Subwoofer Not Pairing Up FIXES
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It can be quite frustrating when you are trying to pair your subwoofer with your soundbar or some other device and it simply doesn’t work. In this article, we focus on some of the most common fixes for your subwoofer not pairing issue.

By the way, if your issue is that your subwoofer keeps connecting to your soundbar and disconnecting, please check out this guide. In the guide, we explain how to troubleshoot when your subwoofer keeps disconnecting from your soundbar.

Why Subwoofers May Fail To Pair

1.      Wear And Tear

Subwoofers just like any other electronic products may fail due to usage, wear and tear. Due to their complex design and cheaper subwoofers using low-quality materials, subs can always die or fail within their very first few years of usage especially if heavily used.

2.      Connection Problems

For subwoofers to pair safely with other devices, they must be powered, and in good working condition.

The lack of power is therefore one of the major causes of subwoofer not pairing. For instance, if the amperage reaching the electromagnetic coil is too low, the functionality of the sub can be easily altered causing it to fail to work properly.

3.      Overheating

Another problem that is likely to cause your sub not to pair is overheating. Subwoofers may be overhead when used heavily over a long time.

This may cause some features of the sub to stop working properly. If you suspect that overheating is the culprit, place the sub in a well-ventilated area, and stop prolonged usage.

4.      Short Circuit

The other major cause is the short circuit which interrupts the signal from reaching the destination.

When no signal is transmitted, or no power altogether, the sub will not produce any sound and will not pair with other devices successfully. Short circuits can be fixed easily by professionals depending on the type of damage.

Samsung Soundbar Subwoofer Won’t Link

Linking your Samsung soundbar and subwoofer should be seamlessly easy, and simple. However, at some point, they may not link due to interference or something wrong with the connection. Here are some of the suggestions from our audio experts to help you fix the connection.

1.      Subwoofer Power

Sometimes, the sub may not link to the soundbar due to a failed or lose power connection between the outlet and the sub. The first step is to check if the subwoofer is powered on. If the sub is not powered on, check that the power cord is correctly and securely connected. You can also unplug the power cable and plug it back again, tightly.

2.      Firmware Version

Also, the devices may fail to connect if the firmware of the soundbar or sub are out of date. You can check the firmware of your Samsung soundbar using the remote control.

Begin by powering the subwoofer and turning it on. Locate the gear-like button on the remote control and press it once. Then, press the button again for about 30 seconds and wait for some numbers to display.

Check out the numbers that follow “B” signifying the firmware version of the soundbar. To update the version, download the file via the SmartThings app or using the USB port.

3.      Speaker Test

If you are using soundbar 2020 models and later, you will be bale to access speaker tests. Ensure the subwoofer remains off while you run speaker tests on the subwoofer.

Locate the right button on the big circular control at the center of the remote control, and press and hold it for more than ten seconds to start the test.

4.      Range Of Soundbar And Subwoofer

Another reason why your soundbar and sub won’t link could be the rage. As a rule of the thumb, two devices should be placed at a maximum wireless range of not more than 33 feet. If the standard range is exceeded, there might be interference in the connection.

Besides, if there is an obstacle between the soundbar and the subwoofer, it might foil the connection. Additionally, the soundbar will not link with your sub if it uses the same wireless frequency as another device in close proximity.

To troubleshoot the connection with these problems, ensure the devices are placed closer to each other, there’s no barrier between them, and there’s no device in proximity with the soundbar that uses a similar frequency.

Trouble Shooting And Fixing The Samsung Soundbar HW H450 Subwoofer Common Issues

·  Samsung Soundbar Doesn’t Come On

Check the power cord, the socket, and if the outlet actually has power.

·  Soundbar Turns On But Does Not Produce Any Sound

Check the connection and ensure that the source is properly synchronized with the soundbar.

·  Problematic Soundbar Remote

Check that the batteries are properly inserted and are in good condition. You can also replace the batteries and perform a phone camera test on the remote to confirm if the issue if fixed and the remote transmits signals.

LG Soundbar Subwoofer Not Pairing

If your LG soundbar won’t pair with the subwoofer, the most common issues with the connection could be:

  • Poor connection to the power outlet
  • Poor Bluetooth connection

To troubleshoot, fix the power connection by ensuring the power cord is tightly fixed to the outlet and the subwoofer.  

On the other hand, you can fix the Bluetooth pairing by un-pairing the devices, then re-pairing the soundbar with the subwoofer to see if the problem is resolved.

If the two devices still won’t link, follow the tricks below to troubleshoot the connection:

  • Volume: your LG soundbar may not connect to the sub when the volume is up. Turn the volume down and try the connection again.
  • Stop/Mute button: hold the mute button on the subwoofer down for a few seconds, and then hold down the stop button on the soundbar for a few seconds too. This trick will also help the two devices to find each other and connect.
  • Pairing: make sure the subwoofer is in “pairing mode” before trying the connection. Look for the button on your subwoofer and hold it down for a few seconds for it to pair.
  • Plug out, plug in: this trick works majority of the time. Turn both of the devices off at the plug and leave it for a few seconds, then turn them on. Check if the problem is resolved.

Vizio Subwoofer Not Pairing

Usually, the VIZIO soundbar and subwoofer should pair automatically when powered on. However, this may not be the case sometimes.

If they are not pairing the first time they are powered, check that the light on the backside of the sub is blinking. Here are some of the steps to troubleshoot the connection.

