Google Pixel 4 XL not connecting to Bluetooth Accessories: How to Fix?

Bluetooth technology isn’t new. Tired of wires and corded devices, we quickly jumped at the chance of devices that got rid of cords and worked wirelessly. But every technology has shortcomings and Bluetooth may have a few issues that can be easily solved. In this article, we will discuss the options to fix when the Google Pixel 4 XL does not connect to Bluetooth Accessories.

A Bluetooth headset can be invaluable because the wireless connection frees your hands to do other things while you take phone calls throughout the day. It can be frustrating, however, when Bluetooth headphones won’t connect reliably to your phone, and sometimes the reason may be difficult to pinpoint.

Google Pixel 4 XL not connecting to Bluetooth Accessories

Why we get this error?

Bluetooth depends on both hardware and software to work properly. So if your devices can’t speak a common Bluetooth language, they won’t be able to connect.

In general, Bluetooth is backward compatible: Bluetooth devices supporting the Bluetooth 5 standard should still be able to pair with devices using, say, the ancient Bluetooth 2.1, launched back in 2007.

The exceptions are gadgets that use a low-energy version called Bluetooth Smart, which works on a different protocol than older, or “Classic” Bluetooth devices. Bluetooth Smart devices are not backward compatible and won’t recognize (or pair with) older devices that support Classic Bluetooth. (For example, an old Sony Ericsson phone sporting Bluetooth 3.0 won’t be able to connect to a Bluetooth Smart device.)

However, if a device supports Bluetooth 4.0 (in some cases), 4.2 (in most cases) or 5.0 (in most cases), it should recognize both Bluetooth Smart and Classic. Bluetooth 4.0 devices will be officially labeled Bluetooth Smart Ready. In the case of Bluetooth 4.2 and 5, it’s expected.

Fix when Google Pixel 4 XL not connecting to Bluetooth accessories

There can a different sort of problems/issues causing Pixel 4 not to connect with any Bluetooth accessories. We have listed a few different scenarios to troubleshoot the problem.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • Your Bluetooth is turned and visible to other devices
  • Confirm that your devices are paired and connected.

1. When Connecting with Car

Step 1: Clear devices from your phone’s memory

  • Open your phone’s Settings app.
  • Tap Connected devices -> Previously connected devices. If you don’t see “Previously connected devices,” tap Bluetooth.
  • If you see devices you’re not currently using, next to each device name, tap Settings ->Forget -> Forget device.

Step 2: Clear phones from your car’s memory

To clear phones paired with your car, follow your car’s manual.

  • Clear any phones you’re not currently using.
  • If you paired your phone and car before, clear your phone.

2. When Connecting with any accessory

  1. Check that your accessory is discoverable and ready to pair. Follow the instructions that came with your accessory.
    • Often, you’ll see a blue light on an accessory when it’s ready to pair.
    • You must connect some accessories, like folio keyboards, to your phone or tablet before they can pair.
  2. Refresh your accessory list.
    1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
    2. Tap Connected devices. If you see “Bluetooth,” tap it.
    3. Tap Pair new device -> your accessory’s name.
  3. If your accessory needs a passcode and you don’t have it, try 0000 or 1234 (the most common passcodes).

3. When hearing music

Note: Not all cars can play music by Bluetooth. If the problem is with a car, check the car’s manual.

  1. Check that the volume is up on your phone and car or accessory.
  2. Check those other devices paired with your phone aren’t playing the music.
  3. Check that Media audio is turned on:
    1. Open your phone’s Settings app.
    2. Tap Connected devices. If you see “Bluetooth,” tap it.
    3. If you see Previously connected devices, tap it.
    4. Next to your car or accessory’s name, tap Settings.
    5. Turn on Media audio.

Additionally, you can also post your specific problem in Google Forum.


With the above methods, you will be able to successfully fix the issue where your Google Pixel 4 XL not connecting to Bluetooth Accessories. When consumers find a problem, says Hegenderfer, they should begin by going to the manufacturer and pointing out the problem. But if the issue persists, make sure to contact the Pixel support team.

Do you own a Pixel Device, or any Android device and need these types of simple tutorials? Then stay tunned to GetDroidTips’ Android Tips & Tricks column because many simple tutorials for Pixel are coming soon.

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