorted out. In this article, I’m going to tell more about why your iHome Bluetooth is refusing to pair and possible remedies for the situation, so continue reading if you want solutions to your Bluetooth connection problems.
Why is My iHome not Connecting to Bluetooth?
Okay, let’s get straight to the point. Why is the iHome Bluetooth speaker not pairing?
Well, there is no direct answer to this though. Your iHome speaker may not be connecting to your Bluetooth device for a number of reasons.
Some of the reasons could be coming from the ihome speaker while others may be may come from the audio device itself.
The reasons include:
- iHome speaker is not in a pairing or Bluetooth mode.
- iHome speaker previously connected to another device
- Bluetooth device not in range
1.iHome Bluetooth Speaker is Not in Pairing Mode
iHome speakers are only able to connect to other devices via Bluetooth when they are in pairing mode.
This mode is a kind of instruction to the speaker that it should get ready to pair up with other Bluetooth devices.
When you use iHome speaker models like the iBT39 and iBT77, the speakers automatically switch to the auto-pairing mode once you turn them on.
In this case, it is easier for it to search for nearby Bluetooth devices without your permission. Most often, there may be no device at all to pair with after being in the automatic pairing mode for about 3 minutes.
When you try to connect your Bluetooth devices after this time, your devices will not pair unless you manually turn on the pairing mode on the speaker.
2.iHome Speaker is Connected to a Previous Device
When you turn on your iHome Bluetooth speaker device and it automatically goes into the auto-pairing mode, it will pair up with the device that you connected to it provided that device is within the Bluetooth range.
Now, when you try to connect a new device to the iHome Bluetooth speaker, it will not connect so long as the connection between the speaker and the previous device is active.
A lot of times, you may be so focused on connecting your new Bluetooth speaker, making you lose sight of the fact the speaker is already connected to another device.
3. Bluetooth Device is Not in Range
Bluetooth’s area of coverage is limited. Therefore, it is important to keep your device within the range of Bluetooth in order to be successfully connected.
For iHome Bluetooth speakers, the Bluetooth range is about 30 feet, so if the device that you want to pair with the speaker is beyond this range, it will not pair.
What Do I Do If My iHome Bluetooth Speaker Won’t Pair?
Now that you know why your iHome Bluetooth speaker is not pairing with other devices, fixing the problem becomes much easier.
When you find yourself in a situation where your iHome speaker is refusing to pair, troubleshoot the problem to determine the cause.
The cause could be any of the reasons that I described above. Once you determine the cause, use the tips that I’m about to share with you to resolve the problem.
Some important tips to use in such cases are:
- Put the iHome speaker in pairing mode
- Disconnect the previous device before re-pairing
- Get closer to the iHome Bluetooth speaker
- Reset your iHome speaker
- Make your Bluetooth device discoverable
Put iHome Bluetooth Speaker In Pairing Mode
The iHome Bluetooth speaker goes into an auto-pairing mode when you turn it on.
However, if you want to put the speaker into the pairing by yourself, you can do that.
For models, like the iBT39 and iBT77, you need to press and hold the Play, Pause, Speakerphone, and Bluetooth buttons on the front panel of the speaker for a few seconds until the Bluetooth indicator light flashes.
For other models, you’ll have to move a switch from the Power Off or the Aux to the Bluetooth in order to put the speaker in pairing mode.
The speaker will then go into Bluetooth or pairing mode. After the speaker gets into the pairing mode, it will begin to search for available nearby Bluetooth devices and if your Bluetooth device has been enabled, you’ll see the iHome speaker in the list of the devices on your smartphone.
Disconnect Connected Devices
If you had previously connected a Bluetooth device to your iHome speaker, make sure to check on the Bluetooth device list on your smartphone and disconnect it before you attempt to connect to another device.
This is because of the auto-pairing feature which connects to your previous device automatically once you turn on the iHome speaker.
On your android device, you can go to Settings then Bluetooth, and then delete the iHome speaker from the device list.
After unpairing the previous devious, you will be at liberty to pair up your new Blue device.
Get Into Bluetooth Range
This tip can not be overemphasized. Once you are outside the range of the Bluetooth connection, you’ll not be able to pair the iHome speaker and the Bluetooth device even if they are the best of their kind.
The range of the iHome Bluetooth speaker is about 33 feet so always try to keep your Bluetooth speakers within this range.
And yes, the closer the better.
Reset iHome Speaker
iHome Bluetooth speakers usually have a reset button that you can use to reset the speaker if you run into any issues.
The button is located at the back of the speaker and it’s so tiny that your finger will not be able to reach it properly.
If you want to reset your iHome speaker, use a pin or any pointed object and press and hold down the reset button for 2 seconds.
The iHome speaker will reset and hopefully begin to pair with your audio devices.
Make Bluetooth Device Discoverable
If your iHome speaker is not able to connect with your Bluetooth device, it could be that your Bluetooth device can not be discovered by the speaker.
In that case, you need to make your Bluetooth discoverable.
Go to Settings on your smartphone or tablet and then navigate Bluetooth. Make sure to enable the device to be discovered from there.
Once your Bluetooth device is discovered by the iHome speaker, your speaker will then be able to connect to the device if all other factors are intact.
Having your Bluetooth pairing process cut off suddenly can be a very unpleasant experience. Not to talk about moments when you so desire to listen to some cool music on your iHome speaker.
The situation, however, can be reversed if you know what is causing your iHome speaker not to pair with your Bluetooth device.
In this article, I have explained some possible causes of Bluetooth connection problems to you and how you can fix them.
Resetting the speaker and restarting your smartphone may be the ultimate solution but you can apply all the other tips to see if they will help out. Remember to type in 1234 as the default pairing code when you are prompted for a passcode during the pairing process.