  • Check that the devices are both plugged in and powered on. Try turning the volume up and down on the soundbar, and see if the volume indicator lights appear. The subwoofer has a switch with a light near it. The light should either blink or remain solid when the sub is powered on.
  • Ensure that the devices are closer to each other and facing each other for the initial pairing.
  • Check and ensure that both the soundbar and subwoofer are in pairing mode. Hold down the power button on the soundbar to turn on the pairing mode, use the command on your remote control, or check the manual for specific instructions. Look for the button labeled “Pairing or Link” on the subwoofer and use it to switch the sub into the pairing mode.
  • If the soundbar and subwoofer still aren’t pairing, unplug them from the power outlet, then plug them back again after some time and try pairing them again.
  • If you still can’t pair the devices, try the reset option by following the procedure provided in your manual or start guide. If all the options fail, contact a VIZIO subwoofer technician to help with troubleshooting the connection.

JBL 3.1 Soundbar Subwoofer Pairing Without Remote

You can pair the JBL 3.1 soundbar with the subwoofer without the remote by following the process outlined below:

Step 1: Power off the soundbar

Step 2: Press and hold the ID set button for at least five seconds. The red indicator should turn off and the blue LED light begin to blink.

Step 3: Press and hold the volume up button on the soundbar until the ID set appears. The soundbar should now power on and the pairing begins.

When the connection is complete, the blue LED light stops blinking and remains solid. This indicates that the subwoofer has been successfully paired to the soundbar.

Samsung Soundbar Not Connecting To Subwoofer

Are you looking for a deep bass from your TV but your Samsung subwoofer won’t connect to the soundbar? Follow the steps below to fix the problem. Make sure the subwoofer is powered and turned on to allow the wireless connection.

Step 1: Turn Off The Soundbar

Point the remote to the soundbar and press the off button. This turns off the soundbar.

Step 2: Reset The Soundbar

Before you can reset the Samsung soundbar, you must locate the tiny hole at the back of the soundbar labeled “ID SET.” This hole will be used to reset the soundbar.

Using a paper clip or any other sharp object, and inserting it into the hole, press and hold the sharp object firmly inside the “ID SET” hole for about five seconds. Continue holding until STANDBY turns on and the Blue LED (LINK) light comes on and begins to blink quickly.

Step 3: Mute The Soundbar

Using the remote control, press and hold the mute button. Remember that at this step the soundbar is still off.  Continue holding the mute button until “ID SET” appears on the display of the soundbar.  This will appear briefly and then turn off.

Step 4: Turn On The Soundbar

Using the remote, turn on the soundbar by pressing the power button. The blue light stops blinking and becomes solid blue. The soundbar should now connect automatically to the subwoofer.

The other quick fixes you can try to make the connection faster include:

  • Placing the two devices side by side.
  • Check that the devices are powered and the subwoofer and soundbar can turn on.

Sound Drops Out From The Wireless Subwoofer

1.      Check For A Firmware Update

Turn off the subwoofer and use the soundbar’s remote to check the current firmware update. Press the sound control button that looks like a gear on the remote, once.

Then press and hold it for 20-30 seconds and check the numbers that follow “B” on the soundbar. You can then use the SmartThings app to perform the update or download the file if your Samsung soundbar has a USB port.

2.      Run A Speaker Test

Keeping the subwoofer off, press and old the right button on the soundbar’s remote control for more than 10 seconds.

3.      Confirm The Subwoofer Is In Range

As a standard rule, the maximum wireless signal distance between the subwoofer and soundbar is about 33 feet.

Check if there is a wall or any other obstacle between the two devices. Depending on the type of material on the obstacle, there maybe adverse interference with the sound. The subwoofer may also stop working.

Also, check that no other device such as Wi-Fi router that uses the same wireless frequency (2.4Ghz) is in range or near the soundbar. Such devices will cause interference resulting into sound interruption.

4.      Check All The Sources Connected To The Soundbar

Check all the signal sources such as TV, Blu-ray or AV receiver. For instance, if the sound only drops out when your watching a TV then the issue is with the connections or the TV and not the subwoofer.

5.      Reset The Subwoofer Power

You can also reset the power on the subwoofer and try to use it again. Unplug its power cord from the mains supply and then plug it back. Power it on and wait for it to reconnect to the soundbar. You can then listen to some music and check if the issue is resolved.

What To Do When The Subwoofer Isn’t Working Properly

When the subwoofer fails to pair with the soundbar successfully, there are a number of likely causes of the problem. Let’s look at some of the fixes you can perform to fix a subwoofer that is not working properly.

1.      Check Outlets, Power Cable And Fuse

Inspect the wires and connections from the subwoofer, and soundbar. Most subwoofers have a “standby” LED that indicates active power.

If you can’t see this light on, check the wall socket to ensure the cable is securely plugged and all the associated switches flipped to the on position. Also, check that the cables are not damaged or defective.

You can unplug the cable and plug it back to check if the issue is fixed. If not, test the power outlet with a different device such as a lamp. If the lamp doesn’t light, then the outlet has an issue that needs to be checked by an electrician.

If it works, you can request service from the support center or professional technician. If your budget is not strained already, replace the soundbar or subwoofer with a new one.

2.      Press The ID Set Button

Using a sharp object, press the ID set button located at the back of the subwoofer. If the LINK light blinks, try the connection again to link the soundbar.


Pairing your subwoofer to a soundbar may be a relatively complicated process if it is constantly failing. The process can however prove very simple if you follow the instructions carefully. You can perform the quick fixes by following the steps we have outlined in this article.