If you have a single Bluetooth speaker and multiple devices that you often connect to it at different times, you need to override the connection each time you want to connect a new device. This is because only a single device can be connected to a Bluetooth speaker at any given time.
You will always have a problem each time you want to play music from a different device. However, you may be unable to pair with the speaker because some other device is already paired.
How do you override this security, forcibly disconnect the currently connected device and connect a new one?
Please note that you connect to a Bluetooth speaker when someone else is already without putting the device back into discoverable or pairing mode. Here are the different ways to do that:
1. Reboot The Speaker and Connect
To override a Bluetooth connection and connect to a Bluetooth speaker that can only be connected to one device at a time when it is already connected to another device, try the procedure below:
- Make sure the Bluetooth speaker is turned off.
- On the device you wish to connect (e.g your phone), go to Settings > Bluetooth, and find your speaker in the list of Bluetooth devices
- Turn on the Bluetooth speaker to connect.
- Turn the speaker on after you pressed the connect button, while your device is trying to connect to it.
- Your speaker should then connect to your device.
In some cases, this will not work and the speaker will automatically re-pair with the last device it was connected to.
2. Put The Speaker In Pairing Mode
For some speakers, putting the device into pairing mode will allow it to connect to another device.
Here is the process:
- Start by putting the device you want to connect in pairing mode or seeking mode. On some Bluetooth speakers, this is as simple as holding down the power button for about 5 seconds.
- Turn off the speaker, then turn it on and put it in pairing mode.
- In some cases, it will connect to your device. If it doesn’t, try another method.
This should work with some speakers because when you place them into pairing mode, a new search should begin and you should be able to connect a different device.
3. Jam The Bluetooth Speaker
If you are a technical person, you can also jam the Bluetooth speaker and connect to it once the jamming is complete.
Jamming a Bluetooth speaker is the process of blocking the Bluetooth signal to the speaker. This way, no devices will be able to access them. The easiest way to do this is to use a Bluetooth jammer because they are designed for this purpose.
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Jammers work by emitting an identical Bluetooth signal which interferes with the connection of other nearby devices and prevents them from connecting to the speaker.
To do this, you will need to spoof your Bluetooth MAC, then jam the Bluetooth connection. Give it a minute and then stop the jamming process. You should be able to connect after.
To learn more, check out our article on how to hijack a Bluetooth speaker.
4. Reset The Speaker
Sometimes there is a physical reset button – often it’s a small hole that accepts a straightened paper clip. Other times one of the main buttons has dual actions, and if it’s held longer it could cause the speaker to enter pairing mode. This may not be described in the manual.
Activating this reset should cause the speaker to forget it’s previous connection and be available again.
(At least that’s the case for my Aukey SK-30, pressing Mode for a few seconds resets the connection).
How To Prevent Your Bluetooth Speaker From Holding Old Connections
Using the following methods, you can ensure that your Bluetooth speaker will not hold onto old connections:
- Keep Bluetooth Devices Off: Keep all your Bluetooth devices off sp that the speaker is free to connect to a new device
- Disable Automatic Connections: Configure your Bluetooth speakers to disable automatic connections. This way, the speaker will only connect to a device when you pair it with that device.
Most modern Bluetooth speakers do not have an option to force pair a device. This is of course security speaker that prevents unwanted connections or unauthorized access to your Bluetooth speaker. To override a Bluetooth speaker connection, you will need to either put the speaker in pairing mode, reset the speaker, or jam the speaker.
Also, turn off automatic connections on your Bluetooth speaker and keep unwanted Bluetooth devices off.